P910 Paraphernalia

Sony Ericsson's new P910 PDA cellphone might be the best combo device available. Here's how to double its cost.

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Dept.: Maxed Out
Tech: Sony Ericsson P910 PDA cellphone
Base Cost: $800
Total Cost: $1,694
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Few PDA-phones live up to their promise of dual functionality. The Treo 600 is one exception; another is the new Sony Ericsson P910, which will be available this winter for U.S. GSM carriers. (Check www.expansys-usa.com for an unlocked model.) I imported the previous generation, the P900, and loved its built-in Bluetooth and Symbian OS, which is better at multitasking than the Treo’s Palm OS–I could surf the Web, use IM, and listen to music at the same time. The P910 just gets better, with a smaller form factor, built-in Qwerty keyboard, brighter 262,000-color screen, more internal memory (64MB versus 16MB) and MemoryStick DUO Pro support. My favorite part: All my P900 accessories work with the P910. And as you can see, I have quite a few.

A Dozen Essentials

Many of the best add-ons come from Sony Ericsson (sonyericsson.com except where noted), including the tiny $22 Micro Travel Charger and the $39 Desk Speaker. For tunes on the go, I switch between the Stereo FM Radio Handsfree Headset ($39) and the Bluetooth MP3 Headset ($149), which automatically pauses the music for calls. More Sony goodies: the $7 Blue Torch LED flashlight and $21 Laser Pointer (www.expansys-usa.com); the tiny $100 USB Bluetooth dongle; and the Bluetooth CAR-100, which is remote-controlled by the phone ($80).

The Bluespoon Bluetooth digital headset is the smallest in the world ($300; blue-spoon.com). When I need to add notes or contacts fast, I use the T806 SnapNType folding keyboard ($75; tt-tec.com), then back them up on my PC with the SIMmate Mini USB SIM card reader ($55; didya.com). Finally, our phone-obsessed gadget brethren in Japan love these tiny screen cleaners ($7; strapya.com/top.htm).

Sony Ericsson P910 PDA-phone: $800
Micro travel charger: $22
Desk speaker: $39
FM radio headset: $39
Bluetooth MP3 headset: $149
LED flashlight: $7
Laser pointer: $21
USB Bluetooth dongle: $100
Bluetooth CAR-100: $80
Bluespoon headset: $300
Folding keyboard: $75
SIM card reader: $55
Screen cleaner: $7
TOTAL: $1,694