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Standard definition vs high def video on a phone - much difference?

 
Perfectly ­ Frank
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Aug 18, 2016 20:25 |  #1

T-Mobile is releasing an unlimited data plan Sept 6. Sprint also has a similar plan.

The drawback is that the video will be standard definition instead of high def.

I'm looking to buy the new Note 7 phone. Since a phone has a small screen, is there
really much difference in IQ between standard & high def video?
I don't see myself watching movies on the phone, so perhaps standard def will be ok.

Here's an article about the unlimited plans...

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Aug 19, 2016 11:52 |  #2

I'm on T-Mobile. I stream Netflix/Youtube as well as Apple Music daily. The video and music are apparently downgraded to a lesser quality, but I honestly can't tell. However, I am viewing videos on my iphone 6s with a 4.7" screen vs. the Note 7's 5.7" screen. Would the extra inch make a difference? I doubt it. You should go to a store and test it out.


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Aug 19, 2016 12:01 |  #3

Ok perhaps I take that back; maybe you can notice the IQ. here's some screen shots of T mobile 480p streaming on a 4.7" screen. I personally don't have an issue with it but pixel peepers may.

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Aug 19, 2016 13:19 |  #4

^^ Hey thanks, I appreciate that.

Those shots look decent. Most likely the standard def will work for me, especially since
I doubt I'll be watching many movies.

I have T-Mobile on my el-cheapo cell phone, so if I continue with them I can use my same number.
But T-Mobile charges extra if the phone is used as a hot spot.

Sprint, however, doesn't charge for the hot spot feature. 5GB of hot spot use at no extra cost.

Lots to consider! :-)


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Aug 19, 2016 17:30 as a reply to Perfectly Frank's post |  #5

You can port your number to Sprint if maintaining your number is important to you.

Also, I would check on coverage and data speeds in your area. Where I'm at, Sprint is terrible in both.


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