For the first time in Must-Have Gadgets history, a product on our list has been replaced by itself. Kudos to the new Core 2 Duo Dell XPS 1710, which makes the best gaming laptop in the biz even better...but not for gaming. You can find out why by reading its full review in our number three spot.
1. Motorola Q
Meet the Q. Don't let its thin frame fool you: There's a lot of fight in that sleek form factor. It runs Windows Mobile 5. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera. It's an on-the-go multimedia/productivity champ, with EV-DO support, solid call quality, a full keyboard and Bluetooth. And it just got a fancy new software update. We wish it did Wi-Fi, but archrival Palm Treo can't do that, either.
Editors' rating: 8.0
The good: The Motorola Q boasts a sexy, ultrathin design and features a sharp display, a full QWERTY keyboard, EV-DO support, and a sharp multimedia functionality. The Windows Mobile 5 smart phone also has integrated Bluetooth, a speakerphone, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and solid call quality.
The bad: The Motorola Q lacks integrated Wi-Fi and analog roaming, and you can't use its Bluetooth as a wireless modem. The screen also tends to hold a lot of smudges, and there's no option for a cameraless version at this time.
The bottom line: The Motorola Q lives up to much of the hype by offering good call quality, an excellent multimedia experience, and the essential productivity tools, all wrapped up in a sexy little package.
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