Which mobile has the best mp3 player?

Which mobile is best as an mp3 player? It should be good as a phone too ;o)

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 19:50

Without question, the Nokia N91. Might be hard to get one though LOL

I find most highend devices these days are okay, though some ship with awful earphones.

Also, personally I like it loud. For that I find Samsung's Galaxy range quite nice. The iPhone's iPod took the EU's volume limit directive way too far. Sound is nice, but not loud enough imho. I don't wanna hear other shoppers' chit chat when out and The iPhone's iPod took the EU's volume limit directive way too far. Sound is nice, but not loud enough imho. I don't wanna hear other shoppers' chit chat when out and about.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:19

Jan, weird double post thing...again..spamming mods, awful hehe ;). Anyway, personally I like my S2, it's loud and has a Yamaha sound chip (or so I've read). My Desire had pretty bad sound IMHO, one of my few complaints along with only 512mb of on board memory, back to the point. The iPhone sounds lovely, but iTunes is a pig to use and it's to damn quiet when listening through headphones, even my Sennheiser in ear headphones were way to quiet on my iPhone :(.

Jan, £79.99, here's your baby :p

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:31

Good lawd... I'm tempted. It really sounds incredible. But the screen and keypad were awful. Hm...

blizzard7  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:31

Depends on what kind of user you are. Some people swear by iTunes which does lend itself to the iPhone. However, there are many ways to get iTunes to play nice with both Android and WP7.

I've extensively tested the default music player on Android and I'll say it's good, but not great. The default player does support a lot of formats and widgets, which is nice.

Not so nice is that any band with a name that begins with "The..." gets lumped in with artists beginning with "T". Also every time you re-enter the artist/ album screen (after selecting a song), it'll put you back at the very top of the menu, making it hard work to make a playlist. Shuffle seems very odd too. Rather than playing all the songs in a playlist before reshuffling, it seems like you can hear one song twice and another not once in a playlist. I've also had the odd crash :(

The good news is that third-party apps can save the day here, but of those I've tried (DoubleTwist, PowerAMP), I didn't really warm to them.

I have tried out Zune player and I did like what I saw; buttery smooth UI, easy to use menus, great sound quality etc. but I haven't had enough of a play around to give a definitive review :)
Whatever you get though, make sure as Jan says you get your own earphones!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:33

oh, and yes, that Opera Mini bug is grinding... reported it to OM repeatedly. (no pun)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:38

To the OP, basically what we're all trying to say is, there's no "best", as such. It depends what kind of "feel", you like your music to have and which OS/UI you prefer to use. Personally I can't stand iTunes. yet I know people who've never bought a song from anywhere else in the past 5 or so years. Swings and roundabouts really...yes I know, we're all useless at giving opinion based answers :p, sorry.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:39

Jan, *little voice in your head* BUY IT!!! ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:50


matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 20:55

I decided we should give the OP the best Android, iOS (self explanatory), WP7 & Symbian (just for you Jan) music devices. Since so far we've all been bloody useless haha :D. All we've done is link an ancient Nokia and talk among ourselves...oops... :p.

I'll start:

iOS - iPhone 4 (32gb if you love your tunes, iPhone 5 if you're patient, there may be a 64gb version)
Android - Galaxy S2 (Awesome at...most things, a personal favourite)
WP7 - I have no idea, Blizzard's probably be your best bet to ask
Symbian - Ask Jan, he loves it ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 21:21

The Nokia X7 actually sounds very good. Even the built-in speakers. Can easily be used during a drive when your car stereo's been looted.
I had a HTC HD7 - like the iPhone, it sounded good, but not loud enough in noisy environments.

Agree, the Samsung Galaxy S II is loud and sound quality is excellent. On the cheap: Acer's Liquid MT has dolby etc etc and for a budgetty Android it sounds simply amazing.

cicobuff  Sep. 9, 2011 at 14:14

Acer Liquid MT has Dolby Mobile and sounds great as a MP3 Player, not as good as a dedicated Sony MP3 Player (but then again nothing does) but I would say better sounding than my old Creative Zen Vision M Player.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 14:24

Yeah, the Acer Liquid MT is among the best-sounding phones I ever used.

blizzard7  Sep. 9, 2011 at 16:23

Technical look at the Sensation, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S, iPhone 4, Optimus 2X and Desire HD at the bottom of this page.

mrew42  Sep. 9, 2011 at 16:44

Have to say my Sensation Rocks.
The lock screen audio player is fantabulous.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 16:51

mrew, how is the Sensation compared to the original Desire (if you ever used it) :)?

mrew42  Sep. 9, 2011 at 17:15

very similar, but much quicker, smoother, sense 3 is amazing, build quality is great.
I had the Desire for over a year and no real intention of upgrading but it developed a fault. kept shutting down when things got a bit warm so I opted for the sensation. I'm glad I did :)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2011 at 17:20

mrew, I meant audio quality wise :p?, I know it's a much better phone, I was torn between the S2 and the sensation...the S2 was released first and I got if for £329.99...couldn't say no ;)

mrew42  Sep. 12, 2011 at 13:54

Of course that's what you meant.
I personally think it's much better. Also as HTC have just invested in Beats Audio (y'know Dr Dre phones and all that stuff) the ROM of choice has the Beats Audio settings for the HTC Audio app. :)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 12, 2011 at 17:30

Nah, it's cool, I wasn't very clear about what I meant :p. Yeah, I know they've bought a controlling share in Beats Audio. My TouchPad, (firesale ftw ;)), has Beats Audio and it sounds pretty good for such small speakers. Bass is a bit overpowered but I think that's a trait of Beats Audio in general.


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