Smartphones, tablets and HDTV’s have come a long way in innovative terms. Going one by one, the first feature that anyone would look for in a Smartphone or Tablet is the design, OS version, Camera as well as the touch interface. Similarly for TV’s, one generally goes looking for designs, its Picture Quality as well as other grizzly features. Now there’s no denying that these aspects are truly important, but what every layman misses out on is the understanding of the actual “Smart” features of these devices.

One of the most important USP’s of any Smart Gadget is its connectivity features. While not required all the time, these features really bridge the gap for wireless data transfer. We do remember the good old days of Infrared and Bluetooth for sharing photos and music. That has been replaced by the new age NFC (Near Field Communication) which allows quicker media sharing through a simple tapping of two Smartphones. Even Wi Fi has become commonplace these days, with multiple laptops in a place accessing internet through a single secured wireless router. I remember this kid who used to sit for hours outside my apartment’s stairs every evening engrossed is his Android phone. This peculiar habit caught my attention and on inquiring I got to know that the sneaky fella was using my Wi Fi connection for free downloads..

But the number of connectivity features that have come into use in the space of a few years is the real talking point of this post. Any Smart TV owner having multiple electronic devices at home would be aware of DLNA i.e. Digital Living Network Alliance. This technology is a very convenient interface for sharing data between the various devices you have at home. For example, you can view video clips and pictures as well as listen to music on your phone on the big screen. Or even use your TV to access the movies on your lappy’s hard drive for HD viewing. It also allows you to save and record data you have on your Smartphone directly to your laptop wirelessly like a home cloud network. And the best part is that since DLNA is a universally certified and accepted medium, it can work between DLNA-enabled devices of different brands. Obviously you will need a hi-speed Wi Fi router to enjoy this service but would you really mind spending a little bit extra for so much convenience?

And popular brands like LG and Samsung have taken the feature seriously with the availability of SmartShare and AllShare applications present in their Smart TV’s respectively. This allows seamless data transfer and sharing between the various devices of their brand through Wi Fi routers. I mean I have been using the Wi Di feature in my LG Smart TV for viewing my photos on the big screen for as long as I can remember. Even the MHL (Mobile High Definition) port (although not wireless) in Smart TV’s is a boon for experiencing widescreen mobile gaming.

I have personally seen the glowing advantages of the connectivity options at my disposal and even though not a very important feature in everyone’s mind, it is bound to become indispensable in the years to come.

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