Sound Choices
Talk and rock with these music-friendly mobile phones.

By Andrew Hiransomboon | May 11, 2006

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  • Sound Choices
    LG M6100
  • Sound Choices
    Sony Ericsson W810i
  • Sound Choices
    Motorola RAZR V3i

LG M6100

This small, sleek slider offers average functionality for ladies with small hands. It’s not the most stylish phone, and looks alone can’t justify the price. However, taking sophistication into consideration (this phone has bits of everything in it), this could just be the item for you. B12,900.

What we like…

• Light and very compact—only 88 grams in weight.
• Good for carrying around the neck.
• Cool look and groovy slide.
• All interface connectors—whether to charger, earphones or computer—come with solid plastic covers and attach to the phone with elastic, keeping them dust free and protected.
• Bluetooth, global clock, SMS and MMS, plus a decent digital camera.
• Very user friendly and easy to use.
• The quality of the sound for MP3s is quite good.

What we don’t like…

• The screen is small, so it’s not good for shutterbugs.
• The navigation buttons are far too small for a guy’s hand, and even pretty small for a standard lady’s hand.
• Just 128MB for a multimedia phone? You’re kidding.
• No slot for memory card.
• The stereo headset seems like a kid’s toy.
• Basic organizer and small phonebook make it inappropriate for business use.

Sony Ericsson W810i

Sony finally live up to their reputation as audio pioneers with the W810i. The latest in the Walkman series is the best so far, offering obviously music but also a 2-megapixel camera, an easy-to-use interface and handsome looks—all in one small package. B19,900.

What we like…

• Great sound out of the box, even better than our iPod, thanks to Sony Mega Bass and snug earbud headphones.
• Can be used with any standard headphones—not just Sony Ericsson—or even plugged into external speakers.
• Made for music with access to functions from side buttons, including a dedicated music player button.
• High-resolution camera, smooth panning on clear display.
• Can downloads songs via USB or Bluetooth.
• Flashlight and SOS mode.
• Cool graphics.
• Comes with 512MB memory card, upgradable to 2GB.

What we don’t like…

• Sony Ericsson jack is annoying: difficult to connect, exposed wires can get bent and it pops out when you don’t want it to.
• Can’t plug headphones or speakers directly into phone without special jack.
• Playlist software isn’t nearly as good as iTunes.
• Sound quality as a phone is disappointing.
• Not compatible with Mac.
• Price.

Motorola RAZR V3i

If you can’t wait for Apple to come out with a phone, here’s the next best thing. Well, almost: It can only hold 50 songs. But music or no music, the sleek design is sure to get you noticed. B13,900.

What we like…

• Looks awesome. Plus the blue model will help you stand out in a crowd (if you hurry).
• Thin shape.
• iTunes. Works just like our iPod.
• Sounds just like our iPod.
• Compatible with Mac.
• Did we mention how cool it looks?

What we don’t like…

• Limited memory equivalent to about 50 songs.
• Metal keyboard doesn’t work well when covered with just a little moisture (i.e., your sweat).
• Can’t use standard headphones.
• They insist it’s spelled “RAZR,” not “Razr.”

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