Smart TV vs Non-smart TV – what’s the difference?


Smart TVs have been around for several years and thousands of people already have at least one in their home. If you plan to buy a new TV and are wondering whether you should get a smart TV, here are the major differences between smart TV and non-smart.

The main difference is that a smart TV can access WiFi and run apps just like a smartphone where your non-smart TV can’t. A smart TV can access the internet which is the main source for media content like YouTube, Netflix, etc.

When you compare a smart TV with a regular TV, it becomes clear that smart TVs have many features that most normal TV sets do not have. Here are the features:

1. Can access the internet.

2. Combines the features of a TV and a computer or phone.

3. Has an internet browser.

4. Has a variety of built-in apps.

5. Offers an opportunity to install additional apps.

6. Can be used to access streaming services.

7. Sometimes has a touch screen.

It should be noted that while all these features are common in a smart TV, each one is different. Depending on the version of the TV, the manufacturer, and the various technologies, the actual features of smart television may differ. Some may not have all these features, whereas others may have additional features.

What’s the deal with Smart TVs?

Today's connected world expects something a little smarter. With powerful processors, internet connectivity and easy-to-navigate software, the modern TV is more like a smartphone or tablet. Smart TVs, much like smartphones and smart home devices, offer internet connectivity and support for a range of apps. This opens up a world of new entertainment options, from streaming videos on Netflix and ShowMax to playing games, checking social media, and controlling a whole house full of connected gadgets, including the Alexa and Android and Google Home compatible devices.

A growing number of models now include voice recognition tools, like Google Assistant, for switching channels and searching for programs. Most smart TVs will work with smart speakers and a few will offer some or all of that same functionality built right into the TV.

Many TVs are compatible with other connected devices in the home, including smart lights, smart locks and other sensors, and some TVs even include a dedicated dashboard for controlling all of the devices in your connected home.

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Can I enjoy the benefit of a smart TV on a normal TV?

The normal basic TV usually does not have an inbuilt browser and cannot access the internet. However, if you can’t afford a smart TV just yet you can convert your normal TV to a smart one by using devices like the Chromecast. The Chromecast is a device from Google that requires only a normal television with an HDMI port and ensure you have a WIFI connection. The device enables the normal TV to connect to the internet through it. All the main video streaming networks like Youtube and Netflix can be streamed on your TV using the Chromecast. This tiny add on device acts as a wireless link between your smartphone and your TV.