If you’re a music fan, finding the right smartphone that lets you hear your favourite artists at their best isn’t easy.
After all, the quality of onboard speakers is extremely variable, with lots of manufacturers simply not paying too much attention to the actual fidelity of sound they offer.
This is frustrating for music lovers, as even a great record can sound underwhelming if it’s played through tinny speakers.
Poor sound quality simply doesn’t make for a satisfying listening experience, so if you want to listen to music while you’re out and about, what device do you go for?
Thankfully, Android Authority has picked out a few good smartphone options for those who don’t want to carry headphones or wireless standalone speakers around with them all the time!
ZTE Axon 7
Mobile phone aficionados will note that this isn’t exactly a new phone or even a high-end model.
But Android Authority points out that ZTE “decided to pack in some serious speakers” inside the Axon 7.
With dual front-facing speakers that support the Dolby Atmos surround sound technology, it offers a clear, loud and satisfying audio experience to music buffs.
And the fact it has dual configuration means it delivers more than volume, as music fans can take in a rich, high-calibre sound.
The Axon 7 could therefore be a great option for anyone who demands a solid listening experience, but doesn’t want to pay lots of money for the privilege.
After all, features such as its 5.5-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 64/128GB of onboard storage make it a pretty decent mid-range phone even if you don’t plan to listen to a note of music.
The handset also comes with 4/6GB of RAM, a 20MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera.
Google Pixel XL
Android Authority is full of praise for this model, as it only has a single speaker on the bottom of its case and an adaptive audio amplifier, yet achieves a decibel reading of 77.8dB.
So if you want to crank up some tunes properly, this could be a really good option for you.
While Android Authority stresses the sound quality doesn’t compete with most Bluetooth speakers, it does say that it’s still “pretty decent”.
As a result, it’s confident that Google actually thought about giving owners “a good audio experience out of the box, without the need to use external speakers or headphones”.
The Google Pixel XL also offers a number of other great features, including a 12.3MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM.
Android Authority’s next recommendation is the LG G6, as it believes it’s “an excellent smartphone”, despite not being a “huge sales hit”.
The website points out that the device has some “impressive hardware features”, such as 4GB RAM, a Snapdragon 821 processor and a beautiful 5.7-inch IPS LCD that offers an 18:9 aspect ratio.
But it’s the speakers we’re really interested in, and while these aren’t necessarily the loudest, they do offer great audio clarity.
Of course, the nature of what you’re listening to might affect whether that’s more important than sheer volume. After all, genres such as heavy rock are simply made to be listened to at ear-splitting volume.
So with that in mind, it’s well worth not concentrating on the specs too much when you’re making a decision on what smartphone to buy.
Always remember exactly what you want it for and the kind of listening experience you hope to enjoy.
How people enjoy music is very subjective and personal, so cold technical facts and figures simply don’t always tell you what you need to know.