I'm in the market for a new phone, mostly because my current phone can't consistently stream audio. Sometimes when playing a new track, it will only play 5 seconds then skip to the next track. This happens in Google Play Music, Pandora and Spotify. My current phone is a rooted HTC Amaze on T-mobile USA.
The plan is to stick to T-mobile until our family plan contract runs out in about a year, then switch to a carrier who has better coverage in our area. So ideally, I'd want a device that will work on AT&T or another carrier, as well as T-mobile. I've also noticed that the Spotify app stinks on Android, so I'm curious how well it does on iOS and/or Windows Phone. I've had a Samsung Galaxy S2 (T-mobile) in the past, and the sound quality on it was atrocious, so I'd like to avoid Samsung products.
Some of the products I've been considering are the Nokia 521 (which is dirt cheap right now) and the Moto G, which seems to get excellent overall reviews, but there's little info about the sound quality of either device. Please note that I am not eligible for a subsidized phone, so US$600 devices are out of the question. Budget is probably about $250 max. I know I'm not going to get audiophile quality at this price, but I would like to know what the best option is
I plan to use the phone with my Sennheiser MX 365 earbuds, and occasionally with my HD280s. I listen to various forms of electronica (house, trance, trip-hop, ambient), jazz and the occasional blast of nostalgia (classic rock.) I seem to favor a bright sound to my music.
Any suggestions would be appreciated...