Best LED TVs in India -2019
Television is a serious purchase! Unlike buying say a toothpaste which lasts a few weeks, we expect a TV to last years at least, and preferably without any problems. Hence selecting the right TV, needs a lot of thought and research, so that you don’t end up wasting a lot of money buying the wrong TV. And this is where I come in! My curated list of the best TVs in India includes only those that deserve your attention. I’ve reviewed each in detail and arranged them size wise for ease of selection.
The problem with finding the right TV, however, is there are way too many fancy features and technical terms used to describe TVs. For example, do you want an HD Ready, Full HD or 4K TV? How smart a TV you should go for? And what is the difference between LED, OLED and QLED TVs?
The buying guide below will cover all that and more, turning you into an expert on TVs. You can use this knowledge to identify what you need and what you don’t when taking the final call.
If you have any particular query, just drop a comment below. I’ll resolve it within 24 hours.
- 1 Best LED TVs in India -2019
- 2 Best 32-inch TVs in India
- 3 Best 40-inch TVs in India
- 4 Best 43-inch TVs in India
- 5 Best 49-inch and 50-inch TVs in India
- 6 Best 55-inch TVs in India
- 7 Best 65-inch TVs in India
- 8 Buying Guide— Know your TV inside out!
Best 32-inch TVs in India
This one has consistently held Amazon’s bestseller rank, and rightly so! The TV offers a sleek design, high quality and top-notch features for an unbelievable price!
Smart TVs are not new to the TV market, they’ve been around for some time now. But what’s new are the Android based and voice-controlled TVs, that give an edge to a simple ‘smart’ TV. With this TV from Mi, you get both— a user-friendly Android interface for your smart TV and a smart remote.
You can now speak into the remote, anything you want to search for, like ‘Best Bollywood movies’ or commands like ‘Go to Star Plus’ and the TV will obey. No more pressing buttons endlessly and no need to stand right in front of the TV— the Bluetooth lets you control the TV from any corner of the room.
This TV oozes value— from its numerous features, stylish looks and an attractive price tag! Its definitely a hot product in India right now!
Price is a vital factor to finalizing a TV. And this TV from Sanyo wins the title of the ‘best budget TV’ in the 32” category. If you haven’t heard of Sanyo before, don’t worry, it’s a Panasonic brand.
Reintroduced in 2016, by its parent company Panasonic, Sanyo has since climbed its way up to join the league of ‘reliable and quality’ consumer electronics brands in India. This TV too offers IPS display panel— ensuring a wide viewing angle and high definition graphics.
The wide viewing angle prevents any image distortion, letting you enjoy the TV from any part of the room.
The TV's 16W sound output is suitable for Indian homes. However, if you’re used to a premium branded TV then you may feel the need for an external sound system.
The multiple connectivity ports allow seamless connection of multimedia devices like PC/Laptop, USB drive, digital camera, gaming console etc. This widens the content options and the TV's utility.
This TV doesn’t just cost less but also helps you save up on your electricity bills, owing to its low power consumption.
For some extra money you can get a premium branded TV that will last you many New Years!
Sony TV’s visuals are one of the best in the industry. The images produced by this TV too, are backed by Sony’s Clear Resolution Enhancer— an image enhancement technology responsible for accurate and clear colour reproduction.
The access ports let you connect a variety of external devices like USB drives, hard disk, gaming console, PC/Laptop, Smartphone and so on, to the TV.
It also comes with an in-built Radio, you can tune into anytime as you get ready for office or cook dinner.
Reassuring its longevity, Sony safeguards the TV with its X-Protection Pro. This ensures that your TV remains protected from voltage fluctuations, humidity, dust and lightning.
In the 32” category, this TV offers a unique set of features that make it a class apart!
LG is a premium brand among TVs and its picture quality is one of the best. But this TV doesn’t stop there. Along with supporting HDR (High Dynamic Range) format, the TV is also a smart one!
By connecting it to the internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi, you can access content from the TVs in-built Apps.
