Of course, TVs are usually the first choice. by the quality of the picture or at worst – by the size diagonals. But what if, other things being equal, you cannot decide on which smart OS to choose a new one display? The answer is simple – watch our smart TV comparison! Fortunately, gone are the days when manufacturers experimented with with software on TVs – everything is settled and cardinal no changes are expected.
Today there are three main Smart TV systems. Tizen from the Korean corporation Samsung. WebOS from their eternal rival LG. And Android TV from the infamous Google. Google itself does not produce TVs, but based on this OC displays Sony, Philips, TLC and tons of manufacturers a lower rank.
In principle, this triple occupies almost half of the world smart systems market, and the rest is a motley company of unavailable platforms like Roku and Vizio, plus various state employees. After all, the same Sony, Philips and TLC, in addition to models with Android, have inexpensive displays, which are installed with simplified smart systems own authorship with limited functionality.
We will not consider them today, I will say only briefly, that in the case of choosing these options, as well as exotic operating systems based on Opera or Firefox, guaranteed you can only count on a YouTube client, be maybe Netflix, plus viewing data from a flash drive will remain, but the latter is already a shame to call smart – such all TVs in general are able.
But with licensed content, everything is more complicated – many of simpler systems do not support DRM protection, and the same Megogo on they may either be absent altogether, or have limitations. So if you see the name in the TV description smartOS, different from the top three – remember this features.
But back to our smart trio. Let’s go through the main categories and compare each OS by main parameters. Interface WebOS Do you remember what smart systems looked like before WebOS? Google, but not on a full stomach and not before sleep.
And the emergence of webOS with its clean laconic design and intuitive interface has become a landmark event in the TV market. Over the next six years, the system outwardly changed little, and in version 4.
5 it remains the same fresh and bright appearance. Icon strip at the bottom of the screen over the displayed content – that’s the whole interface, everything is simple and clear. They can be moved to your liking, added and removed.
new ones from the app store, they all line up in one line. On the left – three service icons: search, control panel connections and terrestrial TV. When hovering over most icons, a second appears row with recommended content, last open sections, selection of channels or inputs.
By the way, if earlier in webOS almost every function TV was duplicated by the icon in the feed, now here only the most necessary remains, and you will not have to waste three screens to the right. Basic features have returned to their place in the settings menu, and it is right.
Tizen Following webOS, the concept of minimalism was picked up by Samsung, replacing own SmartHub on Tizen OS. However, only the apps you selected are located here. – the rest are hidden in a separate sub-menu item with your screen.
Connected sources are also displayed as icons into the tape, and at its end. It seems to be convenient, but if you call the main menu, then you have to run far to the settings, which sitting at the other end of the screen – it would be better to immediately group them closer to the beginning.
Android TV Let’s make a reservation right away that everything in the world of TVs is the same as in Google phones – android to android strife. That is, each manufacturer slightly redraws the interfaces.
to your taste. We’re looking at the Sony home screen, but let’s say Philips it may differ. Although in general, everything is similar. The interface is divided into several horizontal sections. Google-recommended content comes first, then recommended content application manufacturer, then your applications, then a row with games, even lower a row with input icons, and even lower – settings.
Fuh. The possibilities for customizing all of this are in their infancy state: in your applications you can move icons and delete them, but with systemic and all these recommendations nothing can be done – at least not with Sony.
As a result, you constantly run the cursor across the screen. Again, some manufacturers have a little more leeway, but this does not change the essence – in general, the interface is much more cumbersome than webOS and Tizen.
Total in terms of design and usability OSes from Samsung and LG are almost identical, but Google loses to both of them. Basic functionality What different smart TVs can and cannot do, how it says “out of the box.
” In general, their capabilities are more or less identical. WebOS What do we have here? There is a media player for viewing files from USB-drives, convenient, with the ability to manage subtitles and tracks.
And completely omnivorous – whatever I tried to feed him, all files were played. He also sees DLNA media servers on the home network. The built-in browser can open sites, but God forbid you god use it to watch online videos.
Even if you have the patience to start a movie, it is guaranteed will fly out after a while with a shortage message memory. My opinion: streaming is the lot of individual applications, and the browser in any smart TV is more suitable only for quickly search for some information and read simple sites – don’t count on it as a player video content.
To connect external devices is provided understandable dispatcher. Also in models with Bluetooth (and it is better to take just such) wireless playback is provided audio from an external source. For the wealthier, 2019’s 4K and OLED TVs are just around the corner AirPlay will be delivered – you can throw music on the TV in two clicks and videos from Apple devices.
Android smartphone users don’t have to wait – they can simply duplicate the display of the device on a TV set. And both in the window and in full screen. You don’t even need to configure anything for this.
As for terrestrial TV, a convenient visual editor allows you to sort channels, there is an electronic program schedule and the ability to set reminders. But WebOS has been missing the TimeShift function for several years.
– recording digital channels and pause broadcasting: it was turned off in our region due to legal restrictions country of origin. The system is multitasking – when returning to an already running application, you will continue to work with it from the moment where he was left.
By holding down the Home button on the remote, you can quickly switch between apps. Tizen Tizen’s native media player is as good as its competitor: I ate all the files without problems, although I saw twitching when playing some files in the VP9 codec, but this exotic.
Browser is in place, but works with the same restrictions as for webOS. A distinctive feature of the models on Tizen is a special Ambient mode that turns the TV from a black rectangle on the wall in a picture, info-panel or photo frame.
The program guide and work with the broadcast are also convenient, and just like in WebOS, in TV sets for our region the TimeShift function is disabled. But AirPlay in Tizen is already at the time of filming this review and works great.
