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It can be overwhelming sometimes trying to make a decision on the perfect TV for you, taking into cognizance the fact that there are a lot of brands that sport different styles, designs, features, functionality and price.
You might not see the reason for some of the functionality that some of the TVs possess or understand the reason why two different TVs of the same size will have different price even though they are from the same brand.
All these and more are what we are going to be bringing to your knowledge so that you can make an informed choice and get yourself the perfect TV that you will enjoy.
To achieve this, we will start from the very top and that is the types of TV. The types of Tv that we will be looking at in this article include LED TVs, OLED TVs, PLASMA TVs, LCD TVs, 3D TV, Smart TVs and Ultra HD TVs.
By the time we are done running through all of them, you’ll definitely understand all these types better and it will be easier for you to decide on the TV that will suit you.
TYPES OF TV IN NIGERIA
The first type of TV that we will be looking at is the LED TV. You must have heard of the LED TVs as they have become very popular and for obvious reasons.
LED TVs are TVs that employ the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and make use of it as backlight element. This is the reason why LED TVs are very sleek and consume less energy as well as have better contrast than its LCD TV counterparts.
Other reasons why the LED TVs are more preferred than the LCD TVs and Plasma TVs include that it offers a better resolution and is brighter.
The fact that it consumes less energy is also very appealing because it reduces the amount of money that you’ll spend on energy bills at the end of the month.
LED TVs consume less energy because they don’t make use of so much energy from backlight in the TV, and this slashes the rate of external electricity that is used to power the display on the TV.
It is also true that LED TVs are more expensive than LCD TVs, but when you consider the fact that they consume less energy and thus you won’t be charged so much on your electricity bills monthly, you’ll find that it is not so bad after all.
All these reasons are why it seems that LED TVs are more in demand than LCD TVs and Plasma TVs, that doesn’t mean that they are bad TVs at all as they are still very good TVs.
In addition people have different choices, not everyone views low energy consumption as a priority when purchasing TVs and some will prefer them for their own reasons.
The next type of TV that we will be considering is the OLED TV. OLED here means “organic, light-emitting diode”, and this is with regards to the display of the Television.
If you are impressed with the less energy consumption rate of LED TVs, then get ready to be wowed by the energy consumption rate of OLED TVs. They are the latest technological advancement in the world of TV as at the time of this article.
OLED TVs have no need for backlit element as is obtainable in LED and LCD TVs, instead they produce light naturally and this gives adequate lighting within the display. This implies that they are very energy efficient and your energy bill won’t be running up too much, at least not from your television.
Another good part of the OLED TVs is that they are very sleek, sleeker than its LCD and LCD counterparts’ and you can now get curved TVs as well as flexible ones.
As you must have rightly guessed, OLED TVs are very costly, however when you consider all of the capabilities of the OLED TV such as being very energy efficient; providing better color contrasts and deep blacks of any television in the market, you’ll find that it is worth the price tag on it.
People often resort to LG for OLED TVs and you can get them from about ₦340,000 for the 55-inch models to up to ₦24 million for the massive 105-inch OLED model.
Moving on let’s look at the Plasma TVs. Although Plasma TVs were once cheaper than the LED/LCD TVs, that is no more the case.
A fact that has not changed however is that the Plasma TVs consume more energy than the LED/LCD TVs. This means that you spend more through your electricity bill every month if you go for a Plasma TV.
That aside, Plasma TVs have better viewing angles, motion blur, deep blacks, and overall contrast ratio then the LED/LCD TVs.
Plasma TVs do not have motion blur like the LED/LCD TVs. This means that specifications like the 60 or 120GHz refresh rate that you might find written on a TV box doesn’t really matter when it is a plasma TV as they have no motion blur issues.
Refresh rate is only necessary for LCD/LED TVs as these are the types that have motion blur issues.
Plasma Televisions have different sizes from 42-65 inches. All that is left for you to do is to pick one that suits you.
Bear it in mind however that Plasma TVs are location-specific so if you live at a high-altitude location, it is recommended that you go for other types of TVs that won’t give you any challenges because of your location.
