HTC Desire Eye Specs & Price

HTC wants you to view the Desire Eye as your go-to camera for the photographer at heart – and this new smartphone doesn’t disappoint. HTC Desire Eye takes many of HTC’s flagship features and places them in a smartphone in which photography is the major emphasis.

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HTC Desire Eye

Hardware & Software

With a 5.2-inch display with a 1920 x 1080p screen resolution, a 2.3Ghz Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 Processor, 2GB of RAM, contains a minimum 16GB of internal storage with expandable memory storage (8.9GB after Sense UI and stock Android features are excluded) by way of a microSD card slot (128GB of additional memory expansion possible), and a 2,400mAh battery, the HTC Desire Eye offers a solid hardware.

The BOOMSound audio speakers return in the HTC Desire Eye as they were in the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8, so we’re not surprised that HTC’s audio quality makes the device excellent when it comes to listening to your music without the headphones plugged in. HTC’s audio quality is a feature that has been implemented in the new Motorola Nexus 6 smartphone and the HTC Nexus 9 tablet, and HTC will forever be remembered as having been a huge mover and shaker in excellent audio quality and design within the smartphone experience.

How It Stands Out from the Pack

To combat the success of Sony’s water-resistant Xperia Z line and Samsung’s water-resistant Galaxy S5, the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to add IPX7 water resistance to the HTC Desire Eye, making the device splash-proof against some water drops.

Is that all? Not by a long shot. What you’ve yet to see in the new HTC Desire Eye is that HTC’s not only increased the display size and added water resistance, but also added two new front and back cameras as well as photography software.

The traditional 4MP "UltraPixel" camera on the back now gives way for a 13 megapixels camera, while for the front camera, the 5 megapixels camera on the One M8, bows down to the Desire Eye’s 13 megapixels front camera with autofocus, as well as full 1080p video recording and dual LED flash technology.

The Software

As with the HTC One M8 Eye, the HTC Desire Eye the Eye software features (for which the Eye software is named): Auto and Voice Selfies that allow you to use voice command to capture your perfect pose.

The Eye Software also brings features like Face Fusion to create silly face combinations of two people, Live Makeup to perfect your photo before you capture the moment, Split Capture that utilizes both the front and back camera for moments that stretch beyond words, Photo Booth recreates a familiar scene for special moments, and the Crop-Me-In feature that lets you place yourself in any photo, whether you were there or not.

HTC Desire Eye comes with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with HTC Sense 6 UI. It features Quick Charge 2.0, which can topup your battery to up to 60% in 30 minutes.

Pricing and availability

The HTC Desire Eye is available in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and the United States, and is also headed to Singapore soon. In the US, the HTC Desire Eye is an AT&T carrier exclusive and will retail for $149.99 with a two-year contract or $549.99 off-contract.

In the UK, the HTC Desire Eye is a carrier exclusive on Three, and Three promises to give free international and 800 calls along with 4G data at no additional cost. It's been said that Three UK will sell the device for £300-£400.

The Desire Eye will be available by way of Amazon India for India customers by the end of November. Amazon India will be the exclusive carrier of the HTC Desire Eye.

HTC Desire Eye is not yet available in Nigeria. We currently have no data on pricing or availability for Nigeria. When available, HTC Desire Eye Price in Nigeria is expected to range between N95,000 to N120,000, depending on your location.

HTC Desire Eye Specs

Here are a few specs of the HTC Desire Eye:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), Sense 6
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Processor (Snapdragon 801)
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Colours: White, Red, Blue
  • Dimension: 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 154 g
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • SIM Count: Single-SIM

Display

  • Display: 5.2-inch Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 13 MP Camera, dual-LED Flash, 1080p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, HDR, Geo-tagging, Panorama, Face Detection
  • Front Camera: 13MP Camera, HDR, dual-LED Flash, 1080p HD Video

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: Up to 128GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: 50GB Free Google Drive

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 2100MHz
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes, up to 21mbps
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: -

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: -
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: Yes, Google Maps

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: -
  • Voice Control: -

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Water Resistant: Yes (IPX7 certified), Water Resistant up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
  • Dust Resistant: Yes
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No (Download on Google Play)

Battery

  • Battery: 2400 mAh Li-Ion Battery (non-removable)
  • Standby Time: up to 538 hours
  • Talktime: up to 20 hours

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Microsoft Band Specs & Price

The Microsoft Band is one of the newest fitness mobile gadgets on the market, but it showcases Microsoft’s own contribution to the wearables market.


