With the coming of Sony’s Walkman, music became an extremely personal experience. The iPod and the iPhone allowed listeners to store gigabytes of music on the go. Mobile phones caught on to the idea. Here we look at some of the best music phones in the market.
The iPhone 4S comes with solid music pedigree from the iPod. The speakers are excellent, the kind that you want to keep the volume a bit low and not max it out. Full volume on the iPhone is really an ear drum-tearing experience.
Music of all ranges can be explored at a comfortable level and the phone has excellent bass and treble. With 64GB of space, your playlist won’t end anytime soon.
With the app store you can explore a plethora of music apps like Spotify. Another nice feature is that you have a music player even on screen lock, allowing you to skip tracks, pause and play, and adjust the volume.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung is really trying hard to catch up with Apple on the music front. The high-end phone does have excellent speakers and a good music player. A new addition to the phone is the Music Square.
The player analyses the intensity of and mood of a song. You can tap on the Music Square on what kind of music you want depending on your mood and the phone generates a playlist for you. Although it might not be too accurate if your playlist is dominated by a certain kind of music.
Even though the phone has 16GB of space it can be expanded with an external card. The notifications pane shows your music apps and options as soon as you plug in your earphones, which is a nice touch. Also worth a mention is Samsung’s new music store which is trying to take on the iTunes store.
Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman
Sony Ericsson sometime back had made their mark for music phones with their Walkman series. Here is the Android iteration of the same.
Although it runs on a slightly outdated Android 2.1, it is still a fully functioning smartphone. The phone does disappoint with storage space and can be expanded to only 16GB with a memory card.
The phone carries the Walkman tag but all it has is an updated UI and there aren’t even customizable equalizer controls in the default player. But it is a decent music player and is smaller than the giant smartphones coming out these days and fits in the palm of your hand, giving it a more MP3 player feel.
The phone comes with speakers with a 3.5 mm jack which is nice for your mobile parties.
HTC One X
If you’re interested in checking out new sound technology in phones, try the HTC. The phone comes with Beats Audio enhancements and a set of sweet earphones.
It should be a hip hop music aficionado’s delight, considering they were designed by Dr. Dre himself. The player is friendly and there are a myriad number of apps to be downloaded from the Google Play strore. A good music app for the Android is Winamp. But on the downside, the HTC has only 32GB of space and is not expandable.
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia and Microsoft’s marriage comes alive with their often sidelined Zune player. True, it is a pain to sync with your PC to transfer songs, but you have to do the same with the iPhone and iTunes and no one complains when Apple does it.
Sound quality is crisp and clear. A nice music feature on the Lumia is the Mix Radio which one can explore if making a playlist is tedious.
But what sets apart the Lumia is again the really aesthetic UI of the Windows Phone 7.5 and it is a joy to see album art on the tiles. Music can be bought from the Marketplace.
Though a feature found lacking was audiobooks, but not too much of a loss (honestly just pick up a book and read will you?).