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If you thought the only technology that could be smart was a phone, you have it all wrong. The next smart trend that will have people showing off is SmartTV.

The leaders of smart technology, Apple and Samsung have both released televisions that do more than just play your favourite series.

Apple’s smart TV is called Apple TV, no not iTV and Samsung calls their smart TV, Samsung Smart TV.  Apple originally released Apple TV in 2007. After disappointing sales it was discontinued.

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So what does one do with a smart TV? Well first of all, you watch television. With the Apple TV, you can sync your iTunes account and rent films from your account. SD rentals start from R19.99 and HD rentals from R29.99. It might not be the same price as the rentals at your local video store but remember you also need to pay for petrol to get there. You also have 30 days to watch the film and can re-watch it as many times as you want within 48 hours.

You can also play the music you bought from the iTunes store via iCloud and you can look your recent photos.

If you want to view photos or listen to music that is on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can just use Airplay, which will enable you to watch and see all the content from your device and its apps.

We all now that MTV doesn’t play videos anymore so instead of changing through various music channels looking for the latest videos why don’t you just visit YouTube. With Apple TV you can look at YouTube and Vimeo videos from the comfort of your couch.

You tube

The AppleTV comes with a remote so there is no need to be sending around your younger siblings to change the channel.

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So how does Samsung’s Smart TV compare? Well it seems to be a lot smarter than the Apple TV.

First of all, there is no need for a remote. You can use gesture controls to watch your movies, or just change the channel. Swipe to navigate and grab to select. If your hand get’s tired, you could always just use your voice. The Samsung SmartTV uses voice recognition as a remote.

If you get bored of watching your movies and series, you can always swipe to Skype. The Samsung SmartTV comes with a built-in camera that allows video chat. If you don’t want to video chat, you can always log onto Facebook or Twitter.

samsung tv

While you are changing between apps and channels, picture-in-picture let’s you view what you are currently playing so you’ll never miss a moment. Can’t find something to watch or what you looking for? No worries, just search by either using your voice, the remote or a wireless keyboard.

The Smart Touch Remote Control is equipped with a built-in microphone and interactive track pad. If you ever misplace your remote control, you can always use your Samsung phone or Galaxy Tab. All you need to do is download the Smart View App and you have a remote.


You don’t even have to worry about passwords; you can always use your face to log into your profile.

If you ever get tired of watching television, you can always browse the app store and download whatever you wish, including Angry Birds, Google Talk and Netflix.

With the Evolution Kit, you can update your Samsung SmartTV every year so it keeps up to date with the latest technology.

So which TV is smarter?

Samsung SmartTV wins this debate. Compared to the Samsung SmartTV, the AppleTV seems like a prototype.

SmartTV is definitely a want, not a need. Most students don’t even watch tv on tv so there really is no need for a physical television

set. However, if you are lucky enough to get a smart TV, chose the Samsung. It offers a lot more options and is a lot more technologically advanced than AppleTV.

I don’t think a SmartTV will help you get the grades you want but you sure would be the cool kid on campus.

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  1. lancelot

    January 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I have both a 55″ Samsung Led and a Apple TV. The problem with a smart TV is that almost everyone who has a decent tv also has a decent sound setup, whatever you watch on the “Smart Tv” internet link has to play over the TV’s 10W speakers. The best bet by far is to get a “Non Smart Tv” [Save R 5000 over the smart version] and add a R 1100 AppleTV before the amp and watch downloaded movies on your tv, browse youtube buy Apple movies on istore etc etc.

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