“12 Gizmos of Christmas”: #4 – Cell Phones

There was no way we Geeks were going to feature plain vanilla cell phones without a PDA or a camera. With the number of gadgets that a self-respecting geek has to carry around, consolidation is the name of the game, and integrating PDAs with cell phones was a natural merger. Once you get your hands on one of these cool PDA phones, you’re never going back! Cameras may not have seemed like the thing to stick into a phone, but they’ve taken off like a wildfire. We feature 2 PDA phones and 1 camera phone.

The first of the PDA phones is PalmOne’s Treo 650. Following up on the success of the original Treo, PalmOne has managed to stuff even more features into this drool-inducing gadget.

The Treo™ 650 smartphone from palmOne makes it easier than ever to stay connected. It simplifies your life by combining a compact mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging, and web access.3 There’s also Bluetooth® technology so you can connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices. Not to mention an MP3 player, a digital camera that captures video, and a vibrant color screen that brings everything to life – all in a device that’s still small enough to fit in your pocket. Seems like Treo smartphones just keep getting smarter.

The Treo 650 smartphone looks and feels just like a phone, but it’s so much more. Carry thousands of business and personal phone numbers with you, and dial any of them by name from your contacts list. Or enter a name or number on the QWERTY keyboard. There’s even an on-screen dial pad. speakerphone, speed dial, conference calling, call history, and caller ID make managing all your calls that much easier. Available as either a GSM quad-band world phone or dual-band digital CDMA.

Next up is a camera phone from Sony Ericsson: the T610, featuring a super-high-resolution, 65,536-color screen.

The T610’s four rows of animated menu icons bring a PC-like navigation experience to your phone while still leaving plenty of room for messages, which the phone’s MMS capability lets you to compose using images, sounds, and text. With both Java and Mophun platform support, the widest range of mobile phone games and applications are also available for you to download and enjoy.

The T610’s Bluetooth, infrared and cable support and ready-to-run Apple iSync make the phone fully compatible with any computer, so all your phone books and calendars can stay synchronized and updated.

Blackberrys enjoy Macintosh-like devotion from their owners, and now they’ve tied their wireless PDA together with a cell phone to produce the RIM BlackBerry 7230 Phone.

Now Blackberry users can wirelessly read email, make phone calls, book meetings, and more–in color. The RIM Blackberry 7230’s high resolution 240×160 display supports over 65,000 colors. The popular handheld also includes increased memory for application and data storage (16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM), and easy integration with multiple email systems, so you can keep your existing email address or use the one included with the Blackberry. Plus integrated attachment viewing lets you read Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF files with ease.

Completely embedded wireless technology, lets the Blackberry travel lightly with no extra attachments or dialing-in required to get online. Similar to a DSL line on a wired computer, the BlackBerry’s connection is designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, so data and email is delivered to your handheld with no extra effort required. Services available include wireless e-mail, voice and SMS, mobile data service, a wireless calendar, and of course, wireless Internet access.

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