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Best phones for music lovers

Today’s smartphones offer you a world of entertainment. But if music matters to you more than visuals or games, which one should you choose to play your favourite tunes?

We’ve picked our top six smartphones to suit music lovers with different needs and budgets. All of them have great sound quality, so the choice is really down to whichever one hits the right notes for you.

Remember – don’t get so lost in music that you forget to protect your purchase with insurance for an iPhone or mobile.

Happy listening!


Best iOS all-rounder: iPhone 11 Pro

This model is one of the very best smartphones you can buy – and its audio quality is no exception.

It’s got all the bells and whistles that you’d expect, but best of all are its internal speakers. These are enhanced with Dolby Atmos to give a more expansive and immersive sound.

If you prefer to listen through headphones, there’s no jack – but when paired with AirPod Pros or similar wireless models, you’ll get a premium quality, flawless listening experience. 

These devices cost from around £700 to well over £1,000 depending on the precise specs you choose, so make sure you get yours covered with iPhone insurance.

An iPhone 11 Pro face down on a wooden table

Best Android all-rounder: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Another phone that pulls out all the stops is this Android model.

Again, the sound quality is enhanced with Dolby Atmos, giving you that big sound that smartphones have hitherto lacked.

It’s got loads of storage for you to download your favourite tunes, and fantastic battery life so you can keep on playing all night long.

This model does have a headphone jack, so you can plug in your old headphone and listen to your heart’s content.


Best for recording music: LG V50 Thinq

Smartphones these days have such amazing sound quality that there’s not really a lot to choose between the top-of-the-range models. LG phones, though, are renowned among music lovers for their sound quality.

The LG V50 Thinq certainly rivals iPhone and Samsung models for audio playback quality through headphones, thanks to its ‘Quad DAC’ hardware, which makes the audio both purer and louder.

Its own speakers are perhaps slightly less impressive, but if you connect your phone to Bluetooth speakers, the sound will be superb.

LG models also stand out for their recording ability: their microphones are probably the best on the market.  

If you record a lot of music on your phone, you’ll want to invest in a decent external microphone. But for fuss-free recording with a device that fits in your pocket, then the LG V50 Thinq – and others in its range – can’t be bettered.


Best mid-range Apple: iPhone XS

So you’re a committed iPhone fan but can’t quite stretch to a grand for the latest model? Try the iPhone XS or XS Max.

On the launch of the XS, Apple announced that it had separated its speakers for a wider, more stereo sound than the earlier X model. It works: the audio is crisp, with none of the tinny quality that you get from inferior speakers. Bass and treble are both great, with different instruments sounding clear.

Like all recent Apple models, there’s no jack, but wireless headphones provide a great listening experience.

If you prefer to keep music on your device than in the cloud, then iPhones are less easy to use than Android models. Spotify and iTunes will work fine, though.

The iPhone XS costs around £600-800, depending on the precise specs you choose. While that’s a fair bit cheaper than the iPhone 11 Pro, it’s still an investment worth protecting with iPhone insurance.

A black iPhone XS face down on a black background

Best for volume: Razer Phone 2

So you want to fill a room with sound, but don’t want the hassle of a Bluetooth speaker? Then the Razer Phone 2 will strike a chord with you.

This gaming brand is not so well-known in the UK. But if you’re a music fan, it should be towards the top of your list as its audio quality is second to none.

Its dual forward-facing speakers are its main selling point: it has extra space below and above the screen to accommodate them. Its stereo sound is well balanced, and it has Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 5.1 support.

There’s no headphone jack, so if your flatmates or family object to the volume, you’ll need a wireless alternative.

The drawback? If you’re not into gaming, the Razer 2’s main features are going to be somewhat wasted on you.

Released in late 2018, the Razer 2 is no longer easy to come by in the UK. However, you can pick up a refurbished model for around £350-£550.


Best budget Apple: iPhone 6S

One way to get great quality on a small budget is to choose an older model. The iPhone 6S was a market leader when launched in 2015, but nowadays you can buy a new model for under £300.

While newer iPhones do of course have higher specs, this is still a great phone that will play all your tunes in crisp quality. If you’ve just spent all your cash on guitars, gig tickets and recording equipment, that will be music to your ears!

Refurbished models are even more wallet-friendly, but remember that your handset must be less than 18 months old at the time you first buy iPhone insurance.


Get a quote for iPhone insurance today

Whichever model of smartphone you buy, it will soon become one of your life’s essentials – so make sure you protect it with iPhone insurance.

Cover starts from the moment you sign the contract, with one month free. Cover is provided for damage, theft, unauthorised usage and unauthorised e-wallet transactions, with cover for loss available too.  

Policies include accessories up to £150, so your beloved headphones are protected, too.

What’s more, you can listen to your tunes wherever you are, as policies are valid anywhere in the world for up to 180 days per year.

And you can lend your device to immediate family safe in the knowledge that they’re covered, too.

Get a quote for iPhone insurance today.

Policy benefits, features and discounts offered may very between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. Information contained within this article is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.

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