i agree, i mean if you already have a good laptop which you can connect to your LCD or your 3D tv to get live streaming and to use applications from the internet you wouldn't need to but yourself a smart tv
We do have way too many "smart" products. As you mentioned, I already get the "smart" capability through my Tivo. I love my Tivo's other features so I do not feel compelled to go out and buy a smart TV. I am also not a fan of 3D viewing. Besides the fact that there is little content, I tend to get nauseous when I watch in 3D. My kids are the same way so I know its not just my age, something I blame all my other shortcomings on.
It is true that the choice depends on what the user wants/needs. I am happy with my current setup, so I will not be purchasing either. If you are in the market for a new TV, well, it depends on what other devices you have that will interface with the TV, which will ultimately dictate which TV to purchase. My Tivo updates itself since it is always connected so we don't miss a moment (thank God) of new technology.
That is something to consider, prabhakar_deosthali. People are directed to always upgrade to the latest and greatest. And then where to all the products of yesterday go? Even things that can be used for years are discarded far earlier because they are supplanted by the newer version. And because our products tend to be designed in a way that makes fixing them not worth the hassle or expense, we get a push to just buy a new one rather than making repairs.
Good point, anadvy, the ideal choice depends on the personality and expectations of the person making the purchase. Some want all the bells and whistles, while other prefer something that is very simple to operate. I also want to say that "smart TV" sound like an oxymoron like "jumbo shrimp."
I would consider this argument more as an evolution rather than confusion. Just like you could figure out your love (ST600) :) , people will find theirs. We can broadly classify the TV into tech savy and non-tech savy.
For non-tech savy choice is easy just go ask the shop owner for the best seller or for the best price and buy it :). I did this 8 years back when I was young.
For tech-savy choice is all determined by what they want. Some like 3D some dont. Some belive HDMI is critical some dont. I am sure they will have their own choices in mind.
I recently had three elderly neighbours come to me for advice on what type of TV to purchase in the light of the impending change over from analogue to digital reception in my area in the UK. I was at loss to offer a satisfactory answer to their questions because even my person has been to many electronic retail outlets seeking expertise advice on what new TV to purchase.
The difficulty I had was that the salespersons I encountered on each occasion of my visit were more interested in selling me what they deemed the latest technology rather than what is beneficial to my needs. However what was more annoying is that some of the independent outlets salesperson were telling me that they are trying to get rid of the present stock the bigger outlets called the latest technology on the market for the newer one that has just arrived on the market. So the question is who is telling the truth about what is new and is not?
This is where I concur with Prahbakar who asserts that new technologies and related products are getting introduced well before the earlier production reach mature phase. So, you can see my dilemma in giving advice to a certain group of consumers who I feel is in limbo with this new maize of smart gadgets. I really hope that producers or manufacturers of smart TVs and other smart gadgets will include compatibility regardless of the make of product.
Very true Saranyatil. New technologies and related products are getting introduced even before the earlier product introductions reach a mature phase. This is happening in Mobiles, cars, TVs, and what not. The result is a lot of still working products are dumped into junkyards. A lot of tools , jigs and fixtures , which costed companies millions of dollars, are scrapped before their cost is recovered. And who is benefitting from this ? neither the producer nor the consumer, I will say. The people who are tech-savvy want to ride the technology wave. The people who have money want to ride the wave for fashion's sake. The more mature crowd only waits and waits and waits for some stable product to be available in the market. You buy something latest and a couple of years down the line you won't get the spares for it. How do we stop this juggernaut?
i agree with your thought completely, the scenario is driving everyone crazy before we zero down on a particular product there is an upgrade version of the same available in the market so we cant really decide on what to buy and we need to scrap the old one continuosly if we want to go with the trend plus this is definitely leading to environmental pollution.
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