The Samsung Suede doesn't just play music. It's what the phone is all about. This is the first device to pair with Cricket Wireless' Muve Music service, a $55 plan that gives you unlimited music downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones along with all the talk, text, and data.
With each hardware and OS update, Apple's iPhone 4 (for Verizon and AT&T) reasserts its dominance as the definitive MP3 phone. The iPod functionality on the is seamlessly integrated into the phone's design, and the features are top-notch. Especially notable is the Genius Mix feature, which lets the phone devise a playlist that uses algorithms to match songs already in your music library.
The HTC Surround is a smartphone for audiophiles. This AT&T Windows Phone comes with slide-out Dolby Mobile speakers, a smartphone first that is sure to complement the Zune music library. There's also a built-in FM radio and a kickstand for propping up the phone while it pumps out tunes.
Like all phones in the Samsung Galaxy S series, the Android-driven Vibrant features a brilliant Super AMOLED screen. T-Mobile's Vibrant, however, also includes 5.1-channel surround sound and an attractive Cover Flow-like interface. The preloaded Amazon MP3 store serves as your music shop.
Sony Ericsson makes some of the best music phones around. One of its more recent models is the Sony Ericsson Aino, which has a dedicated multimedia browser and a touch interface that is surprisingly easy and intuitive to use.
LG has a history of good music phones, too, especially with the LG Chocolate line of phones. The latest Chocolate phone is the LG Chocolate Touch, which has a number of cool music-related features like Dolby audio and a virtual drum kit built right into the phone.