Beyond Television: Top Five Smart TVs on the Market

First it was smart computers. Then it was smart phones. Now? Smart televisions. A smart television is essentially a TV with an internet connection for direct access to all your favorite services, like Netflix or Hulu. And which one is the best? Read this list to find out.

Beyond Television, Top Five Smart TVs on the Market
LG 50PM670T This smart television by LG has a 50-inch plasma screen equipped with 3D active shutter technology. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? What's even better is the price: roughly $1,200. For a television of this size, with the features it includes, that's a steal. The TV connects to the internet through an ethernet cord, and comes pre-loaded with LG's user-friendly SmartShare interface. Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 Panasonic's flagship model boasts a 60 or 65 inch, a no-holds-barred device that far surpasses other similar models. Due to the design, the contrast is beyond any other television on the market. A feature called EBU mode optimizes the television to display broadcasts, such as news, better. Equipped with Panasonic's My Home Screen interface, this device is easy to navigate and pick out the features you want to use. But for all that power and sophistication comes a high price tag: nearly $6,000. Samsung UE55F8000 Your image will never lag with the quad-core processor found in Samsung's flagship model. The newest release for 2013, this television features not one home screen, not two, but five. With each home screen designed for a specific type of program, the viewer can easily shift between one set for broadcasts, another for sports, one for cartoons, the list goes on. Mom and Dad can have their own set-up while the kids have theirs. The programs displayed are based on the type of shows commonly watched, similar to Netflix's "Suggested" channel. Samsung's Smart TVs even offer a mobile phone application with certain long distance plans, so you can talk to someone on your television while you are watching it. Toshiba 46TL968B Toshiba is known for providing great value at an inexpensive price point, and this model is no different. With Edge LEDs to backlight the TV and provide ambience, this model also provides a no-glasses needed-3D experience. With integrated Wifi, you won't need an ethernet cord to connect this television to the internet. Boasting a 100HZ interior panel, the 46TL968B can produce amazingly clear images from Blu-Ray. The best part? This model costs only $749. Philips 46PFL9707 This new television by the famed Dutch company Philips boasts a slim design with Ambilight Spectra XL, which provides ambient lighting around the edges of the television. The smart interface, Net TV, has been updated. The model also features Wifi and digital playback functionality, making it a worthwhile consideration. With features like that, DTV is being taken to a whole new level. Priced at around $2500, this is a comparatively inexpensive model.

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