Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 66
  1. #1
    Starter
    Points: 15,438, Level: 37
    Level completed: 74%, Points required for next Level: 212
    Overall activity: 18.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    West Des Moines
    Posts
    729
    Points
    15,438
    Level
    37
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 2

    Smart TV vs Regular?

    So my TV took a crap the other day. I was thinking about buying a smart tv so we could access Netflix & use it's other online services. In looking at tv reviews I found an article saying smart tv's are actually a bad idea because the software isn't set up to accept upgrades when an app on it puts out the upgrades. It said pretty much in 2 years I would be buying a media service box like Roka or Apple TV box. I'm not very techno savy. Anybody with knowledge have advice? Should I just buy an LCD or LED tv & a Roku box or look into a Smart TV?



  2. #2
    Legend
    Points: 212,695, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 84.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsOverdriveVeteran
    Rabbuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    14,135
    Points
    212,695
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 905
    Given: 49

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    I'd probably wait to see what gains market share and sticks around.



  3. #3
    Pro
    Points: 73,062, Level: 83
    Level completed: 95%, Points required for next Level: 88
    Overall activity: 50.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points
    CarlHungus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Ankeny
    Posts
    3,169
    Points
    73,062
    Level
    83
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 277
    Given: 200

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Regardless of what TV you decide on, make sure you read the consumer reports review on it.

    If it was me, I would look at the price difference. If a smart TV is going to be $200 more than a regular HD TV, then it isn't worth it because you can just buy something like a Roku for a lot less than the $200 difference. If the difference is not very much, then I would go for it.

    When shopping, go to slickdeals.net. I got a great deal on a 50 inch Samsung through them



  4. #4
    Speechless
    Points: 394,233, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 89.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialOverdriveVeteran50000 Experience Points
    Wesley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Omaha
    Posts
    57,777
    Points
    394,233
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 405
    Given: 294

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    I thought the latest smart TVs do take upgrades. Check out Samsung.

    http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/news/pr...-led-tv-series


    CFH HMagic bball season next year.
    Let my Fred's Four Horsemen ride: Georges, Hogue, Nader, and McKay.

  5. #5
    Addict
    Points: 142,550, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 49.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    theantiAIRBHG's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Hiawatha, IA
    Posts
    7,539
    Points
    142,550
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 563
    Given: 570

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Are smart TVs actually that popular? I'm too lazy/dumb to look up numbers, but I can't see people paying a couple hundred extra bucks to access Hulu and Netflix thru their TV. I'd have to imagine most people nowadays have some sort of device that already does that stuff for them (gaming console, Roku), so I just don't see the appeal of a smart TV.



    Follow me on Twitter: @theantiAIRBHG

  6. #6
    Addict
    Points: 117,734, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    aeroclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    5,975
    Points
    117,734
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 196
    Given: 63

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by clone4lyfe View Post
    So my TV took a crap the other day. I was thinking about buying a smart tv so we could access Netflix & use it's other online services. In looking at tv reviews I found an article saying smart tv's are actually a bad idea because the software isn't set up to accept upgrades when an app on it puts out the upgrades. It said pretty much in 2 years I would be buying a media service box like Roka or Apple TV box. I'm not very techno savy. Anybody with knowledge have advice? Should I just buy an LCD or LED tv & a Roku box or look into a Smart TV?
    I would say at this point, any good tv you are going to be looking at will include smart features, and I honestly wouldn't base my purchase decision on them. When you can buy something like a Chromecast for like $30, who cares if the tv has smart features or not, or whether they are any good. Chances are most people already own a blu ray player or game console that can already do all of these things. I got a new tv last year that has smart features, and I have never used them. I just continue to do netflix, hulu, YouTube etc on my xbox the same as I did with my old tv.

    i would focus on picture quality, price, and other features you care about before looking too closely at smart features. You can find another way to watch netflix, you can't easily fix crappy picture quality.



  7. #7
    Addict
    Points: 140,989, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 51.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Farnsworth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    7,148
    Points
    140,989
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 338
    Given: 179

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.



