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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 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 2016 are coming out with 1080p capability.

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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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7


Comparison of the Top 5 Cell Phones For Playing Movies - 2016

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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Pixel Density
577.0 ppi
534.0 ppi
554.0 ppi
518.0 ppi
401.0 ppi
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.3 MP
12.0 MP
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint

It takes the best bits from the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, and blends them together into a quite brilliant smartphone.

It's pricier than other good phones.

excellent smartphone

The Nexus 6P is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, given its top-of-the-line specs for a more affordable price.

iPhone 6S Plus is a lovely smartphone, but it's also a big and heavy one.