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The best phones for streaming video

Discover the best phones for watching movies and box sets


Last updated 7th June 2018

Smartphones offer a great way to watch videos on the fly. Long commute? No problem – catch up with your favourite box set on the train. Had enough of ‘I spy’? It’s all in hand – your smartphone can entertain the kids on those long car journeys.

Which phones are good for video streaming?

We’ve taken a look at some of the top models for battery life, screen size, screen quality and more – to help you choose the best phone to keep you and your family entertained.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Huawei P20 Pro


The more apps and services you use, the more strain you’ll put on your smartphone’s battery.

One quick tip is to turn off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it, as your phone will use battery looking for a signal. You can also shut down background apps that may be using power – especially ones that track your location.

Turning your screen’s brightness down can help too – as this is one of the biggest uses of battery power. It’s even worth turning off Bluetooth when you’re not using it. It won’t use as much power as leaving Wi-Fi on – but it’s still draining your battery unnecessarily if you’re not using it.

If you’ve tried all these tips and you still don’t get enough charge from your battery, there’s always the option of carrying a mobile phone charger or backup power bank around with you – check out our range of accessories.

Hi-resolution audio (also known as hi-res, high definition or HD audio) doesn’t have an official definition – but it’s generally accepted to mean any audio file stored at higher quality than CD. 
Some experts argue that CD quality is plenty high enough for human hearing – but hi-res files certainly represent a big step up from standard MP3s or Spotify streaming at 320kbps. To put it into perspective, a CD has a data rate of 1411kbps (over four times that of an MP3 at 320kbps) while a hi-res music file has a data rate of 9216kbps – over 28 times faster (or more detailed) than the highest quality MP3.
This does however mean that hi-res files (including WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC and more) will take up much more space in your phone’s memory. So if you’re thinking of going down the hi-res audio route, you’ll want to choose a phone with plenty of memory. Plus of course, you’ll want to pair it with a decent set of headphones
Currently most music streaming services don’t offer hi-res or high-definition audio – so the best way to listen to top-quality music on your phone is to download and save hi-res music files and listen to them through your phone’s music player. (Note that TIDAL does offer high-res streaming, but only for the desktop application). The most popular hi-res formats are WAV and FLAC for Android, and ALAC and AIFF for iPhone.