Some of you don’t care about video playback or camera or even FM radio—all you want to do is play music. Under Rs. 10,000, you don’t have too many fancy options with too much space, but you can still pick up a few decent bargains and make do with them. Let’s go drop the bass (or lack of it)!
Sony Ericsson W300i (Rs. 9,500)
The Sony Ericssion W300i Walkman phone is a chunky little clamshell that plays back MP3 and AAC music files. It also has an FM radio tuner. It comes with Sony’s MegaBass technology that enhances low frequencies for better bass response via a pair of really good earphones. It has an external display that shows the track information when listening to music. The phone comes with 20MB of phone memory and a Memory Stick Micro (M2) expansion slot. The camera is low res VGA (0.3 megapixel), but the sound quality is good.
Motorola RAZR V3i (Rs. 9,000)
You know all about the phone, so let me just tell you why it makes for a good MP3 player: MP3, AAC, WMA and RealAudio playback support, 8.5mb of phone memory with a microSD/TransFlash card slot (up to 512MB), and an external color display that shows you the track that’s playing. This doesn’t have an FM radio tuner, but it’s the sleekest of the lot.
For the candy bar-style crowd, there’s the superb, all-in-one Samsung SGH-X700 that gives you MP3 and AAC music playback, an FM radio tuner, 35MB of phone memory with a microSD/TransFlash memory card slot.
Sony Ericsson K750i (Rs. 10,000)
Will this phone ever stay away from any of our top lists?? The K750i has MP3 and AAC playback support, FM radio and 34MB of phone memory with a Memory Stick PRO/Duo memory card slot. It has USB Mass Storage support, so you can drag and drop your tunes on it directly.
Haier M260 (Rs. 10,300)
A new entrant on the scene, the Haier M260 has MP3 playback support, an FM radio tuner, miniSD memory card support, and a 1.8-inch touch-sensitive screen and stylus, though it’s only 128×160 pixels. If you get it, you’ll need a memory card reader, as there’s no Bluetooth or USB support in this phone. An off-beat choice.
The next update to this article will have better options (obviously), so watch out for that.