My eldest sister just recently discovered the joy of YouTube and Netflix recently (yes, in 2018), and to help her enjoy streaming more, her son offered to buy her a new smart TV or Android TV box.
Truly a sweet gesture, but as you might be able to guess from the fact that she just heard about two of the most popular streaming platforms in 2018, she’s not the most tech savvy person and neither is her husband, so they had a hard time figuring out what exactly a smart TV and Android TV box are and which would be better for them
They didn’t want to bother their sons by turning to them for help, so instead they turned to me. (I’m not sure if I should be flattered or offended that bothering me is worth it, but I digress.)
Picking out the right smart TV solution can be difficult, even if you’re pretty tech savvy, so I’m going to help you like I helped her.
I’ll tell you all about a few of the best smart TVs and Android TV boxes currently on the market, but first let’s cover a few frequently asked questions to make sure you know the smart TV basics. If you’re already well-versed with smart TVs and Android TV boxes, feel free to just skip down to the recommendations!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a smart TV and how is it different from an Android Box?
A smart TV is just a TV with built-in apps just like the apps on a smartphone. An Android Box is similar in size to a cable box and gives a non-smart TV the capabilities of a smart TV.
Android Boxes and similar streaming devices are much cheaper than smart TVs and have fewer junk apps, but smart TVs usually have advantages compared to a streaming device hooked up to a regular TV set, like more HDMI ports and better picture quality.
And if you really want the most streaming options possible, you might want to get both an Android Box and a smart TV. Due to agreements between manufacturers and streaming providers, not all streaming services are accessible on all streaming devices. Buying an Android Box and a smart TV will give you access to the services available to both.
Do all smart TVs have built-in WIFI connections?
Most smart TVs, especially newer models, have a built-in Wi-Fi connection. If not, it can always connect to the internet via a wired Ethernet connection. In other words, it can connect to the modem or router through a wire.
Are Samsung TVs Android based?
Samsung Smart TVs use Samsung’s own open-source Tizen OS.
What Smart TVs Run on Android?
Not all smart TVs run on Android. Why? Most smart TV manufacturers do not want to be biased so they add a third party OS on their smart TVs.
This is not so in the case of Sony, Philips, and Sharp. They have set up their smart TVs on Android OS which is a “smart” move. LG uses webOS, Samsung uses Tizen OS, and Panasonic uses Firefox OS.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the recommendations!
1. HAOSIHD T95M Android Smart TV Box
This HAOSIHD T95M Android Smart TV Box features 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, and a 64 bit CPU that will launch your apps and games faster than Garfield finishes a lasagna. You can also add external memory to the device to expand its memory and prevent crashes.
This multi-functional Android TV box has a good user interface and is compatible with most software, games, and applications. It decodes most popular audio and video formats so you can enjoy an ultimate 4K HD video viewing experience.
The device has a built-in 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and 100M Ethernet LAN support making it easy and convenient to use. This TV box is available at Amazon for under $60 and comes with a 12-month warranty.
2. Nvidia Shield TV Gaming Edition
Want to get the best home theater experience? Then check out this Android TV streaming device from Nvidia. It supports 4K HDR entertainment so its users can enjoy their music and video streaming as well as gaming apps to the max.
This Android box lets you control your smart TV and other compatible devices with just a voice command. It also has a built-in Google Chromecast so the possibilities are endless.
Explore more ways to take your home entertainment to the next level with this streaming media player from Nvidia. Each of these Nvidia Shield TV boxes comes with a remote, a controller with a charging cable, and a power adapter.
3. Sony 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV
If you are thinking of buying an Android Smart TV 40 inch, look no further than this Sony 40-Inch Smart LED TV. It features a 1080p full HD resolution, a 60Hz Refresh Rate, and an effective Motion Flow XR 240 for a great viewing experience that your family will enjoy.
Sony has been around since 1946 and has made its name worldwide when it comes to electronics. Based in Tokyo, Japan, Sony has been considered one of the best producers of Smart TVs.
This Android Smart TV has 2 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. It comes with a mini-plug video adapter, an AC power adapter, an AC power cord, a remote control with batteries, and a tabletop stand.
Be among those people who are enjoying state-of-the-art technology with their Sony Smart TVs. Staying home and bonding with your loved ones will never be the same again.
4. Sony 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
It’s no secret that Sony is among the top brands when it comes to Smart Android TVs. Why not trust the judgement and get yourself a Sony? This 55-inch Sony Smart LED TV will provide you with a 4K ultra HD viewing experience that you won’t regret.
It’s compatible with Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon that follows your voice commands. It has a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a Motionflow XR that complements its HD picture clarity.
This LED TV from Sony has a sleek slim design that will give your living room or bedroom a welcome change.
5. GooBang Doo XB-III Android 7.1 TV Box
If you are looking for an Android Smart TV streamin device, check out this Android 7.1 TV Box from GooBang Doo. It features a 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM which can kickstart your apps and games in a snap. You can also expand its memory up to 32GB using an external TF card so you can avoid any crashes.
This device has an Amlogic Quad Core ARM Cortex-A53 2.0GHz 64 Bit CPU and a 4K Bluetooth. It can be controlled by its i10 mini keyboard within 20 meters as well as by your mobile phone.
It has a built-in HD 2.0b transmitter and provides you with professional images with its HDR10 and HLG HDR processing capability. This portable and durable 3D XB-III TV box has an On/Off button for your convenience.
It also has an aluminum shell which will helps in heat dissipation. This device allows screen mirroring of a smartphone or tablet PC to another big screen device with its built-in Airplay/DLNA/Miracast functions.
Let your family enjoy a whole new TV viewing experience and get this device at Amazon for under $70.
6. Pendoo TX3 Mini Android Smart TV Box
This Android TV Box from TX3 features a fast and powerful Android 7.1 Operating System making sure that its users will enjoy watching videos and playing games with it. It features a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, and 16GB EMMC ROM which is expandable up to 32GB so you can have more space to download apps and games to your heart’s content.
This device supports 2.4GHz WIFI and has a DC Power Port, Ethernet, SPDIF, HDMI, AV, TF card slot, and 2 slots of USB2.0. Installing your favorite apps and enjoying the state-of-the-art technology in your 4K screen is fast and easy with this Android TV player.
Keep Up with the Changing Times
It may sometimes be hard to keep up with the changing times but it has its advantages. Treat yourself and your family to a whole new TV viewing experience with the latest Android Smart TVs and Android Boxes.
Do you have an Android smart TV? Share your experiences with us, especially to those who are planning to purchase one. Which one is it? Still have questions about Android smart TVs? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say and help you even more!