Buying a new TV can be a bit tough because of the multiple features that modern TVs come with. So, it is important to understand what makes TV-viewing immersive for you. Is it the size, resolution or sound quality that interests you the most? Let's take a look at some of these features so you can make an easier decision.
If HD content (720p) is what you primarily watch, choose a 32" TV or one with a small screen while maintaining a viewing distance of at least 5 feet for the best experience.
If you prefer to watch Full HD content (1080p) from DTH services and Blu-ray players, choose a TV with a screen size between 81 cm (32) and 127 cm (50). In this case, you should maintain a minimum viewing distance of 6 feet at least.
For making the most out of 4K/Ultra HD content, choose a TV with a screen size that's above 127 cm (50) with a minimum viewing distance of 8 feet.
4K Ultra HD
- Ultra HD or 4K TVs deliver the tiniest of visual details and color variations, offering the highest image quality out of all the 3 types of resolutions.
- TVs with a screen size of 127 cm (50) and above do a job of portraying 4K content.
- 4K TVs essentially quadruples the resolution offered by Full HD TVs with exceptionally stunning resolution of 3840x2160 pixels.
- This will give you much better clarity over an HD TV, all the way up to screen sizes of 127 cm (50).
- You get a crisper 1920x1080 pixel resolution and high definition clarity.
- On a small budget? Looking for a smaller screen size? Opt for an HD TV.
- An HD capable TV produces a resolution of about 1280x720, which is just about enough to watch DTH or regular over-the-air TV programming.
Android TV makes searching and watching new and exciting content on your smart TV really simple. Its user-friendly interface is populated with suggested content that you’ll find hard to resist.
You can use this option by pressing the TV remote's ‘microphone voice search button’ and stating the name of the programme you want to watch.
Find and watch shows quickly and get instant answers to queries by using this feature.
Enjoy playing single-player, multiplayer, online, or offline games.
Apps & Content
You get to enjoy a wide variety of content through popular apps, like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC iPlayer, etc., right from the home screen conveniently.
Cast your favourite shows, movies, music, and sporting events straight from your Android smartphone onto your big-screen Android TV using the local Wi-Fi network.
TV Operating Systems (OS)
With Smart TVs that are equipped operating systems, you can stream TV shows and movies, listen to music, play games, browse the internet and do much more. They come with a smart remote control and also have app stores where you can buy useful apps to boost their user-experience.
Designed for smart TVs and comes with innovative features, such as Magic Remote, Tellybean, LG Content Store, and more.
Runs on a wide range of Samsung devices and it automatically searches and connects to nearby Samsung mobile devices for seamless transfer of content.
Google’s operating system for digital media players. These TVs have Google Cast built into them, which lets you cast content from your phone to the TV.
Wirelessly mirror content from compatible devices onto your Smart TV using Wi-Fi. Ideal for seeing photos and videos captured on your smartphone in a larger format.
Picture in Picture
Enjoy watching two things simultaneously on the same screen with PIP (Picture in picture) technology. One source will be displayed on the television screen, while the other will be displayed in a small inset window on the same screen.
Always check the sound rating in watts. A 15 W speaker system is ideal for TVs up to 101.6 cm (40). Go with a 20-25 W rated sound system for larger TVs for enough headroom for your favorite movie marathons. Some TVs also come with in-built woofers which provide an amazing bass response.
Speaker Positioning Speakers are mounted either at the bottom or the front. Front-mounted speakers offer the best quality, but the current collection of thinner-frame TVs position the speakers at the bottom. In that case, mount it on a wall for sound waves to move freely.
Not all rooms and environments are the same. TVs with surround-sound modes and graphic equalizers allow you to fine-tune the sound output.
Most LED TVs come with at least 2 HDMI ports - for your HD set-top box and Blu-ray/DVD player. A couple more ports will ensure that you aren't left high and dry after buying that shiny new gaming console.
SD Card Slot
Not a common sight, but it can be useful for DSLR users. The slot lets you skip the step of shifting content to a pen-drive for viewing your vacation photos on the big screen.
If you plan to connect your TV to an external audio system, we suggest you look for TVs with the digital, optical audio-output provision as well.
Still have an old DVD player? If you need to connect older-generation devices, look for component ports and 3.5-mm audio-out ports.
Want to connect your old laptop to your TV? Since most of the old ones have VGA ports, you’ll need a VGA input-port on the TV.