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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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
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.3 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
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
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.5 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative