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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
REVIEW / 08 Oct 2012 / By Andy Sim
Will LG be able to justify the S$24,999 price tag for its 84-inch 4K-resolution mega screen? We took a ride down to LG's flagship store to give the huge screen a once-over as soon as it arrived. Here's our take.
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