Moreover, it was added not only to new items, but also to many models of 2018. Android phones, of course, also connect to Samsung no problem through screen mirroring. Android TV The functionality of such Smart-TVs is also quite standard.
True, the browser is somehow specific, and not the usual Google Chrome. The media player is rather unsightly, but with its own responsibilities copes. The same can be said about the rest of the pre-installed software.
But TVs based on this OS are probably the only ones know how to record on-air channels to disk. To do this, you need to connect a USB drive from 32 gig and above, and voila. If you want – put the broadcast on pause, if you want – program the desired entry using the electronic program guide.
Moreover, it will be held even if you are watching another channel or turned off the TV altogether. It is obvious that TVs on Android TV are friends with Android phones “With a bang”, but in order to share something from an Apple phone, you will need to download a separate application from the TV manufacturer.
From my own experience, I will say right away that all brands have they are very so-so – don’t waste your time. Android TV has multitasking too, but in most cases, after switching the program is still loaded again: here everything already depends on hardware and the amount of memory in a particular TV model.
Results – in terms of basic functions, all smartOS are more or less are similar. WebOS and Tizen have the benefits of AirPlay in recent and not very models of the upper price range, but AndroidTV boasts TimeShift.
Control WebOS WebOS has a trump card here. Yes, in the models the usual remote control is cheaper, but starting from the middle class, in sets with TVs on this OS comes with Magic Motion – a remote control with a built-in gyroscope, manage with which smart functions go crazy how convenient.
A cursor appears on the screen and you just move the remote in space, like a pointer – it turns out so yourself virtual mouse. The pointer disappears after a while, but you can return it by simply shaking the remote control and turning the wheel on the remote control – it will appear in the center of the display.
By the way, this wheel is another big plus. Magic Motion: it is very convenient for them to scroll. There is also voice input – speech recognition is very good, and they most often you use it to search for content in applications.
Tizen Tizen has a similar situation in many respects: cheaper models a classic remote control with buttons, in the top ones – this is hymn to minimalism. There is also voice input, but all movements are only buttons.
Samsung had their own gyroscope remotes, but for a couple of years the manufacturer refused them back. But also for cursor control the menu is well thought out and optimized, but in applications with this several worse.
Although you can connect a wireless mouse or keyboard via USB with a touchpad if you want to hover freely above the menu. Android TV Included with TVs on AndroidTV, we saw only traditional remotes. This one at Sony has not changed, it seems, since the days of their Trinitrons, and there are five times more keys here than remote controls competitors.
Phillips often puts a remote control with keyboard on the back, but still – no you touch panels or gyroscopes, everything is the old fashioned way, buttons. But Google’s voice input is the best in the class, which is not surprising.
In total, in terms of management, the undisputed leader among smarts is WebOS, Tizen and AndroidTV have parity. Applications And now, in fact, about the smart part of smart TV. After all, initially this prefix in the title meant relationship with smartphones – that is, the ability to install applications that enhance the capabilities of the TV.
A small note: the YouTube client is preinstalled on all smart TVs, and it is absolutely the same for everyone, but other clients can slightly different. WebOS In the webOS app store, I counted about three hundred applications.
How many are really useful? In my opinion – a dozen, and all of them by and large – clients of online video services. Nevertheless, this OS is quite closed, and applications in it do not have access, for example, to the USB port, therefore you will not download an alternative media player, although there is networked like Plex.
Possibilities of installing some external applications no, you are only limited to what is in the store. Tizen A simple count on the Tizen market shows two hundred applications – and here everything is similar to WebOS.
Gone are the days when there were clients on smarts Twitter, Facebook, Skype and that’s it. Only what was in demand survived, and in cases with TVs these are video on demand services. Tizen has everything you need (and not so much) – Megogo, oll.
tv, Netflix, Amazon. Android TV But I refused to count applications in the Google Play Market. There are obviously over a thousand of them, so if you need something specific, you have a direct road to search.
It is by far the richest smart TV platform. However, remember that not all of your favorite apps from your smartphone you will find in the TV market – here only those optimized for remote control are allowed.
But at your own peril and risk, you can bet from a flash drive any application downloaded from the Internet – for this just download a simple file manager and open corresponding APK. In this way, you can install on Android TV simply whatever your heart desires, including even the most unauthorized attach, if you know what I mean.
Yes, even a simple built-in media player you can replace to some MX Player or KODI media combine: they will play files from anywhere, from USB or over the network, thanks system openness. Another plus of the platform is the presence of a huge number of games, and these are not solid casual games, but even more or less serious titles, like the same Asphalt.
It remains to connect a gamepad, and you can while away an hour or two in front of the screen. So, according to the choice of applications, flexibility and capabilities Android TV is ahead of the rest by a huge margin systems.
Actually, that’s why they love him. Speed u200bu200band stability Here I will limit myself to a general conclusion. The speed of smart TV directly depends on the hardware specific TV model, but the general trend can be traced.
Both webOS and Tizen are operating systems that were originally sharpened under the TVs, and they are the most responsive to work. At the same time, Android TV is noticeably less agile and jittery the interface can be stronger.
In terms of stability, everything is the same. A crashing program on WebOS or Tizen is an extreme rare, while AndroidTV has enough frequent. In general, this is a confrontation between closed ones, like LG and Samsung, and open, like Google, operating systems, with all the pros and cons.
What can be said in the end. Despite the fact that all smart systems have similar functionality, each of them has its own advantages. WebOS and Tizen are basically very similar, except that the remote older LG TVs are more comfortable.
These simple, beautiful and fast systems will do for any user, even the most unprepared, if his tastes, as they say, are not too specific. Android TV may not look so stylish, although this subjectively, and not always “fast as lightning”, but such smart phones have one huge plus – the ability installation of third-party applications and a huge number of apps and games.
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