Real Phones Don't Play Music

Or do they? Can Apple deliver a combo iPod and cell phone that works well as both a phone and a music player? The first ever iTunes phone, the Motorola ROKR, disappointed with its limited music storage and weak performance as a phone. Analysts predict that Apple will take a 37Signals “less is better” approach, eschewing broad smart phone capabilities and making the iPhone Nano-like with a simple but powerful set of phone and music features.

What if you want a music phone with smart phone brains? The Sony Ericsson W950i Walkman phone looks pretty nice, and it ought to be at the price–around $700 in the U.S. It runs Symbian, the mobile-only operating system found on many smart phones, and it includes 4GB of flash memory, enough to store almost anyone’s music library enough to store some people’s entire music libraries.

Since we’re about to be treated to a series on smart phones, it’s an ideal time to be thinking about what you might want out of a new phone, if you happen to be in the market for one.

What are you looking for in a mobile phone? Do you want it to play music? Are you waiting for the iPhone?

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