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5 Ways That a Samsung Smart TV Will Make Your Life Easier

Samsung Smart TVIf you are one of those smart tech geek, who like to keep yourself updated, you must have heard about Samsung Smart TV, which is their new range of TV launched in 2012. So what makes it special? Do you think the price tag of $3000+ worth your had earned money? Every new range of TV, be it from LG, Sony are coming with Internet ready and it’s not enough. That’s where Samsung Smart TV’s come into the picture. Here I’m not doing a review of any of their Smart series TV’s but talking about some of the features, which will make their TV stand out from others and why you can consider buying one for yourself.

Features of Samsung Smart TV’s

Smart TV’s from Samsung not only offers elegant design but offers much more in terms of features. With its Ultra panel feature, you don’t need to worry about light reflection. This is specially a problem, when you have plenty of sunlight in your room and become an obstruction in getting a clear picture out of your TV. Anyways, lets directly jump into some of the features of Samsung Smart TV’s:

1. Comprehensive phone/tablet to TV Integration

The Samsung Smart TV can link up with your Samsung Galaxy II or III or Samsung Galaxy TAB by means of the Smart View App. Your portable device will now function not only as a remote control for you TV but also, through the Dual View feature, as a medium by which you can watch your favourite shows, cheer on your team or stream on demand content via a wifi link to your TV.

The AllShare function also means that it no longer matters where you store your media files. With this app, you can instantly stream videos from your Samsung Galaxy TAB or phone on you Galaxy Smart TV – a great way to show friends and family videos or photos.

2. Social Media Capabilities

Samsung have included more comprehensive browsing capacities with specific social media apps linking you from the ‘Smart Hub’ to social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Above and beyond that though, is the Social TV App. Using this app moves the television which is being streamed to a box on the left hand side, freeing up space for your private Facebook and Twitter feeds on the right. This feature is ideal if you like to keep you friends and followers up to date with breaking news or offer commentary on a great show that you’re watching.

3. Keeping in Touch

Not only does the Samsung Smart TV offer social networking opportunities, but also incorporates the free, preloaded Skype app. With a built-in camera, you can now video chat with all your friends and family on this crisp LCD TV, making sure that you stay in touch with the most important people in your life in life-size high-definition. The Samsung camera has 4 analog microphones, HD video and auto focussing, ensuring crystal clear video feed.

4. Stream Content On Demand

Although not an entirely novel addition in the world of smart TVs, being able to watch television that you have missed, when you want to, is still a great attribute of this Samsung product. Compatible with 4OD, BBC iPlayer and 5Demand to name but a few, with your Samsung Smart TV you’ll now never lose touch of the programmes which you love and with the 4OD Classics feature, the ones that you used to love.

5. Recording TV

If you’re rushed for time, or busy during the weekly of your beloved programme, then this TV will solve your problems. With both one off recording for those interesting documentaries or series record for the addictive crime thrillers, you can remain assured that you’ll never miss anything – maintaining complete loyalty to those great shows at the touch of a button. Though this is similar feature, which you get in almost all the Set top boxes now-a-days.

These smart TV’s are never generation of TV and with the internet evolving every day, movie and program on demand have become next viewer requirement, Social integration is must, and Skype video calling let you take advantage of staying in touch from your couch, Samsung Smart TV might be the best fit for you. Along with it, if you are using any Samsung tablet, Smartphone you will love to have a Samsung TV instead of any other, to make most out of it. Here is a quick features review of Samsung Smart TV, which will give you better idea and details:

So are you planning to get one of these smart TV’s from Samsung? Do share your opinion and views? 

Use Your TV to Browse Internet with Vodafone Webbox Keyboard

Vodafone unveiled something really interesting at the Mobile World Congress that will definitely change the way TV’s are used and make the ‘ Idiot Box’ look smart. So if you’re one of those who like to sit and watch TV the whole day and also are addicted to Facebook or the Internet, then here’s your chance to do all of that with the Vodafone Webbox.

The Vodofane Webbox is an Internet device that connects directly to that Idiot Box (TV) via standard RCA connectors and lets you enjoy Internet, Radio, Games, various applications and even Music. The Webbox is a plug and play QWERTY keyboard that requires a SIM to directly access the Internet, but a 3G SIM cannot be used. So that’s a downside, but soon a 3G version will be out so no need to worry.

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Once connected to your TV, you will be able to browse the Internet with the pre-installed Opera Mini 5.1 browser, view and send e-mail, SMS and listen to music via Radio or the built in music player and also view photos. The user interface is very simple and as it runs on Android 2.1 Eclair and also incorporates some Android apps such as Calculator, notes, calendar, Youtube and few more. This was designed to help people who can’t afford to buy a laptop/desktop and is quite affordable.Watch the demonstration video after the break.

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals stated;

The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high. The simplicity of the product is striking – it brings the internet to the TV, be that at home for the family, in schools for education or in small businesses to assist local economic growth.”

The Vodafone Webbox will be available at Vodashops and Vodacom outlets for a price tag of about $100 and will soon start shipping to Ghana, Kenya, India and Turkey. It’s already been launched in South Africa and the Webbox comes with a 2GB card and 100mb of free web traffic. For more information visit Vodafone’s website.