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Smart TVs Vs. LED TV: A Comparison

If you’re a buyer in the market, the terms can get a bit confusing. Nevertheless, you still want to buy a TV; it’s an investment for your home. So here’s what you need to know on what’s better, a smart TV versus LED TV. 

Most LED TVs made are smart TVs; all new ones, that is. Experts and manufacturers categorize all modern TVs under one term, smart TVs. A smart TV is similar to a smartphone, except you can’t call, you don’t have a cellular network, and no built-in camera. 

Smart TVs Vs. LED TV

Other differences make these two devices separate, but the gist is that an LED TV is already a smart TV. Are you interested in knowing how that works? You’re welcome to keep reading for more information on smart TVs. 

Also read: How To Connect Your Smart TV To A Hotspot

Smart TVs Vs. LED TV

As shared earlier, all TVs that manufacturers make at this moment are all smart TVs. In the 90s, manufacturers made box TVs; one of the most notable brands of this era was Phillips. 

 Please note that technology advanced due to the people watching TV and not the developers and manufacturers. Their job was to solve the problem, and at this time, TVs were massive. 

Hence came flat-screen TVs in the 2000s. Please note that manufacturers created flat-screen TVs to solve the size issue when it came to box TVs.

So flat-screen TVs were not smart TVs; they were just slimmer and more convenient for users to keep in the comfort of their homes. 

Then in the 2010s, manufacturers introduced smart TVs. Smart TVs were the equivalent of smartphones and computers.

Users received some, not all, of the features present in the devices mentioned above. They were faster, convenient, and accessible. 

Which brings us to the next part of this article, so what’s LED?

What Is LED?

LED, believe it or not, is lighting. That’s it; it’s just lighting technology. An LED TV uses backlighting, whereby it dims the light found behind darker areas of an image, making them darker. 

There are three types of backlighting techniques that LED TVs use; however, that’s getting into the science and physics of it all, defeating this article’s purpose. 

Nevertheless, manufacturers include LED technology in smart TVs to differentiate them from one another. It’s one of their selling points. Currently, you can’t find an LED TV that isn’t a smart TV.

In maybe 2013, you could, but lighting technology became a staple for smart TVs with the rise of newer technology.

The Different Smart TV Categories

There are so many ways to categorize smart TVs. Here are some of the ways experts and manufacturers use to categorize smart TVs:

  • Display technology
  • Screen Type
  • Screen Size
  • Features

Nonetheless, display technology is one of the most prioritized specifications by users, and thus, it ranks higher on the priority list. Everyone wants a TV that looks amazing and gives the experience they paid for at the store. 

What are the different display technologies in the market? You may have heard of some of them, but here are what manufacturers are offering in terms of display:

  • LED
  • OLED
  • LCD
  • DLP

At the moment, OLED is one of the most sought-after display technologies. Experts assume that OLED will replace everything from LCD to LED in a couple of years. 

Features of Smart TVs

Now that LED is out of the way, it’s time to focus on smart TVs. Manufacturers primarily define smart TVs from the features provided. Some high-tier smart TVs will have impressive features like VR.

Regardless, here are the main features of smart TVs:

Access to Google Play Store Or The Apple Store

As shared earlier, smartphones and smart TVs are kind of similar. They differ in some ways, but they function the same. One of the most prominent features is access to the app store.

The app stores allow users to download apps like streaming apps, games, etc. 

Access To Web Browser

Another great thing about smart TVs is that users can access web browsers. It might seem a bit useless since users would need to buy an external keyboard and mouse to use one, but having access to a web browser like Google or Safari is always a welcome feature. 

Youtube

Just like smartphones, smart TVs come with Youtube pre-installed, and users cannot uninstall the app. Users can disable it; however, Youtube is the most visited social media app on the planet. 

Sync With Other Devices

Alexa and Google Home have become staples in most households. Thankfully, with smart TVs, you can sync your TVs with these devices and have increased accessibility. 

Casting

Casting is prevalent because it allows you to connect your smartphone to your smart TV. You can also connect apps like Spotify and Youtube from your phone to your TV. It’s a convenient way to watch your favorite content at the click of a button. 

What’s The End Goal?

In the end, smart TVs have undergone a sort of technological evolution. It’s 2021, and most LED TVs are smart TVs, the probability of finding either of these two as separate devices is pretty low.

You can, but they might not be new TVs. If it doesn’t appeal to you, the market has plenty of options to choose from. 

Smart TV and LED FAQs.

Is Every LED TV A Smart TV?

In 2021, yes, every LED TV is a smart TV. However, you can find an old or used LED TV without smart features. Experts do not recommend it since, in a couple of years, everything will be in OLED. 

Which Type Of Smart TV Is The Best?

If you have some money to spare, experts recommend going for a 65-inch OLED TV. In terms of brands, Samsung will not fail you.

How Do You Identify A Smart TV?

Smart TVs come with specific features that set them apart. For example, built-in WiFi, app stores, casting features, device syncing, etc. 

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