Netflix and Amazon Video binge? Phones with the best media experience
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According to Netflix, 50% of its users access videos on the video streaming service through smartphones. However, the streaming load is higher on laptops and TVs because of their bigger screen sizes and people fall back on smartphones only when they are commuting or during break. The details were revealed at the MWC 2016 at Barcelona. To make the time spent worthwhile, and the experience as rich as the big screen, phonemakers have been trying new ways to improve the display quality on smartphones.
Also, gazing at a small screen constantly for hours can put a lot of undue stress on the eyes. This is why having the right smartphone with a big screen, handy form factor and right aspect ratio becomes critical.
Here are some of the best big screen phones you can buy right away.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a treat for movie buffs. With no vertical bezels to waste space, the phone feels a lot narrower than usual. The 6.2-inch AMOLED display stretches to the edge of the screen and has a wider aspect ratio of 18:9 which fills the entire screen with no blank space as seen in screens with aspect ratio of 16.9. The display has a resolution of 2,560x1,440p and to protect it against scratches and minor drops there is a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 on it. The Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 with a modified version of TouchWiz and is powered by Exynos 8895 octa-core processor which is clubbed with 4GB RAM.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
If you have subscribed for the 4K content on Amazon Prime, you don’t have to wait to be close to your TV to access them. Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 5.5-inch display with 4K resolution of 3,840x2,160p. It also supports HDR 10 standard for 4K which means colours will look richer than rivals. To ensure it can handle 4K content smoothly, Sony has used Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and has clubbed it with 4GB RAM. It runs Android 7.1 with Xperia UI.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch LED Retina display. It has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p, which is lower than its Android rivals on paper but uses DCI-P3 colour mode which gives it a brighter look than many flagships. It comes with a powerful stereo speaker so you don’t have to fall back on the headphone all the time. The smartphone is powered by Apple’s powerful A10 Fusion Quad-Core chipset and runs iOS 10.3.2. Though it has a 2,900mAh battery, it can last longer than many Android flagships.
Like Samsung, LG too has tried to curtail the size of the bezels on the front panel in the G6. The result is a smartphone with a compact form-factor—its 148mm tall and 71mm wide. The 5.7-inch display has a resolution of 2,560x1,440p, and it supports Dolby Vision 2 and HDR 10 standard. The smartphone’s other attraction for movie buff is the ES9218+Sabre Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) hardware which supports high resolution audio formats and delivers high quality audio. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset with 4GB RAM and runs Android 7.0.
OnePlus 5 offers the same 5.5-inch screen size and 1,920x1,080p resolution as its predecessor, but has a wider DCI-P3 colour mode, which makes colours look brighter than before. It also comes with Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against scratches and minor drops. The smartphone’s other highlights include the Qualcomm Snapdragon S 835 octa-core processor which has been paired with 6GB RAM in the 64GB version and 8GB RAM in the 128GB version. It runs Android 7.1 and supports Dash Charge technology which can charge a fully drained 3,300mAh battery to 63% in 30 minutes, as per OnePlus. So, you can get back to your movies without waiting for long.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime
If you are looking for a truly big screen smartphone without spending too much money, you can consider the Mi Max Prime. It has a 6.4-inch display with resolution of 1,920x1,080p. It also offers 128GB of storage which is rare at this price point and more than adequate for your offline videos on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Despite the big screen and a long-lasting 4,800mAh battery inside, it doesn’t feel hefty or unmanageable— it is 7.5mm thick and weighs just 203g. It is driven by Qualcomm’s mid range Snapdragon 652 octa-core chipset with 4GB RAM and runs Android 6.0.