Sony's Walkman phone has started shifting a little uneasily in its charging chair – the first hard-drive music phone, the Samsung i300, is now available from O2.
Sporting 3GB of internal storage, the new Windows smartie can hold 1,000 tracks (WMA, AAC or MP3) and runs Windows Media Player 10 for easy syncing with your PC. Its musical prowess is also bolstered by dual stereo speakers and the presence of Bluetooth for wireless headphones.
On the down side, there's none of the Sony Eric W900i's over-the-air downloading action, although the painfully high prices of most network stores mean this isn't a crippling omission.
Away from music, the i300's Windows Mobile 2003 heritage gives you smartphone options galore – you can e-mail with Outlook, instant message with MSN Messenger and edit Word and Excel files. The 'Plug & play' feature also means you can hook it up to your PC and use it as a portable hard-drive.
The decent 1.3MP camera, which can shoot MP4 video, ices a promising albeit chunky music phone contender. It's available now from O2 – we'll be pitting it against Nokia's N91 as soon as we get our hands on a sample.