I've been looking for the past few days/weeks (had my eyes set on the Z1060/F806, but couldn't find anything about it's SQ with custom in-ears. Using Westone ES3X) but currently in a dilemma as my phone (Samsung Stratosphere) basically just died in a fall. The phone's screen is now currently purple, as if something had broke and began to leak in the fall (it worsened over time, starting at the corner and now the whole screen is covered, getting darker / more illegible every hour).
So basically, the Z1060 was supposed to be a Christmas gift but now I can either choose a phone as my Christmas gift or I can buy an older phone with my own money (as a replacement as my upgrade is in 10 months) and get a DAP as my gift.
Budget is $300~$400 (less is better)
If I were to go with the former, what would be the best smartphone? Sound quality is #1 for the criteria, and #2 is probably responsiveness, but that's probably not much of a problem nowadays (the Stratosphere pissed me off with its ~376mb usable RAM, which always remained in the 60~100mb range making it ridiculously sluggish) The choices I've had in mind (in no particular order) are:
- Galaxy Nexus
- iPhone 4/4S
- any other suggestions for smartphones? I've been confused with which sounds the best (to most people) also I use Verizon.
If i were to go with the latter (DAP as a gift), UI is probably #1, #2 being sound quality. #3 battery life. I would probably HATE the interface of the Clip+, the RoCoos, and the others. Choices are:
- Sony Z1060 / F806 (any sound difference / major differences in general?)
- Samsung Galaxy S Player (4.0?)
- iPod Classic? (no 32GB nano..)
- others? Haven't looked at many that don't have a good UI (I grew up on iPods, so I am a fan of more intuitive UIs)
Also they must be either expandable or must contain 32GB of storage (more is always better :). Library is quickly expanding). I will NOT be carrying around bricks. Did not enjoy carrying even the E11 around.
Any help is MUCH appreciated as my phone is almost literally unusable. I have to drag texts up ~1/2 of the screen just to read it, only to bounce back down after I let go. Navigating through PlayerPro is also now hell.
Also do note that the Samsung Stratosphere had quite an amount of hiss (including lining out to car systems) and this annoyingly periodic cracking sound (about every 1~2 seconds), despite being a Galaxy S phone with a Wolfson DAC.
My preferred/main genres are: trance, then basically anything hard/heavy/dancy like electro, electro-house, trance-house, dubstep, electro/dubstep, etc.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 10/8/12 at 5:43pm