Field Test: Musical cellphones

You don't have to spring for an iPhone to stuff a stocking with a cellphone that can carry a tune. Stores are filled with affordable mobile phones that have access to a growing library of digital music.

LG Chocolate VX8550
LG Chocolate VX8550
Available from: Verizon Wireless

Price: $130 (with two-year agreement and rebate)

Pros: A stylish slider with a flashy touchpad that lights up and vibrates when pressed (a good thing, trust us). Can surf the Web and display videos through Verizon's fast 3G network; has access to the two million songs on the carrier's V CAST music service.

Cons: Touchpad and navigation wheel take some getting used to.

Buy this one if... You want a good-looking phone and don't mind the learning curve.