Microsoft Band

The Microsoft Band is Microsoft's answer to the fitness bands and smartwatches from major players like the Apple Watch, Pebble Steel, and Samsung's multitude of offerings like the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear Neo, Gear S, and Gear Fit.

One of the major advantage of the Microsoft Band is that it is cross platform with support for all the major platforms.

Works with Major Operating Systems

The Microsoft Band works with all three major operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), not just Windows – which is a major plus for the company’s first wearable device. Microsoft’s been blazing this same trail with its Office software for iPhone and iPad, with the company having just released its Android smartphone app recently (and the company’s promise that an Android tablet app is imminent).

Additionally, Microsoft has increased its OneDrive cloud storage offerings for iOS and Android users – a sign that the company looks to propel itself to the top of the cloud wars by way of a cross-platform approach.

The new Microsoft Band is cross-platform fitness band and smartwatch compatible for devices updated to Windows Phone 8.1, iOS 7.1 or later, and Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat (the latest version of Android; an Android 5.0 Lollipop is pending for Nexus devices).

The Display

The Microsoft Band features a 1.4-inch thin film transistor (or TFT) display with a screen resolution of 320 x 106 pixels. To put the Microsoft Band in perspective, the fitness band is smaller than that of Samsung’s Gear Fit (1.84 inches) with a somewhat smaller screen resolution (432 x 128 pixels for the Gear Fit vs. 320 x 106 for the Microsoft Band).

Other Important Specs

The Microsoft Band also features two 100mAh batteries (200mAh total), which falls short of the 300mAh and 400mAh battery capacities of Samsung’s own Gear Fit and Gear smartwatch lineup as well as Android Wear watches like the LG G Watch and LG G Watch R (or Samsung’s own Android Wear smartwatch, the Gear Live).

As a fitness band, however, the Microsoft Band battery matches closely that of Samsung’s own Gear Fit – with the Gear Fit featuring a 210mAh battery to the Microsoft Band’s 200mAh battery capacity. Microsoft says that its fitness band can last up to 48 hours on a single charge and only takes about 90 minutes to fully recharge.

The Microsoft Band runs on Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and is only splash-resistant but does retain the dust resistance we’ve come to expect with most element-proof fitness wearables.

Early reviews disapprove of the Microsoft Band’s splash-resistance, which is at the bottom of the list when it comes to most fitness wearables that have been released in 2014. Most devices are water-resistant; the Microsoft Band will allow a few water splashes, but don’t expect to use it in the gym shower after going for that 4K run.

Sensors and Software

The Microsoft Band features 10 sensors, including an optical heart rate sensor to monitor your heart rate, GPS, an ambient light sensor that helps you read your fitness band’s display (even in sunlight), a UV sensor to determine your risk of damage from the sun’s rays, as well as a microphone (likely pertaining to voice command capabilities for Windows Phone’s Cortana voice assistant and email and other notifications).

The optical heart rate monitor works well with the Microsoft Band’s heart rate monitor software, but you can also track your steps, run times, distances, and calories, as well as your sleep quality and habits.

When you’re not tracking your physical fitness information, the Microsoft Band will also showcase your text message, calendar, call, email, social media (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Gold’s Gym, Runkeeper), weather, and other notifications. You can make your notifications smart as well by selecting which ones you’d rather receive on your wrist and which ones you can live without – making the Microsoft Band as subtle as your wardrobe.

Conclusion

The Microsoft Band looks to provide something for everyone, and the device certainly covers just about every feature you’d expect on a wearable that looks to take on the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear Fit and Gear smartwatch lines (as well as Google’s Android Wear).

Pricing and availability

Microsoft Band costs $199.99 and is available only in the US (for now) and can be purchased from either a Microsoft retail store near you or at the Microsoft Store online. It is not yet available in Nigeria and we currently have no data on pricing and availability for Nigeria.

When available, Microsoft Band Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N35,000 to N80,000 at launch.

