If you’re on a market for a 4K TV under $999 this guide will help you by comparing several best selling models currently on the market.
Samsung UN50KU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD
This KU6300 Samsung TV ranks as one of Reviewed.com’s top rated TVs of 2016 and received special recognition as one of their Editors’ Choice award winners.
Some of its features at a glance.
4K UHD Picture Quality
Simplified Smart TV Experience
CEA 4K UHD Certified
Inputs: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
Samsung UN50KU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD is priced at $737.90.
It also comes in 40-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 60-inch, 65-inch and 70-inch models with prices starting from $499.99 for 40-inch model and up to $1499.99 for 70-inch model.
It is #6 in Amazon’s TV category and is bestselling large-diagonal Samsung TV on Amazon.
Samsung UN55KU6600 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)
If you’re on the market for curved 4K TV then Samsung UN55KU6600 may be your TV of choice. It is best selling curved TV on Amazon and it also has 4.8 average review rating on Samsung website and 4.4 average review rating on Amazon.
4K UHD / 3840 x 2160
MR 120 Refresh Rate
2016 Smart TV with Smart Remote / Built in Wifi
Screen MirroringInputs: 3 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 Ethernet, 1 Component, 1 Composite In, 1 RF In, 1 Optical Audio
LG Electronics 60UH6150 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)
LG Electronics 60UH6150 has the highest price out of all TVs we looked at but it also has the biggest screen with 60-inch diagonal. And it also supports High Dynamic Range Content with HDR Pro technology.
4K Ultra HD; 8.3M Pixels for 4x the Resolution of Full HD TVs.
HDR Pro; Supports High Dynamic Range Content.
IPS Panel; Any seat becomes the best in the house with IPS.
True Black Panel; Antiglare film helps achieve deeper black levels.
UHD Mastering Engine; Enhanced color, contrast and clarity on LG 4K TVs.
4K Upscaler; Upgrade all video content to near-4K quality.
Sony just revealed its flagship XBR-A1E Bravia 4K OLED TV on CES 2017. It is very very thin. Not as thin as LG OLED W7 Signature model but it is very thin. All of the electronic components in the new Sony Bravia OLED TV had to be moved to the fold-out stand at the back. The stand back cover also hides all cables so you can now use your Sony Bravia OLED as part of the interior design with no cables hanging around.
Sony comes as a second player to OLED TV market which was monopolized by LG for several years. We’re very happy to hear that since more choice is always better. It also means that OLED technology has proven advanced enough for Sony to base its Bravia TVs on it.
The A1E Bravia is going to be available in 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch sizes. Sony hasn’t released prices yet, but as a guide, we can use prices from LG OLED TVs which will from around $2,000 for B7 models and go up to $20,000 for W7 signature models.
We can also guess that the only common part between Sony XBR-A1E 4K and LG OLED 4K counterparts will be OLED display. All electronic internals, software, image processing technologies will be specific to Sony. And this can make it quite a different TV since display makes up only a small part of the overall experience (even though quite a significant part in my opinion).
Sony OLED A1E TV is going to support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range standards. It is a step up from the previous year Sony 4K TVs which only supported HDR10 standard.
Another innovative feature introduced in Sony XBR-A1E is the way it reproduces sound. OLED display acts as a high-frequency speaker. Actuators embedded behind the screen vibrate and make OLED screen produce sound. And it doesn’t seem to cause any jitter on the picture. We’re yet to see exact measurements on this but this is an exciting new technology which may bring TV sound to the next level.
Bottom line is that if you’re on the market for an OLED TV you now have a choice between TVs from two major brands. If you want OLED you are no longer have to limit your choice with just one vendor. Now you can compare and get the best TV experience which matches your expectations.
