Let’s face it – the days of bunking down in front of the TV to watch the big match are over.
The advent of super-fast internet, and the technical capabilities of the latest generation gadgets, mean we can catch the big game on pretty much any device we want. If a partner or housemates aren’t into sport, then they can watch whatever they want on the main TV and you don’t have to miss a beat of the action!
Of course, not all smartphones and tablets are built equally, and some are simply better for streaming than others – in this article, we aim to separate the wheat from the chaff by identifying the best devices for streaming live sport that you can currently buy.
The Best Smartphones for Streaming Sports
There are certain factors that make a handset better for streaming than others – we’re looking for high-resolution picture quality, a decent screen size, premium audio and the ability to stream the action with the minimum of buffering or lag. Here are three smartphones that tick most, if not all, of those boxes:
Apple iPhone 11 (Pro Max)
If you want to dive in at the very top end of the game, the latest generation of Apple iPhone takes some stopping.
While not universally loved, Apple’s newest release really does excel as a streaming device. That gorgeous super retina XDR OLED display is matched by 16M colours and a hefty 6.5-inch screen – that feels the perfect size for handheld streaming.
As ever, Apple users are advised to invest in some better earbuds than those which come packed in the box, and if you do you will feel the benefit in the sound quality immediately.
The speedy nature of the iPhone means you can zip between apps in a breeze, perfect for dropping in and out of your stream. For example, you might be a sports bettor who is watching a live soccer game and you have spotted a value play, so you head over to the Champions League odds and place your wager. You can perform this with absolute ease using your iPhone 11 Pro Max.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10
While they are unlikely to break Apple’s smartphone monopoly any time soon, Samsung continue to produce great handsets… their Galaxy Note 10 may just be the pick of the bunch.
Combine a large but non-invasive screen (6.8 inches) with AMOLED visuals and you are already onto a winner from a streaming perspective, and the sound quality – whether through headphones or straight out of the speakers – is arguably industry-leading. Some tech fans are suffering from Apple fatigue – if that sounds like you, the Galaxy Note 10 is a worthy alternative.
Okay, so this may seem like a curveball entry onto our shortlist of the best smartphones for streaming, but hear us out: LG have invested significantly in bringing their latest handsets up to the mark as far as their spec is concerned.
The V40 is the main fruit of that labour. The 6.4-inch AMOLED display is ample both in terms of size and picture quality, and with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a whopping 3120 x 1440 your favourite sports will have never looked this good.
The Best Tablets for Streaming Sports
If you’re looking for a bit more size in your streaming, a tablet will do the job of providing supreme processing quality on a slightly larger bit of tech real estate. Here are three streaming tablets to savour:
Apple iPad Pro
By all accounts, Apple’s A12Z Bionic GPU unit is more than capable of handling super-clear streaming video playback while you’re performing other tasks in the background, be it placing your bets, checking your socials and so on.
One of the major improvements in the latest generation of the iPad Pro came in its sound, with dynamic tops and bassy lows adding genuine warmth to whatever it is you are streaming. The liquid retina display was game-changing upon release, and the ‘ProMotion’ input ensures the highest refresh rate imaginable – key in eliminating any lagging in your stream.
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Google Nexus 9
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 would have been a worthy addition to this list, we also wanted to shine a light on Google’s Nexus series.
While not the best all-round tablet on the market, from a pure viewing perspective the Nexus is right up there – a stunning 2048 x 1536 pixel display is as strong as any other tablet on the market right now. With a rapid processor, the Google Nexus 9 – along with the other devices on this list – will not let you down when you want to stream live sports in TV quality on your smaller screen device.
So, if you are a sports fan that needs to update their phone or tablet, this guide will surely prove invaluable.