Not getting a physical and visual experience might make you a little apprehensive about buying televisions online. But do not fret. There is a way around your fear. Just follow our Smart TV buying guide to understand the essentials checks that are required to make your online purchase truly hassle-free.
Thinking about upgrading your antique television? Are you drooling over some cool TV models on Flipkart but not finding the confidence to click the buy button? Then you have come to the right place. Our Smart TV buying guide is here to help you get over those online shopping angsts and make a logical purchase decision in no time. Follow our six-step-check before choosing your new TV.
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Smart TV buying guide – What to look out for?
Smart TVs are primarily internet-enabled televisions that enable you to access online content through your broadband connection. This means that you can do everything from surfing the web or watching YouTube videos or connecting to social media from this one device.
Apart from a myriad of apps, Smart TVs come loaded with widgets that are very similar to the ones on your smartphone along with exciting games and a web browser. All you need to do is connect your Smart TV to your home Internet via the Ethernet, a built-in Wi-Fi feature or through an Internet USB dongle, and voila! Your web-enabled entertainment center is ready. Today, top-of-the-line Smart TVs feature additional capabilities like voice recognition (like in the LG Ultra HD (4K) 3D, Smart LED TV) and motion sensing (similar to what is being offered in the Samsung Ultra HD (4K) Smart, Curved LED TV), that lets users perform actions through gestures and commands.
Read our Smart TV buying guide to understand the basics you need to look out for, before buying a television online.
Step 1: Set your budget
On Flipkart, Smart TVs cost as less as INR 12,000 and can go up as much as INR 3,74,499. Knowing what your budget is and keeping a watch on how flexible it can be is the first step to choosing your TV. Now you can zero in on the size and features you want most.
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Step 2: Choose the size
Bigger is better, and there’s nothing wrong with buying a Smart TV with the biggest possible screen (while sticking to your budget) for a more immersive viewing experience. First, you need to calculate the screen size that works best for your living space. The quick-fix for deciding on the display size is to measure the distance that you will be sitting away from your Smart TV and divide it by 1.6. For instance, if you are planning to sit five feet (60 inches) away, the ideal display size of your new Smart TV should be between 36 and 40 inches. To get the best view from anywhere in the room, opt for a Smart TV with a wide viewing angle like the InFocus 101.6cm LED TV, which allows for 178 degree wide viewing.
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Step 3: Pick the screen resolution
Resolution refers to the sharpness of your Smart TV’s display. It is usually measured in terms of pixels—the tiny dots that make up the picture on screen. The more pixels your Smart TV screen has, the more detailed will be the display output. For instance, an HD ready screen packs in 1366×768 pixels, and hence sharper output. If you are looking to buy a Smart TV below 42 inches, a model with an HD display or one with an HD-ready resolution like the Sansui 81cm Smart LED TV is adequate. On the other hand, you get 1920×1080 pixels on a Full-HD TV. This means a much finer picture detail in a model like the LG 123cm Smart LED TV.
At the top of the line, you’ll see Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs, also called 4K TVs, with a screen resolutions of 3840×2160 pixels—like the Lloyd 106.68cm Ultra HD (4K) TV. The sharp detail of UHD TVs gets more breathtaking in Smart TVs bigger than 55-inches like the Samsung 163cm Ultra HD (4K) LED TV, whose curved screens provide an immersive experience.
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Step 4: Zero down on your Smart TV use
Determining the right TV not only depends on your budget but also the usage you have in mind. Want to watch full-length movies? Ensure that your Smart TV connects to Wi-Fi and comes bundled with on-demand video channels like Netflix. For instance, the Vu Smart LED TVs feature direct access buttons for Netflix and YouTube. Not a film fanatic, but love gaming? Look at a Smart TV with great viewing angles, colors and refresh rate. For instance, Smart TVs with an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen like the LG 139cm 3D, Smart, Curved OLED TV can selectively shut off pixels and render perfect blacks to enhance your viewing experience. If you are a gamer, the 3D feature of this Smart TV fluidly adds that extra thrill to every advanced graphic.
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Step 5: Understand what you’ll require to set your Smart TV up
A Smart TV is like a combination of a TV and smartphone or an amalgamation of a TV and a computer. So if you want to access the web via an Internet browser or enjoy online services such as social networking on your new Smart TV, you’ll require an Internet connection. Most Smart TVs like the Onida 80cm HD Ready Smart TV have an Ethernet port on the back, which you can plug into your broadband router. Many Smart TVs like the Panasonic 108cm Full HD Smart TV have the built-in capability to connect to your Wi-Fi network. We recommend a decent broadband speed of at least 2 Mbps or more. And if you want to stream videos on your Smart TV, then make sure that you have ample data limit.
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Step 6: Consider the connectivity
HDMI ports are important as they are fast becoming the standard for connecting cable boxes, Blu-ray players, cameras and gaming consoles to your Smart TV. When choosing your new Smart TV, we recommend that you look for a model with at least three HDMI ports like the Micromax 106cm Ultra HD Smart LED TV, but don’t settle for anything less than two ports. Or just count the number of devices you’ll want to connect, and check whether your chosen unit has at least that many HDMI ports (or one or two extra to make your purchase future proof). Smart TVs with USB inputs like the Sony 120.9cm Smart LED TV are great for displaying your precious photos.