LG introduced an amazing new line of OLED TVs this year. Its flagship W7 signature TV model comes in 65-inch and 77-inch sizes and has a display detached from a sound bar which makes it look like a poster on a wall. It also as thin as a credit card. While everyone seems to be fixated on a W7 signature model it worth to remember that it is the most expensive one out of entire LG TV line-up introduces at CES 2017. LG introduced several other TVs which are also based on OLED technology and don’t cost as much as a new car.
LG B7 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV
LG B7 TV line up is based on the same OLED technology which W7 signature so you can expect to see all the amazing features OLED TV technology provides. It has Active HDR with Dolby Vision™ and supports HDR10. Besides new Dolby Vision ™ standard it is also backward compatible with HLG HDR standard. This is also the first TV in its price segment which supports both Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision™ in one TV.
LG B7 TVs comes in two sizes: 55-inch (OLED55B7P) and 65-inch (OLED65B7P). Both models share the same ultra-thin designs based on OLED technology. TV display is very thin on the sides and at the top and only gets thicker in the middle to accommodate computing components and ports.
LG B7 TV Tech Specs
Tech specs for LG B7 are following:
– 3840 x 2160 resolution
– OLED Display Type
– Display format 4K UHD 2160p
– HDMI ports: 4 (HDCP 2.2)
– Other inputs: 3 USB, 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable), 1 Composite In, Component In (Shared w/ Composite), 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
– webOS 3.5
– Speaker system: 2.2 Channel
– Other features: Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming
LG B7 TV Pricing
Pricing was not announced at this moment but it probably will be around $4,000 for a 65-inch model and less than that for 55-inch. LG 55-inch 2016 OLED TV models sell for around $2,000 at Amazon now and 65-inch models sell for $3,500-$4,500.
Kindle Fire HD8 and iPad mini 4 with retina are top choices for someone who is shopping for an 8 inch new tablet now. They represent two different price segments and depending on what you want from your new tablet each of them could be your top choice.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD8
iPad mini 4 with retina
16 or 32GB
32 or 128GB
2-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera
$104.99 for Kindle Fire HD8 with 16GB
$134.99 for Kindle Fire HD8 with 32GB
Kindle Fire HD8
Kindle Fire HD8 is a great inexpensive tablet with prices currently starting from $104.99 (and better during Amazon sales). It gives you all the functions and features which you may need from a tablet. Kindle Fire HD8 has 16GB or 32GB of storage and with 128GB mini SD card you can extend it to 144GB or 160GB correspondingly. It also offers 2MP rear-facing camera and front facing VGA camera. It is missing cellular data option though which means you can only use Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD8 gives you access to Amazon only features. You can access Amazon Alexa right from Kindle Fire HD8 device – you just need to press and ask. You also have access to Amazon Kindle Owner lending library where you can lend one book per month free (conditions apply).
iPad Mini 4 with retina
iPad Mini 4 has a gorgeous 2048x1536px display with 326 PPI. It also weighs 298.8g which is 42.2g lighter that Kindle Fire HD8 which weights 341g. It comes with 32 or 128GB storage and access to iCloud storage (you may have to pay to use more than 5GB of it though). It also features 8MP rear-facing camera and 1.2 front-facing cameras. But it all comes at a price. iPad Mini 4 with retina starts at $399 for 32GB model and at $499 for 128GB model.
If you’re on a budget and need a simple tablet which can fulfill all of your daily tasks go with Kindle Fire HD8. Go for it if you’re already using an Amazon ecosystem.
If you’re looking for lightest, sharpest tablet with a better camera go for iPad mini 4 with retina.
2017 CES proved to be very exciting in TV department. We saw TVs which impressed us at design, picture, sound and price.
We will start with LG OLED TVs. The design of the top LG W7 signature OLED introduced a new category of wallpaper TVs. Before even thinnest OLED TVs had a bulky bar stuck at their bottom, back or somewhere else where all the computing power and ports were located. In LG W7 signature OLED it all changed with an introduction of a thin transparent cable which runs from the panel to the separate ports and computing block. This allowed OLED panel to become 2.5mm wallpaper thin and look like a poster on the wall but with full TV functionality. And also this gave LG some freedom like integrated premium speakers into the TV. Dolby Atmos soundbar delivers 60 watt over 7 channels. Overall this is the most amazing TV we ever saw and hopefully, things will keep moving in this direction. Maybe in several years all TVs will become credit card thin. LG W7 comes in two sizes. 65-inch model which weighs just 17 pounds and 77-inch model which weighs 27 pounds.
