Thousands of songs, really great sound and the ability to download songs directly via the Web. Music cell phone that was once a poor compromise has grown into what once and for all put behind the MP3 player in history.
It’s not really a difficult game to make a cell phone that can play music. Making a music mobile phone, however, is a completely different thing, should the mobile phone really be enjoyable as music player requires, inter alia, that it is easy to transfer your music collection to your phone, the sound is good and that you can easily control their music, to name just a few factors.
When mp3 players first broke through, they were happy to get a couple of albums in his players, but when it comes to storage capacity begins mobile phones now able to seriously compete with mp3 players.
Also in many other areas does the mobile phone as music player and it can a lot of other things is not a disadvantage. We have whittled back the cream of music phones and asks them for a series of grueling tests to get a winner.
Player and navigation
The music player is the heart of a music phone. Sony Ericsson is at the forefront here, and has certainly not been backward when it comes to developing new music player into their mobiles. The four models in the test has all the different variants of the Walkman player.
The simplest variant is available at W200. Walkmanloggan exists, but otherwise, the player has only the most basic playback functions. It is possible to create your own playlists and organize songs in a playlist by artist, title or the order they were added to the list. On the side of the phone there is a Walkman button that allows you to easily get to the music player, no matter what function you are currently using. Pressing this button again takes you back to the function you were in, such as the contacts list or message menu. When the music plays there is a small Play icon in the sleep mode, and when a new song starts the title and artist can be seen there. Despite the low price have W200i a good RDS radio function with a sophistication that exists in all of the Sony Ericsson phones like the Nokia 5310 and Samsung F210.
Sony Ericsson W200i
Sony Ericsson W580i has the more advanced player called ‘ Walkman Player 2.0 “. Here we find support for album art, better features to edit playlists and not least the neat animated interface with simple graphics in orange, black and white. Accelerometer in W580i makes it possible to change the song and throw on the contents of the player by performing different movements with the cell phone, but the feature is more funny than useful. To access the “skakfunktionerna” you have to keep the Walkman button and therefore provides no added value of shakiness, directly. W580i has also a screensaver that draws patterns in time with the music.
W910i also has skakfunktioner is equipped with what is called the “Walkman Player 3.0”. In addition to the functions available on the W850i we find a feature called Sensme. The feature is based on loading all music through Sony Ericsson’s software on the PC that automatically tags all songs with information about pace and “mood”. You can then instruct the phone to choose a faster or happier song to match your mood. This works quite well, especially if the phone is full with new music that does not become completely familiar yet.
Motorola Z8 has a very nice menu system and good interface for most functions. Unfortunately, the music player got a little behind, despite the fact that the Z8 is an outspoken media mobile. Current song, as well as a few other of the phone’s features may appear smooth in the start window, but once you get into the music player is the poor in function. On the plus side, there is a button for pause and playback on the side of your phone with volume control, but it is also the only.
Wireless wonder is especially easy to hook up, but that the only connector on the phone is a mini-usb connector is bad news for those who want to use their favorite headphones. Functions for playlists holds nothing beyond the most necessary, there is only the opportunity to create the list and sort by title or date.
Samsung F210 is the cell that has the most in common with the older type of mp3 player that looked like a stick just as the F210. It combined the scroll wheel and the navigation button allows one to choose songs, regardless of whether the phone is close or uppsnurrad. There are both your own playlists, and automatically-generated lists, for example, the most played songs. Any overview of the lists, however, do not. The screen is the smallest.
The Nokia Music Player is not as good as Sony Ericsson’s Walkman player 2.0 or 3.0, but it is well-stocked with useful features. Nokia 5310 using the Nokia Series 40 some simpler systems while the more expensive N81 and N95 8 GB are smartphones with the Series 60.
An important innovation in 5310 is RDS radio. Nokia still focus on their own Visual Radio technology not available in Sweden, but to listen to regular FM radio is still fine. Unfortunately, the 5310 so far alone of Nokia models that have RDS. It lacks both the N81 and N95 8 GB. A consolation is when the function to download a list of radio channels via the mobile network. Then you get the available channels for the place you entered are stored in your phone.
