Best smartphones for music (2014 edition)
Not only that, but we’ve gone from buying physical CDs to shopping for music online, to finally reach the era of music streaming where services like Spotify put all the music in the world on your phone for $10 a month.
But what is the best smartphone to enjoy music on the go? It depends, some may say. Do you listen to music straight from your phone? If so, you’d need top-notch speakers with clean and loud audio. Do you hook up your phone to your stereo system at home, or to your car? If so, you’d need a device that has a strong output from the 3.5mm mic jack. Or finally, do you prefer to listen via headphones? If so, you’d want not just the strong output, but also some quality earbuds right in the box.
It’s hard to please everyone, as you can see how music consumption may differ so much, but one thing that we can do is show you the results from our sound tests to let you decide which smartphone is the best fit for your music needs.
Headphone output: plug it to a speaker, turn the volume up
Loudspeaker loudness: a phone can sound pretty loud, it turns out
If, however, you plan on using just your phone to play music, you want it to be as loud as possible. The higher the number below, the louder the music will sound from the loudspeakers in your phone.