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A decade ago, there were only a few smart TVs so there was not much need for a shopping guide. Nowadays, however, consumers have a wide range of choices as brands launch smart TVs to connect to the blossoming world of online audio and video entertainment. With different operating systems, specifications and features, it's hard not to get overwhelmed. So, here's what you should consider when choosing a smart TV.

Why should I buy a Smart TV?

Smart TVs are connected to the Internet with an endless variety of programmes available on major streaming platforms. Audiences can now enjoy an incredible diversity in audio-visual experiences. And with the rise of the smart home, smart TVs will become the centre of attention with some models able to connect with and control different smart appliances.

Which is the best operating system?

There are four major operating systems that are popular in Hong Kong: Samsung Tizen, LG webOS, Panasonic My home screen, and Android TV which is commonly used by other brands. In fact, the basic functions of most current operating systems are similar with the main differences lying in the interface and operation.

A comparison of the 4 major smart TV systems

Tizen (Smart Hub)webOSMy home screenAndroid TV(Authorised version)
Brand
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Hisense/ Sharp/ Skyworth/ Sony/ TCL
Interface
  • Main menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Main menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Main menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Full screen design

Tizen (Smart Hub)webOSMy home screenAndroid TV(Authorised version)
Brand
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Hisense/ Sharp/ Skyworth/ Sony/ TCL
Interface
  • Main menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Main menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Main menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Full screen design
App
  • Samsung App Store
  • LG Content Store
  • Supports specific apps
  • Google Play
Remote control
  • One Remote (controls multiple devices)
  • Magic Remote (ultra-smooth mouse experience)
  • Remote Control
  • Remote Control
Mobile remote control
  • One depth
  • LG TV Plus app
  • TV Remote 2
  • Android TV Remote Control
Screen projection
  • 1. SmartThings
  • 2. Airplay 2
  • 1. LG TV Plus app
  • 2. Airplay 2
  • TV Anytime
  • 1. Chromecast
  • 2. Airplay 2
Voice recognition
  • 1. Bixby
  • 2. Supports 3rd party technologies
  • 1. ThinQ AI
  • 2. Supports 3rd party technologies
  • /
  • 1. Google Assistant
  • 2. Supports 3rd party technologies
Smart Home appliances
  • Supports
  • Supports
  • /
  • Supports

What size should I get?

Most think the bigger the TV, the better but the right viewing distance is more important than size. Simply put, the better the picture quality, the closer the optimal viewing distance.

• Full HD TV: Best viewing distance (cm) = TV size x 4

• 4K UHD TV: Best viewing distance (cm) = TV size x 3

Work out the appropriate size for your home before buying a 4K TV. For example, if the distance between the sofa and the wall at 1.5m, choose a 50" model.

Size     4KFull HD
40"
  • 120cm
  • 160cm
43"
  • 129cm
  • 129cm
49"
  • 147cm
  • 196cm
50"
  • 150cm
  • 200cm
55"
  • 165cm
  • 220cm
65"
  • 195cm
  • 260cm

What is the difference between LED, QLED and OLED? 

These confusing abbreviations represent three types of LCD technology. The choice of which one to buy depends on the image quality as each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
LED
  • More affordable price
  • Lower colour reproduction
  • Thick body
  • Low viewing angle
  • Narrower colour gamut
QLED
  • Cost less than OLED
  • High colour reproduction
  • Generally better HDR performance
  • than OLEDs
  • Wider colour gamut
  • High saturation
  • Energy saving
  • Poorer lifespan than OLEDs
  • Slower response time
  • Lighter black levels
  • Less uniformity
OLED
  • High colour reproduction
  • Fast response time
  • Thin body
  • Deep black levels
  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Energy saving
  • Cost higher than QLED
  • Generally worse HDR performance than OLED
  • Shorter lifespan than QLED

What is the difference between HD, Full HD, 4K UHD and 8K UHD?

The pixel level affects the picture quality. If the resolution of a Smart TV is only in HD, it is entry level. Full HD is now the mainstream for Smart TVs. However, the most attractive aspect of smart TVs is that streaming platforms such as Netflix and YouTube already support 4K. With movies already in 4K, 4K TVs are the best value for money.

As for 8K UHD TVs, they are naturally the best for those who have a budget in mind and have a high demand for picture quality. Although 8K is a relatively rare option at the moment, some Hollywood blockbusters are already moving in this direction such as Captain Marvel which was shot in 8K. AI-equipped TVs automatically upgrade the picture so you enjoy the visual impact at home with the same level of detail and texture as if you were in a cinema. Also check if your TV supports HDR technology. Images are detailed with better colours and contrast and the overall viewing is more vivid and realistic.

Some brands are good on audio and support Dolby Atmos panoramic sound or use on-screen output technology to rectify glitches such as sound and picture mismatches. Look out for these when buying a smart TV.

What TV is best for playing video games?

Buyers who play video games need to consider compatibility with the gaming consoles. The next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S delivers up to 8K UHD at 120 Hz. This effectively reduces screen tearing, choppiness and flickers and improves picture lag so a variable refresh rate (VRR) of 120 Hz is required. Some models use technologies such as eARC, AMD FreeSync or G-Sync, or have ALLM or HGiG modes to create a smooth and immersive gaming experience.