For more games and Apps, you can download them anytime from the LG Content Store.
Although the selection of Apps is limited compared to Google PlayStore, it has all the trending Apps like YouTube, Netflix and so on. Also, if the TV falls short of space in its internal memory, you can expand the memory with a USB drive.
Screen mirroring is another smart feature which lets you cast your Smartphone screen on to the TV for a more immersive experience. This TV is also Bluetooth enabled i.e. you can connect your Smartphone, speakers and headsets to the TV wirelessly.
And yet the TV’s flagship feature is not its awesome graphics or sound but its voice-activated control! Yes, your voice itself becomes the remote as you input commands like ‘Open YouTube’ and search queries like ‘Suggest some comedy movies’.
LG’s magic remote is one-of-a-kind smart remote that takes voice commands, functions as an air mouse, and lets you control the TV, speakers and set-top box. This TV truly deserves the ‘Best 32-inch TV in India’ trophy!
Established in 2013, CloudWalker is an Indian tech start-up that has quickly climbed its way into consumer’s hearts and homes. With its efficient performance, high quality visuals and smart features, CloudWalker TV successfully establishes itself as the entertainment centre of the house.
The large 40” screen size lets you enjoy movies and TV shows in full HD glory. You can even play 4K content on this TV with the 4K Ready technology.
This one is an Android smart TV with a user-friendly interface. The Content Discovery Engine brings the trending content and Apps to your attention for a personalized experience. You can thus watch content through the preloaded Apps or download more from the AppStore.
The remote comes with dedicated buttons for different functions like homescreen, screenshot etc. It also comes with an air mouse function, so just point the cursor and click. By downloading the CShare App on your Smartphone, you can perform functions like screen mirroring and also use it to control the TV.
For a price that seems too good to be true, this TV is definitely a good catch!
Another worthy TV from Sony’s 2018 line-up, this TV has a stylish design and sturdy build. Its graphics are processed by the Clear Resolution Enhancer technology, while the 20W audio is thanks to the ClearPhase technology.
Hence it comes as no surprise that this TV displays clear, crisp and blur-free visuals with a deep and rich sound. You won’t have to spend more on getting a sound system.
Other than the built-in FM Radio, the TV also offers multiple language support for navigating in the language of your choice. The HDMI and USB ports facilitate multimedia connectivity for more content options.
But if you’re still hesitant to buy a non-smart TV, then here’s good news for you. With an Amazon fire TV stick, you can turn this TV smart. Yes, you read it right! The fire tv stick connects to Wi-Fi and lets you access unlimited content on any non-smart TV.
Also, this TV is safeguarded by Sony’s X-Protection Pro— from voltage fluctuations, lightning and humidity.
All-in-all this TV promises quality, functionality and long-lasting durability.
Typically, as the screen size increases, the cost goes up too. But not with this one.
BPL, an old consumer electronics giant, has made a comeback with its sophisticated TVs and humble prices that will appeal to anyone.
This particular TV from BPL produces graphics backed by its Vivid Colour Controller technology for accurate colour reproduction and sharpness.
The TV also has multiple access ports that let you connect a range of devices from Laptops & Smartphones to pen-drives & gaming consoles.
You can even plug in a set of headphones, to enjoy an immersive and isolated experience. Alternatively, you can attach a set of soundbars via the 3.5mm jack, for an enhanced sound output.
This TV has been designed in India with the Indian consumer’s needs in focus. This is especially evident in the TV’s high energy efficiency ratings which will help save up on electricity bills. If your TV usage adds up to hours every day, then this one is just right for you!
Sony has been a household name in India for decades and continues to be a trusted brand. This is because it delivers quality, value and design in every product be it a Smartphone, digital camera or a TV.
This elegant TV comes with X-Reality Pro and HDR technologies which produce stunning picture quality. Both technologies work together to reduce digital noise (or graininess), highlight every hue & shade of a colour and enhance the image clarity. On the sound side too, the ClearPhase+ fine-tunes the audio to give you a surround sound experience.
