Smart TVs – A Guide to Buying

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A Smart TV has been the natural outcome of the increasing expansion of the multimedia delivery. It allows customization of TV entertainment experiences of users by the use of apps similar to ones used in mobile phones. However, before buying a Smart TV, one should be aware of its classifications, features, and usability. Manufacturers use a number of anecdotes to describe Smart TVs such as Internet TVs, net TVs, or the like. Smart TVs may have additional features like HD or 3D capabilities, but only having 3D or HD does not make a TV, Smart TV. 

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A Smart TV essentially permits users to access Internet to have a wide range of entertainment experiences. In Smart TVs, there are two basic options available for connecting to Internet. One is Ethernet port connection, and the other Wireless Connection. In the former option, also referred as LAN port, a Smart TV is attached to an Internet router through an Ethernet cable. In case of the option of Wireless connection, a Smart TV is connected with Internet by a wireless router. Many Smart TVs have both options of Internet connectivity, and a user can opt for one which best suits him. However, one should be aware of the advantages and limitations of these options before deciding to go for one or the other.

While selecting Ethernet port connection, the user should make sure that the Internet router exists close to the Smart TV. Otherwise, an owner will require a long Ethernet cable capable of reaching the Ethernet port of the Smart TV to establish connectivity. Those Smart TV viewers who want to enjoy HD video should go for Ethernet connection as it is more stable than Wireless connection. On the other hand, Wireless connection is handy as it does not require any cable or such other connecting materials. Most of manufacturers provide Wireless connection option in Smart TVs, but if it is lacking, a purchaser of Smart TV can purchase an external TV wireless adapter to have Internet connectivity. Wireless connection maintains Internet connectivity effectively in Smart TVs, but may cause some trouble while streaming HD video.

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Smart TVs can also be connected to computers, as these types of TVs are equipped with digital data sharing platform referred as Digital Living Alliance Network (DLNA). In order to connect, Smart TVs and computers have to be on the same network. Hence, while shopping for Smart TVs, a purchaser should look for DLNA designator in the product description of the Smart TV he is purchasing.

Smart TVs can also be differentiated based on the interfaces that may be composed of separate windows, dashboard, or vertical menu. Another difference relates to the the type of Smart TV apps provided and their delivery. Most manufacturers have apps store accessible by users with choice for games, education, lifestyle, or video. The other apps beneficial for users are the social networking apps. Maintaining a Smart TV is somewhat different from maintaining a traditional TV, as a Smart TV needs to be updated periodically.

Thus, users can have a highly personalized Smart TV system by preferring apps that are most suited to their tastes and inclinations.