Microsoft Band Specs

Here are a few specs of the Microsoft Band Smartwatch & Fitness Band:

General Features

  • Platform: Microsoft Wearable Architecture
  • Processor: ARM Cortex M4 MCU
  • Memory: 64 MB RAM
  • Colours: Black
  • Dimension: 19 x 8.7 mm (width x thickness)
  • Weight: 60 g
  • SIM Slot: No
  • Water Resistant: No, Sweat and Splash Resistant
  • Dustproof: Yes
  • Standalone Calls & SMS: No
  • Sync with Phone: Yes (Windows Phone 8.1, Android 4.4.3+, iOS 7.1+)

Display & Camera

  • Display: 1.84-inch TFT Touch Display, 320 x 106 pixels (183ppi)
  • Display Protection: -
  • Camera: No

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: -
  • Memory Card Support: No
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: No
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: No
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: No
  • EDGE: No
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: No
  • HSPA+: No
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No
  • WLAN: No
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: No
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, Magnetically coupled (for USB Chraging)

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes (Syncs with Phone)
  • Instant Messaging: No (Displays Message Alerts)
  • Push Emails: No (Shows Email Previews from Phone)
  • Email Protocol: No

Entertainment

  • Music Player: No (Syncs with your Phone)
  • Video Player: No
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: No
  • 3.5mm Jack: No

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS
  • Maps: Yes (Activity Mapping)

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes, 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor: -
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: Yes
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Galvanic Skin Response: Yes
  • Skin Temperature Sensor: Yes
  • Capacitive Sensor: Yes
  • UV Sensor: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Hepatic Vibration Motor: Yes

Other Features

  • Fitness Apps: Microsoft Health App
  • Image Editor: No
  • Video Editor: No
  • Image Viewer: No
  • Video Viewer: No
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 12 kilometre

Battery

  • Battery: 2 x 100mAh rechargeable Lithium ion Battery (i.e. 200 mAh)
  • Battery Life: 48 hours of normal use
  • Average Charge Time: 1.5 hours

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Great Deals for Career Training at DealDey

Continuous professional training is key for a successful career. DealDey, Nigeria's leading daily deals website has a lot of deals and discounts on training that will make you more relevant in your workplace. See Training Deals Here


Whether you are looking for professional training for your career development or vocational training to acquire relevant skills for self employment, DealDey has a number of good deals.

You can find great deals on training in online marketing, handling a camera, editting videos, applying Makeup, or other useful skills. You can also find great deals on training key professional skills like Project Managament and Manipulating Excel Spreadsheets and Powerpoint Slides. See Deals

You can also find deals on professional courses in Marketing, Management, Computer Networking, HR, Cyber Security, Accounting, and lots of other disciplines. So, you are planning to take some professional courses or vocational training, checkout DealDey for deals.

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Jumia Black Friday Double Awoof Deals

Jumia, Nigeria's leading online retailer, is sharing the Christmas season early with the Black Friday shopping vouchers. The Jumia Black Friday Double Awoof Deal offers you a shopping voucher for your Black Friday shopping at half the price. Currently Jumia is offering a 2,000 NGN voucher for 1,000 NGN, a 5,000 NGN voucher for 2,500 NGN, and a 10,000 Naira voucher for 5,000 Naira. Buy your Voucher Here


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Black Friday, which is the last Friday of November (November 28 for this year) is the biggest shopping day in countries like the United States and seen as the official beginning of the Christmas Shopping season. It is a day that consumers expect a lot of great deals and discounts on gadgets, fashion, home appliances, and lots of other items. Jumia offered a lot of great deals last year and promises a lot of mouth watering deals this year as well.

The Jumia Black Friday Double Awoof Deals is like an appetiser for your Black Friday Shopping. You Buy a shopping voucher at half the price to be used only on Black Friday, November 28 to buy any product at Jumia.

Once you buy the Voucher, Jumia will send the voucher code to your email address within 2 hours. Enter the code during checkout when shopping on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 to pay for your purchases.

Note that you can pay for products worth more than the value of your shopping voucher. Lets say, you buy the 10000 Naira Voucher for 5000 Naira, and on Black Friday you find a great deal for a phone for 13,000 Naira, you enter the code to pay for the first 10,000 Naira of your purchase and the pay the balance of 3,000 Naira using your ATM/Debit card or Paga.

