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Nokia 9300Multitasker
The Nokia 9300 is no ordinary phone. It's a $300 multimedia device that lets you send and receive faxes, E-mail, pictures, video, sound clips, text messages, even slide presentations. The 9300 works with the Symbian operating system and is Windows compatible. You can even attach voice clips to ring tones. Our favorite: "Say hello to my little friend."

Wolverine MVPBig Daddy
The Wolverine MVP is huge as portable media players go, measuring 5-by-2.6 inches and more than 1 inch thick. Part of the reason for its girth is to accommodate the seven memory card readers built into the $400 device. There probably isn't a camera on earth whose photos you can't view on this puppy. The 60-Gbyte Wolverine has a battery life of about 110 minutes.

BlackBerry 8700cChange For The Better
What can be said about the new BlackBerry 8700c? Change is good. The device's coolest feature is its automatic backlight function that adjusts to any lighting. Its screen size increased by half, as did the quality. Its slimmer design makes for a more crowded keyboard, but its larger, faster, 312-MHz processor and Bluetooth capability more than compensate for that.

Take This Down
If you're short-staffed and an assistant is a pipe dream, let Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 take your dictation. The $200 speech-recognition software from Nuance Communications works with both live commands and digital recordings, and it plays well with most Windows apps, including Microsoft Word. NaturallySpeaking runs on a 500-MHz processor and requires 256 Mbytes of RAM.

DataTraveler Elite Privacy Edition USB drive from Kingston TechnologyData Safe
How often have you left your USB drive in a hotel room drawer or on a table at Starbucks, leaving your data vulnerable? The DataTraveler Elite Privacy Edition USB drive from Kingston Technology offers 128-bit AES encryption and a somewhat complicated password policy to protect your data. Prices range from $48 to $350.

Motorola's Qwerty multimedia phoneThin Is In
Motorola's Qwerty multimedia phone, expected to be available soon, is only 11.5 millimeters thick, making it even thinner than the company's Razr. Still, the Q packs a whole lot of punch with its 1.3-megapixel camera with lighting, contact list and calendar for work and play, high-resolution display, and keypad to make maneuvering the phone easy. Its nickname: RazrBerry. search engineAdvantage: Accoona
Newbie search engine may have a leg up on its rivals. Its business search option yields vital information about any company. Searches can be narrowed by using drop-down menus that let you filter results. Accoona also uses artificial intelligence to look for meaning in queried words. But can Accoona knock Google off its throne? Time will tell.

Visual Voice Recorder ICD-CX50Quite The Recorder
The Visual Voice Recorder ICD-CX50 records audio and image files in a color display all at once. The $400 high-end Sony recorder features 256 Mbytes of memory and a 4,000-image, 93-hour capacity. The 1.2-megapixel camera can zoom up to four times the distance with admirable quality.

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