Sony Bravia KDL-46HX750 3D LED LCD HDTV Review$1,599.00
Apps & Internet Features
The Smart TV internet browser might just be the bane of our existence. Surfing the internet without any kind of QWERTY keyboard on the remote is an exercise in futility. Sony's browser is no different. Figuring out how to actually enter a URL is a puzzle in itself: it involves pressing the "options" button on the remote and then selecting "enter URL" instead of navigating to an address bar.
Someone at Sony had the brilliant idea to make an app for Android and iOS devices that makes TV web browsing much, much easier. Check out our thoughts on this app here.
Sony includes a limited selection of apps on the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX750. There are plenty of video streaming apps like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Other apps include NHL Vault, which shows classic hockey games, and the Epicurious app, which shows how to make some interesting dinners. There is an app store called the Yahoo! Connected TV Store. It offers a paltry 137 apps to download and these will not show up on the Sony Entertainment Network hub but instead on the Home menu interface.
We had a bit more to say about the apps and app store offered in our overview of Sony's Smart TV platform.
Other Internet Features
Connecting to the Internet is actually a breeze. When powering this TV on for the first time, consumers will be guided through setting the internet up. There is built in Wi-Fi, which will scan for networks in the vicinity. We found our network and were able to enter the password without a problem. Conversely, a wired connection can be setup by using the provided ethernet jack.
The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX750 offers USB and DLNA connectivity. Music, picture, and video files on a connected USB drive will appear in the media section of the Home menu.
This TV offers something called WiFi Direct, which is a feature that allows a device to connect directly to the TV via a wireless signal. Once the device is connected, the TV asks you to send content to the TV, with no explanation on how to do this. After connecting a phone and a computer to the TV, we tried for about 45 minutes to get content to appear on the TV and failed. Even the excellent digital manual offers little explanation about sending content to the TV.