After the iPhone

Apple's hot gadget inspires the competition.

Motorola Q
Motorola Q
Ever since it release last June, the iPhone has inspired lust in consumers and envy in competitors.

Suddenly every handset maker, cell phone operator and software company is tripping all over itself to offer iPhone-like integrated messaging, improved design and better productivity.

Be ready to hunt though: Some so-called smart phones aren't so small-business smart. For example, the Motorola Q ($179 with plan from Verizon Wireless) - while a perfectly good light-use personal communicator - is not up to intensive business e-mail and mobile Web browsing. The limited keyboard and e-mail functions are my two major gripes.

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