Internet TVs Review

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Why Use an Internet TV?

Passing around a smartphone or swarming a computer screen is a terrible way to show off your favorite YouTube video. Big-screen internet TVs (or smart TVs) allow you to watch internet content in its full, rich glory. The best smart TVs also allow you to chat on Facebook while you watch TV without getting out your laptop. You can look up your favorite actor on IMDb while you're watching a Netflix movie without missing any of the action.

The best smart TVs have an internet connection built into them. This is great because it means that you don't have to add a box to your HDTV. Moreover, many internet-ready TVs can connect via Wi-Fi. This cuts down on the number of cables you need to connect, for a cleaner, simpler experience.

At the end of our review of the best internet ready TVs, we awarded the LG 42LV5700, LG 42PM4700 and Samsung UN40D6000SF our TopTenREVIEWS Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, respectively. These products possess the best internet options and picture quality. For more information, check out our articles on internet TV in our learning center. You can also peruse the whole lineup of the best smart TV comparisons and reviews.

It should be noted that you don't have to use a smart TV for its internet capabilities. You have the option to watch TV like you would with any conventional set. Internet connectivity is an additional feature that won't keep your TV from working if your internet connection is down.

Internet TV: What to Look For

To find the best smart TV, you'll want to make sure that your TV has all the functions and clarity a TV should have, while offering the apps and browsing options that fit your needs. You'll also want a TV that is smart enough to be able to search both TV channels and internet content to find exactly what you're looking for, and what better way to do that than with an internet-friendly remote?

Web Access
Although each TV has access to the internet, be aware that each one can access a varying number of websites. The best smart TVs come with Wi-Fi already set up. The applications a TV offers can also be a deal breaker, since not all TVs offer the same apps. Each TV comes with different apps that the manufacturer has already installed. If you want to use Netflix and Facebook, you obviously won't want to consider TVs that don't offer those apps. The best app options include manufacturer-installed apps and an app store that will allow you to purchase additional apps. Several of the TVs we reviewed have access to app stores, but others did not.

TV Specs
While you're buying a TV for its internet capabilities, don't forget the basic aspects of what makes a great TV. Screen size and type, resolution, audio and picture quality, connectivity, response time, refresh speed and additional features are all important things to take into consideration. In addition, the best devices are those that are local area network (LAN) compliant. This allows you to access files from other electronic devices that you also have connected to the LAN.

Peripheral Integration
A smart TV should combine both TV programming and internet content into one seamless search option, thus allowing you to search for your favorite movies and TV shows in your personal library, on the internet and on TV stations. As TV merges with the internet, you'll find that specialized internet remotes, or your own smartphone, can make the navigation process even easier. Some TVs even allow you to throw something from your phone onto your TV screen.

Help & Support
It's beneficial to have several tech-support options from which you can choose in the event that you have questions or need assistance. Email and telephone contact information are the basics. Community forums and the ability to have live chat sessions with tech support can also be invaluable. We also looked for timely and knowledgeable responses from the manufacturers' tech support.

Bring the internet to the comfort of your living room in style through a big-screen smart TV. Selecting the internet television with the right apps and browsing capabilities, as well as superior picture quality, will help you enjoy your TV and internet experience even more. Read our in-depth reviews to find just the right smart TV for you.

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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
LG 42LS5700 LG 42PM4700 Samsung UN40EH6000SF Sony KDL-40EX640 VIZIO M420KD VIZIO M421VT Panasonic Viera TC-L42ET5 Panasonic TC-L42E50 Toshiba 42L6200U Philips 40PFL4707
LG 42LS5700 LG 42PM4700 Samsung UN40EH6000SF Sony KDL-40EX640 VIZIO M420KD VIZIO M421VT Panasonic Viera TC-L42ET5 Panasonic TC-L42E50 Toshiba 42L6200U Philips 40PFL4707
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Ratings
9.13
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8.65
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8.15
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6.25
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5.58
10
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8
7
6
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2
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9.75
9.00
8.13
9.50
9.75
9.38
7.50
9.50
7.50
9.38
9.38
9.50
8.75
7.50
8.75
10.00
7.50
9.00
8.63
7.50
7.50
7.75
8.98
7.50
7.50
7.50
5.00
7.50
5.00
9.00
5.00
7.50
5.00
9.38
5.00
5.00
3.75
9.38
5.00
4.75
 
Web Access
Preinstalled Apps 18 18 5 12 79 6
6 7 3
Built-in Wi-Fi
App Store Available
 
 
  
Full Browser
 
 
 
Preinstalled Apps
Netflix
Twitter
 
 
 
Pandora
 
 
   
NBA  
        
Facebook
  
YouTube
 
 
Amazon Instant Video
 
  
   
CinemaNow
 
  
  
Vudu
 
 
Napster  
        
TV Specs
TV Type LED Plasma LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LCD
Screen Size 42" 42" 40" 40" 42" 42" 42" 42" 42" 40"
Resolution 1920x1080p 1024x768 1920x1080p 1920x1080p 1920x1080p 1920x1080p 1920x1080p 1920x1080p 1920x1080p 1920x1080p
Blu-ray & DVD Mode 24p 24p 24p 24p 24p 24p 24p 24p 24p 24p
Speakers 2 x 10 Watts 2 x 10 Watts 2 x 15 Watts 2 x 10 Watts 2 x 10 Watts 2 x 10 Watts 2x20w 2 x 10 Watts 2 x 10 Watts 4 x 20 Watts
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
Power Consumption 120W 55W 40W 97W 81W 92W 60W 104W 120V 106W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 5,000,000:1 3,000,000:1 5,000,000:1 4,000,000:1 1,000,000:1 1,000,000:1 5,000,000:1 4,000,000:1 1,000,000:1 90,000:1
Viewing Angle (Degrees) 178 178 178 178 178 178 178 178 178 178
HDMI Inputs 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
USB Ports 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Component Inputs 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Composite Inputs 1 2 1 2 1 (shared) 1 (shared) 1 1 1 1
Ethernet/LAN Port 1 1 1 1 1 1, no LAN 1 1 1 1
Digital Audio Output 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
PC Input 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
SD Card Slot        1 1   
Energy Star Approved
Parental Controls
DLNA
 
Peripheral Integration
Remote MagicMotion Universal Anynet+ QWERTY QWERTY QWERTY VIERA Remote App Standard Universal TV
Download Storage Space    1 GB NA N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Double Screen Capable     
    
Integrated Search   
limited       
Help & Support
Telephone Number
One-year Warranty
FAQs   
 
Chat Support
 
Email
 
Community Forums    
    
 
Service Center Locator