Choosing the Right Cell Phone
There are many choices
and many plans so it comes
down to what you will do
Smart Phone (such as BlackBerry, Palm Treo, Palm Centro, etc.)
What It Does: Works as a PDA and a mini-computer as well as a phone; you can manage calendars, check e-mail, and browse the Web.
Best Features: A relatively large screen and a keyboard make viewing calendars and sending and receiving e-mail easy.
Biggest Drawbacks: Some models are bulky. Downloading and syncing with a computer can be confusing. Web access is limited and can be slow.
Cost: Many cost $99 with a two-year contract, but they start as low as $60. Monthly plans start at $80.
It’s for You If… You need access to calendars and want to e-mail from anywhere. Maybe your bed. Or the beaches of Miami.
iPhone (available in 8- and 16-gigabyte sizes)
What It Does: “What doesn’t it do?” might be a better question. E-mail, Web browsing, watching videos, and more are all easy to master.