So far we've looked at the basics of Smart TVs and examined what you can expect from each of the major vendor's App stores. But which models should you be getting excited by? Let's take a look at the top of the range from each Smart TV vendor.
Gizmodo's Smart TV Buying Guide
- Part 1: Basics You Need To Know
- Part 2: App Stores Compared
- Part 3: Latest Models Roundup
- Part 4: Smart TV Tips And Tricks
Model Name: UA60D8000 RRP: $5,999 Key features: The D8000 is a 60 inch panel with a slim design philosophy. Don't be put off by the asking price; we've seen it on sale cheaper in a number of online and real world stores. It's LED backlit, 3D compatible, WiFi ready and features a neat design with virtually no bezel; what you're looking at is just display screen and nothing else. With an optional Skype camera it's also possible to use it for large scale video conferencing duties.
Model Name: KDL65HX925 RRP: $9999 Key features: Sony's top-end TV at the time of writing is the heftily priced (and all but impossible to pronounce) KDL65HX925. The price is high, although at the time of writing that also bundled a Sony Tablet S 32GB with it, giving you (amongst other things) a neat way of remote controlling it. It's a 65 inch LED backlit panel with access to Sony's range of very entertainment-centric Smart TV services.
Model Name: VT30 RRP:$5299 Key features: Panasonic's VT30 is a 65 inch plasma panel; while people will debate Plasma or LCD endlessly, it's much more a matter of personal display choice these days. The VT30 is 3D capable and can handle 2D to 3D conversion if that appeals to you. It's also THX certified if you're keen on using its inbuilt speakers, and with the addition of any USB hard drive also performs PVR duty.
Model Name: LW6500 RRP: $4999 Key features: The LW6500 isn't quite like the other 3D capable panels we've looked at here, because it's a user of passive rather than active glasses; these are cheaper (if you ignore the $159.95 Oakley models) The LW6500 also uses LG's "Magic Motion" remote, a Wii-esque device that uses waggle style controls for simple TV operation. It sounds gimmicky, but it's not too hard to learn, and a lot easier than trying to find a remote button in the dark when you should be concentrating on enjoying your movie.