We’re getting spoiled by the endless parade of new PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS that are great-looking and deliver the goods, too. Here are three recent models we had to have.
T-Mobile Sidekick, $300 plus monthly service fees
Assets: Count ’em: phone, camera, Web browser, instant messenger, Game Boy, and all standard PDA functions.
Liabilities: Phone quality isn’t the best; lacks a speakerphone.
Bottom Line: This is the absolute, final last word in multi-convergence — for at least a month or so.
Sony Cli PEG-TG50, about $350
Assets: Backlit screen, built-in keyboard, and it doubles as a remote control for the TV, DVD player, and more.
Liabilities: Some functions require a Bluetooth phone.
Bottom Line: Unlike earlier Clis (around $800), this one doesn’t require a second mortgage.
Palm Tungsten C, $500
Assets: Muscular new 64MB Palm boasts mucho power, sharp screen resolution, and Wi-Fi capability.
Liabilities: Mono audio port and speaker reduce MP3 music quality.
Bottom Line: An attractive, highly functional, yet lightweight unit.