A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Onida Google Certified Ultra HD Android TV that boasted of a pure Android experience, a 4K panel and built-in Chromecast support. Today, we have a modest offering from the TCL sub-brand iFFALCON, which claims that the onida did (barring the high-res panel) at almost one-third of its price.
iFFALCON 32F2A Smart TV – Design and build: [/ i]
The iFFALCON 32F2A sports a simple yet elegant all-black design with narrow bezels running along the four sides of the 32-inch screen. The subtly textured bottom bezel that bears the company logo and power LED breaks the monotony without attracting attention. The entire construction is made out of plastic but does not feel cheap. Given its price tag, there's absolutely no reason to complain about the design. Well, the TV is not bulky at all and surprisingly light; not that you are going to lift it too often. Just sharing an observation.
Being a certified Android TV, it runs Android 8.0 Oreo with stock UI and has Google Play Store preinstalled and Chromecast built-in. The TV is powered by a quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a chunk of which is taken up by the OS. The specifications look modest but there was no noticeable lag during my testing. Since the TV has built-in Chromecast, YouTube, Hotstar, Sony LIV and many more. The only thing you need to ensure is your phone / tablet and TV are on the same Wi-Fi network.
iFFALCON 32F2A Smart TV – Connectivity options: 7.5 / 10
You do not get a massive spread of connectivity options here but all the necessary ones are present and a surprise too. You get 2x HDMI ports, 1x USB port, 1x RJ45 LAN port, 1x A / V in (the necessary cable is bundled) and a headphone out. One of the HDMI ports so supports ARC . The company has also been provided with optical audio out, something I did not expect on a TV like like this. Well done!  The TV includes all the essential connectivity options, but we do not want them more. ” width=”1280″ height=”720″/>
It may not be a deal breaker in this case, but I would prefer to have an HDMI and USB port each, given the number of devices we have plug into the TV these days. Some of its competitors like Xiaomi and Thomson do provide the extra ports. Strangely, the 32F2A's Predecessor (32F2) has 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports;
Moving on, like all smart TVs, this iFFALCON TV has built-in Wi-Fi and connects at 2.4GHz.
iFFALCON 32F2A Smart TV – Picture quality: 7 / 10
The features and connectivity options are all fine, but they count for nothing. So how good does the picture look on this TV? Simple answer: above average. This is a HD ready TV so I was not expecting any miracles, and none were there. Let me elaborate. The color reproduction is in the best of colors, but the contrast is not the best I have seen. Some scenes in some of my test videos.
If you have a keen eye, the skin tone looks a little flat on this screen, and no amount of adjustment could make it look perfect. These days, the iFFALCON 32F2A does not adjust the picture settings. Though they are not as elaborate as in some older non-smart TVs, you'll get an option to tweak color, sharpness, backlight and color temperature in addition to picture presets. Having said that, this TV belongs to the sub-15K price bracket and its overall picture quality is more than acceptable in this budget.
iFFALCON 32F2A Smart TV – Audio quality: 8/10
The audio output is quite powerful here. It has a total output of 16W RMS. Interestingly, it is louder and clearer than most 20 W RMS sound. During the course of my testing, I never had to cross the halfway mark for volume. No flat screen TV delivers thumping bass and this iFFALCON is no different. ” width=”1280″ height=”720″/>