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With all these smartphones available, why haul your laptop along?

This story appears in the April 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Smartphones have come a long way since those first fumbling steps toward the integration of cell phones and PDAs. Today's phones are elegant, powerful, must-have business accessories for entrepreneurs who want to minimize their mobile devices.

There are a few things to look for when shopping for your dream smartphone. If you're happy with your current cellular provider, your options may be limited to devices it supports if you want to avoid paying full price. Still, you should be able to find a smartphone to your liking, regardless of carrier. Expect it to include a keyboard, a digital camera, Bluetooth connectivity and e-mail support. Other features, like Wi-Fi connectivity or a built-in GPS receiver, are less common. But if you're hooked on hot spots, you'll still be able to find phones like T-Mobile's Dash, which includes a Wi-Fi transceiver in a reasonably slim 4.2-ounce body.

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