Many of the latest mobile phones, such as the iPhone and the Sony Xperia X10, come with large removable storage capacities, in the form of Micro SD cards, and standard headphone outputs. This means that they can be used as a personal music player as well as a phone that, apart from anything else, saves you having to carry around a separate personal stereo when you want to listen to music on the move. You can get some fantastic deals on music-ready mobile phones (including the ubiquitous iPhone) from the Vodafone website.
Most handsets come with a fairly basic pair of headphones, which are fine for occasional use, but if you want to get the best possible sound quality, it is well worth investing in a good quality pair of replacement headphones. There are thousands of different types of headphone available that will work with a mobile phone. Most users prefer in-ear models, as these are small and light, provide good isolation from background noise, and don’t look too conspicuous.
SoundMAGIC PL30s offer great sound reproduction, decent noise insulation, and excellent build quality at the very reasonable price of £34.95. The cable is designed to hang over the top of the ear, which can take a little getting used to, but it does hold them in place very well.
Phonak Audeo PFEs (Perfect Fit Earphones) have a similar over-the-ear cabling design, ultra soft ear tips and moulded earpieces. The Swiss manufacturer Phonak Audeo have a 60-year history of making hearing aids, so you would expect these to be very comfortable to wear indeed, and they do not disappoint. Audio quality is sensational, and there is a choice of two filters that can be fitted to the earphones to give different levels of bass response. At £129.95, they are not cheap, but if you listen to a lot of music on the move, they may well be worth the investment.
If you have even more money to spend, you might want to consider the Sleek Audio SA6 earphones, which are quite pricey at £179.99, but offer amazing sound quality, are very comfortable to wear for long periods, and have a built in tone control, which allows you to change the tonal balance of the sound.