The playlists has long been a strong card for Nokia and the trio in this test is no exception. In addition to their own playlists can cell phone find the most played, recently played, and recently added songs. We compare the three Nokia handsets in the test, they have very much in common when one looks at the functions of the music player. It is mainly the graphics and the qualities that make the impression of the 5310 not quite reach up in the more expensive siblings ‘ level. Still working music buttons on 5310 really smoothly and the format can hardly any of the other raw.
A clear difference from the more expensive phones, however, is podcast function. Nokia has focused on podcasts in wlan handsets, that is to say both in the N95 8 GB and N81. The function is well integrated in the music player, and makes it easy to subscribe and listen to the radio show. There is a built-in directory, so you do not have to enter long URLs manually. The catalog is rich in content and have everything from personal audio blogs to SR-programs like “Car doctor” and “good morning, world”.
If we for a moment ignoring software in phones, we can quickly conclude that several of the phone means that you can easily change tracks or change the volume without being forced into cumbersome menus. Sony Ericsson W200 is the phone with the worst facilities. There is no music keys, so if you want to change tracks, you get to go into the menus, but simplifies a quick button.
Better see it out of the competition. Motorola Z8, as we mentioned earlier, volume/pause button on the side of the phone. Samsung F210 has two different modes. When the phone is closed, controls the music and when the stick is broken so it’s telephony and more.
Most buttons have undeniably N81, but here are the buttons only active during the time the music player in this case is active. This means that it doesn’t feel cluttered. As with N95 N81 also ships with a headset which can control the music, which is smooth. It is Nokia alone among the phones in the test and it’s actually surprising.
N95 8 GB ruled otherwise, just like its predecessor, using the phone’s dual slide. Number buttons pops up on one side and shoots the phone the other way instead media buttons that you can use to pause or change the song. It works great, and means that you can change the song without having to pick up the phone.
With the Sony Ericsson W910 lets you change tracks and pause the music directly in the navigation button below the screen. With the W960i does the same thing using the touch buttons that sit just below the screen.
Sony Ericsson W960i
To access the music player in the W960 press the Walkman button at the top of the keypad. Then lights up the three touch-musikknapparna which sits directly below the screen. W960 has a very nicely designed music player, which offers mobile graphic background that is tailored to the theme you are using in your phone.
W960 is also the only phone with touch sensitive screen, and it actually makes a part of the governance of the music player easier, when you can click directly on the right artist or album on your screen. When you want to leave the Walkman player press the Walkman button and this will take you back to exactly where you were before the phone menus, for example, when a particular text that you kept on reading.
Winner: Sony Ericsson W910 and W960
Memory and file formats
Some years ago we found the hard drives in the most spacious music phones, but now it is instead the flash memories. Two different types of memory cards dominate the mobile market, and both of these types are great as a little finger nail and can hold thousands of songs. Sony Ericsson uses its own Memory Stick Micro (m2), while other brands prefer microSD.
Maximum size for the m2 card is currently 4 GB while microSD holds up to 8 GB. As much storage capacity, that is, 8 GB, you get with Sony Ericsson W960i, Nokia N81 or Nokia N95 8 GB. They do not have the space for memory cards, but instead uses a built-in flash memory, which means that you can’t expand memory capacity if you would like to store more than 8 gigabytes on your phone. 8 gigabyte memory means nearly 2500 treminuterslåtar, but you also store photos, videos or other files on your phone is of course the space left over for music less.
Sony Ericsson W580i
Samsung SGH-F210 has an internal memory of 1 GB and up to 2 GB microSD card. Samsung has unlike Motorola and Nokia no support for SDHC cards such as SD cards with higher capacity on at present 4 or 8 gigabytes is called. Nokia 5310 is the mobile phone that comes with the largest memory card-2 GB microSD. Sony Ericsson is a bit leaner-1 GB is included with the W910i, 512 megabytes with W580i and those who choose W200i may settle with 128 megabytes of memory card. For a music phone feels 128 MB well-saving-the equivalent of less than two albums. If you want to expand the capacity to get yourself replace the supplied memory card with one that has greater storage capacity.
