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Well, In a LCD, there are many options, chief among is the LED versions, these are basically either back lit or side/edge lit, they will make the TV much lighter, thinner and more energy efficient than conventional LCD TV's, contrast is meant to be better to, but it is arguable.
There are also 'SMART' TV's which allow you surf the net, download and run apps (such as skype, FB, Twitter, bbci player etc,) they all differ in the features, but for me, I never use it for that as you tend to just use your phone / tablet / PC for that sort of thing, the apps tend to be quite limited to. Seen one quite near your budget @ £349 (Samsung)
Picture wise, look for full HD which is 1080P, not 1080i or 720P these are known as 'HD Ready' and tend to use component connection rather than HDMI connection.
Bluray plays: 1080P (PS3 to I think?) via HDMI only.
DVD plays : 720P & 1080i via HDMI and component.
Sky plays : 720P & 1080i via HDMI and component (depending on the age of the sky box) Optical for digital surround sound.
Personally avoid HD ready TV's as you won't see many about now
Plasma TV's tend to give much better blacks, something I have found annoying with LCD (even with LED) as they can be 'blotchy / patchy'
Look for connectivity, mainly HDMI connections, the more the better in case you ever upgrade your other kit such as Sound system, DVD, Bluray etc. If you can, find out which connector version they are, early ones can only produce picture rather then both picture and sound.
Speaking for sound, check to make sure they have built in speakers, can handle Dolby digital, and that they have an audio out such as optical or coaxial. Did come across an LG a couple months back with no audio out! (apart from headphones)
Other things to check:
Built in Free-view HD
Wall bracket compatible
Warranty (typically between 3-5 years)
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