How to choose a smartphone
for movies and TV

Top three things to consider

  1. A larger high-quality screen
  2. Lots of storage so you don’t run out of space
  3. A large data package if you want to stream content away from a WiFi connection
Pick Your Best smartphone

Whatever you like to watch you can pretty much watch anything on a new smartphone. Your TV and movie content will come from an app – like Netflix, NowTV, YouTube, BBC iPlayer… there’s lots of choice. Some of these apps are free but some have monthly fees which you need to consider when totting up how much you want to pay for your new smartphone each month.

If your smartphone is to be a mini entertainment device you will probably appreciate a larger screen. Our Product Chooser matches you with smartphones that have medium and large screens of at least 4.8 inch. We also search out those devices with high or very high screen quality – so that you can get the best picture possible.

If you are going to want to watch away from a WiFi connection, such as on a plane or train, you’ll want larger storage so that you can download everything ready for when you are offline.

There are two other big decisions to make when selecting a smartphone and they both come down to personal preference really.

Firstly the operating system – Android or iOS? The main movie and TV apps are designed to work on either. Let’s face it some people get a little bit obsessed about being either Apple or Android, but the reality is that they are all pretty good these days. If you are used to one system already we suggest you stick to it. That way you don’t have to spend time re-learning new settings and you can transfer any apps you have already paid for to your new phone. If you don’t have a preference toss a coin! Seriously, you can’t really make a bad decision here.

Secondly, how are you going to pay for the phone? If you can afford to buy one up front you can have a simpler SIM only contract. If you want to spread the payments, get a monthly contract. But remember whichever route you choose – all those movies will suck up your data allowance. So, if you are going to be wanting access to all your entertainment while you out and about, you will need a decent data allowance or be permanently in search of free WiFi… and end up paying in coffee!