2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2012 2:52 PM by Matthew Smith
stanfromrochester Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am looking at buying a 55" LG TV. The two options I am looking at are one that is a a Smart TV (internet access) and one that is not. Am I better off buying the one without, saving a few hundread and buying Apple TV which will be compatiable with my Apple computer? Or are there advantages to having a smart TV by itself? In summary my choices would seem to be 1) buy a TV without internet access and buy Apple TV instead, 2) buy a smart TV and don't bother with Apple TV, 3) buy a smart TVand also buy apple TV (not sure if this would be overkill?). Please give me your input.


AppleTV 2, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (85,700 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.

     

    I suspect you will find people of all three opinions. Personally I'd do anything to avoid having a web browser on my TV and don't having anything else besides free to air TV and Apple TV.

  • Matthew Smith Level 5 Level 5 (6,790 points)

    The answer would also depend on the features of a smart TV and an Apple TV you would want to use. If you have other Apple products the Apple TV will integrate well with them, especially an iPad or iPhone, but a smart TV not so well if at all. There are also features on a smart TV that are not on the Apple TV, although they maybe possible with a iPad or iPhone using AirPlay.

     

    I'm also not impressed by the user interface of these apps on the smart TVs. It's not really the strong point of TV manufacturers.  A friend just bought a new Sony TV. I'd be more inclined to use the equivalent features (like YouTube) on the Apple TV than the apps on the Sony. Since I have an iPad I also get a better experience using my iPad with AirPlay than a couple of the other apps on he TV.