5 Best Smartphones for Mobile Sports Betting

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A Sports Book With Several Smartphones Over It

What Phone Should I Pick for Betting?

Smartphones have made it incredibly convenient to bet on sports, but of course we use it for a lot more things than just sports betting. Nowadays, we use our phones for everything imaginable, from texting our friends to browsing our favorite social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Buying a new phone is a big decision as many phones can have a starting price of $1000, although you can usually pay in monthly increments to your cell phone provider. Cell phones are expensive and picking out the cell phone you want is an important choice.

How Sports Betting Works

Some great news is that you can now use your cell phone to bet on mobile sports betting apps in addition to all the functions you’ve become accustomed to using your phone for.

Sports betting apps let you place bets on sports in real time from the palm of your hand. Different sports betting apps will have different features and functions but they all share a few things in common.

Folks Waiting in Line to Do Some Sports Betting
First of all, all sports betting apps will require you to make an account before you can place any bets. Usually, making an account will require information like name, age, or date of birth. Once you make an account you’ll be closer to using your phone for sports betting.

Next, you’ll have to choose the payment method. Different betting apps will require different payment methods. Credit, debit, checking account, and cryptocurrencies are all examples of payment methods different betting apps accept.

Then, you can pick out the betting app you want to use. If you go to the PlayStore, you can filter by user score to see which betting apps receive the best reviews by other users. This is a great way to find a safe and secure betting app that you can trust.

Another important consideration when picking out a betting app is the range of sports and types of wagers they offer. Every betting app is different and will offer different sports, such as baseball, basketball, soccer, or hockey, to bet on, and offer different types of bets such as parlay bets, moneyline bets, or over/under bets, to choose from.

Free bets are another factor you can consider when choosing a betting app. Some apps offer free bets but exclusions will apply. Online gaming companies offer these kinds of features to entice users to download their app.

Factors to Consider When Picking a Phone

Operating System

The operating system is also a significant factor to consider when you’re trying to decide which type of phone to get.

iPhones all have their own operating system. The operating system affects how the user interface of the phone looks and also affects a lot of the ways the phone processes data.

Android is another common operating system. Luckily, most apps are made to work on multiple operating systems so the mobile sports betting app you choose should work on whatever operating system you have.

However, different sports betting apps will only be available to some operating systems. So if there’s a sports betting app you’re already comfortable with, make sure it works with the operating system you choose.

Screen Size

Screen size can make a big difference between different phones. The larger the screen is, the easier it will be to see the different services the betting apps offer. Some betting apps have different user interfaces and have lots of detail to display on the screen at one time.

Many apps also offer watching services where you can stream the games you’re betting on. If you have a bigger screen size, it will be more enjoyable to watch the games using your mobile sports betting app.

Size of the Hard Drive

Hard drive size can make a big difference when choosing a mobile sports betting app. However, hard drive size is becoming less important as cloud storage becomes more prevalent and mobile data speeds increase.

5G speed will make mobile speed even faster and make hard drives even less important. It’s less important to have a bunch of hard drive space on your phone when you can just download the app you need at any time and at a fast speed.

As long as the hard drive on your phone is big enough to hold the mobile sports betting app, you don’t need to worry too much about hard drive space. Mobile sports betting apps are not very hard drive intensive and don’t require a lot of storage space on your phone.

Many phones also offer SD card storage so if you do run out of space, you can always upgrade the size of the SD card and have more storage space on your phone.

Processor Speed

Processor speed can be much more important than hard drive speed. The speed of your phone’s processor can directly influence how fast the mobile sports betting app works on your phone.

Your phone is limited by how well the processor works and sports betting apps will run better if you have a better processor. If you have a weak processor on your phone, the betting app may lag and freeze a lot which is frustrating when you’re trying to place bets, track bets, or watch the events you just bet on.

Service Provider

Phone ProvidersThere are several different service providers that all offer different benefits and coverage areas. Different providers have different areas that they serve well and a good provider can make the difference between a successful bet and an unsuccessful one.

If you have solid internet service, you won’t miss out on any bets and you’ll be able to keep track of all of your bets without missing a beat. Good mobile data is a critical feature when picking out a phone, and a provider. So choose a provider that provides good data coverage.

If you are at home, you’ll also have the option of using a WiFi connection instead of mobile data. If you expect to be at home a lot and plan on making most of your bets from home, then mobile data may not be that important. You can rely on your WiFi and make bets through that without any mobile connection.

It’s even possible to bet on a mobile sports betting app without a service provider at all. All of these phones offer WiFi so it’s possible to get a phone and just use your WiFi connection at home. This is a great way to save money as mobile data is very expensive and you’re probably paying for WiFi already.

The 5 Best Phones for Betting Apps

Here are the 5 best phones for mobile sports betting apps based on the factors listed above:

1. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

  • OS: OxygenOS (based on Android 9)
  • Screen size: 6.67″ Fluid AMOLED
  • Storage: 128GB – 256GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

One great feature about the OnePlus 7 Pro is the “Fanatic Mode”. This mode lets you focus more of your CPU towards the task you’re actually doing. You can make sure that the phone is completely focused on the mobile sports betting app you’re using that way you don’t miss out on a single bet.

2. Apple iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone Image

  • OS: iOS 1
  • Screen size: 5.8″ Super Retina XDR OLED
  • Storage: 64GB – 256GB – 512GB
  • CPU: A13 Bionic

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro has better battery life than the past iPhones. Apple worked hard to make sure the battery life of the new iPhone was much improved from its progenitors.

The battery life is an important factor to consider. The longer you want to spend betting on sports, the more the battery will drain. A long battery life will also give you more time to watch the live sports you’re betting on which will give you an edge towards making the right bets.

3. Honor 20 Pro

Honor 20 Pro

  • OS: Android
  • Screen size: 6.26″ Dynamic AMOLED
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • CPU: Kirin 980

The Honor Pro is a well rounded phone. The screen size is big enough to give you a good view of all the bets you’re making on your sports betting app of choice. The storage is also generous enough that you won’t have to worry about space.

The phone is also good at prioritizing where the CPU’s work goes at any given time so your sports betting apps will run smoothly.

4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

  • OS: Android
  • Screen size: 6.4″ Dynamic AMOLED
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB/1TB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has plenty of horsepower so your apps won’t have any frame rate issues. This means your apps will run smoothly and you won’t have bets interrupted by freezing or lagging.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus

  • OS: Android
  • Screen size: 6.8” Dynamic AMOLED
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

This phone features a pen you can remove and take notes with. If you need a phone that will let you keep track of all your bets, and enjoy using a pen instead of tiny phone buttons, the Note is a great option.


Do you use any of these phones? Which phones have you got your eye on? Let us know in the comments.

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...

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