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The Smartphone Explosion

THE FLIPPER Samsung SGH-T719
Pick-ups The first clamshell flip-phone with instant push-and-notify e-mail packs in a jet set–friendly quad-band GSM radio and near-broadband-speed data transfers.
Hang-ups It has only 25 MB of flash memory, and you may have trouble typing out long messages with the cell phone–style keyboard.
Bottom Line An e-mail solution for those who hate bulky gadgets. 800/726-7864; www.samsung.com; $299–$399.

THE SOPHISTICATE Motorola Q
Pick-ups The Razr of smartphones, this silver stunner packs a full QWERTY keyboard and five-way thumb pad into a package that's under a half-inch thin. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 for easy PC compatibility at near-broadband speeds, and with both Bluetooth and an infrared port, you don't need to wire it to anything.
Hang-ups No Wi-Fi Internet or GSM roaming. The large speakers might be a plus, but who wants to make more noise in public?
Bottom Line Sleek and streamlined, perfect for those on the cutting edge of mobile fashion. 800/922-0204; www.motorola.com; from $199.

THE EXPLORER HP iPAQ hw6940
Pick-ups This quad-band GSM smartie with Bluetooth and Windows Mobile 5.0 also has GPS navigation, so you'll never get lost. Plus, the Wi-Fi chip lets you surf the Web at near-broadband speeds without using your cell plan.
Hang-ups The three-inch screen is large, but not as sharp as others, with 240x240 resolution.
Bottom Line A must for overseas travelers who need the Net everywhere. 800/888-0262; www.hp.com; price not available at press time.

THE EVERYMAN Palm Treo 700p
Pick-ups The latest Treo incarnation lets you check Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, and Gmail and acts as a wireless modem for your laptop. Unlike its predecessor, the 700p runs on Palm's operating system instead of Windows—which lets Palm show off its fastest full-graphics Web browser.
Hang-ups A narrower keyboard may not jibe for someone with larger hands. And there's no Wi-Fi Internet or GSM radio for global roaming.
Bottom Line A reliable multitasker for domestic-traveling business types. 800/881-7256; www.palm.com; from $399.

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