Updated on 2 December 2015 by

The best cellphones for watching movies combines a good processor and screen resolution with wide media compatibility, to give you the liberty to watch any video you please.

Cell phones require a substantial 4.5 inch screen at least with high definition resolution if they are to provide movie watching satisfaction. Most of the higher end smart phones today have excellent 720p HD and are capable of playing amazing videos; however, anything above 720p would be scaled down, so Full HD movies can't really be viewed in their naturally intended quality. So if you're extremely fastidious about watching Full HD movies as they are meant to be seen, you'd have to make sure you purchase a phone that has 1080p screen resolution. Most of the top models for 2015 are coming out with 1080p capability and this should be normal by 2016.

Apart from the display aspects, there are certain other key factors that qualify a phone as good for movies; such as the file formats they're compatible with; and most smartphones are capable of playing MP4 and H.264 formats. Since several movies and videos come in other file types its best to opt for a cell that allows you the freedom to view a broader range of video formats. Higher end models come with the capability to play DivX and DivD and the best cellphones for watching movies implement an MKV media container that removes all format restrictions and permits you to run any codex and play any movie you please.


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Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Play
Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Play
$649 - $900
$350 - $1,133
$750 - $1,200
$499 - $889
$450 - $599
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.7 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
21.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
1715.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
3630.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
T-Mobile, AT-T, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Average Rating
 4.6 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.0 stars
Camera
76% Positive
24% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
73% Positive
27% Negative
Display
73% Positive
27% Negative
96% Positive
4% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
83% Positive
17% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
Look and Feel
92% Positive
8% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Battery
30% Positive
70% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
86% Positive
14% Negative

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