Smart TV burst onto the scene boasting functionality that puts it on par with computers, from accepting voice commands, to allowing you to browse the internet, transfer files and connect to a number of networks.
As an added bonus, the displays are incredibly high-quality, a joy to watch, and a marvel of technology. The days of a TV being “just a TV” passed a long time ago, opening the floor to the high-tech wonder of the Smart TV. Let’s explore what makes a TV a Smart TV, and why you’d be Smart to get one.
Internet on the TV: Look mom – no cables!
Smart TV’s come standard with Wi-Fi access. This wireless firewall helps you to reliably connect your TV to the internet, and with that, kicked down the door to another world of viewing options. It lets you watch what you want, when you want to, and not just at the push of a button. Some Smart TV’s even let you call up your favorite shows simply by asking it, thanks to voice command functionality. Sound complicated? You could have all of this as soon as you connect your Smart TV to your home network.
Many Smart TV’s spare you the effort of downloading apps, by having them preloaded and ready for use! Once you’re logged in, even a cheap smart TV will most likely remember all your settings and preferences, letting you pick up where you left off before with zero effort from you. Many networks release special content on their apps, and with no extra work required to connect to the apps, you could access it too.
This is a wireless connection that lets you connect to devices and share files, without the use of the internet. Bluetooth is a fantastic way to connect speakers, headsets and more to your TV without the use of a single cable. You can even use it to “cast” or share that which you are watching to other devices, to allow a larger audience to watch along with you.
We’ve come a long way since LCD. With the improvement in graphics over the years, came the need for ever-increasing resolutions to accommodate the amazing visuals that were being created for broadcast. The advent of plasma screens very quickly led to HD 1080 smart TVs, which are still the most popular and most common in the Smart TV market. But if you’re inclined towards bigger and better, with the corresponding price tag, you could consider the 4K Ultra – currently the highest available resolution.
Technology is moving at an exponential rate, and before long, even the 4k Ultra is bound to become an everyday innovation. For now, my best advice to you would be to invest in the best technology you can afford. The “higher up the ladder” you can be when you enter the market, the longer the lifespan you can expect from your Smart TV, and hopefully buy yourself time to enjoy the technology we currently have available!