Is it a really smart idea to invest so much amount of money in a smart TV?. Let’s discuss about the key difference between a smart TV and a normal led TV. The main difference is that a smart TV can access WiFi and run the apps just like a smartphone where your normal TV cant. A smart TV can access internet which is a main source of media content like we see on YouTube, Netflix etc.
Can we enjoy the benefits of a smart TV in a normal TV?
The question looks odd but the answer is Yes. We can convert our non-smart TV to smart TV by using the devices like Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. That’s really cool isn’t it?. Usually the price difference between a smart TV and a non-smart TV is around 15K-20K (INR), but the device like Chromecast or Fire TV Stick will cost you only 3k-5K.
If you are on a tight budget?
The best thing you can do if you want a TV but you are on a tight budget is that not buying a budget oriented smart TV. The problem with low cost/ entry level smart TV is that you will not get the seamless smart TV experience. It usually has some basic apps like Netflix, YouTube etc but doesn’t have a robust app store. This limits your experience a lot and after some time you feel like you are using a very outdated system.
The case of a higher end smart TV is different. It has a fully fledged app store and supports many apps.
Problems smart TV in general
There are pros as well as cons associated with smart TV. As we already covered, Smart TV cost a significant more amount of money than a normal TV. But one common issue with Smart TV is it gets outdated very soon. After a couple of years, your TV will not support many apps or at least the new features that it provides. Also, not all the apps are compatible with a smart TV. We can solve the issues of smart TV if you buy a normal TV and use Chromecast.
Advantages of using ChromeCast or Amazon Fire TV Stick
First of all these are devices with the size of a small flash drive that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port. This can be connected to your home WiFi and smartphone and allows you to screen your content from your mobile phone to TV. It is like your smartphone got a big display, due to which there are some advantages over smart TV.
- It is very easy to install and use.
- These devices doesn’t get obsolete. As you use your smartphone for screening your content and it is not directly linked to hardware or software in your TV, these devices will not get outdated over short period. Suppose if tomorrow amazon releases a 4K version of the fire TV, you can buy one and use without paying a huge amount for replacing your TV.
- It is cheap compared to price of smart TV.
If you are looking forward for a TV for your home and has a limited budget, go with the non smart TV. You can buy devices like Chromcast to get the smart TV experience very cheaply.
One thing you have to notice before buying a TV is that it should have adequate amount of HDMI ports. Make sure before you buy it. For example if your TV has only two HDMI ports and both are engaged you might find it difficult to use devices like Chromecast.