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With the sheer number of combo PDAs to choose from, here are some things to think about.

By Michael Gros • Aug 1, 2003

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Today's wireless PDAs look less like executive toys and morelike useful tools. The CRN Test Center evaluated five products thatcombine cell phone service, wireless e-mail, instant messaging andWeb access--everything an on-the-go professional needs.

The Danger Hiptop, Handspring Treo 300, Palm Tungsten W,Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry 5810 and the T-Mobile PocketPCedition take different approaches to target different audiences.BlackBerry requires its own server on top of a Lotus Domino orMicrosoft Exchange server. The $250 (all prices street) BlackBerry5810 we tested over T-Mobile's wireless network experiencedspotty service and e-mail delays-but no problems on the AT&Tand Cingular networks. A new BlackBerry Enterprise Server includeswireless scheduling but no automatic synchronization with yourdesktop computer.

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