Five tune-cranking cell phones

We once again round up the best cell phones and smartphones for listening to music while on the go.

Samsung Fascinate (Verizon Wireless)
This phone offers up surround sound. Sarah Tew/CNET

Pumping out music on your cell phone or smartphone improves all the time, which is why we took another look at our list of favorite music phones.

There are some old favorites that have superb tools and controls, and which continue to be a base line's best friend. You'll also notice a newcomer from an unexpected source, that promises to offer all-new hardware for a superior playback experience.

Check out our gallery of top music phones to see why these five handsets rock our world--and our tunes. Don't miss our list of sweet headphones that elevate the sound quality in that humble, or not so humble, music phone.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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