As this one’s a smart TV, it has a few preloaded Apps and games that help you get started on the content journey. You can download more Apps from the AppStore as and when the need arises.
The remote design could use an upgrade but it does come with a few plus points. It has dedicated hotkeys to popular Apps like YouTube and Netflix which bring entertainment just a press-of-a-button away.
Like other Sony TVs, this one too is covered by X-Protection Pro. This ensures a sturdy and strong build that protects the TV from electrical surges, moisture, dust and lightning.
LG never fails to amaze with its superior picture quality and sound. And this TV too is one of the best in this category, not because I say so, but because the TV speaks for itself!
Offering a resolution of 4K, the graphics are top-notch— pristine, vivid and with a high contrast! The active HDR and 4K upscaler, brings up the lower resolution videos to near 4K.
This smart TV is based on WebOS which is simple to use and easy to navigate.
You get a few in-built Apps and an LG Content Store in case you want more options. If there’s no space to store games and Apps, simply plug in a USB to expand memory.
The Quick Access feature lets you create shortcuts to your favourite channel or App while the ‘magic zoom’ allows you to enlarge a live scene on the TV.
Screen mirroring is another smart feature that lets you cast your Smartphone or tablet screen on to the TV. Even the remote is smart, it gives you control over the TV, speakers as well as the set-top box, among other exciting features.
Overall, if you’re looking for functionality and brand value then LG is the way to go!
Best 49-inch and 50-inch TVs in India
With this TV from Mi, what you get is a 49-inch large screen complete with the latest features, at a too-good-to-be-true price!
The Android patchwall lets you access tons of content which you can navigate with your voice. The voice-activated smart remote lets you browse through your favorite content from any corner of the room.
The TV also supports screen mirroring i.e. casting your Smartphone screen onto the TV to enjoy games and social media on a larger screen.
For a price below 35oooRs, you get a value-packed product in a king-sized screen!
LG’s ThinQ AI technology comes like a breath of fresh air in a TV segment where every other TV is smart or 4K.
The ThinQ AI uses Natural Language Processing to facilitate intelligent voice-activated control. Have a special request? Just ask. How about– ‘Action movies’, ‘Top Bollywood playlist’, ‘Baking recipes’ and anything else that you can think of.
This ThinQ AI technology, is supported by LG’s powerful graphics, recreating reality on your 49” of awesomeness!
The DTS Virtual X, backs it up with a deep and rich sound, with its advanced sound processing technology. You can easily connect your Bluetooth headset or soundbar with this TV’s wireless sound feature.
Furthermore, the TV comes with a ‘magic remote’ having a universal control button that allows you to control the set-top box, speakers and the TV. The remote functions as an air mouse and provides a button for voice command. You even get hot keys to popular Apps; while the Quick Access feature lets you create remote shortcuts to your favorite channel or App.
If your TV checklist has excellent visuals and innovative technology in it– LG TV brings you all that and so much more at a great price!
This one truly deserves the title of the ‘Best 49” TV in India’!
Samsung TV expertly highlights the fine details in an image with its HDR premium brightness and PurColor technology. A TV that brings out multiple shades and contrast in an image is perfect to watch 4K content on!
But if you have subscribed only to Full HD channels on your set-top box, Samsung’s 4K Upscaler will fill the gaps to enhance the image.
Samsung TV uses a distinct four-step process to improve the visuals you see.
The ultra-clean view scans for any digital noise in the content and quickly corrects it. This works even on videos with resolution lower than full HD.
The TV’s smart performance is powered by Tizen operating system. You can play content from Netflix, YouTube or shop on Amazon or navigate through a wide menu of Apps in a few clicks.
The TV also supports screen mirroring and multi-tasking feature. Cast your Smartphone on the TV screen with the Samsung Smart view App.
Samsung TV panels are extensively used by other TV brands as they are a benchmark of quality and durability. An entire TV by Samsung is thus a promise of only the best!
