HardwareZone's Smart TV Buyer's 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
FEATURE / 28 Feb 2013 / By Katrina Canlas & Alvin Soon
Samsung held its South East Asia, Oceania and Taiwan Forum 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Samsung took the wraps off its latest products such as the Galaxy Note 8.0, five new Galaxy smartphones, new Smart TVs and new mirrorless flagship camera. Read on to discover what Samsung has in store for 2013.
REVIEW / 16 Jan 2013 / By Kevin Bruce Francisco & Andy Sim
Our friends from HardwareZone Singapore had the opportunity to run their own video materials by Sony's true 4K screen recently. Read on if you'd like to know how the Bravia X9000 fared.
REVIEW / 19 Dec 2012 / By Kevin Bruce Francisco & 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. Is it really at its peak? Read on and find out.
REVIEW / 06 Dec 2012 / By Kevin Bruce Francisco & Andy Sim
This edge-lit model from Sony features 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 / 05 Dec 2012 / By Kevin Bruce Francisco & Andy Sim
Spearheading the lineup of LG's 2012 HDTVs 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. Read on for our full review!
REVIEW / 27 Nov 2012 / By Kevin Bruce Francisco & Andy Sim
The ES8000 boasts the Micro Dimming Ultimate technology that leads to an overall 20% increase in brightness, allowing for richer colors, brighter pictures, and higher contrast ratios. Here is our take on the 55-inch LED Smart TV from Samsung.
FEATURE / 02 Jul 2012 / By Marvin R. Velasco
We were invited to an overnight stay at the Picasso Boutique Hotel in Makati City for a lend out activity with the LG Cinema 3D Smart TV. What ensued was a fun night of games and 3D goodness.
FEATURE / 04 May 2012 / By Lionell Go Macahilig
Smart TV options of Filipino consumers have further expanded with LG's grand unveiling of its Cinema 3D Smart TV lineup for 2012. Held at the Shangri-La hotel in Makati City, we attended the affair to have a closer look at the new HDTVs from LG.
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