With the introduction of smart technology, televisions have become much more than just watching movies. Upgrading to a smart TV means that you will get a better, crisp and bright picture quality, movie or than ever before.
Smart TV’s also come with built-in internet connectivity, allowing the user to access a range of online services right from the TV.
But when it comes to buying a smart TV, every one of us want to invest on the best that’s really bang for the buck. With a lot of choices and opinions, you can easily get confused in the maze of smart TV’s. You have to consider a lot of things (FYI, explained here) in order to choose the best.
To reduce your hard work, the expert team at Techzene has interviewed many experts and performed 50 hours of extensive research on most of the smart TVs available in the market. And finally shortlisted the best among all of them…
List of best Smart TV’s in India: 2017 Review
|LED TVs||Resolution||Buy Now|
|Sony Bravia KDL-43W800D||Full HD 3D 1920 x 1080||Check the Price|
|Sanyo XT-49S7100F||Full HD 1920 x 1080||Check the Price|
|Micromax L43T6950||Full HD 1920 x 1080|| Check the Price|
|LG 32LF550A||HD Ready 1366 x 768|| Check the Price|
|Panasonic TH-40DS500D||Full HD 1920 x 1080||Check the Price|
|TCL L32D2900||HD Ready 1366 x 768||Check the Price|
|Daiwa L42FVC4U||Full HD 1920 x 1080||Check the Price|
|TCL L49P10FS||Full HD 1920 x 1080||Check the Price|
|Samsung FH4003||HD Ready 1366 x 768||Check the Price|
|Onida LEO40FSAIN||Full HD 1920 x 1080||Check the Price|
Among the list of best smart TV’s, most of our experts voted for “Sony Bravia KDL-43W800D” as their first choice. Its picture quality, connectivity, detailing, design and style are top notch. Every penny it costs is totally worth of it.
Detailed Description of Each Individual Product:
Sony Bravia LED TV has grabbed the first place in the list because of its exclusive features, stylish design, thin size, compatibility and several others. It has a very slim design with thin Aluminum bezel and premium silver slate which helps to perfectly blend into the interiors of any house.
It is full HD with extra brilliance which means that you will see extraordinary HD quality video whatever you watch. With a powerful picture processing engine, every single pixel gets lifted up easily. The individual parts of every scene will be analyzed and matched with the special image database which usually address contract, sharpness, texture and others.
2 compact speakers are present behind the TV which produce clear, rich sounds from extended lows to crisp highs. This smart TV has got even smarter with Android feature. You can now browse the internet, send messages, chat, check social networking sites and stream online videos in the television. You can even enjoy downloads, games and movies easily.
The unobtrusive content bar, you can keep watching the movie and scan through other list of videos and shows at the same time. With IR blaster, you can control the DTH and TV with just single remote.
- Slice of living design.
- Android, Google Play & Cast, Android Prime Video.
- New Voice Search feature.
- IR Blaster.
- Full HD and 3D.
- X-protection Pro TV.
- Clear audio and Motion XR flow.
- 108 centimeters Full HD LED 1920*1080
- 1 year manufacturer warranty and 1 year extended warranty for panel.
- No touch screen.
- Spares are a bit expensive.
With Sanyo full HD LED TV, you can experience stunning image quality, vivid colors and sharp images. Whatever might be angle you are looking at, you can observe perfect picture clarity, color reproduction and clarity because of wide viewing angles capability.
You can enjoy your favorite show with a crisp, clear and detailed voice clarity due to its innovative noise reduction technology. Sanyo is perfect for watching action and sports movies because of its optimal motion viewing and pre-defined sports mode.
With its cinema mode, you can watch blockbusters and enjoy movie theatre experience at your home. It has an enhanced skin tone feature which enhances viewing experience and avoids artificial-looking skin tones. With Surround sound feature you can experience amazing audio quality like never before.
In order to provide unique cinematic experience, this TV has built-in enhanced bass system. The box speakers that are present in Sanyo TVs will generate clear audio for unmatched experience. You can connect Sanyo TV to any external device using any 2 of the USB ports. It also has a PC port and headphone output
- 1920×1080 high definition.