Sony followed LG on OLED route with an introduction of A1E series of OLED TVs in the United States. These TVs will begin selling in US later this year. It features an interesting technology when a screen of the TV acts as a speaker by producing vibrations. The OLED panels seem to be provided by LG though this is not confirmed at this moment. Below are some Sony 1AE specs:
55-, 65- and 77-inch sizes
HDR compatible (HDR10 and Dolby Vision)
Works with Google Home
Acoustic Surface audio technology
Android TV operating system
On a budget side but with premium features Xiaomi impressed us with ultra-slim Mi TV 4. This TV is just 4.9mm thick and is thinner than your iPhone 7 at 7.1mm. Xiaomi Mi TV 4 will be available in three sizes: 49-inches, 55-inches and 65-inches. Similar to LG W7 all electronics is now located in Mi TV Bar separate from the actual TV panel. Prices are expected to be lower than $2,000.
Another TV-related product which impressed us on CES 2017 is Sony VZ1000ES laser short throw projector. It delivers amazing picture quality and doesn’t have to be placed far from the screen. It just needs to be centimeters from the wall to produce an amazing picture. The only negative side for it is $25,000 price which puts it out of reach for most of the consumers.
Amazon announced 24 hour sale of digital content which will start at midnight on December 30th. We just passed through Black Friday and Christmas season with various discounts on TVs, hardware, appliances, Kindle and Amazon Echo devices. Now Amazon plans to launch a grand sale of digital content including books, movies, music, TV shows and more as part of Amazon Digital Day Sale.
According to Amazon, you can get up to 80% off hundreds of video game titles, 75% off on hundreds of digital comics, 50% off on top movies and TV shows. Also, you can get other great deals on popular content for your devices.
So far Amazon revealed a portion of items which will go on Digital Day Sale on December 30. It includes Rocket League, Titanfall 2, Destiny: Rise of Iron, magazine reader Texture, Microsoft Office Home & Business 2016, and Amazon’s own music service. Check back on Amazon Digital Sale page for more details.
Amazon is currently running a $20 sale on its most popular Kindle Paperwhite device. It is now on sale for $99.99 (was $119.99) And even better if you’re shopping for Kindle with a fancy leather cover you’re in luck. Kindle Paperwhite Bundle is on sale for $139.97 which is $40 cheaper than its usual price of $179.97.
When you choose a cover color (on a Kindle Paperwhite Bundle page) which is not available right now, Amazon shows you a message saying: “Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.” But if you go to Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather case, Fuschia (or any leather cover page which is currently unavailable) you will see that product will be in stock on December 24th, 2016. So it may mean that Amazon only running Kindle Paperwhite Bundle deal until December 24th or it may also mean that the deal will continue until New Year and covers in other colors will appear as part of bundle deal on December 24th. But if you are not crazy about specific Kindle colors I would hurry because this deal is quite good and is the same deal Amazon had for Kindle Bundle on Black Friday.
As Black Friday is almost here Amazon already lined up some of its great deals on its Black Friday 2016 page. We will update this page during Black Friday week and Cyber Monday with most recent deals on Amazon store.
Amazon New Devices Deals
Let’s start with Amazon all times hit released several years ago but still one of the best devices for reading your e-books. It is all-new Kindle device. When first Kindle just hit the shelves in 2007 it was selling for outrageous $399 price (it seemed normal back then though when it was one of the first devices on markets). But now several years later you can get 8th generation all new device for just $49.99 this Black Friday. It sells regularly for $79.99. Yes it came down from $399 to $49.99. It is 8th generation and 8 times price difference now. So grab yours if you still don’t own one.