This masterpiece from TCL is a treat to look at! The golden metal frame gives a premium, regal look to the TV while also keeping your focus on-screen by giving the TV an ‘edgeless’ feel.
The TV produces pristine UHD images with the help of its image processing technologies. The HDR Ready technology ensures every color and shade comes alive on your TV screen! The rich audio output is thanks to its Dolby surround sound technology.
But what’s a good display without content to enjoy?
Well, to solve your content woes, the TV offers internet connectivity. You can access content from the loads of in-built Apps or download more from the AppStore. The Android operating system makes this TV easy to navigate, so you won’t have to keep going back to the manual.
The nScreen App facilitates screen mirroring as well as functions as a secondary remote. Whether you want to stream photos, play music, change channels & volume or play a YouTube video, the nScreen App lets you do it all.
If you want to upgrade to a larger TV without burning a hole in your pocket, then TCL TV is just right for you!
Yet another cool TV from Sony, this one offers even better features than its other LED counterparts.
The 4K HDR, MotionFlow XR and X-Reality Pro technology working behind the 55” large screen, produces visuals unlike any other TV! The bass reflex speakers team up with ClearAudio+ technology to ensure every dialogue and lyric is clear and loud.
This excellent picture and sound quality will never go unnoticed every time you watch a movie, play a game or stream 4K videos.
And if watching the regular channels start boring you, then simply switch to the internet.
With its Android operating system, this TV opens up a whole new world of ultra-high definition content in the form of videos, games and TV shows. You can also download Apps and games of your choice from the Google PlayStore.
Well, this TV takes voice commands, so you don’t need to keep pressing buttons anymore. You can even ask for suggestions like, ‘the best action movies’, ‘top 10 comedy shows’ and so on, the TV will promptly obey!
The TV also comes with built-in Chromecast so you can easily cast videos from your Smartphone or Laptop onto the TV screen.
This TV really has it all— large screen size, attractive & latest features, brand value and handsome looks! What more do you want?
This TV is another beauty from TCL that proudly show-offs its edgeless design and slim build. It’s hard to look away once you put your eyes on it!
The TV is Google certified Android which gives access to infinite content via the many preloaded Apps. For an App of your choice or more content options, you can always download more from the Google PlayStore. The 65” large screen combined with TCL’s image enhancement technologies give you a theatre-like experience.
These stunning visuals are accompanied with an equally powerful sound technology. The TV’s 16W sound output is backed by Harman Kardon sound system, Dolby Audio and DTS premium to produce an audio that envelopes you!
The TV comes with a smart, ergonomic remote that has navigation buttons, hotkeys to popular Apps, and voice command button. You can simply speak into the remote— ‘Best comedy movies’, ‘Open Browser’ and so on, the TV will do what you say.
A screen size of 65”, Android OS and voice control remote combine with superior image & audio quality, to give you the best 4K experience. Even the price is lower than other 65” 4K TVs— you will definitely be a proud owner!
This TV is a work of art! Being a part of the elite OLED series, already makes this TV a class apart but its unique design and stunning graphics will keep you glued for hours!
The self-lighting OLED pixels diligently perform their job and produce shades of black like never before– even a starry camp-night scene will seem like a Van Gogh painting. The superior color reproduction and the picture quality might make you watch your favorite movies all over again, enjoying them in a new light of OLED pixels.
With its high-speed processors, self-lighting OLED technology and Triluminous display, reality will pale in comparison to what you see on the screen!
This Android TV from Sony, comes with an advanced voice command function whose sole purpose is to save you from typing troubles. You can simply ask your query, into the remote and find what you’re looking for.
The built-in ChromeCast lets you cast your Smartphone screen onto the big screen, freeing up your phone to continue chatting or talking. The IR blaster remote allows you control over both the set-top box and the TV.
With unlimited content access via the Google PlayStore and tons of features, this TV will keep you entertained all year-round!
