Both Sony and Samsung televisions are considered high-quality devices that offer unique features, such as the curved screens available on some Samsung televisions. However, televisions produced by both companies tend to be more expensive than sets produced by other brands.
Both Sony and Samsung televisions are well-respected by experts and audio-visual enthusiasts, with Sony in particular possessing a long history of innovation in television technology. Televisions made by both companies use high-quality components, and high-end models are likely to include features such as Smart TV apps for streaming Internet video and 4K Ultra HD resolutions. Features such as the curved screen on some Samsung models are not available on Sony televisions as of May 2015; this is largely due to Sony leaving the LCD manufacturing space, while Samsung still builds its own display panels. However, Samsung has licensed Sony's Playstation technology for playing games directly on a television, so select televisions from both brands can utilize this feature.
The major disadvantage to both Samsung and Sony televisions is their price, which tends to be higher than that of almost all other brands when comparing comparable models. Sony televisions in particular are likely to be expensive, as the brand has refocused on the high-end enthusiast and home theater market. In addition, Sony no longer produces smaller televisions under 32 inches in screen size, but Samsung still does.