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The Best Cell Phones for Music Lovers

Updated on August 21, 2014

Finding the Best Music Phone

Cell phones offer a number of great of functions. Of course, all phones provide calling but from there, things get more individualized. Some people prioritize fast and easy texting, others want a camera that can produce great looking images on the go, while others are looking primarily for entertainment. For those that love music, there are of course music phones that stand out from the crowd and that's what this page is all about.

Read on to find out about the important features, which phones come highly recommended, and what other readers are saying about the best music phones.

What Makes a Cell Phone a Top Music Phone?

If you're wanting the best music phone, there are a number of features to consider:

Phone functions and service.Like any cell phone, your new music phone has to operate with the cellular network you will be using. In addition, if you wish to use the phone as a camera, need it to provide GPS guided direction, or to do a great deal of text messaging then attention will also need to be given to those features. Types of audio files supportedAll music phones will support the most popular file type, MP3. However, you might also be interested in making use of AAC, WMA, WAV, AMR, MIDI, or other types of music files. The best music phone for you should supports the types of files you want to use. Useful and easy to use controls.Shoppers should consider whether or not the phone offers the type of controls they want. For instance can they adjust the tone, bass, and so forth to suit their preferences. Are volume, rewind, fast forward and other functions easy to adjust? How does the music phone allow you to organize and find the tunes you want; is it convenient and quick? The best music phones let you tweak your music to suit the sound you like and make it easy to enjoy exactly the tunes you want.A good music phone will function like a full featured MP3 player. It can play video, offers an equalizer, may show artist, title, and so forth on the screen as your music plays, may have an airplane mode to allow you to listen without turning on your cellular service, and so forth. The quality of the listening experience.Shoppers should listen to the quality of the sound before buying. Are the speakers good and are headphones adequate? If all is well, but the headphones aren't up to par, find out if you can upgrade them. Overall music features.For instance, does the music phone also offer an FM radio? Does it make streaming over a wireless connection possible? Does it have enough memory to store all of the tunes you want on your phone? Phones with a few GB of memory are good but having a microSD slot to add more is nice as well. Quick and easy downloading.Can you make use of your favorite download sites with it and can you perform downloads quickly? Obviously, a USB 2.0 connection is preferable and shoppers should assure the cable comes included when buying the phone.

iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5 16GB (Black) - Unlocked
Apple iPhone 5 16GB (Black) - Unlocked

The iPhone 4S was (and still is) a great music phone and the iPhone 5 is of course also an excellent choice for music lovers who also want a great all round phone. The iPhone 5 offers plenty of memory and high quality speakers that pump out plenty of volume without distortion. This version is thinner and lighter than previous models yet it offers a larger 4" screen with 16:9 aspect ratio that is great for navigating as well as enjoying video. It also offers faster operation thanks to the proecssor, 4G LTE service with faster data speeds, and Wi-Fi N. This phone uses the iOS6 operating system.

The iPhone 5 still allows listeners to easily create, delete, and reorder playlists. It uses three microphones to provide outstanding noise cancellation as well. The 8 megapixel camera offers several new features including a panorama mode, better low light shooting capabilities, and more. Users can capture still images with the 8 megapixel camera, enjoy video chat with the 720p front facing camera, or record 1080p video.


iPhone 5 Review

Samsung Galaxy SIII Music Phone Review

Samsung Galaxy Note II Music Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 16GB White-Unlocked International Phone
Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 16GB White-Unlocked International Phone

The Samsung Galaxy Note II may also qualify as one of the best music phones of 2012. It hosts an updated TouchWiz music player with equalizer presets, SoundAlive technology with 7.1 channel virtualization, and a stereo FM radio with RDS. Because it is DLNA-enabled users can access songs on other devices which are connected to their WiFi network.

It runs on a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 Chipset and Android 4.1.1 OS. (Jelly Bean). It has a 5.5" full touch screen, hosts an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2 megapixel front facing camera, and provides GPS.


A Closer Look at the Samsung Galaxy Note II

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      Enid Berrios 

      19 months ago

      The best music phone is a huawei mate 9.

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      4 years ago

      First of galaxy music players are very difficult to operate second iphones are just ipods with phones and apple itself isn't very user friendly

    • marvmac profile image


      5 years ago

      nice phones

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      6 years ago

      I don't own a Nokia phone but I have heard a lot of good things lately about their new Windows phone. I think 2013 will see more good things from that company that was/is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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      6 years ago

      Everything that I have seen , heard and read says that this site is right on.

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      6 years ago

      I have tried many phones for music Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, HTC, Blackberry. But Samsung phones with DNSe technology are the best for music lovers. Believe me - you HAVE to experience the WOWHD and 5.1 presets.

    • kellypruitt profile image


      6 years ago

      I have to say I love my new Samsung cell phone.

    • dvdmoviereviews profile image


      7 years ago

      good lens

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, it's making me jealous....I want one of these phones!! :)

    • stylingparts profile image


      7 years ago

      got the sensation xe check it out id appreciate the like and comment

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      7 years ago

      I love the Samsung phone. I have one of those...:)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I really enjoyed the videos and the thoughtful way you laid everything out on the page! Thank you

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      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Phones have come such a long way. Whenever anyone has an old "flip" phone, you wonder how they survive without the new technology. I'm pretty addicted to my Blackberry, but I like Droid too. I've seen the Samsung you've featured too, that's a great phone.

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      8 years ago

      Has anyone had the opportunity to hear the buit in stereo speakers on the W995 and the HTC Surround to be able to objectively say which has better sound output??


      Hope this is the right forum for this question.

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      8 years ago

      ive got nokia 5800, great music phone i should say!

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very informative lens about music phones. my fav is: sony ericson.

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      I always know where to look for the best electronics, your lenses!

    • rebeccahiatt profile image


      10 years ago

      Great lens, lots of good information. I personally don't care for all these things on a cell phone though.

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi Mulberry, I was just checking my casts and found you had this one there .. looked interesting .. so here I am. I'm still using the 2nd one I've ever had with no music, no games, just talky, talk. I guess high tech is passing me by. I'm really happy to learn about all these new things on the market though ... so keep me posted. 5 star lens as usual.

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      10 years ago

      great info! thanks for sharing! I have motorola v3 but can't store to many songs.

    • debnet profile image


      10 years ago from England

      Ok, is it just me or does anyone else think a phone is for talking or texting and another media player such as MP3, ipod or walkman is for listening to music? maybe I've reached the age where I'm too stuck in my ways to change! I do have a phone that plays music but I don't use that function...I use my ipod.

      Great lens usual! 5*

    • RichLeighHD profile image


      10 years ago

      Interesting lens you've written there Mulberry! I see you've used a picture of the Nokia N95 as your main image... having been using the phone for the past year I have to say it's very good for playing music and the N95 8GB is of course even better with its 8GB hard drive! I've heard some good things about the Sony Walkman phone and Blackberry's are always excellent also! I'm a Nokia man through and through myself but found your lens interesting, informative, and am sure that it would be an incredibly useful resource for all those looking to find a great phone for music! Super lens, and it's a certain 5 stars from me. :)


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