If you don’t mind the extra cost for a value-packed product, you can be this one’s lucky owner!
Buying Guide— Know your TV inside out!
Many say when it comes to TV size— the bigger the better.
Well, try sitting in the very first row in a movie theatre and you’ll be reminded why no one likes front row seats. And that’s because your eyes are under constant strain. The problem is not in the screen size but the distance, as the same theatre screen from a last row seat will not stress your eyes.
Same applies to TVs. Hence, before deciding which screen size to go for, take note of the viewing distance. Viewing distance is the distance between the TV (wall mounted or on table top) and the sofa or chairs from where you’ll be watching the TV.
To calculate the ideal size for your TV, divide the viewing distance (in inches) by 1.6 and you’ll know how large a TV you should go for.
This may feel like a hassle, but please do it so you know where to make your kids sit, to avoid developing a number.
Or use this TV size and viewing distance calculator to find out.
Pixels and Resolution
The Television shows us a lot of pictures at a fast rate that look like a video is playing on-screen. These pictures are made up of lakhs of tiny dots called pixels. Each pixel can display different colors in varying levels of brightness. And the number of pixels the TV screen can show is called the resolution of the screen.
Higher the number of pixels higher will be the screen’s resolution and better will be the video quality. A high resolution thus translates into clear, and colorful videos.
And how do you find out the resolution?
Well, the format used to describe the resolution of a screen is– (the number of pixels shown horizontally) X (number of pixels shown vertically).
So, a screen with (1280 X 720) resolution shows 1280 horizontal pixels multiplied by 720 vertical pixels or a total of 9,21,600 pixels. Such a screen will commonly be called a screen with resolution of 720. The world of High Definition starts at 720.
Most commonly available resolutions and the terms used to describe them are as follows:
720p (1280x720p)— High Definition (HD) or HD ready TV
1080p (1920 x 1080p)— Full HD TV
2160p (3840 x 2160p)— UHD or Ultra HD or 4K
(4K, because it displays 4 times the number of pixels shown by Full HD)
Now what do you think will happen if you give video input of 720p to a TV with resolution of 1080p? Well, whenever there is any mismatch between the video input and the displaying ability of the TV what you’ll see is simply the lower resolution (720p in the above example)
This little nugget of information is very useful in picking the right resolution for your new TV. Why?
Because if you’ve subscribed for Full HD channels on your set-top box, but your TV has HD Ready (720p) resolution, you’ll actually be viewing the HD content in 720p only! This is the reason many people prefer 1080p TV these days.
One little thing to note here is the difference between 1080p and 1080i. The “p” in 1080p stands for progressive and “i” in 1080i stands for interlace.
As you know, the TV shows multiple images in a second. In Progressive TVs the entire image is displayed in a single frame.
Whereas, in Interlaced TVs only odd numbered horizontal lines (that form the image) are displayed in one frame and only even numbered horizontal lines are displayed in the next frame. As the frames are shown at a fast speed the interlaced TVs try to trick us into believing we are seeing a complete picture. This results in some lags while watching TV especially some fast-paced action.
My advice is, stick with 1080p or 720p or anything with p after it.
The Display technology— LCD/ LED/ Plasma/ OLED/ QLED
Now that you know what the different resolutions are, let’s talk about the display technologies.
It must be noted that resolution and these display technologies are different things. What it means is you can have an LCD TV with 720p, 1080p or 4K resolution. Similarly, you can have LED TVs, Plasma TVs, OLED TVs, etc. with different resolutions.
LCD and LED
LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display.
The screen of an LCD TV consists of a panel filled with liquid crystals. These liquid crystals have the ability to pass or block light as it passes through them and this passing or blocking of light can be controlled by applying electric current through the crystals.
Hence each pixel is controlled by applying current through it. If you want to know in depth about LCDs check this cool guide out.
Since Liquid Crystals don’t produce any light of their own a fluorescent lamp is placed behind this panel of liquid crystals. The light passes through the liquid crystal panel, and when the electric current is applied, the result is what you see on screen— images and videos.