  8. #8
    All-Star
    Points: 48,928, Level: 68
    Level completed: 42%, Points required for next Level: 822
    Overall activity: 36.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,636
    Points
    48,928
    Level
    68
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 31
    Given: 1

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.
    You'd be surprised. I'm not sure the average consumer is versed enough on this "upsell", so they likely still go for it.

    Personally, I have a "dumb TV" with Chromecast.



  9. #9
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 43,105, Level: 64
    Level completed: 12%, Points required for next Level: 1,145
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    heitclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Malvern, IA
    Posts
    4,499
    Points
    43,105
    Level
    64
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 70
    Given: 181

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.
    It's been a few years since I tv shopped but do they even make "regular" TV's anymore? Seems like the apps should be like software on a new pc or something along those lines. Personally, I have a smart TV (3rd TV in the bedroom) and it never gets utilized due to years of watching apps on my 360.

    I'd say if you had any interest in the apps, you pry already figured out how to access them, if not, you're pry not going to use what the smart TV's are capable of anyway. Like others said, the apps are nice but def not anything to base buying your TV off of. There's a good chance a smart TV is going to be your highest quality TV anyway, simply bc its newer.



  10. #10
    Speechless
    Points: 356,130, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 22.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience Points
    Tre4ISU's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Estherville
    Posts
    18,945
    Points
    356,130
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 324
    Given: 42

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.
    In my bedroom where I just have TV and no other devices, I like the Smart TV and would pay for it if it was upgradable. I have Amazon Fire TV in my main room and I like that much better than the smart TV. Much smoother and easier.


    I'm on Twitter too: Tre4ISU

    Or so I have read.

  11. #11
    Speechless
    Points: 728,624, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    Cyclonepride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    A pineapple under the sea
    Posts
    47,157
    Points
    728,624
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,118
    Given: 587

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    I have smart tv but never use the features because I have two other devices hooked to it that do the same things. I didn't really go looking for one, but the one I liked just came with that stuff.



  12. #12
    Addict
    Points: 120,790, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 15.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    ianoconnor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    7,195
    Points
    120,790
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 309
    Given: 615

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    Regardless of what TV you decide on, make sure you read the consumer reports review on it.

    If it was me, I would look at the price difference. If a smart TV is going to be $200 more than a regular HD TV, then it isn't worth it because you can just buy something like a Roku for a lot less than the $200 difference. If the difference is not very much, then I would go for it.

    When shopping, go to slickdeals.net. I got a great deal on a 50 inch Samsung through them
    Agree on both the bolded section & checking out slickdeals. Good advice.



  13. #13
    Addict
    Points: 81,570, Level: 88
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 380
    Overall activity: 9.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    5,765
    Points
    81,570
    Level
    88
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 64
    Given: 0

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    It seems going forward that any TV provider is going to force you to use their box (outside of local OTA). This boxes (especially satellite) typically have the smart functions built in now. So you're better off getting a dumb monitor and let the box do the heavy lifting.



  14. #14
    Addict
    Points: 158,162, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    ISUKyro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    9,615
    Points
    158,162
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 71
    Given: 186

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Like others have said if you have other devices a smart tv is almost worthless.

    With my Xbox One and Chromecast I have never felt a need for a smart tv. Between those two devices I have more features that I could even want.



  15. #15
    All-Star
    Points: 23,441, Level: 46
    Level completed: 90%, Points required for next Level: 109
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsVeteran
    NorthCyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,343
    Points
    23,441
    Level
    46
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 154
    Given: 7

    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    This is pretty much a question of quality. If you care a lot about the image and quality of your TV then you will be getting a smart TV. If you want to sacrifice the quality of TV to save some money then chances are you won't have smart features.

    As an aside, the smart features on TV's suck in general. You may end up wanting to get a Roku or some other device because they function better than the smart features on most TV's anyways.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • Football
  • Iowa State vs. North Dakota State
  • August 30, 2014
  • 11:00 AM