Smart TV Buying 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 / 03 Jul 2012 / By Michael Low & Andy Sim
Sony's latest premium BRAVIA model sits just under the existing HX925 flagship model. With its sleek Monolithic design and new Sony Entertainment Network platform, can this Dynamic Edge LED contender give the South Koreans something to think about? We find out.
REVIEW / 29 Apr 2012 / By Andy Sim
Topping the tip of LG's 2012 HDTV fleet is the 55-inch LM9600 Cinema 3D Smart TV. This premium model is armed to the teeth with full-array LED backlights, powered by LG's Nano technology with local dimming perks. It looks like the fight between the passive and active 3D factions just heated up by a notch. Check out our full review!
FEATURE / 23 Apr 2012 / By Michael Low & Andy Sim
Looking for a new Smart TV? Worry not, for HardwareZone Malaysia is on hand to help you make an educated choice with that next Smart TV purchase. We cover the A to Z of what you need to know about Smart TVs, along with handy tips to get you going.
REVIEW / 29 Mar 2012 / By Andy Sim
We take some time off to assess Sony's flagship Bravia HX925 Full-HD 3D TV although it has been in the market for some time now. We present our findings which we're sure will please many. If only it was affordable too.
REVIEW / 25 Jan 2012 / By Andy Sim
Can Panasonic top the plasma race once again with its latest successor to the Viera VT20? Bestowed with a new Infinite Black Pro 2 panel and the now familiar Viera Connect platform for internet lovers, we took the VT30 out for a good spin to see if it's able to retain its crown as king of the PDPs.
FEATURE / 11 Jan 2012 / By Jeremy Cheong
It may have been a very busy day for us here at CES 2012, but what Lenovo shared with us today has definitely left a big impression on us, as each of their new offerings will easily change the way consumers use their devices for productivity or even entertainment.
REVIEW / 17 Dec 2011 / By Andy Sim
It took this plasma screen a while to reach us, but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm in dissecting this 3D Smart TV from LG the moment it got here. So was it any good against the likes of its PDP competitors? We've got all the details for you!
REVIEW / 22 Aug 2011 / By Andy Sim
We reviewed the Samsung flagship 55-inch D8000 back in May, one that's equipped with a Clear Motion Rate of 800Hz. Now it's time to see if its smaller 46-inch D7000 brother can match its 3D and HD expertise with a lesser 600Hz frame rate.
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