PDA vs. Cell

Do you want a PDA that acts like a cellphone, a cellphone that keeps you organized, or something in between? How to decide.

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Great For: Anyone who travels frequently on business.

A PDA WITH A PHONE BUILT IN

Great For: Anyone who travels
frequently on business. Having inte-
grated high-speed communica-
tions leaves your PDA's expansion
slots open for other devices

Think Twice If: You're constantly looking for a new cellphone service provider
What to buy: Handspring Treo ($399)

A PHONE ACCESSORY FOR YOUR PDA

Great For: The occasional traveler
who wants to use his PDA as a laptop
substitute for e-mail and Web browsing

Think Twice If: You plan on using the modem frequently -- it's bulky and you have to charge it separately

What to buy: Sprint PCS Wireless Web Digital Link ($200), Casio Pocket Spider ($349)

A CELL PHONE WITH A PDA BUILT IN

Great For: The businessman or socialite who's always on the go -- and on the phone

Think Twice If: You're concerned about how your suit hangs -- these devices are monstrous in size compared with the latest cellphones

What to Buy: Samsung I300 ($350), Kyocera QCP-6035 ($499)