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Mark Bridge

Professional Cell Phone Expert

MP3 Playing Cells

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You want an MP3 player. You need a cell phone. Combining both devices makes perfect sense. But what should you look for?

Well, your music-playing mobile phone needs to be easy to use. Loading it with music needs to be simple. And – most importantly – it needs to sound good. Keep those three important criteria in mind and you’ll be fine!

Best MP3 Playing Cell Phones by Mark Bridge

The Best You Can Get

  • Bang & Olufsen Serenata

    Mark says: Created by the audio experts at Bang & Olufsen, this isn’t a cell phone with a built-in music player. It’s a music player with a built-in cell phone.

    The curvaceous design conceals a loudspeaker system that’ll outperform a lot of home stereo equipment. And the mobile phone part has been created in partnership with Samsung, so it certainly won’t disappoint.

    • True hi-fi music player
    • Aluminum casing with click-wheel navigation
    • Tri-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • Apple iPhone

    Mark says: The Apple iPhone does a very good job of adding music to a cell phone. It’s delightfully easy to use and has a widescreen display to let you enjoy videos and movies alongside your songs.

    If there’s one feature that stands out above others, it’s the touch-sensitive menu system. You can type with an on-screen keyboard, flick through album covers and zoom in on web pages without needing to press any buttons.

    • Touch-controlled iPod meets cell phone
    • Slim, contemporary design
    • Quad-band GSM coverage
  • Nokia N95 8GB

    Mark says: This is so much more than just a music player. It’s an FM radio. It’s a 5 megapixel camera. It’s a video phone. It’s a web browser. It’s your email in-box. And it’s a sat nav.

    A massive 8GB of storage offers plenty of space for your favorite songs, while dedicated music keys make it simple to control everything. If you like your cell phones to be smart, you’ll love this.

    • Well-featured multimedia device
    • Clever two-way sliding design
    • North American and European 3G versions
  • Samsung Upstage m620

    Mark says: On one side of this device you’ll find a mobile phone, complete with digital camera. On the other side, there’s a music player with a large display screen and stereo speakers.

    Separating the functions makes perfect sense because everything’s very intuitive. And another logical addition is the inclusion of an external battery pack that extends your playing time while also acting as a protective case. Yes, despite its off-beat appearance, this is a surprisingly practical phone.

    • Slim design with dedicated music controls
    • Unique double-sided format
    • Dual-band GSM coverage
  • Sony Ericsson W960

    Mark says: With its 8GB memory and its touch-screen controls, this Walkman-branded cell phone puts your music library in your pocket. Better still, it’s supplied with PC software that makes it simple to transfer tracks to your phone.

    Yet this isn’t just a music player. It can also become your mobile office, thanks to its WiFi connectivity, email access, document editing, and web browser.

    • A smartphone that’s serious about music
    • Large touch-controlled screen plus dedicated music keys
    • Tri-band GSM and 3G coverage

You will be happy with any of these

  • Nokia 5610 XpressMusic

    Mark says: This cool-looking handset has a slider control to swap instantly between music player, FM radio and phone. There’s a dedicated audio chip to ensure high quality sounds, along with a battery that’ll last for up to 22 hours of non-stop music.

    And there’s more fun when you look closer. On the back is a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, while the front has a high-resolution screen that’ll play back video clips in near-DVD quality.

    • Music phone with innovative sliding control
    • Modern urban-inspired styling
    • Quad-band GSM coverage
  • Samsung Juke U470

    Mark says: This tiny device looks more like a music player than a mobile phone. It’s small outside – but there’s a massive 2GB of music memory onboard.

    A dedicated music interface makes it easy to manage your tunes… and it’ll also synchronize with Windows Media Player 11 on your PC. This is a great choice if you’re after good looks and good music in a truly compact package.

    • An MP3 player that’s also a cell phone
    • Compact swivel-open design
    • Dual-band CDMA coverage
  • LG Musiq

    Mark says: Here’s a phone that makes it easy to share your music, thanks to a built-in FM transmitter that helps the LG Musiq connect to a compatible car stereo or home audio equipment.

    It’s also equipped with stereo Bluetooth compatibility and an expandable memory, along with a 1.3 Megapixel camera for photos or videos. So when it’s time for a party, this is the phone to take!

    • The music phone that’ll connect to your car stereo
    • Flip-open design with external controls
    • Dual-band CDMA coverage
  • Motorola MOTOROKR Z6

    Mark says: If your PC’s hard drive is loaded with music, you’ll like this cell phone. It’s compatible with the Digital Rights Management on Windows Media Player, which means it’ll handle songs you’ve bought online – something many other music phones can’t do.

    The Z6 is equipped with a Linux-based menu system that’s easy to use… plus there’s stereo Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera and an expandable memory.

    • Smart music-playing phone
    • Stylish slide-open design
    • Quad-band GSM
  • Sony Ericsson W890

    Mark says: When you feel like some music, this sophisticated cell phone will find songs to match your mood. Clever software analyses your tunes according to their speed and their key… and then helps you pick the right ones for a perfect playlist.

    Inside the sleek metallic casing you’ll also find an FM radio and an expandable memory, along with a 3.2 megapixel camera and ultra-fast 3G connectivity for web browsing, email, and video calls.

    • Slim, well-specified Walkman handset
    • As slender as a CD case
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G coverage

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