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Mobile Tools


HP IPaq Pocket PC H4350

HP IPaq Pocket PC H4350
Photograph: Wendi Nordeck

We haven't always seen eye to eye with Microsoft on handheld OSs, but HP's take on Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs is particularly elegant in the H4350. You'll pay top dollar for this corporate companion, but it doesn't stint on features--built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a small keyboard. $500

PDA Software

PDAapps VeriChat

VeriChat manages IM with panache on both Palm and Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) handhelds. The service works on the major IM networks, and it lets you toil away in another app while swapping messages with buddies. $25

Camera Phone

Motorola V600

Motorola V600

The V600 takes 640-by-480-resolution snapshots, plays downloaded video clips, simplifies photo sharing, and "comes in a design that everybody knows and loves," says IDC's Kevin Burden. $300 (carrier-dependent)

Web-Based E-Mail


Mailblocks' system of challenging messages from unknown senders just plain works. 5MB free, 15MB $10, 100MB $25

Video Instant Messaging Software

SightSpeed Video Messenger

Some video IM services have such poor voice sync that you may as well look at a photo while talking on the phone. But SightSpeed keeps up with the back-and-forth banter of a fast-paced conversation. $5 per month, $50 per year

Remote Access Software

Citrix Online GoToMyPC

With a GoToMyPC account, you can turn any Web-connected PC into a clone of your distant machine, affording access to remote programs, files, and networks. Though pricey, the service's speedy, secure, and hassle-free approach remains unbeatable. $20 per month per PC

Collaboration Tool

Groove Networks Groove 3

No other collaboration tool matches Groove's safety, simplicity, and low cost--all within Windows Explorer. $69

Web-Based Application


This dot-com-era survivor has only improved over time, with new party invitation tools, including ones for public events. Free

GPS Navigation Device

Garmin StreetPilot 2620

Garmin StreetPilot 2620

The expensive StreetPilot calculates routes within seconds and supplies accurate, detailed maps and directions. Better still: It puts safety first by requiring that you stop the car before entering a new location. $1300

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