There are many mobile phone handsets that also make excellent music players, whether streaming music or playing music that is stored in the phone or on a microSD card; however, there are a few essential features that differentiate the true music phone to a phone that will just play music.
Many people store their tunes as MP3 files, but they are not the best for true music quality or optimum compactness. If you are looking for a phone that will produce CD quality music, it should be compatible with WMA and OGG file formats. AAC is useful too, as the quality is equivalent to MP3 though the files are half the size.
Your phone should also have a standard 3.5 mm headphone socket. Some phones use proprietary sockets which mean that you can’t use the best quality headphones with them. If there is no 3.5 mm socket, then it is not a serious music phone.
The phone should also be capable of streaming A2DP Bluetooth which means that you can listen to stereo music wirelessly.
You have to read mobile phone reviews to find out which ones have the best features however one phone that does have all of these is considered to be one of the best music phones on the market is the Sony Ericsson W995 Walkman. When it comes to portable music then Sony Ericsson should know what it is doing, and with the W995 Walkman it clearly demonstrates that it does.
This is the first of the Walkman phones that comes with a 3.5 mm socket. When top quality headphones are plugged in the music is as good as you would get from any portable music device.
If you don’t want to use the headphones then just plug the phone into the stereo speakers that are bundled with it. For a set of tiny speakers the quality is acceptable and of reasonable volume, but it is far better to plug it into your stereo to fully appreciate the sound quality.
As a phone the Sony Ericsson W995 Walkman is not bad either and has many advanced features for its relatively modest price.