Best media phones

Sure, you can play video on most phones, but if you're like us, you crave the spec list of media champions - high-resolution widescreens, dedicated media controls, audio jack and support for HSDPA internet so you can stream those trashy reality shows.

 

LG New Chocolate BL40
LG's latest media monster boasts a five-megapixel camera with an incredible panorama mode (check out the video here) and an absolutely gorgeous four-inch touch-screen. Its long, remote control style looks may be out of the norm, but hey, innovation tends to be.
Killer app High-def widescreen with cinematic 21:9 ratio. You can even double-tap when 'regular' movies are playing to stretch them to full screen. We also love the TV out cable to throw any movies onto the big screen.
Specs Four-inch display with multi-touch support, 3.5mm audio jack, Dolby Mobile for surround sound, 1.1GB storage with microSD slot, HSDPA and Wi-Fi
Battery life Above average
Files supported MP4, DivX, XviD, H.263

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Samsung i8910HD
The world's first phone to record in high-definition also packs a mighty eight-megapixel camera that takes incredible stills, while its 3.7-inch AMOLED display (hint: means it's hyper clear and hyper bright) is one of Samsung's best touch-screens.
Killer app That killer screen and its 16GB of internal storage. Plus, its TV out cable means those vids you recorded in high-def can easily play back on your home cinema screen. The video camera can also record in slow motion.
Specs 3.7-inch display, Dolby Mobile for surround sound, 3.5mm audio jack, 16GB storage with microSD slot, HSDPA and Wi-Fi
Battery life Average
Files supported DivX, Xvid, WMV, MP4, 3GP

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Apple iPhone 3GS
It's a great all-rounder, and one of its best features is multimedia. The newest iPhone might be known for flawless internet, but that excellent touch-screen is great for watching movies and TV too. And of course, top-notch audio is a given with the iPod in its genes.
Killer app An incredibly well-stocked media center in the iTunes Store, plus the friendliest interface around.

Specs 3.5-inch display, TV out, 3.5mm audio jack, 32GB storage, HSDPA and Wi-Fi
Battery life Dwindles quickly when using multimedia. Be sure to recharge every night
Files supported MP4, M-PEG4, H.264

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Nokia X6
The X6 is the next coming of Nokia's music phone line, but don't let the pigeonhole fool you - with its tablet styling and access to Nokia's The Vid Store download service, this is a great little media device that you'll like as much for its movie features as its music ones. The five-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a video light is a nice bonus too. 
Killer app 32GB of storage and Nokia's first capacitive touch-screen combine to make a good portable media player at a very decent price
Specs 3.2-inch display at 360 x 640 pixels, TV out, 3.5mm audio jack, 32GB storage, HSDPA and Wi-Fi
Battery life Above average, lasted the day easily
Files supported WMV, RV, MP4, 3GP

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HTC HD2
We'll say it now - this is the best Windows phone ever. It doesn't just have a slick, fast interface; its 4.3-inch touch-screen is an incredible video display, and the five meg snapper with autofocus and dual flash is quite a coup for a Windows phone.
Killer app Preloaded YouTube client and that monster high-res WVGA display. Plus, its 1Ghz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm is the fastest on the mobile market, so multitasking is a breeze, and high-definition video files play smoothly
Specs 4.3 inch display at 480 x 800 pixels, 3.5mm audio jack, 512MB storage with microSD slot, HSDPA and Wi-Fi
Battery life Above average, lasted the day easily
Files supported MP4, WMV, H.264, H.263

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Written by Mobile Choice
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