Laptop Cell Phone Hybrids:
5.2 x 2.24 x 0.79 inches, full QUERTY keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, 640 x 480 video resolution at 30fps, 3-G compatibility, WiFi, infrared and Bluetooth connectivity, a voice recorder, GPS Navigation, push-to-talk, both Flash and (scoff) Real Player.
Not so much a cell phone, it resembles an electronic pocket organizer. Available @ German’s 1und1, it’s the Internet plus or sans e-mail and web messaging.
â‚¬ 0 on contract, then optional 9,99 or 14,99 /month.
Samsung XP U3
The U3 is tiny and packed with features. Though the plastic-on-plastic build quality won’t win over fashion-conscious shoppers, looks can be deceiving. The U3 features a retractable USB 2.0 connector that slides out the bottom of the player and the flat-surface navigation buttons are super touch-sensitive.
The menus and features are a breeze to figure out (thankfully I had no RTFM incidents along the way) and the LED has a groovy bright-blue display. The voice recorder activates with the flick of a button, and the mic is surprisingly sensitive — we were able to capture clear dialogue on a TV from about 10 feet away.
It may not be as elegant or stylish as the iPod shuffle, but for about the same coin the U3 gives you double the memory, more features … and kitschy colors visible from 200 feet!
Haier Ibiza Rhapsody 30 GB (with Linux)
Paired with a Rhapsody To-Go music subscription ($15/month), built-in flash player for AOL Video, podcast finder and you can pull Rhapsody’s content library via any Hotspot.
$300 without subscription