Remember back when phones were just ... phones? Now they’re feature-fat cornucopias that take pictures, coordinate appointments, monitor online auctions, play some tunes, and, yeah, make a few calls now and then.


HANDSPRING TREO 300, $500


Assets: Highly intuitive user interface, single-band world phone, brilliant screen, and full set of Palm PDA functions.


Liabilities: A bit pricey, no analog roaming.


Bottom Line: Solid performer seems almost old-fashioned sans camera, but hey, we’ve already got a camera.


More Info:www.handspring.com

NOKIA 3650, $400


ASSETS: Built-in camera will take stills and short video clips.


Liabilities: The retro-esque circular keypad looks cool enough (Liberace, call your office), but takes some fumbling to master.


Bottom Line: Lots of customizable features, a large display, and voice-activated dialing make this unit sparkle.      


More Info:www.nokia.com     ;
SONY ERICSSON P800, $650


Assets: A smart phone for play (downloads games, movie trailers) and work (handles corporate e-mail, syncs with Microsoft Outlook).


Liabilities: With all these features, it’s a real battery vampire.


Bottom Line: Combiningest combo of all, does everything but negotiate lower monthly bills with your carrier.


More Info:www.sonyericsson.com/us