Edited by javahut - 5/22/13 at 12:50pm
Well lets see, having actually read the first post (screen smaller than the 4.7 inches of the HTC One) the Samsung Note, S3 and S4 are all ruled out.
@rantrile are you planning on using a USB DAC or the headphone out? Also 720p is 1280×720 for video, do you want that or are you happy with 640x480?
If you want a small but good sounding phone the Nokia N8 and 808 might be worth considering. I own an N8 and have abused it for 2.5 years and it's still going strong; it's not my main DAP but it is a great backup if I find myself with a dead battery. The only issue might be if you want to use an IEM with a mic because it's wired differently to newer phones so you'll need an adaptor (not sure if this applies to the 808 as well...)
I would rate the Nokias essentially equal with the iPhone for SQ from headphone jack, they also have the benefit of USB audio being available and SD expansion. Both phones destroy the iPhone for image quality, and the 808 also destroys the iPhone in video capture. The OS really is very subpar though, so unless you really do only care about sound and camera I would think hard about the Nokias before jumping in (I have an 808 at present, amongst other phones).
Thank you. Yes, OS is a bit of issue. I would prefer probably Android, as being less restrictive. Do the Nokia's you have mentioned have dual-sim version?
Actually, my current thinking is of getting HTC One Chinese market version, as it has MicroSD slot and dual-sim. It has great speakers and many mentioned a great sound. How do you you compare these: Iphone 5, S4, HTC One and the Nokia 808 regarding speaker out quality?
For speaker quality the HTC One EASILY the best of those.
I don't actually think its quite as loud as my S4 (so don't buy into the hype too much about Boomsound, many users getting well carried away with their description of how loud it is), but the quality of the sound is MUCH better. Of those phones I would probably go One, S4, iPhone, 808 (its speaker is a little on the poor side).
AFAIK the Nokia's do not have dual-sim versions, but I would check on that as I can't say with certainty that is the case.
So do you mean that HTC One produces excellent sound both by it's built-in speakers and also via speaker out? So if I own SoundMagic E10 and will connect it directly to HTC One, without any amplifiers, I may expect an excellent sound as well?
The SoundMagic W10 doesn't really even need a amp so yes.
As far as the internal DAC of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is concerned, I will not call it Audiophile grade as it is too noisy.
But If we can just forget about the noise issue, using Neutron Music player along with the the Noozxoide EIZO rewire PRO Series app in Galaxy S3, the sound output is pretty decent.