- Wide viewing angles.
- Reduced motion blur.
- Cinema mode, sports mode for enhanced experience.
- Enhanced skin tone feature.
- Surround Sound, Bass Enhance, Box speakers, Sound Out.
- HDMI (2), USB (2), PC port, and Headphone output 3.5mm.
- 10 year panel lifetime.
- 24 stringent quality checks.
- Environment friendly.
- Wall mount should be purchased separately.
- Remote control is made of cheap plastic.
- No touchscreen.
The Micromax L43T6950 LED TV has a lot of high-end features within a modest price. It has (4K) TV with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 178 degree viewing angle, 20W speaker output, audio output, built-in wifi, HDMI, SD slot and USB. The TV can also be connected to Ethernet.
The screen comes with color control and USB support format for movies. The audio features include 5 Band equalizer, embedded and bottom speaker placement, auto volume leveler.
- Mobile High-Definition Link.
- Color Control.
- Auto Volume Leveler.
- 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
- No touch remote.
- Not wireless ready.
- No 3G dongle plug and play.
- No touchscreen.
- No motion sensor.
The LG 32LH576D HD Ready is budget Smart TV with amazing features like broad viewing angle, blur-free clarity, lightening protection and many others. The full HD TV comes with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution for outstanding detailed and crisp pictures.
LG uses IPS panel that is why it provides enhanced, clear, more consistent and sturdy screens. The IPS panels are usually resistant to damage, stable, sturdy and are opposed to weak competing panels. IPS also offers a color impression which is more identical to the original image. The colors generated by IPS are comfortable to the eyes.
LG TVs are well furnished with some security features like dust protection, robust IPS panel, summer heat protection, lightening protection, humidity protection and works without a stabilizer. It also has built-in games like space wars, egg catcher, and cookie cookie. It even has regional language options and Bollywood mode.
- Smart Energy Saving.
- Blur-free and crystal clear.
- Broad viewing angle and great sound quality.
- Life-like color and wide viewing angle.
- Stable screen.
- All round protection enabled.
- Built-in games.
- No VGA port.
- Only 1 USB port.
The Panasonic Ultra HD is by far one of the best Smart LED TVs in India that packs in a lot of advanced features. With Vivid digital Pro feature, Panasonic smart TVs generate natural skin tones and color that are close to reality with sharp images.
This TV has 400Hz bmr backlight motion rate so you don’t see any faded or whitish screens between the images. The home screen lets you personalize it by adding only the links to your favorite apps and content. And each member of your home can set up their own individual screen as well.
Panasonic has a full-HD plasma panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution so you can enjoy brilliant and sharp images. With the large box speakers, you can enjoy powerful, crystal clear and high quality sound just like a home theatre. It has 2 HDMI ports, you can connect with any two devices like BD player, game machines and cable network at once. You can easily share content from smartphone or tablet to TV screen by swiping your fingers.
- 400Hz bmr (backlight motion rate).
- Personalized home screen.
- Highest resolution, and sharp images.
- In-built home theatre.
- Natural skin tones and colors.
- 2 HDMI ports.
- Swipe and share feature.
- 1 year warranty.
- Wall mount rack should be bought separately.
- No touch screen.
TCL L32D2900 is a remarkable smart LED TV which is packed with a lot of high-end features and comes within budget too. The dynamic color collection ensures even skin tone, while dynamic contrast gives you the perfect balance between bright and dark.
This TV is absolutely slim and stylish so it perfectly blends into interiors of any home. The TCL’s next generation LED backlight provides highest and brightest color reproduction for life-like images and real picture representation.
The ASIC system adopted by TCL will form an umbrella of support for audio and video formats. A TV will support WMA, Dolby AC3, MPEG2, MPEG4 and MP3.
In order to support wide viewing angle up to 178 degrees, TCV uses latest panel technology. The two channel speakers and TCL’s own developed sophisticated software algorithm for sound provides an enhanced and rich experience.
- Virtually Frameless Picture.
- True Colour Reproduction.
- Multiple Multimedia Format.
