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Entertainment - EU

Twenty of the top smart consumer products in the entertainment category in the United Kingdom, along with their descriptions, are presented below and in column E of the UK/EU tab of the attached spreadsheet

Smart TVs

  • LG CX OLED. Identified as one of the best smart TVs in the UK by Expert Reviews, this smart TV has an OLED display, a 4K/UHD resolution, and four HDMI 2.1 ports. It runs on the WebOS 5 operating system and is capable of processing HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG content, streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and other streaming services, and running Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or LG ThinQ AI. Available screen sizes are 48 inches, 55 inches, 65 inches, and 77 inches.
  • Samsung Q95T. Identified as one of the best smart TVs in the UK by Expert Reviews, this smart TV has a QLED display, an FALD lighting, a 4K/UHD resolution, three HDMI 2.0 ports, and one HDMI 2.1 port. It runs on the Tizen 5.5 operating system and is capable of processing HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG content, streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and other streaming services, and running Google Assistant, Alexa, or Bixby. Available screen sizes are 55 inches, 65 inches, 75 inches, and 85 inches.
  • Hisense Roku TV. Identified as one of the best smart TVs in the UK by both Expert Reviews and The Telegraph, this smart TV has a VA-type LCD LED direct-lit display, a 4K/UHD resolution, and three HDMI 2.0 ports. It runs on the Roku TV OS 9.2 operating system and is capable of processing HDR10 and HLG content, streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and other streaming services, and running Roku voice control. Available screen sizes are 43 inches, 50 inches, 55 inches, and 65 inches.

Streaming Devices

  • Roku Streaming Stick+. Identified as one of the best streaming devices in the UK by both The Independent and Expert Reviews, this streaming device is an 802.11 ac WiFi, HDMI streaming stick with a USB power connector, 1 GB RAM, and a quad-core processor. Its core apps are All 4, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, ITV Hub, Netflix, Now TV, Plex, and Sky Store. Its remote does not come with a microphone, but it can run an app that allows voice control via smartphone.
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick. Identified as one of the best streaming devices in the UK by both The Independent and Expert Reviews, this streaming device is an 802.11ac WiFi, HDMI streaming stick with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage, a quad-core processor, and a bundled mains adapter for a power connector. Its core apps are All 4, Amazon Prime Video, BBS iPlayer, Demand 5, ITV Hub, Netflix, and Plex. It comes with a voice-enabled remote.
  • Apple TV 4K. Identified as one of the best streaming devices in the UK by both The Independent and Expert Reviews, this streaming device is an 802.1ac WiFi, tvOS streaming box with a six-core A10X Fusion CPU, a 3 GB RAM, and an 32 to 64 GB storage. Its core apps are All 4, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Netflix, Now TV, and Plex. It comes with a voice-enabled remote.
  • Google Chromecast. Identified as one of the best streaming devices in the UK by both The Independent and Expert Reviews, this streaming device is a dual-band 802.11ac WiFi dongle with a captive HDMI cable and a resolution of at most 1080p. It supports Google Assistant and audio formats Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1. It can run on Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows, and it can stream content from All 4, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, Disney Plus, ITV Hub, My 5, Netflix, Now TV, YouTube, and other streaming services excluding Apple TV Plus.
  • Now TV Smart Stick. Identified as one of the best streaming devices in the UK by both The Independent and Expert Reviews, this streaming device is an 802.11n WiFi, HDMI streaming device with an ARM Cortex A53 CPU, 512 MB RAM, and a USB or mains adapter for a power connector. Its core apps are All 4, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, ITV Hub, Netflix, Now TV, Plex, and Sky Store. It comes with a voice-enabled remote.

Tablets

  • Amazon Fire HD 8. Identified as one of the best tablets in the UK by both The Week and Expert Reviews, this tablet has a quad-core MediaTek MT8168 processor, an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 px screen, and a 32 GB storage. It runs on the Android (Fire) operating system. Its size is 202 x 137 x 9.7 mm, and its weight is 335 g.
  • Apple iPad Pro 12.9in. Identified as one of the best tablets in the UK by both The Week and Expert Reviews, this tablet has an Apple A12X Bionic processor, a 12.9-inch 2,732 x 2,048 px screen, and a 64 GB to 1 TB storage. It runs on the iOS 12 operating system. Its size is 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm, and its weight is 631 g.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Identified as one of the best tablets in the UK by both The Week and Expert Reviews, this tablet has an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a 12.4-inch 2,800 x 1,753 px screen, and a 128 GB to 256 GB storage. It runs on the Android 10 (ONE UI 2.5) operating system. Its size is 285 x 185 x 5.7 mm, and its weight is 575 g.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Identified as one of the best tablets in the UK by both The Week and Expert Reviews, this tablet has an Octa-core Exynos 9611 processor, a 10.4-inch 2,000 x 1,200 px screen, and a 64 GB storage. It runs on the Android 10.0 operating system. Its size is 245 x 155 x 7 mm, and its weight is 467 g.

