Picking the best smart TV for your home or dorm
Luke Bouma • August 3, 2017if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
Choose the best smart TV for you
Smart TVs have come a long way from the original clunky and slow devices with limited apps. Now, they are superbly powerful devices running some of the most modern streaming services out there. With their new designs, you don’t need any extra wires, additional brand or expensive universal remotes.
Smart TVs give you all the apps you want in one clean and easy to use TV. Currently, there are three main brands that power the most cord cutting friendly smart TVs out there: Roku TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV Edition.
The best part of Smart TVs using one of these operating systems is that you do not have to rely on the manufacturer to update your TV. In the past, it was very common for TV manufacturers to just walk away from a TV and stop updating it. Now, with Roku, Google, and Amazon behind many smart TVs, you can get updates and new features long after you buy your TV.
Let’s take a minute to go over the three big brands and give you a look at the new TVs that have come out.
Roku TVs have recently become a dominating force in the smart TV field. With Roku TVs, you can get access to over 350,000 movies and TV shows from a wide range of popular services including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and hundreds of other apps.
Roku, in partnership with TCL, has recently rolled out a totally redesigned line of Roku TVs with 4K Dolby Vision HDR for the best possible image.
They also added several additional features such as the ability to connect your antenna to your Roku and a sleep timer to stop any stream you may be watching (thus, helping you stay under any data caps you may have).
Android TV is Google’s version of Smart TVs. Most commonly used by Sony, Android TV brings a powerful operating system to your smart TV.
Blockbuster movies and live sports, streaming apps and multiplayer games, as well as apps like YouTube, Hulu Plus and NBA Game Time, put personalized recommendations for videos, shows and sports in your home screen.
With full access to the Google Play store and easy access to sideload apps, the Android TV smart TVs are a perfect option for anyone who wants something powerful to play around with.
The Fire TV Edition Smart TV, Amazon’s smart TV operating system, is the latest line of smart TVs to come out. Only recently available for sale, they took everything you love about the Fire TV and incorporated it into a smart TV.
Amazon took the time to build any channels you may get with your antenna, such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and Prime Video, right into the TV. This allows your smart TV to recommend shows on your streaming services and your antenna at the same time with a unified home screen.
Multiple device input/output options: 4 HDMI 2.0 including 1 with ARC, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, SD card, Ethernet, composite/component, headphone, optical audio out make this a uniquely versatile smart TV perfect for any room of the house or dormitory.
No matter which one of these smart TVs you pick, you will have an outstanding streaming experience along with the assurance your TV won’t become obsolete in a year or two.