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This is an entry from our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

BlackBerry Pearl 8100

BlackBerry has gone mainstream with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Much more than a business-level messaging device, the Pearl 8100 packs in a 1.3-megapixel camera, vibrant 320x240 display, and MP3 support. The abridged QWERTY keypad allows you to type messages quicker than you would using standard T9, and also keeps the phone as thin as any other cell phone out there, with dimensions of 4.2 x 2 x 0.6-inches. The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 throws away the scroll wheel, and instead uses the Pearl-esque scroll ball in the center of the device. Throw in EDGE support, and you have a winner.

Price: $199 with two-year contract

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Nokia E61 BoxWave

Hand-crafted from fine, premium grade leather, BoxWave’s Designio Leather Case is a hard leather case that is custom-fitted for the Nokia E61.  This durable leather case neatly stores your device and protects it from everyday wear and tear, while giving it a slim and professional look. The Designio Leather Case is a form-fitting leather case that protects your device, and has accessible cutouts. You can pick one up for $34.95 USD at BoxWave’s online store.

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Motorolaslvr-17cSprint has unveiled their latest Motorola KRZR K1m,  the RAZR V3m, and the SLVR L7c, which will enable customers to access the latest news, music, and entertainment at broadband-like speeds. On Sprint’s Power Vision EV-DO network, these models will be the only versions of these handsets to offer NFL Mobile, Sprint TV, Sprint Movies, Sprint Music, and Sprint Power View. That’s a heck of a lot of Sprinting, but it had better be for the cost of $199.99.

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Imaginarium Mo 1Imaginarium has decided to compete with Disney Mobile by releasing its pre-paid Mo 1 Mobile Phone for kids aged 6 to 12. Two keys are for one-button access to parents. Number of incoming calls and text messaging can be pre-set and there is a permanent connection for emergencies and automatic voice activation. Priced at 59 EUR (~$75), the Imaginarium Mo 1 will be available in December. It certainly looks user-friendly, but I would guess this would be a more welcome Christmas gift for worrying parents than kidlets.

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RAZR V3m Verizon Wireless will be introducing “Flash Lite for BREW” technology to its cell phones before the end of the year. Claiming to be the first American company to do so, the Flash-enabled content will available on their Samsung-SCH A950, LG VX9800, Motorola RAZR V3c, and Motorola RAZR V3m models. The Software, developed by Adobe and Qualcomm, can be upgraded automatically over-the-air. To get the Flash Lite ball rolling, Verizon will also carry new Shockwave games, MovieGoer from Zingy, and graphic-rich applications from The Weather Channel. Contact Verizon for details on availability and price.

 

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Verizon G'ZoneVerizon has decided to appeal to the Hummer crowd and has come up with the G’zOne Type-V. It even sounds militaristic. This phone can handle up to 140º heat, solar radiation, getting dropped in water, major vibrations, or any other abuse you want to impose upon it. The G’zOne features a 2.0 megapixel camera, VCast, which allows access to video clips and 3-D games,  Mobil IM, Get It Now’s virtual store, and VZ Navigator, which includes mapping, navigation, and over 14 million points of interest.

Available at Verizon at a price of $299.99 with a 2-year agreement, you can rest assured that your fave soldier may not have body armor, but can call you from the war zone.

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SereneSamsung and Bang & Olufsen have teamed together to develop the Serene Mobile Phone, giving a gift to those of us that are all thumbs. At dimensions of 65 x 70 x 24 mm and a weight of 110g, this clamshell is composed of 2 equal parts, a display and speaker with “discreet” air holes on the upper shell, and a thumb-operated keypad which surrounds a navigation wheel on the bottom. When you want to use the Serene for meetings, simply place it on a table and reverse the 2.1-inch screen. You can talk for up to three hours or stay on standby for up to 250 hours.

Choose either portrait or landscape orientation with a camera conveniently placed at the side of its anodised aluminum hitch, thereby offering a 90º angle. DECT compatibilty allows you to share an address book between your Serene and landline yet still maintain a separate one for just the mobile phone. If you are weary of traditional ringtones that make you want to scream, there are also 3 diffent ringtones (steel, bronze, and wood) that definitely spell out serenity. Take a visit online to test Serene for yourself, and get more information on pricing and availability in your area.

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We just got our hands on the new Motorola KRZR, and went to work immediately to get an unboxing gallery up for those of you who swing that way. Head on over and check out the KRZR Unboxing Gallery to see 17 great images of the device, and feel free to leave comments on any of those pictures. Anyone else pick one of these up yet? Any impressions?

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Treo 680Palm has announced the arrival of its new Treo 680 smartphone at Digitallife in NYC. With it you can call, e-mail, text message, and have web access. You can also keep a calendar, photos, music, and contacts close to you. Smaller than the 650, improvements include a new phone user interface, address book, call log, and wallpaper idle. Treo boasts a brighter, crisper screen so you can see who’s calling and improved access to multimedia applications. Check with Palm for availability and price.

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Sprint RED RAZRIf you are not yet familiar with the The RED Campaign, it creates products to raise awareness for the Global Fund. Created by Bono and DATA Chairman Bobby Shriver, this organization helps African women and children with HIV/AIDS. The Global Fund has so far committed $5.5 Billion to 132 countries for intervention against AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. The Motorola RAZR will be available from the Sprint CDMA network and features a microSD memory card slot, a 1.3 megapixal camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Premiering next month, the RAZR carries a MSRP of $289.99. Every time you use your new phone, you can remember how this Christmas it was all about the giving.

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