To get the best out of your Plasma TVs, it is best that you place it in a room that has more shade. You might not really enjoy your Plasma TV if you place it in a very bright room.
If that is the case and there is really nothing you can do about the light pouring into the room then you should just go for a LCD/LED TV. However if you insist on a Plasma TV, then go for one that has anti-glare coating or anti-reflective technology.
Although Plasma TVs have better picture quality, top brands such as Panasonic, Samsung and LG amongst others have stopped production of Plasma TVs.
So even if you are interested in the Plasma TVs, it is most likely that what you’ll get will be old stock and you can get it for about ₦72,000 to ₦650,000.
LCD TVs means liquid crystal display TVs. The rate at which the LCD TVs were in high demand before is no more the case as there are now better options like the LED TV.
However unlike the Plasma TVs that are no more being produced, the LCD TVs are still very much available and most people still go for it as a result of the fact that it is less expensive than the rest.
There is something you should be aware of regarding TV screen resolutions when it comes to eyesight and that is that the more farsighted you are then the brighter and sharper the screen resolution will be for you.
So if you are farsighted a 1080p (Full HD) display will be perfect for you. You should bear this in mind when deciding on the perfect TV for you.
Except your budget is saying otherwise, it is best that you get a full HD TV. Otherwise you can make do with a 720p HD TV, particularly when it comes to displays higher than 32-inch.
Ultra HD TVs gives you four times the resolution that you’ll get from a full HD TV but as is usually the case with something better, the Ultra HD TVs are more expensive.
Just to be clear when we mention “Full HD” it means 1080p display resolution, and when we mention “HD” it means 720p display resolution.
Ultra HD TVs
Although most people are of the assumption that Ultra HD TV is a type of TV, “Ultra HD” actually just refers to the screen resolution, LED TVs can come with Ultra HD screen resolutions.
Full HD TVs have a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) screen resolution while 4K Ultra HD TVs, gives you four times that resolution as they usually have 3840 x 2160 and the least you can get is 2160p display resolution.
As expected Ultra HD TVs offers the best details and display on-screen, so it is not a bad decision if you decide to go for it. Do not be shocked however to find that LCD TVs have better on-screen content.
It is advised that to get the best out of Ultra HD TVs you should get a 55-inch display or one that is wider.
You can buy a 55-inch Ultra HD TV from LG at about ₦450,000 and the smaller sizes can be gotten for about ₦165,000.
3D TV & Smart TVs
3D and Smart TVs are categorically not types of TVs, they are just features added to TVs so they have more capabilities.
Smart TVs simply refers to TVs that have internet access and can run third party apps. With smart TVs you will be able to stream content from services such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon’s Instant Video (or Video on Demand). You can even video chat with services such as Skype and other internet services.
While some of Plasma and LED TVs that are sold for about ₦90,000 and more are Smart TVs, all OLED TVs in the country are Smart TVs.
3D TVs just as the name implies are TVs that you can use to watch 3D content. It sounds good to be able to watch 3D movies in your home conveniently. Some LED TVs or Plasma TVs have that feature.
It’s true however that 3D TVs are not that really appreciated in these parts as a result of the fact most shows, movies and games are in 2D.
The 3D TVs are very expensive at the moment but there is a great chance that when they become very highly sought after then the price will reduce.
Presently you can get a 3D TV for about ₦57,000 to over ₦7,000,000 depending on the size and other features that the TV is coming with of course.
After all is said and done, you cannot get a TV that is above your budget. So after you have taken the other factors into consideration ask yourself if the TV you are checking out is within your means.
There are a wide range of TVs with different sizes, features, designs and from different brands so you are sure to find a TV that will fit your pocket. All you have to do is consider all the types we have already talked about, set your priorities of what you want most in a TV, and act accordingly.
While some will consider size first, others will consider display resolution so finally it all depends on you, what you want and what suits you best.
You can also be on the look-out for local deals and savings on TVs in your local area, retail stores, and online stores. Typical examples of such deals are black Fridays on Jumia. You can cash in on such deals and get your choice TV at a much cheaper price.
You will want to take your time and consider all your options before you decide on a TV so that you don’t always get angry each time you turn on your TV set.