The latest gadget is ["a little Nokia phone,":http://www.expansys.com/product.asp?code=119374] which I bought because I was exasperated with the Motorola clamshell losing the power of speech: often the only way to hear the person on the other end was to turn on the speakerphone. With gadgets, I have accelerated relationships. I run from hope and happiness, through disillusion and exasperation to the long trudge of resignation in about a week.
Disillusion: the Motorola did two clever ringing things that the Nokia won’t: it had a setting to vibrate before ringing, and it allowed me to associate individual ring tones with particular people. It also worked much more closely with the palm pilot. The Nokia won’t dial numbers or send texts from the Palm.
None of this really matters. The new phone pretty much entirely replaces the Palm for everything except ebooks. The calendar works. The predictive text is good enough to allow me to send legible messages fairly quickly. The phone books holds 1000 contacts, which is enough. I have managed to ["get the email working":http://www.expansys.com.sg/forumthread.asp?code=119374&thread=56] so that I can read and send emails from the phone directly. There is even "a tiny version of opera":http://www.opera-mini.com which is absurd but wonderful too. Maybe the rest of the world has been there forever, but I am really impressed.