Smart TV or non-smart TV (Normal TV): Which one is better?

Want to purchase a new television or replace the TV at your home/office with a newer one but you’re confused between a smart and a non-smart television? Go through the following paragraphs where we have compared the features of normal TV and a smart television:

Non-smart vs Smart TVs

Operating system

Right now, smart TVs are powered by one of these three operating systems – Android, WebOS, and Tizen. Tizen OS powers Samsung smart televisions. Tizen is an OS built by Samsung. WebOS has been developed by LG electronics. Most smart televisions you’ll find in the electronic stores, malls, or on eCommerce websites run on the Android operating system. These three operating systems are based on Linux/Unix operating systems. Unlike Windows operating systems that may crash, they are bug-free. Non-smart TVs don’t have a fancy user interface nor they have a sophisticated OS like smart TVs. When you press the TV’s power button, the TV’s control system will execute some basic tasks such as detecting the set-top box, connected devices, etc. That’s it. In the case of smart TV, the television may automatically fetch the latest content and display the same, connect itself to the hotspot/router, display weather information, latest news, etc.


Nonsmart TVs have a TV guide feature and a utility to find channels. They also have a file viewer/folder explorer utility, GUI for choosing the source i.e. HDMI, AV ports, etc. Smart televisions allow you to install applications. For example, you can install Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, etc by opening the built-in app store software. If the app is free, you can use it. If it isn’t, you’ll have to purchase a subscription plan to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Prime, or any other paid/OTT application. The TVs also have digital voice assistants such as Bixby, Alexa, or Google Assistant built-in. The televisions support multi-tasking as they have a multi-core processor and 1+ GB RAM.


Smart televisions allow users to install and play 100s of games. As the TVs have a dedicated GPU and a dual/quad-core processor, the quality of the games would be good. If you own a smart TV, you won’t have to purchase a gaming console for your kids. Non-smart TVs don’t have App Store software nor do they come pre-installed with games.


TVs you’ll find in shops are 2 to 3 inches thin. Normal box-type televisions are 5 to 12-inch thick. Non-smart LED/LCD TVs are as thin as smart ones. LED/LCD TVs can be mounted on a wall. The best place to install a LED/LCD television is the wall. Box-type CRT TVs require large space even if their screen size is 15 to 20-inch.


Smart televisions have WiFi built-in. Many of them also have an ethernet port. If you purchase a set-top box such as Roku or a USB stick such as Firestick and connect it to a non-smart TV, you can connect the TV to the internet and enjoy OTT applications. If you own a non-smart television, you can make it smart by purchasing Firestick, Roku, or a similar device and connecting it to the TV.


Mirroring allows all members of a family to enjoy the video/movie played on a smartphone on a television. Is this feature useful? Yes. Imagine that you have subscribed to a Netflix plan that supports only 1 device. If you own a TV that supports casting/mirroring, etc, you can cast Netflix content from the phone to TV. Non-smart TVs may not support mirroring but smart ones do support them.

Price and availability

32-inch smart TV, at one time, used to cost 400 to 500 USD. Now, you can purchase a 40+ inch LED television (smart as well as non-smart) at a much lower price. As the prices of CRT television have fallen, malls/retail stores, etc have stopped selling them.

Closing words

From the above paragraphs, it is clear that smart televisions have many features. Thus, they’re better. If your budget allows you to purchase smart TV, you must buy it. If you already have a nonsmart LED TV, you can purchase an Android set-top box instead of exchanging it with a newer television.

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