What is the best way to watch films, series and videos on the go, wherever you are? Some may say a laptop, but they can be heavy and are impossible to hold up while standing on a crowded train. (Believe us, we've tried.)
Others swear by tablets – from iPads to Amazon Fire, they offer the best of both worlds between your tiny iPhone SE and your 17” desktop computer screen. However, tablets can be expensive, especially when opting for a 4G version (and no matter how many Wi-Fi hotspots there are, we’ll never be able to watch more than one episode of Game of Thrones before our free hour runs out.)
Which is where your smartphone comes in. The screen may be smaller, but you’ll still get to watch your favourite films in full HD (or very close). They’re also easier to hold, if you absolutely need to watch the latest episode of your favourite show on your morning commute.
The perfect smartphone to watch films and TV on will need a powerful processor and a decently sized screen with good image quality. It will also need a lot of storage space, if you choose to download videos before heading off out instead of spending your data on streaming.
Here’s our list of the five best phones to watch video!
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With a 5.5-inch HD display and up to 128GB of memory, the iPhone 6s Plus is the perfect tool to keep you entertained on a long and boring train ride.
What’s more, the 2,915mAh battery can give you as long as 14 straight hours of video playback – that’s enough to go from Brighton to Edinburgh and back!
The Galaxy Note 4 is the ultimate phablet: with a 5.7-inch HD Super AMOLED screen allowing for incredible colour and contrast and a high-quality speaker, you only need to be in a dark room for it to feel like a cinema. (Well, almost.)
Memory-wise, 32GB may not seem like much, but a micro SD slot allows to expand video storage space to up to 96GB. The phone is also incredibly light for its size – at least light enough to hold for hours at a time.
It scored 20/20 for camera and video in our tests – the Galaxy S7 Edge not only packs an incredibly powerful camera, but its 5.5” display also boasts fantastic QHD quality with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 px, much bigger than the Galaxy S7.
The S7 Edge also packs a much bigger battery than its predecessor, allowing for 17 hours of video playback – enough to watch the whole extended version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then Titanic, and still have time to squeeze in an episode of Sherlock.
The latest premium Nexus phone rivals the Galaxy S7 Edge both in display size and quality, and its dual front speakers are perfect to watch a noise-packed action movie. It also boasts a powerful octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, making streaming videos a smooth process.
Its 3,450mAh battery is one of the highest capacity on the market, and it also offers fast charging: in just 10 minutes, you could load up to 7 hours of use on your smartphone.
There you have it – our favourite phones to watch films and TV series on the go! Take a look at our fantastic deals, and get ready to binge-watch three whole series of Orange is the New Black next time you’re flying to your holiday destination.
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