If you want to step up a notch it may be time to go for Kindle Paperwhite which has an amazing 1440×1080, 300 ppi E Ink Carta HD display. No matter how hard you will look there is a little chance that you will find pixels on this display. And if you like to read at night it has a built in light in its screen with brightness you have full control off. So you can read your Kindle Paperwhite at night without bothering your partner. Or you can lit up the screen to full brightness and use it as a low power light torch to get to the bathroom. And if you travel a lot you may want to get a 3G version of it. Now since we’re about to enter Black Friday pricing on Kindle Paperwhite also dropped. Version with Wi-Fi and special offers is available for only $99.99 now (regular price is $119.99). 3G version with special offers is $169.99 (a bit too much for 3G in my opinion but some folks really need it).
Now let’s get to more expensive options. Kindle Voyage is probably entering mass market now since its priced for Black Friday is just $169.99 which is border line affordable in my opinion. But you get glass screen and 6 LED lights behind the screen. It does adds up to brightness and contrast of the screen but given that Kindle Paperwhite already has superb contrast it is hard to make it better given that both devices share the same screen. But due to the glass screen and LED lights it is visually different from Paperwhite and has a bit more contrast. As a bonus Kindle Voyage has “PagePress” technology when you can press on the sides of the Kindle and page will magically turn. Overall it is a very comfortable device and it fills like a step up from Kindle Paperwhite. Though you will be happy with either device.
Refurbished device from Amazon is claimed to be: refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.
So given this claim and that any Refurbished device from Amazon “Is subject to the same return policy as any new Amazon Device” you can order one with a piece of mind.
Deals on refurbished Kindles are actually very good this Black Friday. Certified Refurbished Kindle Paperwhite could be yours for $79.99 (new one is regularly priced at $119.99 and Black Friday deal for new one is $99.99). So $20 difference here.
Certified Refurbished Kindle Voyage is $119.99. New one on Black Friday deal is $169.99 .$40 difference here which is better than Kindle Paperwhite’s.
It is worth noting that Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet with 10.1 inch display, Wi-Fi and 16GB is on sale for $159.99. This is quite a good deal given that you will get full featured tablet with large screen.
Kindle Bundles Deals
If you’re looking for the Kindle Bundle (Kindle + cover) deals there are some good news for you too.
Let’s start with Kindle for Kids Bundle with cover. This bundle includes Kindle Device we noticed above and All-New Nupro Kindle Case (8th generation). Amazon priced it at $69.99 which is 44% lower than regular $124.98 price.
Kindle Essentials Bundle is available this Black Friday for $84.97 which includes Amazon Kindle 8th generation (regularly priced at $79.99) and Amazon Cover for Kindle (regularly priced at $29.99) and Amazon 5W power adapter (priced at $19.99).
Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle is priced this Black Friday at $139.97. It includes the latest Kindle 6″ E-Reader with Special Offers ($79.99), Amazon Cover for Kindle ($29.99), and Amazon 5W Power Adapter ($19.99).
Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle is priced now at $224.97. It includes the latest Kindle Voyage 6″ E-Reader with Special Offers ($199.99), Amazon Leather Cover ($59.99), and Amazon 5W Power Adapter ($19.99)
International Kindle Deals
If you’re shopping from outside of United States you need to check International Kindle Deals. Below are some details and pricing about them.
All-new Kindle e-reader (8th generation) 6 inch is available for $69.99 (regular price is $99.99) this Black Friday.
Kindle Paperwhite e-reader (3rd generation) 6 inch with 300 PPI high resolution display is selling for $119.99 this Black Friday. Regular price is $139.99.
Kindle Voyage e-reader is selling for $189.99 which is $30.00 lower than regular $219.99 price.