All tested mobile phones can play music in mp3 and aac format, but Sony Ericsson W200i has problems with some files. W200i does not play mp3 files encoded with a variable bit rate or bit rate higher than 192 kilobits per second. Although the W200i is able to play at least 95 percent of the music in my collection so have other phones in the test a more complete support for various file formats, such as eaac + which gives great sound at low bit rates.
Sony Ericsson’s top models and Motorola Z8 can handle most formats including more unusual variations such as Realaudio and xmf.
Winner: Nokia N81, N95 and Sony Ericsson W960
Audio and headphones
Nokia has made it easier for anyone who prefers to choose headphones self-music mobiles in the test has all three of the usual 3.5-mm, so it can connect the handset at any time directly to your mobile phone without an adapter. Unfortunately, immediately wanted to test this possibility, for the headset, as Nokia sends with neither especially good sound or fit.
Headset to the N81 and N95 has a remote control for the music and microphone on the cord and also on the remote control are 3.5-millimeterskontakt, so you can use your favourite headphones without losing any functionality. Nokia 5310 also the 3.5-millimeterskontakt at lursladden, but a simpler variant without buttons for the music player.
With the exception of the W200i, which comes with a couple of simple standardlurar, comes the Sony Ericsson phones with good headphones. They are the in-ear type which shut out ambient noise and gives the proper base. Headset comes with rubber Stoppers in three different sizes. Lursladden has the answer button and microphone with 3.5-millimeterskontakt. Just like W200i will Motorola Z8 with a music phone well simple stereolurar.
Motorola seems totally focused on the Z8 are used with wireless headphones. This means only advantages in the Z8 ‘s case because there is no FM radio and headphone plug is of type mini-usb and also quite badly positioned. Samsung SGH-F210 comes with two headsets-one with 3.5-millimeterskontakt while the other consists of cord, lurking and a neck strap. Samsung’s deceiving is common shells, but they sound really good compared to the simpler headset from Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.
For it to be worthwhile to replace standard headphones to the finer varieties must, of course, the phone’s audio output deliver a signal of high quality. We have measured the sound that comes out of mobiles with a professional sound card, and the result shows that Nokia has improved significantly compared to the previous test where the League took the N73.
Nokia 5310 has a very high level on the end and is only 2.55 dB below line level (the level at which a home stereo would have on its inputs). N81 is not far behind and then placed the N95 8 GB. Nokia mobiles also has very low noise but also where is the N95 8 GB, which is last in the comparison between the Nokia handsets. Worst do Sony Ericsson W200i which must be strengthened in order to achieve 12.33 dB line level which gives a much higher noise.
The Sony Ericsson W910 Walkman ™ phone like Motorola and Samsung have all low noise, but will not end up in the same levels as the Nokia 5310 and the N81. In practice this means that the Nokia handsets have the energy to run a bit larger headphones and gives a slightly more noise-free sound when your phone is connected to the stereo. When it comes to the representation of different frequencies drop Nokia mobiles and Samsung F210 little impact when it comes to the very highest frequencies of 15 kHz and W960 suffers from some harmonics and distortion around the higher frequencies. The difference is measurable, but hardly audible in lurking or speakers in the consumer price range.
Winner: Nokia 5310 and N81
PC connection and software
As expected, the usb to transfer music from your computer to your phone. Motorola and Nokia uses the default Contacts mini-usb and micro usb while Samsung and Sony Ericsson are sending with usb cables for their special connectors. All phones except the Samsung SGH-F210 can connect in the State called “USB Mass Storage Device”. It allows the Mobile’s memory pops up like a regular hard drive in your computer without any drivers need to be installed. Then, it is easy to transfer the music to the “Music” folder.
Samsung’s mobile identifies itself instead as a media device, but it still does good to copy over the files without any drivers on a pc. Samsung also sends with a software called Multimedia Studio, but media mode allows the phone syncs smoothest with Windows Media Player and Samsung’s own software really adds nothing. With the W210 one can get over the CD covers and playlists from Windows Media Player with no problems.
When Sony Ericsson W200i is connected, the computer asks for the drivers even though I select “Mass Storage” mode. After warning boxes closed yesterday it still good to copy files to the W200i without installing any software.
