If you’re in the market to buy a new HDTV, you may be wondering whether to buy a Smart TV or an LED TV?
Which is of better quality and which would give you the best bang for your buck?
Difference Between Smart TV and LED TV
Smart TVs are actually LED (Light Emitting Diode) TVs which act more like a computer CPU. They come with Internet functionality and apps installed.
To put it simply Smart TVs are actually ‘giant’ smartphones or tablets, rather than traditional TVs or tube TVs.
Just as you can access video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu over your mobile devices and computer, you could also do so with a Smart TV.
Also, you can access social media, play games and also control your home gadgets especially Alexa and Google Home compatible devices.
Some latest smart TV models support voice recognition offering support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can switch channels and do a program search by talking to your TV.
Most smart TVs are compatible with almost any smart speaker you may own. Some have the functionality built into the TV itself.
Some smart TVs come with a special dashboard that allows you to control smart lights and smart locks.
The standard LED TV, on the other hand, can only be used as a display device for video sources from media playback devices like Blu-ray players, TV boxes and cable TV boxes.
Smart TV Video Streaming Functionality
One main attraction of a Smart TV is its ability to stream video from the Internet.
Usually, you watch video streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu Plus over your computer or smartphone. A Smart TV has that capability, too.
As has been mentioned earlier, a Smart TV is very much like a computer.
Smart TV is a Miniature Computer
You can go online with it and use a web browser which would enable to visit social media sites and even perform tasks like sending emails and so on.
Of course, you would need a fast, stable Internet connection. If you already have one, then your can connect your TV to the Internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet cable.
LED TVs are a form of upgraded LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TVs.
They use a special kind of backlighting instead of flourescent lighting placed horizontally behind the display area in a normal LCD TV.
LEDs are much smaller than flourescent lighting panels. As such the display unit is less bulkier and much more thinner than a normal LCD TV.
The LED feature provides TVs with a darker shade of lighting and higher energu savings.
LED TV Drawback
Despite this plus, LED TVs have a draw back.
You get a limited viewing angle compared to that of an LCD TV.
With the advent of Internet-enabled affordable standalone TV boxes with preloaded apps, there’s not much differnce between Smart TV and LED TV.