Understanding smart TVs: What to look for
Buying a smart TV can be a bit of a minefield, and deciding what if any pre-installed apps and software are right for you can be a bit of a challenge. In this short article I’ll pick out some of the key things to look out for, and how to weigh up your options.
Why Smart TVs?
Compared to standard TVs, smart TVs are packed with a variety of features that make your viewing experience more modern, and to be honest, a lot more fun. From watching a variety of online streaming platforms from Disney+ to Netflix through to playing online games, flicking through photo albums and listening to music, smart TVs are a great hub for home entertainment.
What do they offer?
Smart TVs internet-connected functionality differentiates them straight away from standard TVs. Built-in voice assistants offer convenient voice commands, and built-in surround sound systems make for a cool listening experience as well as reducing the need for peripheral speakers if space is at a premium. And last but not least, some models Eof smart TV that are IoT-enabled allow the user to control other connected devices around the home such as vacuums, thermostats, etc.
Plug and play
Once your new smart TV is nestled in its new home, getting it setup is much easier than you’d think. The first job is to connect it to your wi-fi, and then let the TV itself walk you through the very simple first installation and customisation steps you’ll need to take to get things just how you want them. Simply select the apps and programs you want, adjust your settings (and parental controls) as required, and get everything personalised just the way you want it. And then the best advice is to enjoy it and figure out any fine-tuning as you go.
Hook in your smartphone
Pairing up your smartphone and your new TV makes for a great interconnected experience, and enables you to seamlessly share pictures, videos, music, games and much more between the two devices. This will be especially handy with subscriptions that are handled per device, as you’ll be able to make use of those licenses across both your devices.
The low down
As you look for your smart TV, don’t be put off by jargon, complication or over-zealous sales people looking to maximise their commission. The best advice is to do your homework beforehand, prioritise the features that are the most important to you, and make your choice. A smart TV can make a great addition to any home, so enjoy your experience.
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