November is ending, and while we walk forward in direction of 2022, you’re probably looking for a way to recap the best smartphones that have been released this month so far. Perhaps, you’re here just because you’re an avid media consumer. So. you’re in the market looking for a device with good capabilities for consuming media, we are to serve you. we are here to bring a new edition of our “Best smartphones for Media Consumption” listing. We’re reaching the end of the year, but there are a lot of new smartphones coming. So the year definitively still has a lot to offer. What stands right nows as the best offerings for media consumers? This time around, we also bring some cool bonuses for those looking beyond the smartphone segment.
For some users, media consumption is one of the reasons for pushing forward the smartphone market. Especially with the new standards created by the pandemic. People have been prioritizing isolation, over public meetings and some cases need to stay at home more often. Sometimes we just need to find ways to kill boredom. While the world is going back to its former “normal state” we know that some demands created amidst the pandemic will not leave our lives. We’re pretty sure that the sector of multimedia has become much more powerful than it was ever before. So we need smartphones that will serve our needs without hassle.
In recent times, we’ve been passing countless hours watching movies through online video streaming or gaming services, we’ve been navigating through social media feeds or we’re playing games with our handsets to kill boredom. If you need a good smartphone for media consumption’s sake, then you will need to look at some important factors – Display, Battery Capacity, and certain aspects of the hardware. We hope that on this list, you will get the necessary help to get a good smartphone. Hopefully, any of these devices will meet your needs in this particular department. We’ve elaborated a list of the top 10 smartphones for media consumption you can get in November 2021.
Best Smartphones for Media Consumption Disclaimer
The devices in the list are, in our opinion, the best devices for watching Netflix and other streaming platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, etc. Moreover, they also deliver great performance and are ideal for trending apps such as TikTok, Instagram, and even Clubhouse. They can also play demanding games without much stress. So if you’re needing a device that will meet all your “multimedia needs” check out our list with good recommendations. Take in mind that these are just the best 10 devices in our opinion. You can always have better options in your mind, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. For the next month, there will be more options, and a new list with our best ten picks.
Redmi Note 11T 5G
Last month, we’ve listed the Redmi Note 11 as a decent offering for media consumers. However, the device wasn’t available in global markets, nor even in India. This will change soon as the device will be making its debut in India as Redmi Note 11T 5G. The device has a solid package of specifications that make it a decent jewel for the category.
The Redmi Note 11 boasts a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with a Full HD+ resolution with a 90 Hz refresh rate. It draws powers from a huge 5,000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging straight out of the box. So playing games with this handset won’t be a problem. Its chipset is also capable and efficient – Dimensity 810. It can run most of the games available in the Play Store right now. It’s a decent offering for those who just want to watch movies and navigate through social media apps.
It has a dual-camera setup led by a 50 MP snapper, plus an 8 MP ultrawide camera. Just two cameras, but that gets the job done. The Redmi Note 11 is an affordable offering and deserves a place as one of the Best Smartphones for Media Consumption that you can get in November 2020.
POCO M4 Pro
The POCO M4 Pro has been recently released by another of Xiaomi’s subsidiaries – POCO. The brand is bringing a sequel for the POCO M3 Pro 5G that was introduced earlier this year. Curiously, the device is also based on the Redmi Note 11T but brings some slight differences in the design. The design language is more on par with POCO’s recent offerings.
The device has true stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. It will offer an immersive audio experience while watching movies or playing games.
One time that this is a Redmi Note 11 for global markets, we know it has the same specifications as the Redmi Note 11T. So if you need a good device, but aren’t in China or India, then the POCO M4 is your option.
Vivo V23e 5G
Vivo’s latest offering for the V-series is another contender for those who look for a good smartphone for social media apps. The fact is that this is one of the best smartphones out there for selfie photography. This has been a recurring trademark for the V-series and, once again, Vivo is bringing justice to this lineup’s legacy.
The specifications are on par with what we see among recently released mid-range smartphones. It brings the latest 6nm-based MediaTek Dimensity 810 which is also present in the previous devices of this list. It has up to 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of Internal Storage and Vivo also brings an extra 4 GB of RAM through the virtual RAM feature.
The Vivo V23 shines in the photography department with a 50 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8 MP ultrawide snapper, a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. Furthermore, the big icing on the cake is the 44 MP selfie snapper with HDR support. This is one of the best cameras for selfies, and not many brands are bringing selfie snappers with this prowess. So if you want to record shorts for YouTube, TikTok, or upload pictures to Instagram, this is a solid contender.
