Garmin Fenix 5
JimmyH: I want my TV to be a screen, and just a screen, period. Lots of inputs and a good picture is what I look for. I don't look at "smart" features at all when buying.
I far prefer a modular solution to a very expensive "all-in-one" kludge. Even a cheap sound system will beat a TV's inbuilt speakers. A dedicated media player (or connecting my laptop) will beat probably any inbult smarts now, and be much easier to upgrade in future.
I would rather spend $2,300 on a TV with a good picture and loads of inputs, than $3,000 on the same TV with "smart" features etc. Even if adding the media player and a sound system costs significantly more than the $700 difference. This is because I can then upgrade in parts. I don't want to be cursing a $3,000 TV that now seems to be a clunky "white elephant" because TV smarts have improved in the last 12 months, nor do I want to junk a $3,000 TV for the same reason. However, it's reasonably palatable to pension off a $150-250 media player (especially as I can move it to the TV in the bedroom or spare room) and get a new one if feature sets have advanced.
In any event, I can't ever see myself wanting to surf the internet on my TV. Clunky and horrible. If I need to do that in the living room I can use my tablet or laptop, and use the DLNA function if I want to throw a stream I'm watching onto the TV.
I will pay extra for a TV to get a good picture, more HDMI inputs, and legacy input options (AV, component, VGA etc). I won't pay more for smart features.