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Why do people upgrade their smartphones? There are plenty of theories thrown about, but we have our own take on the question. We purchase new smartphones for better experiences. We want to see our favourite movies with better visuals or access our Netflix from anywhere, and we understand why. What better way to spend time on the Tube than engrossing yourself in Matt Palmer’s ‘Calibre’ or Tom Hooper’s ‘The King’s Speech?’ Fortunately, there are plenty of smartphones that improve the movie watching experience. With that in mind, we take a look at the best smartphones to watch movies.
When selecting the best smartphones, we looked at the following specs: Display capability, battery power, sound quality and storage.
With that in mind, here are the three best smartphones to watch movies.
We know that the Galaxy 10 has just been released, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still a powerhouse in mobile tech (and a bit more affordable than the newly released Galaxy 10). We choose the Galaxy Note 9 because it aces all the three requirements we have set and also comes with extra features that improve the movie watching experience, like the stylus that aids video playback. The Galaxy Note 9 has a large display measuring 6.4 inches, Super AMOLED technology and HDR capability, which makes movies look stunning. There is also the 18:9 aspect ratio to lend a cinematic feel to all your videos.
If you are watching YouTube, however, you may encounter videos with black bars, unless the content creator filmed with a 2:1 aspect ratio. The incredible display is well-complemented by the 4,000mAh battery so you can watch movies for 16 hours without needing to charge the phone – that’s more than enough power for a commute back and forth from work!
Finally, there is the sound. Samsung collaborates with acoustic specialists AKG on all their speakers, and we understand why. The sound is rich, detailed and adds to the experience. There are front and rear speakers, so you don’t have to max out the volume just to hear the movie, like with older smartphone models. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a must own for movie watching.
The iPhone brand helped pioneer smartphones as we know them today but that is not the main reason why the iPhone XS Max is featured here. We included the XS Max because it has features the other smartphones in this list don’t have.
The iPhone XS Max is stunning and capable of enhancing your movie watching experience with a fantastic display, great battery, high sound quality and excellent storage. The display measures over 6.5 inches, the largest in the iPhone family and is complemented by other features that improve the movie watching experience like high contrast, and high colour accuracy. The resolution is a rich unconventional 2960 x 1242. Another crucial factor is the battery life – it offers the best battery life to watch movies with hours of content available to you on the go. One significant advantage of the XS Max is its internal storage, which is over 500GB.
However, there is another big advantage, the iOS system. The Apple XS Max operating system supports both Google Chromecast and Apple TV, so if you want to watch any of your movies on a larger screen, it can be done through any of these apps, enhancing your movie watching experience.
Google’s contribution to our list of smartphones to watch movies is an excellent one. The display screen measures over 6.4 inches with 3120 x 1440 resolution to deliver movies in the highest detail possible. The display is built with AMOLED technology resulting in vibrant colours, combined with high resolution, which makes the Pixel 3 XL display the best one on the list. In fact, Display Mate gave the Google Pixel 3XL an A+ for its screen quality. Imagine the visuals you will get when you stream Aquaman or Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse? The results will be breathtaking.
The powerful display is not the only thing going for the Pixel 3 XL, there is a huge 3,430 mAh battery, which delivers up to 7 hours of interrupted movie watching time. The battery is in turn well complemented by the fantastic sound quality due to its front-facing front speakers, which is supposed to be louder and better than the Google Pixel 2. The Pixel 3XL has been updated with HDR technology for Netflix, which guarantees better movie picture quality whenever you watch a movie on Netflix. You can even view Youtube and Amazon Prime videos in HDR quality.
We scoured all sources of information for the three best smartphones to watch movies on. We searched for the best phones based on display, battery power, sound quality and storage. We found the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the iPhone XS Max and the Google Pixel 3 XL to be the best choice for movie lovers because it displayed movies in high quality, features excellent sound and battery that lasts for hours on end, making it the perfect movie watching device to take with you wherever you go.
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