In the old days, just getting colour transmission on your TV was enough to put you ahead of the game. But things aren’t so simple any more. Nowadays, size, shape and definition are just the start of choosing a TV.
The next step in the evolution of home entertainment is the smart TV.
Smart TVs combine the best of television, the Internet and your favourite mobile device to give you the ultimate entertainment hub.
Need help picking a smart TV that is best for you? Check out these tips.
Why do you want a smart TV?
This is probably the most important part of making your choice. The rise of streaming services in Australia such as Netflix and Stan have made owning a smart TV even more appealing. These types of subscription services are accessible on most new smart TVs, making that one less thing you have to worry about when choosing your device.
But that is not the case for other apps. This includes the “on demand” apps that allow you to catch up on past series from certain broadcasters. Not all smart TVs have the same licensing agreements and compatibility. Many apps have exclusive contracts with TV companies so they are only available on their models. Make sure the smart TV you’re considering can provide the specific programs you want to watch.
Prospective smart TV buyers might also be looking forward to browsing the internet on their set. Some models make this easier than others. Give the Internet a spin on whichever smart TV you’re considering before buying, if you think this is a feature you’ll use regularly.
People often choose electronics, such as mobile phones and tablets, based on feel – that is, how easy it is to navigate the menu. Choosing a smart TV isn’t that different.
Is it easy to scroll through options? Is it intuitive to use the new features and apps? The importance of these aspects is amplified if you are planning to use these smart TV extras often.
The level of personalisation on offer differs from company to company. Some have a standard app screen to cycle through. Others allow for multiple profiles for different users. Explore the options available on several models to see what you’re most comfortable with.
Traditional aspects still matter
The shiny, new features of smart TVs are what make them so irresistible. But it’s also worth considering the more traditional aspects of large electronics. Size and definition are still two of the most important factors when choosing a smart TV. Taking into account placement in your home and the TV’s interaction with natural light will help you get the most out your new toy.
What features are you most excited for on your new smart TV? Let us know in the comments below.