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Buyer’s Guide: TV Prices in Nigeria (June, 2020)

If you’re looking to get more information on current TV prices in Nigeria, you’re just on the right page. Here, you’ll get to know the present market prices of TVs by different brands (LG, Samsung, Sony, etc.) and of different technologies (LED, HD, etc.).

In addition, you’ll get to understand the various factors you should consider when buying a TV in Nigeria. Our aim is not just to inform you about the prices of TVs in Nigeria, but to also provide you with other important details you need in order to make a well-informed buying decision. Read on to learn more.

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Best TV brands in Nigeria

As with any other product, brand is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a television in Nigeria. While there are many brands to choose from, some brands have stood out for years, and have been known for consistent delivery of quality products. With such brands, you won’t go wrong. These brands include:

  • Sony
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Sharp
  • Haier Thermocool

Aside that TVs by these brands are durable and long-lasting, their spare parts and repair expertise are readily available. So, if there’s a need to fix your TV, you won’t have any problems sourcing the spare parts here in Nigeria, and you’ll easily find repair experts that can fix them. But truth be told, TVs are among the most hardy gadgets ever made; unless you’re very careless with them, they are unlikely to get faulty even after decades of use.

Other reliable brands you can bank on include:

  • Hisense
  • Scanfrost
  • Polystar

These are relatively newer names that are now becoming more and more popular in Nigeria. Their TVs are of good quality, too, and they tend to cost significantly less than TVs by brands like Sony and Samsung. If you’re on a tight budget and are not a stickler for big brand names, you’d be fine with these less popular options.

Buying a TV in Nigeria: Things you need to know

With the advancement of TV technology, making the right choice is becoming more and more difficult — no thanks to the emergence of terms like LED, OLED, smart TV, 4K, 3D, HD, UHD, Android TV, and so on. Even though using a TV is as simple as placing it on a shelf or wall in your sitting room and powering it on, choosing the right one isn’t that easy.

With the above in mind, let’s now look at some of things you need to consider — aside brand name — when buying a TV in Nigeria these days.

Screen size: 32-inch, 42-inch, 55-inch, etc.

Whether you’re looking for a simple TV or a high-performance one, the most important factor that will determine your choice is screen size. In this regard, you have many options, from 21 inches to 80 inches and even more. But you’ll have to go with a TV that matches your sitting room space and budget. A small sitting room will be fine with a 32-inch or 42-inch TV, but larger sitting rooms will require large screens.

Aside the size of your sitting room, another factor that should dictate your choice of TV screen size is how far or close you sit from the TV. It’s possible to have a large sitting room and still have chairs placed at a close distance to the TV. There are different recommendations of screen size based on sitting distance, but we won’t bore you by making things complex. Even if the so-called calculations suggest that a 55-inch TV is best for your sitting room going by its size, what if you can’t afford anything more than a 42-inch TV? This is Nigeria, please!

Our simple recommendation is that you go for the largest screen size you can afford, so far the TV won’t spread over a window or doorway.

Screen resolution: 720p vs. 1080p vs. 4K

As with your smartphone, your TV’s screen resolution determines how sharp it’s picture quality is. Most LED TVs you’ll find right now are of the HD resolution grade, supporting only 720p. That is, they can display 720 pixels horizontally. Some other HDTVs go a bit higher to provide 1080p display quality, and this resolution is otherwise termed “full HD”. The most obvious advantage of 1080p over the 720p is that small images on the screen appear much sharper and have clearer details. Overall, the images look more real, but that’s just it. There are few or no other benefits per se.

However, 4K TVs are all the rave now, and are gradually showing up in Nigeria. These are TVs whose picture quality is 4 times better than that of current HD options. If you’re a tech freak who always wants to keeop abreast of latest trends, consider going for a 4K TV. They aren’t cheap though; their prices range from hundreds of thousands to millions of naira, depending on brand, screen size, and other parameters.

All the same, a 1080p (full HD) TV is still your best bet as a Nigerian for now. But if you can’t afford one, just go for a 720p option. You’ll still get amazing entertainment from that, even though it’s not future-proof.

Display panel technology: LCD vs. LED vs. OLED

LCD TVs have been phased out of the market, and what have now are LED TVs and OLED TVs. LED TVs basically have LCD screens, but they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the LCD screens. LED TVs are also better at displaying light and dark images because they can dynamically illuminate specific portions of the screen and dim other portions.

In all, LED TVs provide better picture quality than the older LCD TVs, which are no longer in the market. LED TVs are also known for their ability to show bright pictures, even when viewed in broad daylight or under direct sunlight. Manufacturers aren’t resting on their oars, though. Image quality on LED TVs is constantly being improved.

OLED TVs are an advancement over LED TVs. They come with 4K screen resolution by default, and are larger on the average than LED TVs. You’ll hardly come across a 32-inch OLED TV; sizes start from 55 inches. When compared with LED TVs, OLED TVs provide better picture quality, crisper pictures, better contrast and shadow detail, and better retention of side-view image quality. And as one would expect, they cost significantly more than LED TVs. So, if you don’t have really big and strong financial muscles, don’t go near them.

The biggest downsides so far recorded with OLED TVs are issues with lifespan and image retention (bright image elements can burn into the screen, leaving a permanent trace if left still for too long). However, manufacturers are working on this. In fact, LG claims to have addressed these issues in their new OLED TVs.

Screen design: Flat screen vs. curved screen

Curved screens are now becoming popular in Nigeria, but they are mostly OLED and 4K TVs, so don’t expect them to come cheap. According to manufacturers, TVs with curved screens make TV-watching a more immersive experience — whatever that means!

If you’re a stickler for stuffs that look unique, you’ll probably want to opt for a curved screen TV, but the truth is they have no technical advantage over flat screen TVs. And worse, they even have some clear disadvantages, which include image distortion (in some models), reduction of available side-viewing angles, non-uniform brightness across the screen, and probably “viewer fatigue” (as reported by some reviewers).

Connections: USB, HDMI, etc.

Before now, all we need to check on our TVs was the coaxial cable input (for external antennas) as well as audio/video input ports (for DVDs, game consoles, home theatre systems, etc.). But times have changed. TVs now come with USB ports that allow for multimedia playback from USB flash drives or other USB storage devices.

Modern TVs also come with HDMI support, which allows you to convert your TV into a computer monitor and other applications. Virtually all TVs now come with USB and HDMI ports, but the question is, “How many ports would you need?” If for any reason you think you’d need a TV with more than one of either type of port, be sure to check before parting with your money.

In addition, TVs now come with built-in WiFi and ethernet ports, so that you can connect them to the Internet. Some TVs also support Bluetooth communication with other devices. If these are features you really need, then be sure to go for a TV that has them.

That’s it!

Now, you’ve learned and understood the most important things you should look out for when buying a TV in Nigeria. Now, you can check your budget once again, weigh your options, and hit the market!

You have the option of walking down to reputable electronics stores around you to buy your TV or order for one online. While the former option will give you the chance to see and feel what you want to buy, the latter option (buying online) will avail you the chance to choose from many options, find better prices, and get your TV without stress (since it will be delivered to your doorstep).

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