Gone are the days when your mobile phone was merely a contraption for making and receiving calls or sending the odd text message. Nowadays, your mobile serves for so much more. Not only do nearly all mobile phones now include a camera, and sometimes a video camera, they are also used for surfing the web, sending emails, playing games, looking up train timetables, reading the news and listening to your favourite songs or the radio. However, seeing as they can do so much these days it’s rare to find a phone that can do more than one of these things exceptionally well. If your music is your top priority then here are a few things to think about when looking for your next mobile:
Firstly, you’ll want to consider how much music you want to be able to carry around with you at one time. If you’re used to having an iPod or another kind of mp3 player whilst you’re on the go you might find that many of the mp3 phones are unable to store nearly as many songs. Not all music phones come with a memory card or if they do it might be relatively low capacity. If that’s the case then you can always upgrade to a larger card or buy more than one so you can swap them over if needs be. You should also check what format the music on your computer is in before you commit to buying a particular phone. Not all formats are compatible with all phones, but if you ask advice in store then the experts should be able to inform you whether you’re making the right decision.
For improved sound quality you should check to see if you can use your own headphones with your mobile. Most phones will come with a headset but if you’ve got good quality headphones these will usually produce a far more balanced tone, bringing out the best in the music.
If you want to be able to download music straight to your phone then this might affect what brand or network you choose to buy with. If you’re thinking of purchasing a Nokia you’ll be glad to know that the Nokia Music Store is one of the easiest to use, with a huge selection of tracks available. It’s good news for Vodafone customers too, who can get unlimited tracks on their mobile from Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group simply by paying a £1.99 weekly supplement. Check out the Vodafone site for more on this and to view their extensive range of smartphones, including the new BlackBerry.