Is This the iPod Killer?

Probably not, but with Sony Ericsson's new W810i Walkman phone, music lovers don't have to tote both an MP3 player and a cell phone everywhere they go

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Easy to navigate, with lots of features such as a 2-megapixel camera and built-in sound recorder

The Bad: Listening to nonstop tunes will drain the battery pretty quickly

The Bottom Line: An excellent all-around phone that doubles as a darn good music player

Something funny is happening in Europe. While Apple Computer (AAPL) is still selling iPods by the boatload, more and more young people are ditching Apple's offerings in favor of Sony Ericsson's new Walkman phones. "I always carry my phone with me, but the iPod is an extra," Rachel Slack, a 26-year-old Londoner, told one of my colleagues recently. Since buying a Sony Ericsson with enough memory for about 100 songs, she says, "it made sense to just use my phone for both."

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