For many people around the world, their smartphone is their primary source of entertainment. They use it to play games, listen to music or stream TV shows and movies. Not everyone has the means for a home theatre or a gaming PC, especially with the hardware prices being as they are today. That is precisely why we rely on our smartphones to do it all.
Now, watching a movie on your smartphone is what makes many cinephiles shrug, but the reality is, with a nice pair of headphones and a screen close to your face, you’re not really missing all that much.
On that note, we decided to make a list of smartphones that we feel are the best ones you could use to stream movies or TV shows on. So without further ado – let’s check them out.
1. iPhone 12 Pro Max – The Contender
iPhone 12 Pro Max is arguably one of the best phones available today. However, what makes this one so great for streaming video content is the fact that this device comes with a 6.7-inch OLED display that will put many other phones to shame.
This OLED display does many great things. It has a 2778×1284 resolution, so you definitely won’t notice any individual pixels no matter how close you are to the display. The OLED technology also allows you to experience bright whites and deep, dark blacks. This is a bright, colorful display that will make watching HDR content quite pleasing. It hits 1200 nits at peak brightness, so you could comfortably stream your favorite movies even when you’re sitting at the bench in the park.
Furthermore, this phone also has stereo speakers and a solid battery, both of which are great contributing factors when we’re talking about binge-watching sessions. The battery should last you for about 10 hours, which is more than enough to watch a couple of movies in one sitting.
On the other hand, the infamous notch will obstruct some of your viewing surfaces, but when you think about it, there’s not much going on in these areas either way, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue. Also, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack on this phone, so you might need Bluetooth headphones or an adapter if you want to listen to the audio on your headphones.
On the bright side of things, if you’re a proud owner of AirPods Max or AirPods Pro, you’ll be able to experience Apple’s own spatial audio for a whole another level of audio experience.
2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G – The Runner-Up
S21 Ultra is the proud owner of the arguably best mobile phone display money can buy today. To be fair, you do need a lot of money to buy this phone, but if you’re someone that spends a lot of time watching videos on your phone, it could be worth it.
This is a 6.8 inch AMOLED 120Hz display, HDR10+ certified, with a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The resolution on this bad boy is 1440×3200 with a pixel density of 515, so you could pretty much submerge yourself into the display and you still wouldn’t be able to tell individual pixels apart.
AMOLED technology is remarkable when it comes to displaying rich, colorful HDR content, so you’ll be able to enjoy any movie you throw on there.
This display does not have a notch, but it does come with a hole-punch camera, but in most cases, the camera will be hidden in the “black bar” while you’re watching movies, so it shouldn’t disturb you too much.
This phone also comes without an audio jack, so you’ll need a wireless headset or an adapter, but keep in mind, you might need to use an official Samsung adapter and a pair of matching headphones. Otherwise, your device might not recognize your headset at all.
Finally, the battery on S21 Ultra is incredible and you’ll probably be able to stream over 12 hours of video content in one sitting.
3. Sony Xperia 1 III – The Champion
Sony has made a comeback in the smartphone world with their new, redesigned Xperia series, tailored to camera enthusiasts. To match the needs of professional mobile photographers, they had to bring a remarkable display to their new phones and they did precisely that.
Xperia 1 III is ideal for streaming movies online, amongst many other things and if you don’t know which movie to watch, visit thevore. This phone has a 6.5-inch OLED display, capable of delivering over billion colors for incredible color accuracy and saturation. In addition, it’s an HDR BT.2020 certified display with a staggering 4K resolution and 1300 nits peak brightness. To be fair, 4K resolution on a smartphone is a bit of an overkill since there’s no way you’re going to be able to enjoy 4K in its entirety on such a small display, but hey, it’s there.
However, this does have its advantages. The 21:9 aspect ratio of this device is pretty much ideal for watching movies, as most content will fill the entire display with actual content, leaving almost no room for black bars.
Now, this display has a 120Hz refresh rate, but only at FHD. At 4K, it caps at 60Hz, meaning it can only display 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. However, since most movies are filmed in 24 FPS, that shouldn’t be an issue for you.
Another great thing about Xperia 1 III is that there is no notch or hole-punch selfie camera on this device. Instead, the selfie camera is stored in the “forehead”, so there’s nothing within the display to distract you while you’re enjoying your movies.
Finally, we have a phone with a 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones, so you’ll be able to experience the highest sound quality without any latency.
The battery is also great, although not as powerful as the one on our previous models, but you’ll still be able to watch at least four movies in one witting without having to recharge.
There you have it. Those were the three best smartphones with the best displays that you could use to watch movies or TV shows wherever you are, whenever you want.