The Vivo V23e 5G has a 4,050 mAh battery which may be slightly below what current mid-rangers have. However, this does not mean that this is a bad capacity. It can still last an entire day and the 44W Fast Charging will also make the charging times a breeze.
The Vivo V23e 5G is available in India and currently sits as one of the Best Smartphones for Media Consumption.
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The Moto G200 is a smartphone that will be certainly hard to beat. Motorola surprised everyone this month when it unveiled its very first Snapdragon 888+ flagship under the Moto G-series. As the name suggests, this is a handset that mixes mid-range specs with flagship specifications. It costs less than the premium smartphones but also cuts some corners to achieve this. Anyway, this is one of the best-performing devices for those who want brute force, and the remaining specs surely won’t disappoint.
Under the hood, it carries the almighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of Internal Storage. The handset runs Android 11 and will be eligible for the Android 12 update. Motorola has cut some corners in the screen department as it only has an LCD. However, it’s a very good panel with HDR 10 support and a 144 Hz refresh rate. It has a large 6.8-inch diagonal with 2,460 x 1,080 resolution. The Moto G200 is one of the smoothest devices thanks to this 144 Hz refresh rate.
This has been a trademark for Motorola’s flagships as most of the mainstream brands are still shipping 120 Hz panels and anything beyond that is a thing for the gaming segment. If you want the smoothest experience when scrolling through content and playing games then this device is for you. Also, the Snapdragon 888+ certainly can handle 120 fps games available in the market.
The device has a triple-camera setup that gets the job done – a 108 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8 MP ultrawide/macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. For selfies and video calls, it packs a 16 MP snapper.
The Moto G200 has Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2 with A2DP codecs. Unfortunately, it lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack which has been a recurring feature for Moto G devices. The device draws its powers from a 5,000 mAh battery with adequate 33 W fast charging.
The Moto G200 is opening a new standard for flagship killers. It brings the Snapdragon 888+ to a lower pricing point and mixes it with mid-range specs like an LCD screen. This certainly will open a precedent for brands in 2022. We’ll be excited to see more devices with this chipset in the so-called premium mid-range segment.
Moto G71 5G
Another device from Motorola that deserves a place on this list is the Moto G71 5G. The device has a gorgeous AMOLED 6.4-inch panel with Full HD+ resolution, the downside is the 60 Hz refresh rate. Motorola is cutting corners in the refresh rate of this handset. But if you don’t care and prefer the contrast of an AMOLED panel over an LCD screen, then the device is still a solid contender.
It brings the mid-range Snapdragon 695 5G SoC with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of Internal Storage. The camera department has a 50 MP wide camera, an 8 MP ultrawide snapper, and a 2 MP macro camera. For selfies and video calls, we have the same 16 MP snapper.
Despite the AMOLED nature of the display, it has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The handset draws its powers from a huge 5,000 mAh battery with 30 W fast charging.
The Moto G71 is a cheaper offering, but that shines with an AMOLED display. It deserves a place as one of the best smartphones you can get for Media Consumption in 2020.
Apple iPad mini 6 (Bonus)
Well, if you’re looking for media content, then we need to list you a good tablet right? That’s why we’re starting to list some “bonuses” in this list with some of the best offerings you can get in the tablet segment. Every month we’ll bring a new solid tabled for media consumption. This time around, we’ll be bringing something for lovers of Apple’s ecosystem, the iPad mini 6.
The iPad mini 6 may not be your cup of tea, but there is a good reason why we’ve decided to list it here. It’s one of the best devices for those who want to enjoy media content and can’t leave Apple’s iOS, or in this case, iPad OS.
The iPad mini (2021) or 6 boasts an 8.3-inch display with 2,226 x 1,488 pixels. Apple’s fancy name for this resolution is Liquid Retina. It has an oleophobic coating and scratch-resistant glass. There is a wide color gamut and true-tone effect.
Under the hood, the iPad mini 6 boasts Apple’s almighty A15 Bionic chip bringing a stellar performance and efficiency. Despite its compact size, you can play any game available on App Store with this beast. It’s also a very powerful device for running advanced apps from App Store.
Although this is a tablet, the camera department has a decent 12 MP main camera with Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR support. It can record 4K@60fps videos which are awesome. For selfies, we have a 12 MP ultrawide camera with support for HDR recording.
The iPad mini 6 also boasts Stereo Speakers offering an immersive experience. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for Face ID authentication. It draws powers from a 19.3 Wh battery.
The iPad mini 6 runs iOS 15.1 and will be supported by Apple for a long time. As a very good tablet, it deserves a place on this list.
BEST SMARTPHONES FOR MEDIA CONSUMPTION – CONCLUSION