Best Samsung Smart TVs Android Central 2020
There are so many different smart TVs on the market, and Samsung is one of the best in the business as evidenced by the NU8000 Premium Smart TV. This TV gives you everything you could want in a smart TV while offering so much more. Of course, there are other options and just about one for any kind of person.
- Our pick: Samsung NU8000 Premium Smart TV
- Picture Perfect: Samsung The Frame LS03 Smart TV
- Best Curved Display: Samsung NU8500 Curved Smart 4K TV
- Best for QLED: Samsung Q90 QLED Smart 4K UHD TV
- Budget Pick: Samsung N5300 Smart LED TV
Best Overall: Samsung NU8000 Premium Smart TV
When it comes to finding the "best" TV, the number of choices can make buying tough. There are so many buzz words and other nonsense that companies try to use to sell their products. However, when it comes to Samsung's NU8000 Premium Smart TV, you really are getting the best of the best. There are different sizes fit for everyone (the smallest model at the time of this writing is 55 inches), and the TV's themselves sport all of the features one could want.
Included is HDR Plus, Motion Rate 240, and Bixby Voice so that you can control your TV with just your voice. Samsung throws in its OneRemote support to control this beast of a TV, and the only downside is that there is no Ambient Mode, which allows TVs to display pieces of art, weather, news headlines, and more to get rid of the boring black screen when it's turned off.
- Biggest TV from Samsung
- True 4K HDR Gaming
- Samsung OneRemote compatibility
- Bixby Voice Control
- No Ambient Mode
All of the best features in a TV
The Samsung NU8000 is what the company thinks of when creating the best TV experience imaginable. There are five different sizes to choose from, along with HDR Plus, an enhanced gaming mode, and Dynamic Crystal Color to provide a wide range.
Most Unique: Samsung The Frame LS03 Smart TV
Samsung is one of, if not the most, innovative tech company and "The Frame" is the perfect example of that. This unique Smart TV not only acts as a TV should but has some extra features to make it stand out from the crowd. Aside from the QLED panel, there is a frame that can be used, along with the Art Mode, to turn your new TV into a painting on the wall. You can also use it to display some of your favorite pictures when it's not being actively used.
Samsung has also packaged an Art Store in the software so that you can purchase the best "art" to be shown on your wall. The biggest downside to "The Frame" would be the weight, making it considerably heavier than the competition. Surprisingly, the Frame LS03 has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is half that of this TV's predecessor and less than a lot of the options on this list.
- Lays flat against the wall
- Customizable frame
- One slim cable to connect video and power
- Art Mode
- Only 120Hz refresh rate
- Must use "One Connect" Box
The most unique TV on the market
Samsung's "The Frame" TV is a great example of the boundaries a company can push to create a truly unique experience. There is a 4K UHD QLED display, along with 120Hz refresh rate and everything one could want in a TV, and then some.
Best Curved Display: Samsung NU8500 Curved Smart 4K TV
If the Samsung NU8000 is the best of the best, then the Samsung NU8500 is a close second. There are only two major differences between these two models: the display options and the fact that the NU8500 is a curved TV. Curved TVs are for immersion purposes, allowing you to be almost surrounded by what's on the screen. The NU6500 also comes with Auto Depth Enhancer, which is Samsung feature that adjusts contrast in certain areas of the screen, giving the illusion of depth. As is the case with the NU8000, the NU8500 sports many of the same features, and downsides, as its flat-screened brethren.
There is a refresh rate of 240Hz for better fluid playback, along with better gaming experience. This combined with the HDR Plus functionality provides a better range of colors and better contrast, but will also upscale non-HDR content to still look stunning.
- HDR Plus
- Bixby Voice
- 240Hz refresh rate for fluid motion
- Auto Depth Enhancer
- Won't sit flush on a wall
- No Ambient Mode
Best Curved Display
Curved 4K FTW
The Samsung NU8500 is the curved brother of the NU8000 and is absolutely fantastic for those who want to be immersed, or just want a curved display. HDR Plus is onboard, along with an "ultra-slim" design that will look beautiful wherever it is set up.
Best QLED TV: Samsung Q90 QLED Smart 4K UHD TV
A 4K LED or LCD TV is just fine and dandy, but if you really want the best picture quality, you will want to look at the Samsung Q90 QLED Smart TV. QLED has been a passion of Samsung's since its inception back in 2017 and it refers to the idea that, according to the company, "quantum dots are being used to enhance its performance". For everyone else, that means better picture quality, improved black levels, and more colors than the standard LED TV.
The Samsung Q90 is the "chosen one" for Samsung's QLED options because you're getting a vastly improved picture along with some extra features. For one, the Q90 automatically upscales any un-optimized content so that you are still getting a great experience even for movies that are 20 or 30 years old. When it comes to the downsides, there are a few. This behemoth weighs in at more than 100 pounds, which can be somewhat terrifying when trying to wall-mount it. Plus, the 120Hz refresh rate is nothing to write home about compared to other TVs on this list.
- Features included to upscale content
- Concentrated LED zones to show off darkest scenes
- Supports Bluetooth and other inputs
- Weighs more than 100 pounds
- 120Hz refresh rate is less than 4K counterparts
- Super expensive
- Smallest size is 65 inches
Best for QLED
QLED is the way to go
QLED TV's are slowly replacing their standard 4K LED counterparts, but there are some limitations. Not in the picture quality, but in areas such as price and weight. Nonetheless, the Samsung Q90 is an absolutely stunning and fantastic option for those who don't care about price and want the best picture possible.
Best on a Budget: Samsung N5300 Smart LED TV
It can be really fun to look at all of the other TV's on the market and see all of the extravagant features included, but sometimes you just want a basic TV with some smart features thrown in. That's where the Samsung N5300 comes into play. This basic TV won't break the bank but will give you a great picture for the price along with a built-in quad-core processor for fluid browsing and streaming content.
While one would expect that features such as the ability to control your TV with your phone could only be found on more expensive options, that's not the case. Samsung has packed as much into the N5300 as possible to keep its users, and their wallets, happy. For example, you can control everything through the SmartThings app and use the Samsung Remote Control. Unfortunately, if you are looking to use the N5300 for gaming, you might want to look elsewhere with its 1080p display and lower 60Hz refresh rate.
- Smart TV features on a budget
- Micro Dimming Pro provides better shadow detail and color
- Use either Wi-Fi or Ethernet
- 60Hz refresh rate
- Limited to 1080p playback
Great features on a budget
The Samsung N5300 won't break any barriers, but that's kind of the point. This TV includes streaming media applications, along with a 1080p display and a 60Hz refresh rate.
If you want the most well-rounded smart TV on the market, then you can't go wrong with the Samsung NU8000. This TV includes 4K HDR, has a few different size choices, and boasts many features that folks look for in a TV, and then some.
Some of these features include a 240Hz refresh rate, which allows for smooth processing and much better gaming performance. The NU8000 also integrates Samsung's AI voice assistant, Bixby, so that you can leave the remote behind and control everything with the sound of your voice.
While Samsung has positioned the NU8000 to be the best overall smart TV, many of these features will likely be coming to more models, especially in the Bixby realm as Samsung attempts to make its voice assistant available everywhere.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee in an effort to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter and he'll get back to you.
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