Three can't-lose smartphones The smallest Blackberry 8100 Pearl $300* Carriers: T-Mobile, Cingular Why: Small, sleek, and loaded. Only drawback: no 3G. Or T-Mobile Dash, $350 *Prices shown reflect carrier's "full retail" without contract discounts and rebates. How to buy a smartphone
Music cell phones have become a hot commodity in 2006, with almost every manufacturer getting into the game. Sony Ericsson's Walkman handsets in particular have emerged as favorites of mobile music fans, but Nokia has countered with its quality N-series smart phones that come packed with multimedia features. But let's face it, not everyone needs a fancy smart phone such as the Nokia N91 so we're glad to welcome the new Nokia 5300 Xpress Music. Packed into a unique but user-friendly design is an exceptional music player and a broad range of features including a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and an expandable memory slot. And yes, it delivers on performance as well. As of this writing, the GSM 5300 isn't available with a U.S. carrier, so it will cost you. But even at $300, we reckon it's worth it.
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Let's face it: The novelty of hearing your cell phone play Fur Elise -- or even a riff from 50 Cent's Wanksta -- wears off pretty fast. Ditto for most of those video games you can play on your handset.