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4 Iconic Music Phones From The Past That Were Better At Playing Music Than A Lot Of Modern Smartphones

All the 80s and 90s kids would agree to the fact that 'Music Phones' were big when they first started coming out. Everybody wanted to get their hands on one of them because of just how popular they were.

Obviously, they don't get enough love these days given how a smartphone can do pretty much anything and everything now. But it's safe to say that a lot of those good old music phones were better at playing music than most of the smartphones that come out these days.

Seriously, there are no dedicated music features these days. Even the speaker quality, besides on the high-end phones, is just okay-ish at best. So here's a quick look at some of the best music phones from the past that we'd love to have today -

Nokia XpressMusic 5310

Nokia XpressMusic 5310 © Nokia

This is the phone that probably comes to a lot of people's minds because of how popular it was back in the day. It came out in 2007 and had dedicated media controls on the side of the display. The speakers on this phone were louder than what you get on most smartphones these days. Nokia has now announced a new version of the XpressMusic and we can't wait to check it out.

Nokia XpressMusic 5800

Nokia XpressMusic 5800 © Nokia

After the success of the original XpressMusic feature phone, Nokia came up with the XpressMusic 5800 with touchscreen. It was one of the very first touch screen phones to go mainstream. This phone also had dedicated music controls and was running on Nokia's Symbian OS. What a great phone!

Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman

Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman © Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson had some really cool phones on the market back in the day and this was definitely a big hit. A walkman for listening to music that's also a phone? People went crazy for this particular phone and rightfully so. This phone had some cool music features like a dedicated key that allowed you to get a quick preview of the chorus of a song. Awesome, right?

Moto Rokr E1

Moto Rokr E1 © YouTube Clip

In a world where the iPod was dominating the music industry, Steve Jobs was worried about a cellphone company taking over the attention with multimedia features. So he decided to team up with another company to get an Apple-sanctioned phone into the marketplace first. He picked Motorola and the Moto Rokr E1 was released with Apple's iTunes.

These were some of the great music phones from the past that were some of our favourites. In case you think we missed any of your favorite cellphones from the past, do let us know in the comments below.


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