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Mark Bridge

Professional Cell Phone Expert

Smartphones

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These aren’t mere cell phones. They’re smartphones. They’re packed with technology that’ll keep you on time, informed, and entertained. In fact, they could even replace your desktop PC.

Here’s our selection of the smartest smartphones around. They’ll organize your life, they’ll keep you in touch, and they’ll answer all your questions. Except, perhaps, for one. Smartphone… or smart phone? Is it one word or two?

Best Smartphones by Mark Bridge

The Best You Can Get

  • AT&T Tilt

    Mark says: Every network wants its own version of this powerful little device. Although we’ve picked the AT&T Tilt, it’s also known around the world as the HTC TyTN II, the v1615, the Stellar and the Vario III. But whatever you call it, you’ll be impressed.

    When it’s time to start work, the keyboard slides out and the screen tilts to become a mini laptop. You’ll enjoy face-to-face video calls and GPS navigation, along with mobile versions of popular Microsoft programs to handle everything from music to mail.

    • Touch-sensitive screen with slide-out keyboard
    • 3 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • Quad-band GSM, 3G, and WiFi connections
    • Windows Mobile 6 operating system
  • Nokia E90 Communicator

    Mark says: The original Nokia Communicator was often described as a ‘brick’. Clever – but large. This latest incarnation has slimmed down and smartened up, although it’s still no size zero supermodel.

    Open it up and you’ll be impressed by the decent-sized QWERTY keyboard and the large high-quality screen. Battery life is good and you’ll find plenty of business-focused features to keep you in touch. There’s even built-in GPS to work with Nokia’s own mapping software.

    • Fold-open design with large keyboard
    • 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • Quad-band GSM, 3G, and WiFi connections
    • Symbian operating system
  • BlackBerry Curve 8320

    Mark says: BlackBerry devices have a reputation for making mobile email remarkably easy to use. It’s well-deserved… but there’s much more to this slim smartphone than its email ability.

    Not only is this curvaceous handset incredibly slim and stylish, it’s also surprisingly light. Yet there’s room for a proper QWERTY keyboard, a camera, built-in maps and a multimedia player alongside its email and web browsing features. The whole thing’s controlled by an intuitive trackball, making everything perfectly straightforward.

    • Slim and light with QWERTY keyboard
    • 2 megapixel camera
    • Quad-band GSM and WiFi connections
    • RIM BlackBerry operating system
  • Samsung SGH-i617 BlackJack II

    Mark says: With its package of familiar-looking Windows Mobile software, this phone makes it simple for you to work on the move – from checking email to updating spreadsheets. And with its 3G technology, you won’t be waiting too long for files to download or for web pages to load.

    There’s built-in GPS and plenty of entertainment as well, with loads of storage space and Bluetooth stereo compatibility to help you enjoy your music.

    • Slim and light with QWERTY keyboard
    • 2 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G connections
    • Windows Mobile 6 operating system
  • Motorola Q9h

    Mark says: Packed with messaging options (including a decent QWERTY keyboard) and ready for international use, this powerful handset is happy to keep you organized and in touch when you’re on the move. It’s even equipped with HSDPA connectivity, offering extra-fast 3G internet downloads.

    And when it’s time for fun, there’s a versatile music player, a camera, and even a high-quality video player.

    • Slim device with QWERTY keyboard
    • 2 megapixel camera
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G connections
    • Windows Mobile 6 operating system

You will be happy with any of these

  • Palm Centro

    Mark says: By slimming down the size and removing some of the complicated features, Palm has created an ideal "first smartphone" for anyone who’s not sure if they really need one.

    It boasts a touch-sensitive screen and a QWERTY keyboard, backed up with a versatile organizer, email, and web browsing to keep you on top of your online life.

    • Small and light with QWERTY keyboard
    • 1.3 megapixel camera
    • Quad-band GSM connection
    • Palm operating system
  • HP iPAQ 510

    Mark says: Looking remarkably like a standard cellphone, the voice-controlled HP iPAQ 510 (also the iPAQ 514 if you’re in Europe and the iPAQ 512 in Asia) has been created to work as an extension from your office telephone system by using voice-over-internet technology.

    Combine your diary, your inbox, your office PBX extension and your mobile phone in one handy device.

    • Small and light with a conventional keypad
    • 1.3 megapixel camera
    • Quad-band GSM and WiFi connections
    • Windows Mobile 6 operating system
  • HTC Touch

    Mark says: Pick up this stylish smartphone and you’ll soon be using the touch-sensitive screen to choose your favorite features. You merely sweep your finger across the screen to navigate through the menu options.

    Underneath you’ll discover the familiarity of Windows Mobile, with Outlook for email, and special versions of Microsoft Office applications.

    • Slim and light with touch-controlled interface
    • 2 megapixel camera
    • Tri-band GSM and WiFi connections
    • Windows Mobile 6 operating system
  • Apple iPhone

    Mark says: With a forthcoming software update promising compatibility with third-party software and Microsoft Exchange email, this iconic multimedia device can now call itself a true smartphone.

    Although it may not be the cleverest smartphone, it’s definitely one of the most-coveted handsets around.

    • Slim and light with touch-controlled interface
    • 2 megapixel camera
    • Quad-band GSM and WiFi connections
    • Apple OS X operating system
  • Nokia N95 North American edition

    Mark says: Nokia’s N-series handsets are entertainers, but this one’s smart as well. The compact body conceals a music player, web browsing, email, and satellite navigation.

    It’s equipped with office features too, enabling you to read downloaded documents on the handset’s high-quality screen.

    • Compact two-way sliding design
    • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • Quad-band GSM, 3G, and WiFi connections
    • Symbian operating system

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