This Black Friday Amazon is running some interesting bundle deals which include Amazon Echo and other devices. Let us give you a summary of what is available:
All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White + Philips Hue White Starter Kit for $99 (usually priced at $119.98). This bundle includes the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) and Philips Hue Starter Kit so you can control your lights with your voice
All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White + Bose SoundLink Mini II Carbon for $213.99 (usually priced at $248.99). This bundle includes the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) and Bose SoundLink Mini II (Carbon) so you can control your speaker with your voice
Bose SoundTouch 10 (Black) + All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) for $213.99 (usually priced at $248.99). This bundle includes the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) and Bose SoundTouch 10 so you can control your speaker with your voice
All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White + TP-Link Smart Plug for $69.99 (usually priced at $79.98). This bundle includes the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) and TP-Link Smart Plug so you can control an appliance with your voice
We will update this section soon. While we’re still updating you could check Amazon Cyber Monday page.
Barnes & Nobles just announced the new Nook Tablet 7. It is the company most affordable Nook device ever with a price of $49.99. With previous Nooks priced at more than $100 new Nook Tablet 7 is a Barnes & Nobles entrances to a completely new niche of dirt cheap tablets. With declining sales of Nooks (Nook sales declined 24.5% from last year to $41.0 million for the first quarter) it is not clear if new Nook Tablet 7 is going to bring back the momentum in Barnes & Nobles tablet game.
Nook Tablet 7 is priced to match a competitor Kindle Fire 7 tablet from Amazon which is also priced at $49.99. Performance details are not yet available so we are not able to comment on it at this moment.
Nook Tablet 7 has potentially enticing feature for some customers with Google Play store available on the device. Kindle Fire 7 has its own Amazon only app store and there is no way to use Google Play store without hacking the device.
Specs look very similar to Amazon Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Nook Tablet 7 featuring:
1,024×600-pixel resolution with 171 ppi
7-inch IPS display
Dimensions: 7.40×4.20×0.39 (HWD)
Weight: 8.8 ounces
Full access to Android apps in the Google Play store
Front camera (VGA), rear camera 2MP
Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos and web browsing
More than a million books priced under $4.99
Discovery delivered daily with B&N Readouts
Nook Tablet 7 will be available in all Barnes & Nobles stores on Black Friday day.
Google together with Sprint are brining RCS – Rich Communication Service – to Android devices. Sprint is the first carrier partner for Google in an effort to bring RCS to its Android devices. RCS on Sprint will enable enhanced messaging features on Android phones like better group messaging, high resolution photo sharing, advanced file transfer, typing indicators and read receipts.
RCS is a GSM Association program which was created by GSM Association in order to create an inter-operator communication services based on IP Multimedia Subsystem. Google acquired RCS provider Jibe Mobile in September 2015. And the Jibe cloud platform will power new RCS service for Sprint. RCS could be described as SMS messaging on steroids. It’s a standard which modernizes SMS and brings many advanced features currently available only on messaging apps. These includes group chats, read receipts (pingbacks indicating that message was read by recipient) and typing indicators. It could also transfer images and files many times larger than what is currently supported by MMS. It also features support for group messages which allows users to create new groups, join groups and leave groups when needed.
Those Sprint customers who use select LG and Nexus phones will get an automatic update while other customers will have to install update manually from the Play Store by downloading Messenger app from the app store. New Pixel phones from Google has Messenger app preloaded so for all customers with Pixel phones on Sprint RCS will be enabled by default. Also beginning next year every Android Spring phone will come preloaded with Messenger app and RCS enabled.
RCS is another step by Google to compete with Apple iMessage infrastructure. The problem though is that adoption of RCS is currently limited and users on Sprint with RCS won’t be able to effectively use it with users on other mobile providers. Google promised to enable RCS on other mobile providers in “coming months”.
In order to use RCS on Android phone users will have to use Messenger app. This app is different from Allo app which Google promotes and which has AI intellectual assistant. Allo works cross-platform but given its late entry to already saturated messenger market it may have problems competing with existing messengers.