Smart TVs are the next generation TV sets that address the multiple needs of television viewers. It’s a multi-tasking TV that can browse the internet, run various apps, and so much more! Different TV manufacturers have already released their own smart TVs in the market. Before buying your first smart TV, here are must-have five features you need to look for.
Web Browser. Smart TVs are mainly defined by its ability to be used as an internet browser. This is the primary “revolutionary” feature of smart TVs. There are so many videos to watch in the web. Having access to those videos through your smart TV is the most convenient way to browse your favorite programs or movies. Sony comes with the “Opera” browser while the LG Google TV comes with a full “Google Chrome” browser. Samsung, on the other hand, comes with its own customized browser.
Flash Support. Make sure that your smart TV is Flash supported. Most videos require Flash application to stream the videos. Your smart TV needs to have the latest Flash software to enable you to view web videos. This feature will complement your smart TV’s web browser.
Easy-to-use Remote Control. Since smart TVs have a lot to offer, you need a remote control that’s easy to navigate. The LG 55LM7610 comes with a Magic Remote that has a pointing, gesture, and wheel capability. You can easily point and click, create simple gestures for complex commands, and scroll up or down similar to using a mouse. LG took this technology a notch higher with the Magic Remote QWERTY of the LG Google TV. This sleek remote control that comes with a QWERTY keyboard makes browsing, chatting, blogging, and tweeting in your smart TV an absolute treat!
Excellent Recommendation Capability. Your smart TV is called “smart” because it should be able to keep track of the movies, programs, and videos you watch. From this efficient tracking comes an excellent recommendation list that would showcase related videos that might interest you. Samsung’s smart TV already explored this area and has a simple recommendation system. LG’s Google TV, on the other hand, leverages on Google’s ability to source related videos, making recommendations more relevant to its user.
App World. Apps are downloadable features that can make your smart TV even smarter, so to speak. Your smart TV should be able to run a wide variety of apps that suit your viewer needs. Smart TV manufacturers are continuously developing their respective app ecosystems to make it as comprehensive and competitive as possible. From video apps such as YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow to social networking apps such as Facebook and Twitter, your smart TV should be able to provide you with the latest and most significant app you need.
These are just some of the things you ought to consider when buying a smart TV. There are other additional features that are worth looking at aside from these. Research as much as you can because making that purchase. Smart TVs can either make your life easier or more complicated. Just like any other gadget, you need to be well versed with the new technology it offers and find satisfaction in doing so. You should be able to enjoy using your smart TV and maximize every feature it showcases!
Aubrey Samson is a freelance programmer, an annual mountaineer and a former mathematics Tutor. She’s also into music and song composition, Her influences are pop and R&B. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.