Chin up, space invaders: Where Nokia’s N-Gage floundered, its successor, the N-Gage QD Game Deck, triumphs. Longer battery life, enhanced controls, and a streamlined design serve the combination mobile phone and portable entertainment system well. Cartridges now load via a bottom-mounted MMC slot, and you no longer have to hold it sideways while talking. Compatible with all current and upcoming N-Gage titles, new applications let you hop online and enjoy multiplayer mayhem in seconds. $99 with contract, $199 without. www.n-gage.com
— Scott Steinberg