Do you watch whole movies or TV shows on your phone?


If the rumors about a Galaxy S8 and LG G6 with 5.7" displays, be they curved or flat, or the speculation on an OLED iPhone 8 with a wraparound 5.8-incher bear fruit, the average screen size for flagships will be greatly increased this year. All the more conducive for consuming media on the phone's display, instead of firing up the tablet, the laptop, or sitting in front of the TV or desktop computer.

In fact, the advent of YouTube and Facebook videos made us watch more and more footage on the relatively small screens of our phones while on the go, but subscription streaming services ushered us in a whole new era of small-screen media consumption. Hey, just place it closer to your face, and it's like a 65" OLED TV you carry with you at all times! Both Netflix and Amazon, for instance, announced significant geographical expansions not long ago to many more countries, and recently also offered offline downloads on your mobile device, so you don't even need to have a data connection now to watch on the go. 

That is why we wanted to ask you how often do you catch yourself watching a whole Netflix or Amazon Prime Video movie or TV show episode directly on your phone, without bothering to fire up your laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or TV. Needless to say, the larger phone displays get in the same chassis footprint via ever-diminishing bezel area, the more they will be used for watching movies and TV series, so both Netflix and Amazon are repositioning themselves to take advantage of this trend. Tell us do you do it in the poll below, and how often.

Do you watch whole movies or TV shows on your phone?

I mostly watch movies and TV series on my phone
29.25%
I sometimes watch whole movies or TV show episodes on my phone
41.01%
On a phone display? You gotta be kidding me...
29.74%


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40 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Love watching movies and shows, especially on my S6 Edge+ and S7 Edge because the curves make it feel like whatever you're watching is popping out of the screen at you. A truly enjoyable media experience.

12. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

wait for mobile phone screens with 4k + resolution to launch and then we'll see many people giving up watching movies on TV and preferring watching Movies in full Virtual Cinema for an Imax theatre like experience on their phones with a Daydream headset..

14. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

4k isn't needed for VR, with the display so close toy our face a 2k display already looks amazing

24. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No.... The phone being so close to your face is the EXACT reason you need 4k or above

28. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah...no. I've got a 2k phone, and with a VR headset it looks OK, but still seems pixellated. The closer to your eyes, the higher the resolution needed.

29. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

The lenses of VR headsets provide a lot of magnifcation, the exact number varies between models but it's roughly 7-10x, which is a lot for something so close. For a phone in my hand 1080 is perfectly fine, for VR, 4k would be much more appropriate (because of the lens' large magnification factor).

2. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Sometimes, but not much. YouTube videos more so, not whole movies.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When the screen is 5.5" display, and it is only a foot away from your face. Then it feels like your watching a 70" big screen TV.

32. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

No it doesn't. On such a small display you will miss out on so many small details.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not everytime, but yes...sometimes, laying down and watching while on the bed.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I watch on one of my tablets sometimes, but can't imagine watching an entire show/movie on such a small screen.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When you have a phone with FFS like the 6P, that becomes less of a concern. I wouldn't call phablets small sized.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Even watching on a tablet, I find too small. Let alone a 6P. I rather watch on my laptop if no TV is around

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Good thing there is choice eh ;)

5. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

About every day, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu. S7 edge. I do it for convince, not desire.

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

As someone who consistently works 10 hour days and has a 1 hour commute home everyday I tend to watch movies or TV shows on my phone when I'm on lunch and breaks. I rarely have time to sit on the couch and watch otherwise it eats into the time I have to spend with my children. I imagine this is dependent on how much free time you have to actually use a TV.

8. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Exactly my situation and comment.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Off topic. I found an Alienware laptop with an OLED screen. Do you recommend me getting the laptop for the screen only?

23. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I've watched content on that specific Alienware and well I'd suggest you don't spend that much cash for just the screen. Get a 2k one with specs and battery to the brim.

31. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Can you explain more about the screen? Is there a significant difference between this screen and the amoled screen found on galaxy phones and tablets if you don't mind?

39. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Well it's a beautiful screen but like old gen oleds it's very oversaturated. If you develop content which requires color accuracy then it's not worth it. the blacks are deep although since i used it in a well lit environment i can't say whether or not blacks emit 0 light. Next if you just want to watch movies and do gaming it's verrry good. Anyhow it's kinda reflective and glossy so you might get some glare.

40. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Thanks for the response really appreciated.

9. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

That's one of the main reasons why I purchased the Honor Note 8. The 6.6 inch screen is amazing for watching videos.

10. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

It ruins the experience watching a film on a phone or tablet u need the biggest screen u have in the house, & even a TV series is not the best on such a small screen but I can watch the odd 1 on a tablet if I am. Away from home.

13. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I do watch using my phone or tab. But offline, streaming is definitely not an option.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Outside of YouTube, and things I record...nope. that's what my 12.9 iPad Pro is for.

17. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

If you don't stop it you'll go blind

30. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

They're talking about TV shows, not por- .... oh, nevermind.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's practical yes, but not convenient.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I got a 1.5 m TV for multimedia consumption, but in my room I only have my phone and sometimes a 10" ultrabook; I wake up very early each morning and maybe once every 1-2 months I just sit in my bed and I watch a comedy on my phone (a regular iPhone, no 2k) or tablet.

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