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Gear: Built to Move

Keep moving. These new electronics will keep you connected.
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Got a lot of get-up-and-go? When you're out and about, these fun, powerful, and easy-to-use devices will keep you connected, entertained, and, in the case of the electric bicycle, maybe even a little more fit (if you can be bothered to pedal from time to time). They won't bog you down, whether your travels take you around town or around the world.

A Thumb's Best Friend
While others try to convince themselves that the iPhone's touchscreen isn't clumsy, you'll be spared their secret frustrations when you use the Motorola (NYSE:MOT) Q9h smart phone. Its plump, soft-touch QWERTY keyboard makes firing off e-mails, taking notes, and entering Web addresses exceptionally easy. This powerful update to the Motorola Q comes with the zippy Opera Web browser (for taking full advantage of AT&T's (NYSE:T) high-speed HSDPA data network) and stereo Bluetooth, so you can listen to your tunes with wireless headphones. You can even get turn-by-turn directions with the new assisted GPS feature.
$299, www.wireless.att.com

Now in Stereo
Like listening to MP3s on your cell phone? Check out the Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) Voyager 855. It includes a detachable cable with a tiny earbud at the end, which allows it to convert from a Bluetooth headset to wireless stereo headphones. If you're rocking out and a call comes in, just slide the boom microphone out to answer it. Slide it back in to end the call; the music will pick up where you left off.
$149, www.plantronics.com

Instant Entertainment
The Archos 605 Wi-Fi portable media player does more than play your digital music and video files. With it, you can order and download flicks wirelessly from a Wi-Fi hot spot. Fire it up, and you'll be able to choose from more than 5,000 movies on CinemaNow and stream free videos from YouTube. Movies look great on the 4.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen. Capacities range from 4 gigabytes (enough room for five movies) to 160 gigabytes (200 movies).
Starting at $229, www.archos.com

Mighty Micro Mini
This tiny but robust Sony (NYSE:SNE) Vaio TZ laptop comes with integrated mobile broadband from Sprint (NYSE:S). That means you can check e-mail and download files in a hurry, as well as have video chats using the built-in webcam, even when there's no Wi-Fi hot spot in sight. The TZ is smaller than a standard sheet of paper, less than an inch thick, and incredibly slick with its glossy keyboard and LED-backlit, 11.1-inch display. And even with its built-in DVD drive, it weighs just 2.6 pounds. (Still, you probably shouldn't strap it to a bike.)
Starting at $2,200, www.sonystyle.com

Feel the Burn (or Don't)
If you want to burn less gas and more calories--without becoming a sweaty mess--hop on the eZee Sprint, an electric bike made in Shanghai. Its lithium-ion battery, which rests in the middle of the aluminum alloy frame, offers help on steep hills as well as the option of coasting home after a tiring day. To power up the bike, you insert a key near the battery pack and twist the throttle, like on a motorcycle. If you don't pedal at all, the seven-gear bicycle has a top speed of 20 miles per hour and goes 10 miles on a charge. Give it a little help and it goes both faster and farther. Once you pop out the battery and plug it into an electrical outlet, it needs about four hours to charge. The bike comes outfitted with an LED headlamp, a rear rack, fenders, a bell, and a speedometer.
$1,700, www.nycewheels.com

Last updated: Oct 1, 2007




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