Best smartphones for music lovers (May 2016)

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The smartphone market is reaching a turning point, and slowing growth means that manufacturers have to try that much harder to make their handsets stand out among a very crowded playing field. For consumers, that's fantastic news, as these companies are starting to realize that they can't just keep on churning out new iterations of old designs, and really have to sit down and and work on making phones that differentiate themselves from the pack. That's led to advancements like smartphones with the highest-quality cameras we've ever seen, but the improvements haven't just been on the visual side of things, and the audio experience smartphones are capable of offering has hit new levels of fidelity.

We just brought you a look at some of the best Bluetooth headphones around; pair one of those with your favorite phone, and you're well on your way to an exceedingly satisfying listening session.

But not all phones are created equal when it comes to audio output, and especially when we take Bluetooth and its digital signal out of the mix, it really falls on a handset's unique combination of hardware (and even software) components to give it the audio prowess it needs to turn heads.

Let's check out some of the current crop of smartphones with better-than-average audio capabilities.


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iPhone 6s

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

9.1
  • Display 4.7 inches 1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 APL0898 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1715 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
V10

PhoneArena Score:

7.0

User Score:

9.2
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat LG UX UI
10

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 5.2 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo HTC Sense UI
G5

PhoneArena Score:

8.3

User Score:

8.9
  • Display 5.3 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo LG UX UI

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