HardwareZone's Smart TV Buyer's Guide

Are You Smarter Than Your Smart TV?

Televisions have come a long way since Philo Taylor Farnsworth engineered a working unit in 1927. Sadly, it was never replicated commercially. In many ways, televisions have remained as a "dumb" display device for decades. It doesn't "think" per se. And it does little else but display whatever content it's fed - be it TV broadcast signals or videos from external peripherals. But televisions have evolved since. Popularly known as Smart TVs, television makers are now marketing their wares like they're wondrous screens made to do magic. Question is, can they? And what makes a TV smart? Is a 3D display a Smart TV as well?

With our buying guide, we hope to quell these doubts and perhaps enlighten you on some of the things you should prepare for before buying one. Different Smart TV brands offer varying traits, like their navigational features for instance. Recent innovations from makers like Samsung and LG have also integrated their displays with intuitive voice and gesture controls, but they serve the same "smart" purpose predominantly, like offering you internet services, videos, apps, and so forth. So the real question isn't about which TV is smarter, but how you can make the most out of your experience with the Smart TV set. And more importantly, are you prepared for one? Check out the jump links to the right to dive into the details.


Reviews and Feature Articles
LG Launches 2 New DVB-T2-ready OLED TVs in Singapore

LG Launches 2 New DVB-T2-ready OLED TVs in Singapore

FEATURE / 23 May 2014 / By Ng Chong Seng

LG Electronics has just announced two new OLED TVs for the Singapore market. Both have a 55-inch screen size and support DVB-T2, but one is curved and the other is flat.

Samsung HomeSync review

First Looks: Samsung HomeSync Personal Cloud Device

REVIEW / 22 Jul 2013 / By Kenny Yeo

If you spend a lot of time with your Samsung Galaxy device, you might want to consider the Samsung HomeSync - a device that acts as your personal cloud, allowing you to share content from your Galaxy device anywhere and anytime, and also doubles up as a media center.

LG Announces Its 2013 Cinema 3D Smart TV Lineup for Singapore

LG Announces Its 2013 Cinema 3D Smart TV Lineup for Singapore

FEATURE / 26 Apr 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng

Smart control, smart sharing, and smart entertainment - these are what LG's 2013 Cinema 3D Smart TVs are all about. From the nifty Magic Remote and the useful Time Machine II feature, to the LG exclusive K-Pop Zone and the time-saving NFC functionality, the new TV models sport features aplenty. We've all the details.

Samsung's New 2013 Smart TVs - The A Grade F-Series

Samsung's New 2013 Smart TVs - The A Grade F-Series

FEATURE / 25 Apr 2013 / By Hurrairah bin Sohail

The new range of Samsung TVs may be called the "F Series" but that is no reflection of their IQ. Equipped with 2013's version of Samsung's Smart TV suite, it includes a new UI, double handed gestures and voice control. There's also a gigantic 85-inch UHD 4K TV that's part of their new TV releases. So step right in and get acquainted with Samsung's 2013 TV line-up that's now available.

Highlights from Samsung Forum 2013: New Galaxies, Smarter TVs, and the Enterprise

Highlights from Samsung Forum 2013: New Galaxies, Smarter TVs, and the Enterprise

FEATURE / 28 Feb 2013 / By Alvin Soon

At the Samsung South East Asia, Oceania and Taiwan Forum 2013 in Jakarta, Samsung unveiled its latest range of products, including the Galaxy Note 8.0, five new Galaxy smartphones, smarter Smart TVs and a new mirrorless camera flagship. Click through and discover what Samsung has to offer this year.

Sony 84-inch X9000 4K Bravia LED TV review

First Looks: Sony Bravia KD-84X9000 LED TV

REVIEW / 15 Jan 2013 / By Andy Sim

We had the opportunity to run our own video materials by Sony's true 4K screen recently. Read on if you'd like to know how the Bravia X9000 fared.

Samsung PS51E8000 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD Plasma TV review

Samsung Series 8 PS51E8000 51-inch 3D Plasma TV - Big on Smarts and Visuals

REVIEW / 01 Dec 2012 / By Andy Sim

Sporting the Quad-Stand pedestal instead of the more recent Arc-Flow stand flaunted by its ES8000 LED sibling, the E8000 plasma TV sports many of Samsung's Smart Interaction privileges, which include voice activation, motion controls, and facial recognition. We find out how this 51-inch model fares.

SITEX 2012 - TVs & AV Products Buying Guide

SITEX 2012 - TVs & AV Products Buying Guide

FEATURE / 24 Nov 2012 / By Team HardwareZone

Be sure to browse through our buying guide before you head down to SITEX 2012! We have a sumptuous spread of recommended audio-visual products for your consideration, including TVs, home theater systems, projectors, headphones, and media players.

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