02.What to buy
81% LG BL40 New Chocolate
The slim handset has an excellent quality display with a good menu system that is very easy to navigate. A status bar at the top of the screen provides access to the phone’s controls and music player; simply tap the song title to play the selection and listen through the built-in stereo speakers or headphones. The battery life is not as impressive as with the other recommended models; however, you can charge the phone directly from your PC using a USB connection.
81% Nokia X6 16 GB
This phone shows a strong music focus, with excellent battery performance giving 26 hours of life using standard headphones and more than 12 hours using Bluetooth headphones. While it’s the only model on test without removable memory, the 16GB internal drive should satisfy most users’ music storage requirements holding up to 4000 songs. The capacitive touchscreen is responsive and accurate, making it excellent for SMS as well as providing very good access to playlists and individual songs.
79% Nokia 5230
This is one of the cheapest music-playing mobile phones on test and compares well with phones at double the price. It’s also the only recommended model with Next G support. Music transfer through a USB connection is quick and effective; however, no Wi-Fi means you can’t use your wireless home network to listen to internet radio or music stored on your computer. Once into the music playing mode, you can easily select albums, artists and song lists using the large touchscreen.