The speed of the usb connection mobiles have improved significantly since the last supertestet of music phones. Then, there were still models who were more or less unusable without an external memory card reader – it could take hours to fill a large memory card. All mobiles in test tanks several megabytes per second, which means a button minute for a whole album in high quality.
Motorola Z8 stands out by being slightly faster-about 10%-than other phones. Sony Ericsson W910i delivers his with a handy little usb reader for memory cards. It gives no direct performance increase when to transfer music, but can still be smoother than tricks with cords.
Sony Ericsson W960i, Nokia N81 and N95 has support for wlan and a number of handsets support the faster blueooth version 2.0 + EDR. Max speed for bluetooth 2.0 + EDR is approximately 0.3 MB per second, so bluetooth is no option other than to transfer individual songs to your phone.
According to the specifications, wlan to deliver more than 5 megabytes per second, but it turns out to be a highly theoretical number. At five meters from the router’s antenna need Nokia N81 32 seconds to download a 10 MB file, so the usb cable wins big. On the other hand, wlan useful for distributing content and download media files from upnp-compliant cans in your network.
Sony Ericsson’s most of these manufacturers which distinguished itself most strongly in the music and really follow the software Disc2phone with Walkman phone in order to transfer music from computer and CDs to the phone. You can also drag and drop files in mass storage mode, but the software may be useful for example to utilise SenseMe.
Sony Ericsson W960 using a different version of Sony Ericsson’s synkprogram. To transfer music, you can use a program called Media Manager, but it is also possible to simply drag the files to the memory card via your computer’s file system.
Nokia’s smartphones are more multimedia mobiles than distinctive music phones, but also the following software to get music over to your phone. Where is the part of the supplied PC Suite. Do you use mac so has Nokia’s N-series also have the option to sync the music in Itunes using Multimedia Transfer, a special add-in programs you can download for free from the Nokia website.
Winner: Sony Ericsson W910
Format and quality
Music mobiles are available in almost all shapes and sizes. A foldable mobile did not get place in this test, but we have a “knife”, a real tunnis and several sliding models. Most interesting is clearly Motorola Z8 and Samsung F210. Z8 bends easily in the Middle when you open your phone and follow the head shape. Shape means that the microphone ends up a little closer to your mouth, but innovation does not imply any significant boost to the sound quality. On the other hand, is the Z8 good in the hand and is very convenient to use.
Samsung F210 looks like a classic mp3 player-if you recall those that were popular for a few years before music mobiles broke through properly. The old mp3 players often had the shape of a solid “stick”, but Samsung cell phone consists of two parts that are connected with a shaft under the navigation button. Both Nokia and Samsung have tried on mobiles in this format before, but they’ve all had a significant flaw-they have lacked a real keypad. Nokia mobiles, for example, 7380, ruled with a pulley that made it a torment to write sms. Samsung’s old model named X 830. It had buttons, but they were arranged in two columns instead of three.
Now the cell phone got a small, but quite conventionally designed keypad and works great to use despite its particular form. Two different headphones supplied with one pair has an integral strap that allows the cell phone can be worn around the neck.
Nokia 5310 and the Sony Ericsson W910i is distinguished by good quality feel and a thin format. W910i is a few millimeters thicker, but slide mechanism has a very nice fit and the black rubber surface on the back of the phone feels more exclusive than other plastic material.
Nokia N81 n got disappointing in terms of materials and quality feel-a wolf in sheep’s clothing, one might say. Even though it’s thinner and heavier than the N95 is plastigheten pronounced. The shiny shell feels more like a toy than a high-end phone and make not the content justice.
Sony Ericsson W580i W910i and has plug for lurking and charger positioned on the long side of the cell phone–a prank that invariably leads to a deduction of points. Of course one can use wireless wonder if you want to be able to listen to music with your phone in your trouser pocket, but then you lose the ability to use the radio.
Winner: Sony Ericsson W910
One of the points with a music phone is to have your music with you always in your pocket, but then the phone not only ready to play music. It must withstand much more than that. Calls and messages are obvious features, but depending on what you are looking for in miscellaneous is the phones different equipped when it comes to including camera, internet capabilities and special features.