Before you rush out to buy your Shopping voucher, bear in mind that there are some restrictions. The first is that you cannot buy more than one voucher. The second is that the voucher can only be used on Black Friday, November 28, 2014.

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TV Shopping Guide: Finding the Perfect TV for you

It’s that time of year when the holidays are imminent and that means that several deals are out and about for shoppers who like to save their money until the holiday sales roll around. With all the numerous TV sets available this day and age, it may seem overwhelming to find the TV that you want while cutting through all the 'red tape' of looking, reading spec sheets or cards, and asking electronics salespersons about specs that they may know little to nothing about themselves.

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LED TV
In this consumer TV shopping guide, we want to cut through all the red tape to give you an easy way to decide on your next TV.

What are the Types of TV

Yes, this may be painful for some, but the key to getting an excellent buy is to do some excellent research on the topic. We understand that there’s an overwhelming amount of research out there about TVs, so we’ll go through the major kinds here with some description to help you distinguish one TV set from another.

Plasma TV

Samsung F8500 Full HD Plasma TV
Plasma TVs are the most affordable televisions inch for inch and provide a sufficient screen resolution, but plasma TVs also consume $30-$50 more a year than LED LCD TVs, for example. However, the price gap is being bridged as LED TVs are now catching up due to economics of scale.

At the same time, however, plasma TVs beat out their LCD/LED counterparts when it comes to viewing angles, motion blur, deep blacks, and overall contrast ratio. Unlike LCDs, plasma TVs lack motion blur – so specs such as the 60 or 120GHz refresh rate that you’ll find plastered on a TV box don’t indicate much as to how a plasma TV will. While refresh rates will matter when it comes to LCD/LEDs, they’re irrelevant when it comes to plasma TVs because refresh rates pertain to TVs that contain motion blur challenges.

Plasma TVs range in size from 42-65 inches, so there’s lots of room to pick the large TV of your choice. They are location-specific, however: at high altitudes, plasma TVs are nothing short of disappointing; if you live in a mountainous or high-altitude location, however, you want to steer clear of considering a plasma TV as your next set. Additionally, plasma TVs are best utilized in rooms with small windows that have more shade than light. If you want something brighter for your needs, you’ll need to invest in an LCD/LED TV – although an excellent plasma TV with anti-glare coating or anti-reflective technology may prove to serve the same purpose.

Despite the superior picture quality of Plasma TVs they are losing out to LED TVs in the market. Panasonic stopped production of Plasma TVs in 2013, while Samsung will close production in November 2014. LG, the only remaining manufacturer of Plasma TVs is also expected to exit the segment soon.

This means that if you want a Plasma TV now is the time to buy. Samsung currently have the best Plasma TVs in Nigeria in the Samsung F8500 Plasma TV and Samsung F5500 Plasma TV series.

In the United States, for example, you can purchase a Plasma TV for anywhere between $400 and $1,000. Prices in Nigeria ranges from 72,000 to 650,000 Naira.

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LCD TVs

LCD, or liquid crystal display branded TVs, are no-longer popular, but are still available. LED branded TVs have taken over. The only reason to buy an LCD branded TV in 2014 is their cheaper price. Although LED TVs are actually LCD TVs, they use LED for their lighting element, which makes them less bulky and more energy efficient.

Now lets look at LED TVs.

LED TVs

Samsung F8000 Full HD LED TV 65-inch
LED TVs are actually LED TVs, but use LEDs (light-emitting diodes) for backlight element which makes them sleeker and more energy efficient with better contrast than LCD branded TVs. LED TVs have better brightness and resolution than regular LCD TVs, and outperform plasma TVs and regular LCDs when it comes to energy consumption.

The reason why LED LCDs lead the way in energy consumption is because they don't draw as much energy from a backlight within the TV itself (as do all LCDs) and can reduce the amount of outside electricity they need to power the display. This means that, while LED TVs may cost a little more out-of-pocket than regular LCDs, they’ll also save you money each month on your electricity bill.

