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When Julie announced the Sound ID 400 I couldn't wait for it to be announced.  Small, simple and packed with features like PersonalSound (enhanced listening power) and Automatic Volume Control (self-explanatory) in a nice looking package.  Well I've been using the headset for a little while now, and was surprised by how it performed. The… Read More

I've been a big fan of Palm Treo smartphones for quite awhile. Since I purchased my very first smartphone (Treo 650), I've been using one as my main phone on and off for over three years now. During most of that time, I've been a Palm OS user, but I have also used Windows Mobile Treos during that period too. We've all watched the slow evolution of Treo hardware and even slower evolution of software - at least on the Palm OS side, throughout the past several years. That's why I tend to be an on again, off again Treo user. I get bored with either the hardware or the software and get the itch to try something new for awhile. I really liked the Treo 800w and was looking forward to an unlocked GSM version of that model. But instead of doing that, Palm decided to release the Palm Treo Pro. Let's check it out...

Here's a first - a mobile phone with a built in Bluetooth headset. LG's Decoy for Verizon is a cool little slider phone that has a headset dock on the backside of the phone. Now you'll have no excuse for hands-free talking while driving.

I've been an AT&T customer for several years now. The main reason being that I can easily switch SIM cards between the various mobile phones that I have the opportunity to review. This convenience has been great, but if I am honest, call quality and audio clarity on the AT&T network really isn't the best... at least not in my area. Also, AT&T has not rolled out 3G here in little old Columbus, Indiana. Funny thing is that Verizon's 3G (EVDO) network is already here. So, I'm going to try some Verizon phones and see if I might like to switch carriers. LG's Chocolate 3 is my first Verizon feature phone to test. Let's take a look.

It's been close to two years since I had a new HP iPAQ smartphone in my hands. The last one was the hw6945. Their latest device is the iPAQ 910. This QUAD band GSM phone has a nice collection of features including a QWERTY thumb keyboard, a camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. But will this loaner unit be one that I will want to buy for myself? Let's find out...

The Palm Treo 800w smartphone is Sprint's latest Treo with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It's been designed for business users and operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, with support for EvDO Rev. A data speeds. It's also the first Treo with built in WiFi.

The Sony Ericsson Z520a is a rather simple phone by today's standards. It doesn't have a media player, it doesn't have a good camera, and it doesn't even come with any games. What it does come with is a fairly easy to use interface, a nice compact size and good battery life. About the only frill you do get is Bluetooth, which is really standard equipment on all but the absolute cheapest phones nowadays. More about all this later.

Most people that read this site probably know that I'm a big fan of Palm OS and have been using a Treo for what seems like forever. A couple years ago I went through a whole nightmare ordeal buying a SprintPCS Treo 650 that was hacked to run on the Verizon network. Then I moved to Cingular / AT&T, got GSM Treo 650 and later a Treo 680. As for the new Centro, I haven't purchased one yet and am not sure that I will. Why? Well, I seem to have found my way back into the Windows Mobile camp by way of the Pantech Duo smartphone from AT&T.

Every time I decide to buy a new mobile phone, I get excited that it might become my new favorite. I'm really anxious for a new favorite. A phone that has all the features of my current favorite (Treo 680), but with enough new features that takes me to my gadgeteer happy place. If the Treo works for me, why do I want to chuck it for something new? Because I get bored easily and am never satisfied. :o) Will the Nokia E61i transport me to mobile phone nirvana? Let's see...

Fans of Palm smartphones and PDAs continue to wait as days, weeks, months and years drift by without a major update to their favorite mobile operating system. It's not far from the truth when I say that the Palm operating system hasn't changed all THAT much since it's introduction back in the late 1990's. It still has the same look and feel, which is both comforting and let's face it, kinda boring. While the OS side of Palm remains the same, they have offered hardware updates on a semi-regular basis. The latest one in the stores is the Palm Centro. This is a CDMA EvDO smartphone running on the Sprint network. How does Palm's most affordable (when purchased with a 2yr contract) smartphone stack up? Let's find out...

The HTC TyTn II is the successor to the powerful and popular TyTn Windows Mobile PDA phone (which Julie and I reviewed here last year). While it retains the original’s features, including 3G mobile broadband, WiFi, and a sliding keyboard, it adds new features such as a tiltable display and internal GPS. A customized version of it, called the “Tilt”, has recently been released in the USA by AT&T. Is the TyTn II a worthy successor to the original TyTn? Read on to find out.

I've been a fan of Apple products since I purchased my first iPod back in 2003. Yes, I waited until the 3rd generation of the world's most popular audio player was on the market before I drank the kool-aid. Two years later, I took another gulp of that kool-aid and ditched my Windows PC, for an iMac and haven't looked back. It did take me 3 tries before I finally made that switch though, as I always found some reason why the Mac OS didn't quite do it for me. And now, I find myself standing at yet another Apple crossroads in my gadget life. This time, it's with the world's most hyped mobile phone: the Apple iPhone.

It's hard for me to believe that I've not reviewed a BlackBerry device in over 6 years. The last device that I reviewed was the 950, which was an email only device shaped like a pager. Back in 2001, BlackBerry products did not have telephony capabilities. These devices were for one purpose and one purpose only: email. Wow, times sure have changed, haven't they? That's especially evident with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 series smartphone. This little beauty sports a quad band GSM radio, a wonderful display and an innovative trackball pointer. Will this phone cause me to put my Treo 680 and 750 in my drawer o' phones, or will it end up there itself? You will have to keep reading to find the answer.

I am simply amazed at how cell phones have evolved from the "portable" bag phone to today's vast selection of featured laden mobile phones. Built in cameras, music players, text messaging and voice dialing are just some of the options available in mix and match feature laden phones. Add to the mix WiFi and Bluetooth, push email, robust calendar and contact management with Internet access plus a large catalog of third party software makes today's smartphone a compelling reason to leave the laptop at home.

Are you the type of person that wants a great PDA that happens to also have a good phone built into it? Or would you rather have a great phone that just happens to also function as a good PDA? That's almost always the question you have to ask yourself when you're in the market for a smartphone. It seems that no matter which brand of phone/PDA that you look at, you can't find a device that is both an excellent PDA and an excellent phone. Trade offs, gotta luv em...