LED TVs have the same Liquid Crystal panel but instead of fluorescent lamp, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are used to illuminate the Liquid Crystal panel. This doesn’t just improve the images you see, but also allows the TVs to be made slimmer and compact.
Since the LED technology is an upgraded version of LCD technology, both terms are used interchangeably now-a-days.
In comparison to LCD and LED, plasma TVs use a different technology. There is however only one thing to know about plasma TVs— they are DEAD.
So, don’t buy a plasma TV no matter what anyone tells you about it.
OLED vs. QLED
OLED is an innovative technology that is new to the TV industry but surpasses all technologies in terms of picture quality.
As I mentioned before, LED TVs have a panel of liquid crystals and a light source behind this panel. As a separate light source is required to illuminate the Liquid Crystals (which cannot light-up on their own), this is transmissive in nature. That is, light from a different source is transferred to the liquid crystals and only then can we see the images on the TV screen.
OLED technology, on the other hand, is different.
Here a thin organic film is placed between two conductors. When current is applied, light is emitted. Since every pixel in the organic film produces its own light, this technology is termed as ‘emissive’. This is the basic difference between LED and OLED TVs.
But if that’s the only difference, what makes OLED TVs so special and pricey?
Well, a lot actually. As there is no need for backlight the screens can be made extremely thin and they consume lesser power than LEDs.
Also, OLED screens are flexible, meaning they can be twisted, folded and most importantly vibrated. This means the screen can produce sound! Yes, I’m not kidding.
But the highlight of OLED TVs is still its video quality. And the secret lies in the ‘contrast ratio.’
Contrast ratio, is the other often overlooked parameter that determines the quality of a video (after resolution). In simple words, it is the ratio of the brightest white to the darkest black, the TV can produce. Higher the contrast ratio, better is the video quality; even if the resolution remains same.
Try watching a 4K LED TV next to a 4K OLED TV, you will experience what I’m saying. Video quality of OLED TVs is undeniably superior to LED TVs even when both have the same resolution (4K). It is all thanks to OLEDs very high contrast ratio.
How high you ask? Well, infinitely high! And this makes OLED displays the indisputable winners!
However, don’t confuse OLED with QLED.
QLED is a completely different technology than OLED. It is basically a marketing term used by Samsung to describe a segment of their LED TVs. Samsung has tinkered a bit with the LED technology and released a new range of expensive TVs, marketed as QLED, to confuse the buyers. Don’t fall for it, always buy OLED.
Coming back to OLED TVs, they are considered premium products compared to LED TVs. If your TV usage is minimal then LEDs are perfect TVs to have. However, if you don’t mind the extra cost, you should definitely pay for OLED TVs, they are worth it!
Check out this article for a detailed explanation on Plasma vs. LED vs. LCD TVs.
Well, as the name suggests the TVs are curved. The purpose of this curvature is to create a more immersive viewing experience.
Should you get one home then? I don’t think so.
Simply, because curved TVs while do add to the viewing experience, the improvement is only slight and subtle. But these are priced as premium products. And the extra cost is not worth it.
3-D TVs— cool or not?
The year was 2014 and 3-D TVs were the latest rage in town. Everyone was getting one, so we got one home too.
How many times do you think we watched 3-D content on the TV since then? ZERO! Why?
Because 3-D content was just not available or had to be bought for exorbitant prices. 3-D movies even today, are made rarely and almost no TV series or sports content is recorded & aired in 3-D. The final call is yours.
Smart vs. non-smart TVs
When it comes to a smart vs. non-smart TV debate, there is sadly no clear answer. The choice depends on your budget and needs.
The world of TVs itself is unclear about what a smart TV really is— and that is where the problem lies! Essentially any TV which can be connected to the internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi, is a smart TV.
But every smart TV differs in its level of smartness (although the TV industry doesn’t specify any levels). Some offer very few ‘smart’ features while some are loaded with ‘smartness.’
