5 Best Smartphones for the Media Junkie

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If you like listening to music or watching movies on the go, you need a smartphone with good media features. There are lots of options on the market today. The best ones have high-quality speakers, lots of internal storage space, and integrated media players. If you’re looking for the best media smartphones, take a look at this list of five that will more than satisfy the media junkie inside of you.

Apple iPhone 5

iPhone[via Sean ManEntee]

You probably remember the days when everyone was carrying around an iPod — it was one of the best innovations of the 21st century. Now, the iPhone 5 has all the features of the original iPod, plus more. If you love listening to new artists and buying single tracks, you can’t beat Apple’s iTunes Store because it has the largest inventory in the world. Additionally, Apple boasts that its special earPods offer one of the best audio experiences.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2[via Danijel Zivkovic]

Another great smartphone for the media junkie is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It has an 11-hour battery life while you’re watching movies, which is pretty impressive for a smartphone nowadays. Plus, it has 16 GB of internal storage and microSD slots that can take you up to 64 GB of storage. That means you’ll have plenty of space to store music and videos when you buy your Galaxy Note 2.

People love watching movies on the Galaxy Note 2 because it has a large 5.5-inch HD screen. That’s one of the biggest screens available on a smartphone today. You can also hook this phone up to your HDTV with an HDMI adapter to share the media experience with friends and family.


HTC One[via John KaraKatsanis]

With a 4.7-inch screen capable of displaying movies in full HD, the HTC One is the perfect hand-held size for watching videos. The biggest reason it’s a good media phone, though, is its built-in stereo speakers. The speakers are front-facing, instead of the traditional placement on the back of the phone. They also feature HTC’s BoomSound, which is such quality audio that you won’t need portable speakers or headphones. Even at the maximum volume, there is no distortion in the sound.

The HTC One comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage for music and video. It also has 10 hours of battery life, making it an all-around good choice for media junkies. You can even use an HDMI adapter to stream videos onto your TV.

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z[via Houang Stephane]

Sony has always been a major competitor in the audio industry. Long before smartphones and MP3 players, Sony’s Walkman was the go-to device for the media junkie. Now, the Xperia Z is Sony’s flagship phone. It comes packed with media-rich features, including 16 GB of internal storage, integrated Google Music, a 5.0-inch screen, and high quality audio.

On top of the awesome audio, the Sony Xperia Z is water proof, which means you can watch movies in the shower or the rain — that’s something most phones don’t offer. Unfortunately, this phone only has 5.5 hours of media playback, so you’ll want to stay close to a charger if you’re watching video or streaming live music for a long time.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4[via Kārlis Dambrāns]

There are so many features on the Samsung Galaxy S4 that it would take hours to cover them all. The audio quality is definitely one of its strong points. The maximum volume is higher than most smartphones, and the phone delivers clear, distortion-free music when used with earphones. Additionally, you can hook this phone up to your TV to stream videos.

You can get the 16, 32, or 64 GB version of the Galaxy S4. All of these variants also allow for memory cards, which means you won’t have to worry about media storage space. The Galaxy S4 has more space than all of its competitors. If you love listening to music and watching videos, but also need a highly functional phone, the Galaxy S4 is one of the all-around best phones on the market today.

You can still buy an MP3 player and other dedicated music devices, but a smartphone is the most efficient way to listen to music because it’s packed with so many other features. So, if you want a media player, you might as well choose a smartphone that’s built with your music needs in mind.

What is your favorite media-rich phone? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

By Calvin Sellers

Calvin Sellers is a tech writer and graphic designer from Tampa, FL. Follow him on Twitter @CalvinTheScribe.

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