E-Readers

  • Amazon Kindle. Identified as one of the best e-readers in the UK by both Wired and Expert Reviews, this e-reader has a 6-inch glare-free screen, a 4 GB storage, a 167-ppi resolution, a 4-LED front light, a battery life that lasts weeks, and WiFi connectivity. It supports Audible via Bluetooth and is available in two colors. It is best for the first-time e-book user.
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. Identified as one of the best e-readers in the UK by both Wired and Expert Reviews, this e-reader has a 6-inch glare-free screen, an 8 GB to 32 GB storage, a 300-ppi resolution, a 5-LED front light, a battery life that lasts weeks, a flush-front, waterproof design, and WiFi and free 3G/4G connectivity. It supports Audible via Bluetooth and is available in four colors. It is best for the first-time e-book user or the user who wants to upgrade his Kindle.
  • Amazon Kindle Oasis. Identified as one of the best e-readers in the UK by both Wired and Expert Reviews, this e-reader has a 7-inch glare-free screen, an 8 GB to 32 GB storage, a 300-ppi resolution, a 25-LED front light, a battery life that lasts weeks, a flush-front, waterproof design, an adjustable warm light, auto-adjusting light sensors, an ergonomic design, auto-rotating page orientation, page-turn buttons, and WiFi and free 3G/4G connectivity. It supports Audible via Bluetooth and is available in two colors. It is best for "the high-flying, speed-reading adventurer."
  • Kobo Forma. Identified as one of the best e-readers in the UK by both Wired and Expert Reviews, this e-reader has an 8-inch E Ink Carta display, a 300-ppi, 1,440 x 1,920 px resolution, an 8 GB to 32 GB storage, an 1,200 mAH battery, an 802.11 WiFi connectivity, a microUSB port, and a waterproof design. Its size is 160 x 177.7 x 8.5 cm, and its weight is 197 g. It supports 14 file formats and 10 languages. It is best for late-night readers.
  • Amazon Kindle Kids Edition. Identified as one of the best e-readers in the UK by both Wired and Expert Reviews, this e-reader has a 6-inch glare-free screen, an 8 GB storage, a 167-ppi resolution, a 4-LED front light, a kid-proof cover, a USB 2.0 charging cable, WiFi connectivity, and a battery life that lasts weeks. It supports Audible via Bluetooth, and it comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

Game Consoles

  • Xbox One S. Identified as one of the best game consoles in the UK by both Tech Advisor and Expert Reviews, this game console, compared to Xbox One, is smaller and lighter. Similar to Xbox One X, it supports 4K resolution, but it is cheaper and its 4K resolution is restricted to video playback only. It has a built-in power unit.
  • PS4 Pro. Identified as one of the best game consoles in the UK by Tech Advisor, this game console is Sony's latest and most powerful game console offering. Its upgraded GPU supports both dynamic 4K and HDR video. It is equipped with a 1 TB hard drive, and its 4K resolution is not restricted to video playback.
  • Nintendo Switch. Identified as one of the best game consoles in the UK by Tech Advisor, this game console is a handheld and home console hybrid. While it does not have the graphical power of other game consoles, it allows users to play game titles that could not be played on other game consoles. Examples of these game titles include the latest versions of Zelda and Mario.

Research Strategy

We initially looked for the bestselling smart consumer products in the entertainment category in Europe or the United Kingdom since the top products are ideally the ones with the highest sales or market shares. Precompiled lists of these products are unavailable, however, so we proceeded with an examination of e-commerce sites in the region such as Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com. We could not clearly identify at least 15 bestselling products using this method, however, so we turned instead to product review articles listing the best smart TVs, streaming devices, tablets, e-readers, and game consoles, particularly those published by Expert Reviews, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Week, Tech Advisor, Wired, which are all based in the United Kingdom. There is a lot of information specific to the United Kingdom, so we decided to focus on said country. An assumption was made that products deemed best by expert product reviewers can be considered top products.
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