- Visual Experience without Compromise.
- Wide Viewing Angle.
- Amplified Audio Output.
- Multiple external inputs.
- Bluish tint.
- No touch screen.
- No Wi-Fi connectivity.
Daiwa is yet another budget smart TV with amazing features. Impeccable image quality and wide screen dimensions, and Android app versatility makes it one of the best and recommended by our experts. Daiwa TV is 4 times much better than any other normal TV because of its quad-core processor coupled with 1GB DDR3 RAM.
This TV offers an extremely wide viewing angle of 178 degrees (horizontal and vertical) so, you can enjoy the same great picture quality from any corner of the room. The remote of this TV is simple, intuitive and reacts to your natural instincts.
You can capture TV moments on the screen with easy, quick screengrab feature. You can even same the image in any external storage device. DAIWA comes with the unique feature of killing apps running in the background which are not in use. This helps in closing down those processes freeze up the RAM and optimizes your Smart LED TV for better performance.
- Magnificent screen.
- SD card slot.
- Wide viewing angle.
- Easy, web cruiser and intuitive remote.
- Kills apps running in the background.
- Wireless connectivity.
- No touchscreen.
This is another model from TCL brand which provided great value for price. It has some amazing features like screen mirroring, in-built Wi-Fi, app store and much more.
The app store has a range of applications that include video-on-demand, music, photo sharing, social, and gaming that enables an interaction between TV and mobile sets. It has a sports mode, which will give an experience of watching any sport in the atmosphere of stadium.
The latest ASIC system of TCL is an umbrella of support for a plethora of audio and video formats including the latest coding system, from antenna to USB and various other input channels. The built-in Bluetooth technology, enables audio connection in two-way wireless transmission.
- Bluetooth technology.
- Multiple Multimedia Format.
- Unique and enhanced sports mode.
- Amplified audio output.
- Service support is not up to the mark.
- No touch screen.
Are you looking for a smart TV that offers both audio and visual delight? then Samsung FH4003 HD Ready TV is the ideal choice. It has slim dimensions of 9.3 x 73.8 x 44.2 cm and a black bezel which enhances its attractive and sleek look. With 32 inches screen and 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, it gives you a bright and vibrant picture display.
The hyperReal Engine technology of this TV will provide a never seen video experience. It is loaded with auto-noise technology which provides a clear and detailed picture. With sports mode on, you can enjoy watching your favorite sport with stadium experience. The Samsung’s wide color enhancer plus technology provides even the smallest of the details in great clarity.
The stunning video quality is matched with superior quality using Dolby Digital Plus sound system. You can clear voice at any volume and strong bass with a sharp treble.
- 1366 x 768 pixels resolution.
- Color Enhancer Plus technology.
- Advanced auto-noise removal technology.
- Dolby Digital Plus sound system.
- High quality images and visual clarity.
- Only 1 USB port and 1 HDMI port.
The LED TV from Onida comes last in our list of best Smart TV in India but it is no less in terms of features and specifications. This smart TV will take the entertainment to the next level. It is designed to match your lifestyle with Smart Apps which make your life at home more fun and full of great experiences.
With native android operating system, you can download millions of Apps for movies, shows, news, weather, social networking, games and more. Onida’s web cruiser QWERTY is a full built-in keyword with precise keywords and web address. This remote is not only stylish and slim but also re-chargeable like your mobile phone.
You can enjoy mirroring your Smart phones screen on TV using MHL cable. It has unmatched processing power which provides faster web browsing, easy multi-tasking and smoother interaction. It makes sure you can enjoy high adrenaline games without compromising on the speed.
- Slim and stylish design.
- Native Android Operating System.
- ONIDA’s Web Cruiser QWERTY.
- Quad Core Processor.
- 4 GB Internal Memory 1 GB DDR3 RAM.
- Screen Mirroring.
- Connectivity : 2*USB, 3*HDMI.
- Not touch screen.
- Poor customer support.
What is Smart TV?
