Pick up a phone for the World Cup
If you’re planning on watching the World Cup at home, you haven’t got a lot to worry about. Switch on the TV, stock up with drinks and snacks, and watch the drama unfold. If you end up being a 1-in-20 Currys PC World customer that gets their money back on a new big-screen TV, all the better.
But what if you’re not going to be at home for the big match? What if you’re still travelling home from work when Harry Kane opens the scoring against Tunisia, for example?
The answer is, of course, a smartphone. If you want to watch a World Cup match when you’re out and about, all you need is a phone with a display that’s big and sharp enough to see all the action on. So, if your current phone is undersized or out of form, why not substitute it with one from this world class line up?
LG G7 ThinQ
LG has timed things perfectly, adding a new star player to its smartphone squad just in time for kick off.
The LG G7 ThinQ is the South Koreans’ exciting new flagship, and the 6.1-inch Quad HD+ FullVision display is a cracker. You can easily watch a match in bright sunlight, because the display is the brightest and most vibrant on the market at the moment. With the help of its ‘Super Bright’ display technology, it kicks out 1,000 nits of brightness. That’s a lot – most other good smartphones produce between 400 and 700 nits. And the display doesn’t hit the battery in a big way, either. It’s so power-efficient that it actually uses 30% power than the LG G6, its nowhere-near-as-bright predecessor.
To help you savour that big match atmosphere, the LG G7 ThinQ’s Boombox speakers are something special. The design actually uses the whole body of the phone to give you a bigger and better sound than most other phones are capable of. If you put the phone on a box or solid surface, it’ll amplify your sound output even more.
You can buy the LG G7 ThinQ from Carphone Warehouse.
Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus
The Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Displays on the S9 and S9 Plus are hard to beat. In fact, expert phone testers have rated them the best ever made. The S9’s measures 5.9-inches, and the S9 Plus is a massive 6.2-inches. With these amazing displays, you’ll see every moment of the match in incredible detail. Plus, both the S9s have stereo speakers, with Dolby Atmos adding simulated 360-degree sound to the mix. If the S9 was a footballer player, it would be Ronaldo. A loveable Ronaldo, if you can imagine such a thing.
You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus from Carphone Warehouse.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s display is huge, measuring 6-inches from corner to corner. It also has an 18:9 ratio, which means it’s really long and tall. Basically, it’s a great size and shape for watching any big sporting event on.
In terms of quality, the screen has Full HD resolution and uses HDR 10 technology. This gives you vivid colours, and seriously deep blacks. The Mate 10 Pro sounds great too, with its stereo speakers capable of pumping out hi-res audio.
You can buy the Huawei Mate 10 Pro from Carphone Warehouse.
Samsung Galaxy Note8
If you need a big man up front, bring on the Samsung Galaxy Note8. Its 6.3-inch screen towers over the competition, and like the S9, it has an Infinity Display that covers almost the entire front-face of the phone. The display is perfectly sharp too - with 4.3 Mega Pixels (not to be confused with camera megapixels), it’s got more than double the number of your typical HDTV.
A single speaker fires out sound from the bottom of the Note8, and you can turn it up full blast without any loss of clarity. If you want to hear things in even more detail, give the AKG headphones a try. They’re included in the box, and they’re a quality piece of kit.
You can buy the Samsung Galaxy Note8 from Carphone Warehouse.
Google Pixel 2 XL
The Google Pixel 2 XL’s huge 6-inch display looks amazing. It’s got the same super tall 18:9 ratio as the Mate 10 Pro above, and with Quad HD+ resolution, you’ll see things in plenty of detail.
As for the sound, the Google Pixel 2 XL has dual front-facing speakers in its bezels. We like how these are positioned - there’s no chance of you accidentally covering them up if you’re holding the phone when watching the game.
You can buy the Google Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse.
Have you got one of these phones? Or have you got another one that you think should be on this list? Let us know below. And if you’re a footie fan, don’t forget to check out our top 5 football apps.