Mobile Phones Take Centre Stage

By: Andy Adams

Mobile phones have long since surpassed their original use, now most mobile phones on the market have evolved from the prehistoric beeps to rich polyphonic ringtones all the way through to high quality MP3s of our favourite songs.

Many mobile phones now have incorporated the same kind of music functions as Portable audio devices such as walkmans and iPods. In some cases the mobile phones are incorporating their own brand's success in the portable audio market into their latest handsets. This article intends to look over the best of the music phones available at the moment and what music features they have that could possibly get you to ditch the MP3 player in favour of a feature packed mobile phone.

SonyEricsson w960i
SonyEricsson seemingly has an unfair advantage in this category; the Walkman brand was been around since 1979 yet is considerably smaller than back then. This, the w960i is the latest in the Walkman mobile phones from SonyEricsson. It builds on the similar w950i. The phone uses a touchscreen interface and has a tried and tested walkman player which can handle most songs downloaded or bought via the Play Now! Service.
This phone improves on its predecessor by adding a 3.2 mega pixel camera and a whole host of business mobile phones functions such as handwriting recognition, Organizer and Wi-Fi networking. The phone itself is fairly large but packs in a large TV quality screen, very fitting for the touchscreen element and video playback.

Apple iPhone
It would be impossible to mention music enabled mobile phones without discussing the Apple iPhone; much has been made of the computing company's first mobile phone. But in this context the iPhone may come out on top. This is mainly down to the fact that Apple have just recently released the iPod touch, a stripped down version of the iPhone as their latest of the ubiquitous MP3 players. This has drawn a lot of people to the iPhone who would normally buy an iPod and a separate mobile phone.
Obviously the music functions of this phone are excellent with only one minor issue, the headphone socket, whilst a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, it is very awkward to access and favours the official headphones that come with the phone.
That said, it still is an iPod which coincidentally is a fairly competent smart phone with plenty of appealing user interface features, couple that with seamless iTunes music store integration and you have a great all rounder for music on the go.

Nokia N81
Nokia have long been associated with business phones and phones dedicated to being simple and functional for all types of use. Recently with their newer range of mobile phones they are catering for the music loving audience and have made major steps towards this with new features such as a dedicated music store, increasing built in capacity up to 8gb in some cases as well as offering expandable memory in others.
The N81 is one of these latest phones from their N-Series. This range of phones pitches themselves as "all in one" devices and essentially cut-down home computers, with the ability to install 3rd party applications, large internal memory (the aforementioned 8gb) and now including some dedicated gaming functions it seems that Nokia have let their hair down and aimed their new range at people who listen to music on their mobile phones and more.
A larger number of Nokia mobile phones are getting newer versions released as "music edition" to exemplify this. The new Nokia Music Store has also provided a quick and efficient way of getting new music on your phone straight away.

In summary it is obvious that mobile phone manufacturers old and new are realising the changing trend of mobile phone use, they not only handle phone calls now but are in many cases all in one devices that provide entertainment on the move too.

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