In stereo: phones with the best audio recording

In stereo: phones with the best audio recording
Not all phones are created equal when it comes to video sound, or general audio recording with them. There are amazing performers, like Nokia's Lumia line, where a special attention has been given to the stereo and even surround sound capture, as well as excellent ones, like the new Note 4.

Nokia started a very welcome trend with the Rich Recording functionality built into the first 808 PureView, and hasn't looked back since, keeping its game at the top of the smartphone sound recording performance. It uses tailor-made mics to achieve what others can't, and currently its Windows Phones are the standard to beat in the field. A bunch of other manufacturers started paying more attention to the audio recording abilities of their handsets, and it all culminates now with the not one or two, but the three directional mics on the Note 4, which records with a very high bitrate at that. 

We've rounded up some of the best performers in stereo audio recording in the smartphone universe at the moment, so you know what you are up for when you pick and choose.

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42 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

All Hails to Nokia and Lumia.

13. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Absolutely no contest in this aspect; Nokia (now MS) rules when it comes to sound recording!

2. Lememurilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Where is the Moto X(2014) with 4 microphones?

5. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

They are great for noise-cancellation, and it does record stereo sound, but with a lower bitrate than the pack here.

8. shikhar

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

Wouldn't an app like easy voice recorder pro solve that issue? I would like to see a list based on the quality of the in-built mics and the preamps, rather than the bit-rate the audio is recorded in.

12. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

'than the pack here' I see what you did there lol

3. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

The Note 4 just does everything excellent.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah and the speakers aren't where it should be. Its on the bottom, should be on the sides to better appreciate the stereo. They're repeating the fault iPhone does.

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL......where on the sides ? and what phone has ever put a stereo speakers on the sides ?

23. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I mean like on Nexus 7 2013 speakers or M8 speakers.

30. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Dude what are you talking about ?! Nexus 7 (2013) has speakers at about the same place as Note 4 !

33. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Dude what are you talking about? Nexus 7 2013 got speakers on the top and the bottom part while Note 4 is only on the bottom like the iPhone 5s.

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.....I never noticed EVEN THOUGH I OWN ONE :D Anyways, I am not sure they can practice like that anything with a phone since 1. I've never seen speakers on the back top/bottom on a phone. Maybe a size issue ? 2. In front there is no room. With so many sensors and physical button its not going to happen at all.

35. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

LOL! HTC One M8 did it.

36. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah with their enormous bezels for which it was heavily criticized. Also Galaxy/Note phones have physical buttons and m8 doesn't

29. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

nokia XM 5800 dual speakers on sides

4. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Seriously not trolling... just wondering: I really don't understand why the iPhone, equipped with four (4) microphones, only records in MONO at 64kbps! WTH?

6. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Because Apple that's why.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because iphone sucks!

24. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Because it is Apple. You have to wait the iPhone 9 because Apple will include this feature as the "first smartphone" with stereo recording and every i--Sheep will believe it.

7. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I JUST waiting the 1020 successor :(

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes me too, now we even can record Dolby Surround with the Lumia flagships! No other phone can record this kind of audio!

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Me too, though i just got a 1020 and still amazed at its quality. Friend got his note 4 from tmo last night so we will be doing some testing for fun later on.

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

we will not see till next year......2015

39. saurabhkumarshs

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

1080 probably...me too.... :D

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Blackberry FTW where you at apple?

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

you will be amazed with the sound quality of the m8. A week ago I went to a concert and took some vids and when I played what I recorded, I was totally impressed by what I'm hearing

17. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

I am utterly waiting for my Note 4 :) Geez! Everything seems to be perfect! × uninspiring design × oversaturated display × no OIS × laggy touchwiz Items that must be considered nxt time - location of the speakers, would be glad if in front but should still have minimal bezels - give TW a more sophisticated look

18. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Did you guys even try the moto x. From what I can tell it's audio recording is pretty good. Unless I just haven't heard what other phones can do

19. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Ooh wait nevermind. Should have the read comments first

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