For example, a 32-inch LED TV from Sharp costs 36,495 NGN at Jumia while LG's cheapest 32-inch LED TV at Jumia costs 41,000 Naira. A 40-inch LG LED LCD TV, on the other hand, will cost twice as much as a Sharp LED LCD (83,695N). A 32-inch LED LCD TV from LG will cost about 49,000N. To convert this to US currency, a Sharp LED LCD TV will cost $256USD while the 32-inch LED LCD TV from LG would cost $288.58. While most Americans wouldn’t see these prices as scary in the least, a few thousand Naira for an LED LCD TV set in Nigeria is likely a hard buy for someone wanting to save for his or her TV.

The major question for you is as follows: would you rather pay more up-front for your TV and save on some electricity costs, or would you rather pay less and have more monthly electricity costs?

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OLED TVs

LG 55-inch Curved OLED TV 55EA9700
OLED is an acronym that stands for "organic, light-emitting diode", and refers to the TV display. They are the latest advances in TV display. Unlike LED and LCD that require backlit element, OLEDs emit light naturally and provide enough lighting within the display that OLED TVs save consumers the most when it comes to monthly electricity costs. If you’re all about the savings, you may want to purchase an OLED TV over its LCD competitors (even the LED LCDs).

This also results in OLED TV's sleeker designs and the emergence of flexible and Curved TVs.

At the same time, however, OLED TVs do come with higher price tags, which has resulted in the use of "Only Lawyers, Executives, and Doctors", as another use of the OLED acronym, as these are the class of people that can afford OLED TVs at the moment; this goes to show just how expensive they really are.

While OLEDs are expensive, they also have the most superior color contrasts and deep blacks of any television on the market. Colors really "pop out" on OLED TVs, even if 3D TVs aren’t your gadget of choice.

LG 55-inch Curved OLED TV is one of the best OLED TVs in Nigeria and price starts at around 1,146,000 Naira.

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Screen resolution: 720p, 1080p, or 4K?

A general rule of thumb with TV screen resolutions concerns eyesight: the more farsighted you are, the brighter the screen resolution. For a person who is farsighted (who can see more at a distance than up-close), a 1080p (Full HD) display will provide the best TV screen resolution (since brighter displays provide a better viewing experience for a farsighted individual). Always go for a full HD TV if you can afford it, else you can manage a 720p HD TV.

Ultra HD TVs (or 4K TV) offers four times the resolution of full HD TVs with breath taking pictures, but prices are still quite steep. We take a little more detailed look on Ultra HD TVs below.

For those who may not know, "Full HD" refers to 1080p resolution, while "HD" refers to 720p display resolution.

Ultra HD TVs

Ultra HD TVs are considered by many to be a TV type, but the name ("Ultra HD") refers to merely the screen resolution. Full HD TVs come with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) screen resolution; 4K Ultra HD TVs, on the other hand, come with a resolution that is four times that with 3840 x 2160 (2160p, at least).

Ultra HD TVs provide the finest details on-screen, but there’s not much content developed for Ultra HD TVs at this point (only 720p and 1080p screens). With that said, you’ll be making a future investment by purchasing an Ultra HD TV, but you should not be surprised to see that the on-screen content may not be as pleasing to the eye as would be the case with an LCD television.

When comparing Ultra HD TVs in terms of television categories, keep in mind that LED TVs can come with Ultra HD screen resolutions. It is recommended that you only select Ultra HD TVs that have either 65-inch display or wider to get the greatest benefit.

Currently, purchasing a 65-inch Ultra HD TV from LG, you’re looking at a price tag of 947,395N for Nigerian customers, while smaller screen prices can go for as low.

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3D TV & Smart TVs

3D and Smart TV are added features to TVs that makes them more useful.

3D TVs

3D TVs are available for viewing 3D content. If you want to view certain movies in 3D, 3D TVs are recommended as the way to get the 3D effect without leaving your couch. Note that 3D TV is not a type of TV, it is more less an added feature to TVs, so LED TV of Plasma TV may come with 3D capability.

At the same time, 3D TVs have not become mainstream simply because most shows are not optimized for 3D viewing. While certain movies and games arrive in 3D, the majority of consumers still prefer viewing content in 2D (which defeats the purpose of buying a 3D TV in the first place). Like Ultra HD TVs, there simply isn’t enough content available for 3D viewing. Hopefully, with the popularity of 3D movies, 3D TVs will become more popular among consumers within the next five years.

