View Full Version : MP3 player or phone for music: Which do you use?

20-08-2009, 11:37 AM
I'm thinking of getting an mp3 player, but noticed a lot of new phones can play music as well. So which of you have a dedicated mp3 player for music and which use your phone for music?

Also for those who use their phone, do they use a proprietary headphone connector or a standard 3.5mm jack?

20-08-2009, 11:55 AM
9 out of 10 phones have a 2.5mm jack which is a real bi*ch. There is a very nice Sony Ericsson think it's the W995a, that has a 3.5mm jack. Just over a grand on XT prepaid.

Most higher end phones will come with an adapter, but more often than not they are annoying and not very solid, eg if it was in your pocket and you were walking or jogging, it would be likely to crackle. The Ericsson phones are one of the few ones I'm aware of that have decent adapters. I've got a Nokia 6265 and the adapter, along with the supplied headsets, is hopeless. Sound quality is acceptable for use with headphones and use in a car, but you would not be wanting to plug it into any decent quality stereo system.

Got a dirt cheap no brand 2GB MP3/MP4 player worth under $80, and that has noticeably better sound quality than my Nokia.




The official Nokia adapter is pretty much the same as that, at least last year's models were.

20-08-2009, 11:57 AM
There's still very few phones that can match a good MP3 player for sound quality; iPhones, obviously, are one, as are some of the Sony Ericsson models.

Depends how much of an audiophile you are I guess; personally I like Creative Zen players, but that's offset by the added hassle of having to carry two devices.

20-08-2009, 12:07 PM
I mainly use my cellphone, a Sony Ericsson k800.

Many cellphones will not have standard 3.5 mm jack, and the music quality (mainly bass) may not be as good as quality mp3 players. For my k800, I bought a headphone jack adapter so that I could plug in better quality headphones but eventually the adapter wires became defective after 'unintentional misuse' and I cannot find another adapter.

The advantage of using a cellphone is convenience - most of us always have our cellphones. I also use my cellphone's 3 mp camera more often than my good digcam.

20-08-2009, 12:12 PM
I have a Legend MP3 player which takes SD cards, allowing for unlimited storage :D

20-08-2009, 12:18 PM
I have a Legend MP3 player which takes SD cards, allowing for unlimited storage :D

Good point.

Utopian, if you use a cellphone for music be sure it has expandable memory (probably micro SD cards).

20-08-2009, 12:52 PM
I use my HTC Touch Diamond phone and it has a mini-USB connect for the headphones (or is it micro?)

20-08-2009, 12:59 PM
Whats the cost of battery life for those that use MP3 playing on their mobile phone?

20-08-2009, 01:00 PM
I'm on my 3rd phone that is capable of music. Haven't look back since. Why would i want to carry two devices.

Although I do admit getting decent headphones has at times been a pain in the butt. Proprietary adapters to 3.5mm jacks are always great. And Bluetooth stereo is just the best and most convenient nowadays.

20-08-2009, 03:40 PM
I ended up with an Ipod Classic.

Couldn't find any other brand capable of storing all my music. Buggered if I was going to spend time at a PC swapping songs in and out of a tiny device every day.

20-08-2009, 05:33 PM
I use my MP3 player most of the time, however when sharing music with others I use my phone because of the speaker (although not a very good one).

20-08-2009, 05:35 PM
There is no option of 'Neither'
I don't have an MP3 player and I don't use my phone either :D

20-08-2009, 05:36 PM
There is no option of 'Neither'
I don't have an MP3 player and I don't use my phone either :D

Likewise, there's no option for both :D

20-08-2009, 07:00 PM
I use my iPod :) as my phone only has 30MB of memory + no expansion slot :(.

20-08-2009, 07:31 PM
Neither MP3 sounds crap compared to the real media CD or Vinyl

20-08-2009, 11:26 PM
Neither MP3 sounds crap compared to the real media CD or Vinyl

Humbug! Nothing sounds as good as being there live!

20-08-2009, 11:34 PM
What about neither? I don't listen to music on the go.
I have like one music on my phone. I have no mp3 walkmans.