Fast Five: Tips for TV Shopping

Fast Five: Tips for TV Shopping

Shopping for a brand new TV this holiday season? In this week’s Fast Five, we take a look at some of the most common questions any Juan asks when purchasing, and hopefully help you snag that new deal before the year ends.


Why not a TV? Besides preparing you for the more important ISDB-T Digital TV transmission before 2020, an LED TV has more energy and space efficiency compared to old CRT TVs of the yesteryear. It’s also a worthy investment — TVs don’t depreciate as fast as handheld gizmos do. We gained insights and narrowed down the top questions consumers ask when purchasing for one, and we hope that this would serve as a guide for those purchasing their new displays.

What size should I buy?

Screen size has to be on top of the mind for anyone who wants to purchase a new TV, as a larger or smaller screen than what is needed can affect your viewing habits, straining your eyes in the process. For starters, those who want to have a TV in their bedroom can choose a 28- to 40-inch models, while average living rooms can accommodate a 50-inch TVs and up.

If you’re still not sure, there’s a proper computation for it. Considering the resolution of your TV to be at 1080p or Full HD, you can divide the distance (in inches) between the couch and the wall/table by 1.5, the quotient being the screen size. For example, a 42-inch distance can accommodate a 28-inch screen.

Curved Screen or Flat Display?


Another common question we get from most folks is the general design of the screen. Curved screens are selling like hotcakes right now, but that doesn’t mean that the flat displays don’t offer anything much of a difference versus the other. If you like to have an aesthetically pleasing unit without minding the bulky back portion, take the curved one. Otherwise, purchase the flat one for a less space-consuming TV with less bright room reflections.


To 4K or not to 4K?


Full HD displays are common nowadays, and you can purchase one at the Php15,000-20,000 range. While 4K content remain to be scarce, it’s a great idea to invest into something that would someday be the new standard. This would make your TV set ahead for at least 2-4 years. Features such as WiFi connectivity or becoming a Smart TV are nice additions, but don’t get persuaded by just that alone unless you have a dedicated internet connection for your TV.



Here’s a tip: OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens offer darker blacks that give off a nice contrast to whatever’s playing on the screen. The better colors OLED provides doesn’t come cheap — they are costlier and the TV models available are much less compared to the cheaper. If you’re one who nitpicks on the screen colors, you may opt to choose that one. LED models are widely available, just in case your budget doesn’t fit.

Which brand should I choose?

The competition in television brands are as cutthroat as what we see in smartphone or laptop companies. No matter how one wishes for a good TV, it all boils down to the budget one has. Lots of global brands (Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp) are available in the local market where 32-inch models start between the Php11-15K range, and some have recently marked down their prices in anticipation of the holiday rush. If your wallets are a bit light and you’re aiming to tighten the belt, there are also good television brands from other countries (Devant, TCL, Changhong) that offer almost the same features and quality without having to break the bank.

We hope that we helped you gain more insight on what television set to buy this holiday season in this week’s Fast Five. There are other factors that we might have skipped, so do hop into the comments section and we’ll try to answer your Qs (and you can share insights as well).

You can also suggest a Fast Five topic too! Tweet us @yugatech and/or @lamielcarl with the hashtag #YTFastFive.

Get in touch with Carl at @lamielcarl on Twitter or visit his website for more updates!

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10 Responses

  1. Allan Carreon says:

    Hi! I have been canvassing for a 49 inch tv these past few days. I have atleast 3 choices: sony49x8300, samsung ua50js7200 and lg49uf850. Which do you think shoul I buy? Thanks!

    • All of them are UHD models. I recommend the Sony TV if you are keen on getting Android content on your TV. Otherwise, The LG display offers an IPS panel that looks good when viewed on any side, or the Samsung TV if you are keen on getting the lowest price out of the three.

    • Allan Carreon says:

      Thanks Sir Carl! Greatly appreciated.. =)

  2. Rusure says:

    UHD and 4K the same?

  3. Why would one choose a Smart TV? Not an insulting question at all; I just need to know if a LED TV would suffice for my needs or not. Thank you.

    • It’s basically a good investment because you’re choosing the one that’s internet-enabled. For example, if you want to watch YouTube videos on the fly, you don’t need to buy other external devices such as a Chromecast to cast your videos as the TV software enables you to browse directly on the big screen. Sony, Samsung and LG have made their smartphones easily connected to their own TV brands so you can watch with less hassle.

  4. Wilson says:

    Suggestions for budget conscious:
    1. CHOOSE 1080p instead of 4K
    -you need super fast internet to stream 4K seamlessly. 1080p alone requires 2-5mbps without other people using the internet.
    -4K movies and videos are rare anyway.
    -We barely have 1080p content in the Philippines (Abs-Gma), let alone 4K. I think abs-cbn tv plus is not even 1080p;

    2. Choose Smart TV
    -I was actually hesitant about buying a smart tv. But it turned out to be really useful
    -We watch exercise videos, nba, the voice, uaap, cartoons, replays and movies on Youtube; watch movies and series on netflix; watch telenovela on IWANT TV
    -If you get disconnected from cable for a while, you can surf the web for movies
    -use tv to play spotify
    -play karaoke on youtube
    -movie/series marathon on netflix!!!

    3. Led over oled
    -You can barely see any difference from the two esp. If you have smaller tv

    4. Flat over curved
    -curved tvs require certain distance to feel its effect.

    5. 40 inch would be the minimum. Don’t ever settle for anything less

  5. Charina Razon says:

    Hello Author,

    Canvassing for a cheap tv planning for a devant brand, Questions: difference between with built in SMART TV vs. MI BOX “plug and play”?

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