Choosing a TV is a difficult decision because there’s not much to differentiate one TV from another. The TV’s price, features, and specifications usually are very similar, so most of us turn to brands we know, like Samsung or LG. Choosing between a Samsung or LG TV is a tough choice, but we’ll make it easier for you by comparing their features so you can buy the best TV for your budget and one that matches your tastes.
At a glance, they’re nothing to choose between most Samsung and LG models, so from an aesthetic point of view, either manufacturer’s TV will make the same impact on visitors to your home. You might find one maker’s TVs are a bit thinner, but apart from that, a TV from either maker will have a similar visual appeal whether mounted to the wall or on a stand. Each manufacturer offers a range of TVs at both low and high price points. Choose from 32-inch LEDs or budget 4K sets to super-sized 8K TVs, and you’ll find it hard to decide which one to buy without some guidance. Both sell TVs globally, unlike Panasonic and Philips, which don’t have licenses in North America.
Both manufacturers have their own proprietary smart TV platform. Since 2014, LG has offered its sets with webOS. This minimal, smart TV interface uses horizontal menu bars for streaming services and the most commonly used apps. With the latest version, you also get secondary menus when you hover over an application’s icon. With Samsung, you get their Tizen platform. It has a similar layout which suggests it was influenced by LG’s earlier design. It’s just as easy to navigate, but Samsung’s search algorithm isn’t as impressive as LG’s ThinQ AI software.
If you choose LG, you get Google Assistant built-in. There’s also limited compatibility with Alexa-controlled devices with LG TVs. Samsung has gone their own way and developed Bixby assistant. Anyone who bought a Galaxy S8 in 2017 will remember the introduction of Bixby. On phones, it’s a powerful tool that saves you time as it helps compose texts or reads incoming messages, but it’s not as useful when applied to TVs. You’ll find it on mid-range and premium sets, but you can use Google Assistant or Alexa through third-party devices if you’d rather.
If you’re buying a premium TV, you have the choice between OLED and QLED. The latter is an LED-LCD screen with quantum dots that Samsung developed. For some, the decision to choose Samsung or LG is the same as choosing between OLED and QLED. You can expect a slightly brighter and more impactful display on QLED screens, so gamers should opt for Samsung, but most users will find that OLED screens offer everything they need. OLED stands for ‘organic light emitting diode.’ That means these screens emit their light, so they don’t need a light shone through. That technology allows for incredibly thin screens and gives users the ability to control brightness at an individual pixel level. Expect vibrant colors and deep levels but overall low brightness with an LG TV.
At the moment, Samsung remains the market leader, but LG is snapping at its heels. Their so comparable that no wonder consumers can’t choose between them. For most homes where a bright and vibrant TV screen is desired, Samsung offers the best options. The RU7470 and RU8000 are two models that are affordable but don’t compromise on quality. To prove how closely matched LG and Samsung are, the LG B9 OLED TV is a very similar set that won’t disappoint most households. For the absolute best picture quality, buy the LG CX OLED TV, although the Samsung Q95T 4K QLED TV is very close in performance. The takeaway here is that you’ll buy a great TV no matter which brand you go for.
So, answering the question of Which TV is Better Samsung or LG? You are the only one who can decide, considering every pro and con.
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