As part of Nokia’s N-gage gaming nyuppvaknade bet, for example, the N81 in addition to the charms of music also fitted with special buttons to control the games that are being released especially for the N-gage telephones. The games also works for N95, but experience in the N81 with its customized button set is better.
Do you want Web access from your phone is the Nokia’s smartphones N81 and N95 and Motorola’s Z8 and Sony Ericsson W960 that provides the best experience. With this phone you can browse without problems even on full-sized Web pages and to do it without the need to wait for very long. All these phones except the W960 is equipped with turbo-3 g, and all except the Z8 also has built-in w-lan for even faster download when you have wireless internet available.
N95 8 GB has the most features and are the most expensive.
N95 8 GB is alone in the test of having built-in gps that makes it possible to see on a map where you are and get instructions for finding the right. The camera on the five megapixel is also the best in test, immediately position themselves W960 with 3.2 megapixel but so too is the N95 8 GB test clearly expensive phone. The fact is that you can get almost six copies of the cheapest music phone for the same price as N95 8 GB commands.
As well as these two phones from Nokia, Motorola’s Z8 even on a smartphone. The operating system is Symbian but instead of Nokia’s Series 60 is the UIQ Z8, which stands for menus, just as they do in the Sony Ericsson W960. The Z8 is the first UIQ phone without a touchscreen, and it involves at most can run the same software as the Sony Ericsson W960 and the latest smartphones, provided that the person who made the program accessible even for phones without touch screen, which you should do.
Sony Ericsson W910 and W960 are both very good rss reader, for those who want to subscribe to news feeds via the internet. W910 can also get the latest news to come up as balloons in the phone’s basic position, as a constant news ticker. Clever.
N95 8 GB is focused on more media features than music, in particular, it is a mobile phone with a focus on video. It is the nstora screen that is beneficial here. The phone also comes with the movie Spiderman 3 on the built-in memory.
Sony Ericsson W960 is not only a smartphone, but also has a touch screen, which is not only useful in the music player. In particular when surfing on the net, it is useful to be able to click their way directly on the screen. It also raises some of the user experience in General.
W960 and the N95 8 GB has the largest screens, but in terms of the number of pixels have almost all mobiles in 320 x 240 pixels in the test screen. The exceptions are part Samsung’s little stick F210, which has a special format on the screen, and the Sony Ericsson W200 which has a lågprisdisplay with low resolution. To Samsung’s built-in camera when taking picture only shows one-third of the subject and that the resulting image will be a surprise is an odd result.
When it comes to the camera how to play by the way Sony Ericsson W960 and Nokia N95 8 GB to a custom p > winner: Nokia N95 8 GB and Sony Ericsson W960
Sony Ericsson W910i
Supertestvinnare: Sony Ericsson W910
It’s clear that Sony Ericsson come a long way in the development of his musical mobiles and everything belonging thereto. Let’s start with the player. The W910 is a really good player that you can control with the help of buttons directly below the screen. The player itself is also good with extra features like Sensme and in addition, there are functions to view album artwork and stylish playlist management.
The sound that both we and our measuring equipment are experiencing is not best in test, but the W910 qualify anyway into the top among the phones we compared. Since the music is not the only W910 is good at. With turbo 3 g, a big screen and rss reader are able also to other planes.
Appendix: Sound Test
To test the audio quality we’ve played up an identical file with tones and noise in each cell. The sound from your phone’s headphone jack, we caught up to a computer via a high quality sound card to get a measure of how strongly sound Mobile delivers and how much noise the mobile Enhancer adds.
The graphic shows the frequency in hertz on the vertical axis and time on the horizontal. First comes the so called pink noise followed by four different test tones. The first tone is square wave with overtones while the last three are sine waves between 100 and 17000 hertz. Black color means silence-since the volume is represented by the colors of the Rainbow, where violet is weakest, and Red is the strongest. Clear dark space between test tones indicate low noise.
The figures stated are in decibels. Level is how much under normal PreAmp output signal is, the closer to zero, the better. Noise is the noise level, the greater the negative number, the less noise.