So, to make things simple I’ve made three categories to understand the difference between smart and non-smart TVs as well as ‘how smart’ a TV really is.
Non-smart (Standard) TV
- Standard TVs cannot be connected to the internet and perform the most basic function of a TV— showing you content from the set-top box. At most, these TVs can be connected to external hard disks, pen-drives, PC/Laptop, Smartphone via HDMI, USB or VGA ports.
- SO, if you want to catch an episode of CID from 5 years back, you have to download the episode on a pen-drive and connect it to the TV (rather troublesome, don’t you think?)
- Since non-smart TVs have limited features, they’re also easy on the pocket out of all TVs.
- But what if I tell you even standard TVs can be turned smart? Surprised? Well, that’s true! All you have to do is connect an Amazon fire stick to your non-smart T.V. and it becomes smart. You then have access to tons of Apps, games and more!
- Amazon fire stick connects to the internet to give you access to loads of Apps like Netflix, Hotstar, SonyLiv, YouTube and many more. It also comes with an easy-to-use remote which takes voice commands. Yes, just by connecting Amazon fire stick your humble non- smart LED TV suddenly becomes smart!
Basic smart TV
Most of the smart TVs that fall in the lower price range are basic smart. In addition to offering all the features of a standard TV, basic smart TV can be connected to the internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi. Basic smart TVs are characterized by two main smart features:
- More Content:
On connecting to the internet, basic smart TVs let you access a bunch of inbuilt Apps and games. The number and type of Apps varies from brand to brand but usually include all the popular trending Apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
Some TVs even come with browsers for web surfing. For more content options you also get an AppStore which gives you select choices to download and watch. And here lies the catch. If you are expecting a range of options like the Google PlayStore, then go for a full smart TV. Basic smart ones have limited downloadable options.
- Screen Mirroring
Screen mirroring lets you display your phone, laptop or tablet screen on the TV, wirelessly. You can thus play your ‘workout playlist’ as you do Yoga or stream your wedding photos for a little trip down memory lane.
You can also access various supported Apps and games to enjoy content on the big screen. Or you can mirror your laptop and use the TV as your laptop screen to work without straining your eyes.
Fully smart TV
These TVs are a class apart. They truly are premium products. They offer everything basic smart ones offer and so much more!
Notable features of fully smart TVs include:
- Even More Content
The new Android based TVs, offer content options similar to those of your Android Smartphones. However, there is a significant difference between Android based and Google certified Android TVs.
Android based TVs are cheaper as they come with their own features and interface. Some may even fall in the basic smart category. But Google certified Android TVs are truly premium products complete with artificial intelligence based voice search.
- Smart Remote
The smartness of a remote too varies like a smart TV. Basic smart remotes come with dedicated buttons to popular Apps like Netflix and YouTube.
A smarter remote comes with an IR blaster, which lets you control the TV, set-top box and speakers. It may also come with a QWERTY keyboard (for ease of typing) or a scroll button (thus functioning as an air mouse).
The most advanced remotes are those that receive voice commands to control and navigate the TV.
A built-in Bluetooth is another feature found in full smart TVs or the costlier basic smart TVs. With it, you can connect an external sound system or soundbar wirelessly to the TV or even a set of headphones. This reduces the number of messy cables around the TV and also simplifies audio connectivity.
- Voice-activated control
Developments in Artificial intelligence is disrupting various industries including the Television industry. And everyone is loving it! With fully smart TVs backed by Google certified Android (Sony) and ThinQ AI (LG)technology, a new era in TV industry has begun— of voice commands and search!
You can now speak into the remote instructions like, ‘Open browser’, ‘go to StarPlus’ or search queries like ‘Suggest me some romantic comedy movies’ and the TV will obey.
Such TVs, obviously come with a hefty price tag. However, if you’re looking for the latest and the best TV then these are worth every Rupee!
