Thanks to smartphones and tablets, a steadfast refusal to own a TV is no longer just the preserve of the sort of person who likes to think he’s cooler than you but also brings an acoustic guitar to house parties.
If you’re tempted to take the plunge and bin off telly-watching altogether, though, you probably want to make sure you’re not doing anything too stupid, which means doing your homework when it comes to devices.
Thankfully, YouTube has come up with some rules for what you need if you’re keen to get the best version of the videos you stream on your phone, and suggested which devices are the best for this purpose.
iPhone users may want to look away now.
The best options, according to YouTube’s Device Report, are what’s known as ‘signature devices’.
What does that mean? It means it “must support high dynamic range, high frame rate, reliable DRM performance, 4K decoding, and use next generation video codecs” – straight from the horse’s mouth.
What does that mean? A few things, really, but the most important one for most of you is probably that iPhones are not included on the list.
YouTube explain that they’ve worked with manufacturers to ensure everyone’s on the same page when it comes to performance, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – released this month – is top of the list of signature devices.
Other recently released devices which fit the bill are the Xperia X22 Premium, the U12+, the OnePlus 6 and the G7 ThinQ. Nothing from Apple, though.
That said, if your only goal for a new phone is being able to watch stuff on YouTube, you have a very interesting set of priorities, albeit if your main aim in life is to watch as many cat videos as possible then you have our respect.