Mobile phones have been playing music for years and with internal storage memory now measured in GBs, they are good alternatives to having a dedicated music player.
But not all are as good as each other and the quality of the supplied headphones can vary a lot – so Which? puts each phone to the test to see how good it is at playing music.
Best Buy mobile phones – the phones that aced our tests
5 top music player mobile phones
Apple iPhone 5 – £530
Essentially an iPod Touch with phone features thrown in, the iPhone is a natural choice for music lovers. You may be tempted by the cheaper iPhone 4S or 4 rather than the 5 – although you won’t get Apple’s new EarPod headphones so sound quality may not be as good. However, all versions of the device offer integration with iTunes and the music features you would expect from the maker of the iPod.
Find out how the rest of the phones features did in our tests in our Apple iPhone 5 review.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – £500
This huge smartphone from Samsung may sound more like its more focused on video than music with a 5.5-inch screen, but it still has an excellent music player built-in. It also comes with some pleasantly surprising headphones so as long as your pockets are big enough it looks like a good choice.
Sony Xperia S – £300
The Xperia S might not be as new as the Xperia T but it still holds its own in the music department. An excellent music player with a decent set of headphones make this a great choice if you’re a music fan and 32GB of storage means you’ll have plenty of space for your collection.
Sony Xperia U – £140
The Xperia U may be a cheaper version of Sony’s latest smartphones but that doesn’t mean it can’t sound as good as the rest of them. The supplied headphones are not only decent sounding but they also have in-line controls so you don’t have to fish the phone out of your pocket to change tracks.
Nokia Lumia 710 – £100
The Lumia 710 comes with an impressive music player and a decent set of headphones. You also get access to Nokia Music which acts like a internet radio station and allows you to download songs for listening to later. One downside is the fairly modest 8GB storage which can’t be expanded with a microSD slot, so if you want to store a lot of music it might be worth looking elsewhere.