Due to the lack of an official distinction between the smartness of a TV, you may find some full smart features (like smart remote, Bluetooth) available in basic smart TVs. However, the really advanced features like voice commands, air mouse smart remote etc. are exclusive to fully smart TVs.
Note the terms— non-smart, basic smart and fully smart are something I came up with to better understand and explain the levels of smartness.
Best TV Brands in India
The brand value of a TV is very important, as it is an assurance of quality, reliability and service.
The best TV brands in India are
- Sanyo (This is a Panasonic brand so don’t worry)
TVs from Sony, Samsung, LG are usually more expensive than others, due to their premium brand value.
Buying online vs. offline
Unlike buying stationary or books, TV is a significant and a costly purchase, and as consumers, we all want the best deal in terms of price and exchange offer.
So WHERE should you buy your new TV from, to ensure that you get the best price, better variety and not feel cheated after making the purchase?— online or offline? For this, you need to consider just three things:
- After sales service (i.e. installation and future repairs)
- And Exchange of your old TV
Many consumers misunderstand the seller’s role. The job of any seller whether online or offline, is only to SELL and DELIVER the new TV. Installation and repairs are NOT the seller’s responsibilities.
Keeping this in mind, if you want your new TV to be delivered within the next 24 hours, going to your nearest electronics store is a better option.
However, if you’re willing to wait, then buying online will give you so many more options and deals to choose from!
When buying from Amazon, you can also select your preferred delivery slot, so your TV reaches you when you’re available. You can also return or replace the TV, if you find any issues with the delivered one.
- After sales service
Once the TV is delivered, the seller’s job ends. To get the TV installed, you have to contact the customer care center of the TV Company.
You can schedule a suitable time to get your TV installed by contacting the customer care. (When you buy offline, generally the retail store executives make that call for you).
Similarly, for repairs, it is the customer care you need to call and not the seller. This is why the brand of the TV becomes important, as the quality of the after sales service depends on it.
- Exchange of old TV
Buying a new TV almost always means discarding an old one. But wouldn’t it be better if you could scrape some value out of it?
Both online and offline sellers, let you get rid of your old TV with a small discount in the price of the new one.
When buying on Amazon, you’re asked for the brand, screen size and condition of your old TV. You’re then given a discount that you can avail on your new TV.
The exchange procedure is simple. If you’ve opted for the exchange, the old TV gets picked up during the delivery of the new one. Convenient and transparent.
Another point to note is that salesmen in retail electronics stores get high commission on certain products. And hence they may aggressively ‘push’ those products on you. Don’t fall for it!
In conclusion, if you’re in a hurry then buying a TV from your nearest electronics store is the best option.
But if you want more variety, more offers and a good exchange rate for your old TV, buying online is the way to go. All from the comfort of your home!
Discounts and Offers
- Exchange value
Since buying a new TV almost always means discarding an old one, getting a good exchange offer helps reduce the cost of your new TV.
Many online and offline retailers help you get rid of your old TV while giving you a discount in the new TV’s price, in return.
The amount of discount you get depends on the following:
- Your Pin code (exchange offer is available in select cities only)
- Old TV’s Brand, type (LED/LCD), working condition and size
If you opt for the exchange and buy online, the old TV gets picked up at the time of delivery of the new one. Exchanging your old TV for a new one gives you the maximum benefit in terms of discount and convenience.
2. Bank offers and No cost EMI
Do you carry a lot of plastic money?
Or are you thinking of going cashless now?
Many Banks give discount or cashback offers on their debit and credit cards that you can avail to get your new TV for even lower price! The discount or cashback is usually a small percentage of the TV’s cost and is a good way to get your TV at a sweet price.
But if your budget is limited and you want to expand your choices, then you can opt for the ‘No cost EMI’ option.
With No cost EMI, you won’t have to pay the TV’s price upfront, you can instead pay in small monthly installments. The advantage of this facility is, instead of settling for a smaller or cheaper TV, you can buy the TV of your choice without spending a lump-sum amount at one go. How awesome is that!