IN THE BAG
For the person who insists on shouldering the load, Targus' Ultra-Lite Corporate Traveler, at just 2.5 pounds (before you fill it), eases the pain. Its three-section, expandable-file storage holds plenty, including a notebook computer and accessories in convenient pockets. Best of all, it's top loading, which is convenient when you're busy and on the run.
Fortunately, you no longer have to transport several devices (and all their various cords) to stay organized and connected; one or two pieces of electronic gear that combine functionality should do. In addition to standard PDA capabilities, the new BlackBerry 7230 offers wireless e-mail, a mini keyboard, color screen, and good cellphone functionality via a T-Mobile account.
Now, good cellphone reception within any concrete cavern of a convention center is a shaky proposition at best. But the new flip-top i730 phone from Nextel increases your odds. It has a color screen and comes enabled with GPS to provide location-specific services such as downloading maps, which can ease your navigation around any convention city. The phone also comes with Nextel's useful Direct Connect and Nationwide Direct Connect services for conversing walkie-talkie style with your Nextel-using associates, coast to coast.