Generally, smart TV contains an in-built internet connectivity or convergence of computer like features. to be more specific, a smart TV contains one or more these features – Video playback via USB/DLNA, apps or games, PVR/DVR functionality, voice control, web browsing, social networking, and smartphone connectivity.
With WiFi connectivity feature in Smart TVs, you can download various apps and run pre-installed apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Skype, and instant messaging. Smart TVs run on a specific operating system such as Android, Firefox OS, Tizen, webOS, so they can be connected to laptops, cell phones, tablets and other devices for seamless content sharing.
If you are a serious gamer, then you these type of TV’s can provide a whole new gaming experience.
Buying Guide – Smart TVs
When buying a smart TV, there are many requisites to consider. Our team of experts warn – not to fall for the marketing hype and spend your money on a wrong choice. If you want to really buy the best then you have to understand the following factors…
1. Screen Type:
This is by far the most important aspect of the smart TV. There are different screen types – LCD, LED, Plasma, and OLED.
1. LCD or Liquid Crystal Display:
LCD TV’s work based on CCFL technology which means that inside the TV there is a flat panel which either blocks or passes the light. The segmented panel present in it contains liquid crystals in blocks which are responsible for picture quality and color. LCD smart TV’s don’t produce light, actually they pass it. This is the reason why a florescent bulb is attached to the back of panel. The picture displayed is actually created by the bulb.
Some of the LCD TV’s use a different technology which is called quantum dots that is stimulated by the HDR requirements in order to produce a wide array of colors and more brightness. Beware as some brands typically fake with confusing labels as QLED. This terms states quantum-dot LCD’s and should not be mistaken with OLED.
Generally, LCD’s weight a lot more than LEDs and a lot cheaper as well. If you want to a smart TV within budget then this might be perfect choice.
LED TV’s are just upgraded versions of LCD. In LCD’s, fluorescent bulb is used but in LED’s a light emitting diode is used instead of it. There are two different types of LED’s – Back lit LED and Edge lit LED.
- Back Lit LED: In this type of TV’s, the LED’s are arranged in an array behind the screen. This type of arrangement helps in highlighting specific areas in brightness and darkness. The picture quality is excellent in this type of LED’s.
- Edge Lit LED: In this type, the LED’s are arranged in an array around the TV frame which typically light onto the center of the screen. This feature makes it possible for the TV to be slim. This quality is a bit less than the Back lit LED.
When compared to Edge Slim LED’s, Back Lit LED’s are not as slim as them and are usually on pricier end.
3. Plasma TV:
Plasma TV’s are considered the best among the available options in smart TVs. This type of TVs have gases injected in between two glasses which is typically sealed in the form of plasma. When the plasma is connected with electricity, it will react and illuminate the pixels which are usually scattered across the screen.
Plasma TVs have the best picture quality, wider viewing angle, superb contrast and doesn’t cause motion blur. Due to an emissive panel, every pixel is self-illuminated. In some situations, it can switch off some pixels in order to get perfect blacks and more accurate color reproduction.
These type of TV’s also don’t have issues like light bleeding and refresh rates. However, they are not suitable for brightly lit rooms and higher altitudes because they consume more electricity than LCDs and LEDs.
4. OLED TV:
In the future, the OLEDs will take on the television market completely. They are much better in terms of quality, slim and thin any TV in the market. Instead of back light, OLED’s use a layer of LED’s which are controlled at pixel level in order to achieve stunning levels of contrast. These panels can shits off certain pixels in order to achieve perfect blacks just like plasma. This is the reason, the viewing angles, colors and refresh rate are much better than any other TV. As of now, there are only few companies offering OLED TVs.
Resolution refers to the sharpness of a TV picture which is usually calculated in terms of horizontal lines of pixels.
- 4K or Ultra HD: It is one of the latest versions of the resolution. It has approximately 4000 pixels that is why it is called 4K. The ultra HD version has 3840 x 2160 pixels. It is 4 times higher when compared to full HD which is the reason why it’s detailing is much better.
- Full HD or 1080p: Most of the TVs available in the market have Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Though the picture quality is much better than HD ready but less than Ultra HD.