With some growing popularity in 3D TVs, the price may decrease as well. Currently, purchasing a 3D TV could range in price from 150,000 NGN to a little over 1,000,000 NGN for Nigerian customers. American customers will pay anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 for a 3D TV at Wal-Mart.

Smart TVs

Smart TVs are also a television option and like 3D TVs are not types of TV. Smart TVs come with internet access and run third party apps that enables streaming of content from services like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon’s Instant Video (or Video on Demand), video chat with services like Skype and other Internet services.

Most Plasma and LED TVs above 90,000 Naira are Smart TVs, while all current OLED TVs in Nigeria are also Smart TVs. Devices like Google Chromecast dongle can provide some of the features of Smart TVs on dumb TVs.

Google Chromecast dongles retail for $35 but Google manages to bundle Chromecasts with certain Google Play Store deals around the holidays (for example, getting a free Chromecast when you purchase a Nexus tablet or smartphone, for example) – so you may want to look for these deals if you want a TV with some sort of Internet capability for a lot less than the cost of a Smart TV.

Pricing and Deals

One significant point to remember, though we know you’re sure to never forget, is the price of current TVs in the market. After all, you can never save too much money when looking for the perfect TV for you. The holidays provide an incentive (pun intended) to aim for a budget-friendly TV set that provides everything you want in a television set.

One way to find a budget-friendly price is to actively look for local deals and savings on TVs in your local area and retail stores. In the United States, Best Buy has a black Samsung Ultra HD TV (55-inch) on sale for $899.99 for Black Friday sales. While it’s not a curved Ultra HD (or 4K) TV, a curved Ultra HD TV from Samsung at Best Buy in the US costs $1,499.99 currently (Best Buy says that this price still gives $700 in savings from the original, retail price). Curved TVs are not all they’re often made out to be, and you can still get one of the best Ultra HD TVs available for $600 off from the price of a curved TV with the same features.

If $900 is still too much for your pockets, Vizio has you covered with a 50-inch 1080p LED LCD Smart TV for just $499.99 – half the price of the Samsung Ultra HD display.

For international residents, Amazon may suit you better in terms of finding deals that are more accessible and relevant. A 42-inch 1080p LED LCD TV can be bought used for under $400.00, and a refurbished model can be purchased for $630.00. A brand new 42-inch 1080p LED LCD TV from LG can be yours at Amazon for $349.99. In fact, Amazon requires you to place the TV into your cart before the company shows you the price because it’s far below LG’s original retail price. Amazon is also selling a 60-inch 1080p LED LCD TV from Vizio for $798.

In Nigeria, Konga is selling a 42-inch LED LCD TV from Sony for 153,000N (Naira), while a 40-inch LED LCD TV from Samsung costs 108,000N. As the holidays approach, it’s likely the case that you’ll find more deals than exist currently – but current deals may be acceptable, and you may be able to buy something immediately while avoiding the holiday buying traffic.

There are a few reminders to obtain an excellent deal for a great TV set. First, be sure to take a look at places online with which you’re familiar, or local stores that you’re acquainted with. Next, if you decide to go the online route, you may want to visit a local store and examine your ideal TV set before buying it. If it’s in-store, you may want to pick it up so as to avoid shipping charges. Next, take the time (if you’re online) to select the right pricing, TV display type (LED, LCD, OLED) and resolution (1080p, 720p, Ultra HD or 4K, etc.) that suits you.

After all, if you plug in the ideal factors for your TV set, it’ll likely save you time and energy. At the same time, remember that there are weekly and holiday deals available at your favorite websites. With that said, you want to examine these deals and decide if they’ll help or not. If they don’t you’ve lost nothing, but if you don’t look for them, you may lose money that could be spent best elsewhere.

It’s possible in 2014 to get a great television set without breaking the bank or your pockets. The choices and options are overwhelming, but if online shopping seems overwhelming, visit a few trusted stores in your local area as a last resort. You’ll likely stick with your new TV set for a few years, but you don’t want the buying experience to be a headache. After all, when your new TV is ready to get passed down to a family member or friend, you’ll want an exciting new TV shopping experience to anticipate.

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