I'm ready to trade-in (and of course trade-up) my cell phone and PDA. With the emergence of the smartphone, I'm wondering whether I should take the plunge and combine my old devices into one. I've been using Palms for years now and don't mind the need to be "graffiti-proficient".
This is what I "need": -access to the Verizon mobile network (so I can make calls while on the Wash DC Metro); the only reasonable free roaming & free long-distance plan they offer requires a tri-mode phone. -contact/address book, date book/calendar, reminders & tasks, memo/notepad of some sort (to keep driving directions handy), simple games. -ability to categorize all of these items. -size not much larger than the old Palm m125. -easy data-entry (ideally by synching with my home PC--Outlook Express or whatever else; not allowed to synch with Outlook at my new job). -easy way to share (beam) data to others.
I don't have to have internet or email access or a digital camera. My new job will give me a Nextel DirectConnect phone, so I'll have fun learning how to use that (but can't use it for personal calls). Plus, I don't want to have to buy something else in 2 years. I don't mind paying up to $500 upfront, but want monthly fees to be "reasonable" ($40/month).
Someone suggested getting devices with Bluetooth so I don't have to enter contact info into both the PDA and the cellphone. Do I just need a cellphone (and need to get used to the smaller screen)?