Keeping in Touch
The Latest Generation of PDAs
By Clifford Blodgett

Finding time to hit the links has become harder and harder these days. But now there are high tech accessories that help make it possible to keep appointments and accomplish tasks—even when heading out for a quick round. Portable business devices have evolved over the past few years and the latest generation of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) now combine other platforms, such as cellular phones and internet access. The following are some top players in the field.

BlackBerry 7250 is a powerful handheld that features a high-resolution display, a backlit 33-key QWERTY keyboard, and a track wheel to make the Java-based operating system easy to navigate. The 4 MB of SRAM and 32 MB of Flash Ram can handle full HTML Web browsing, e-mail and calendars, as well as many popular Microsoft file formats; $349.

PalmOne Treo 650 simplifies life by combining a compact mobile phone with e-mail, an organizer, messaging and web access. Bluetooth technology makes sure it connects to a wide array of devices and the 312 MHz processor powers an MP3 player, a digital camera and a vibrant color screen that brings everything into sharp focus; $399.

Samsung SCH-i730 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and high resolution 2.8-inch screen, launching Samsung into primetime competition in the PDA/cellular phone market. The versatile i730 is the ultimate multitasker with its Wireless Sync technology that can send and receive e-mail, create and modify Microsoft Windows applications as well as play audio and video files; $599.

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