- HD ready or 720 P: HD ready has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. For HD ready or 720p, a small sized room is much enough. However, it may not be suitable while watching high quality formats like BluRay.
3. Screen Size
The screen size should be considered depending the size of the room. However in India, but overrides this equation. So, it is better to get the highest screen size based on your budget. However, if you want to go with room size equation then here’s how you have to calculate it.
The formula – Take the distance between the sitting area and TV (in inches), and divide it by 1.5. The result is the screen size you have to take.
For example, if the distance from the TV and where to sit to watch it is 40 inches. By diving it with 1.5 (40/1.5 = 66), then 66 inches is the ideal screen size of the TV.
4. Picture Quality
Even it is very smart, if the picture quality is not up to the mark then the TV is a just a dumb box. Features you have to consider while checking the picture quality are – color reproduction, contrast radio and refresh rate.
1. Contrast Radio
When it comes to picture quality, contrast ration is the factor you have to consider. Contrast ration is referred to the distance between the brightest and darkest image produced by a Television. If contrast factors is not good enough then the picture will appear whitewashed or faded. On contrary, a good contrast ratio will generate clear and amazing picture quality.
2. Color Reproduction
Color reproduction is referred to the ability of the television to produce lively and pleasant pictures. Color gamut is where the TV can produce full-color space. OLED’s and LED’s are capable pf reproducing finest colors.
3. Refresh Rate
Refresh rate represents to the image changing rate on the screen. 60 times per second or 60 Hz is the average refresh rate. But in some rapidly refreshing objects, this rate can make the picture jittery or blurry. This is especially true in HDTVs. In order to provide a solid picture, manufacturers doubled the average 60 Hz to 120 Hz and in some TV’s, it is even up to 240 Hz.
As there aren’t always that many images per second to refresh in the original video content, TVs handle the refresh rate in two different ways. In one method, black images are inserted in between the images in order to make them less blurry and more solid pictures. Another technique includes generating and inserting new images which will show a state of movement between the adjacent pictures in order to display more realistic-looking motion.
Note: Be aware of terms like effective refresh rate while purchasing a TV. Because it actually means the refresh rate is half of the given on the label. For example: 120 Hz effective refresh rate actually means 60 Hz.
Unless, you just want a set up box connection, having more connectivity options is a very important aspect to look out for. There are different connectivity options which we will describe in detail below.
1. HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface
This type of interface generates a better picture quality than AV media cables and standard definition video cables. Because there will no loss of data while transmitting through this interface. Make sure the smart TV you choose has at least 2 of them.
2. USB or Universal Serial Bus
With the help of USB, you can connect your smart TV with internet dongle, hard disk, pend drive, hard drive, digital cameras and other devices. However, TVs don’t support all types of formats available. So, make sure to check which formats does your TV support?
With Wi-Fi compatibility, you can connect the smart TV with internet and home network. Most of the Mid and High end smart TV’s have this amazing feature. So, with this feature you can stream online videos or movies from your TV.
An Ethernet cable is helpful in connecting the smart TV with home’s broadband network. So, when connected, you can enjoy listening music, watching movies, regular internet surfing and even browse data in other devices that are connected to this network.
5. VGA Port
If you want to connect your laptop to TV then VGA port is helpful. Though it provides high resolution images, it is only capable of supporting analog signals. Now-a-days VGA technology has become outdated and rarely seen.
6. Optical (To SLINK)
SLINK is the most common and widely used consumer audio equipment now-a-days. With this, you can connect your TV with gaming consoles, DVD recorders, computers and others.
7. NFC or Near Field Communication
With this technology, you can establish a wireless connection between any compatible devices using a radio signal. It only works for a certain distance. This is advance feature so you can only get them in high-end smart TV’s.
Few Words before winding up…
We hope this information provided in this article was helpful to you in selecting a smart TV. As per our choice, we always vote for Sony Bravia KDL-43W800D. Though this is our highly recommended product, it doesn’t mean you go with it blindly. Read our buying guide and make the decision yourself.
If you are still confused or have queries related to smart TV’s then our expert team is always there to guide you. You can just post it in the comment section below. And don’t forget to share your favorite pick.