Mobile phone music players review

Some of the latest music phones deliver music player features and functionality that would rival a dedicated MP3 player.
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CHOICE reviews music player mobile phones

Most of the latest mobile phones can take photos and capture video, but CHOICE has found they rarely perform as well as a dedicated camera or camcorder when carrying out these tasks.

Most new phones can also play a music file, but this in itself doesn’t make it a music phone. Features such as one-button access to the music playing mode, easy navigation to your music collection, and online functions such as downloading album art and track names are considered standard on most popular music players, and should be incorporated into your mobile if you are using it to replace your music player.

The phenomenal success of the Apple iPhone, regarded as one of the best music playing mobiles available, shows you don’t have to make compromises when using your phone as a music player – and other phone companies have taken note. When shopping around for your next phone, decide on the features you want, then ask yourself: “Would I use this as a music player even if it couldn’t be used to make phone calls?” If the answer is yes, you’ve found your ideal music phone.

CHOICE reviews 16 mobiles to find the best music playing phone. 

Brands and models tested

  • Google Nexus One
  • HTC HD2 T8585
  • HTC Legend
  • HTC Tattoo
  • LG BL40 New Chocolate
  • LG GW620
  • Motorola Milestone
  • Nokia 5230
  • Nokia 6700 classic
  • Nokia X3
  • Nokia X6 16GB
  • Samsung GT-C3510 Genoa
  • Samsung GT-i5700 Galaxy
  • Sony Ericsson Aino
  • Sony Ericsson U1i Satio
  • Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz

Why isn't the iPhone 3GS in this test?

Although the Apple iPhone 3GS would have earned the top score it was not included in this test, as the fourth-generation version was announced as we were finishing our test. CHOICE will cover the latest model in our next Smartphone roundup later in 2010.



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