Closing Advice & Buying Tips
What Else Do I Need To Know About Smart TVs?
We've almost come to the end of our Smart TV guide. Before we go, we'd like to leave you with some pointers to supplement what we've shared so far. Also keep in mind that you don't have to upgrade your old TV set in order to enjoy these so-called "smart" bonuses. As mentioned earlier, the current crop of Blu-ray decks in the market are also equipped with Smart TV features, such as LG's BD670 or Sony's BDP-S780 for example. If you'd like to know more about HDTVs or 3D TVs in general, you may also refer to our buying guides by clicking on the links below. On that note, we hope you'll be able to find a Smart TV which suits your needs. Happy shopping, and remember to shop smart!
- To reiterate - a 3D TV isn't necessarily a Smart TV, though most of the time 3D sets do come equipped with Smart TV features.
- Don't assume that apps found on UK or US Smart TV models are available on app stores here as well. This applies to video-on-demand services in particular. If you're keen on a specific service, do check with the manufacturer if it's available locally.
- If you foresee yourself spending more time on the web browser rather than multimedia apps, be sure to try out the Smart TV's browser when you're at the store. Some models have less responsive web browsers, while others do not support certain plug-ins like Java or Flash for instance.
- Not everyone has a thing for Wi-Fi. If you prefer a more stable wired LAN connection with a router that's out of reach, you might want to consider getting a pair of Powerline Adapters to extend your LAN network to the Smart TV.
- To stream high-definition content, it's best to have a broadband speed of 10Mbps and above to avoid video stutters or intermittent buffering.
- For optimal network performance, we'd recommend using a wireless N-router at the very least.
- Remember to update the set's firmware periodically to receive new enhancements and to iron out any possible software kinks.
- And lastly, do not purchase a Smart TV simply because you feel compelled by consumer trends. Most TV vendors offer a cheaper "non-Smart" alternative under their HDTV line-up if you prefer a more traditional display set.