Watch videos on the go

The best phones for streaming video

Discover the best phones for watching movies and box sets

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.

But which phone offers the best video streaming experience? 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 for streaming.

Apple iPhone XR

Bring out your inner video recording artist and shoot breath-taking high‑quality 4K videos with iPhone XR's 12-megapixel main camera, even in low-light conditions. Watch your pictures and video come to life on the all-new Liquid Retina display - and stream them to Apple TV with AirPlay Mirroring. The powerful A12 Bionic chip offers 16 hours of smooth video playback with amazing stereo sound thanks to wider speaker placement.

Apple iPhone XR


Screen resolution depends on two things - the number of pixels in the display, and the size of the display.

The categories HD, Full HD, 2K and QUAD HD tell you the number of pixels, as follows.

  • HD: 1280 x 720
  • Full HD: 1920 x 1080
  • 2K: 1920 x 1080
  • 4K (also known as Quad HD): 4096 x 2160

If you see Full HD+ this means the panel displays the same 1080 pixels horizontally, but has more pixels vertically than Full HD because of the wider aspect ratio.

But this only gives you half the picture. The larger the screen, the more the pixels are spread out. If you know both the number of pixels and the size of the screen, you can work out the pixel density in PPI (pixels per inch).

For example, Samsung Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2-inch Quad HD display - which works out at 529 PPI. By contrast, iPhone X has a 5.8-inch display with 458 PPI. But since the human eye struggles to tell the difference in resolution beyond around 300 PPI, other factors such as the ability to display a wide range of colours are at least as important - if not more so.

For more on touchscreens, see our Best for touchscreens page