For all of this I would recommend you get a smart-phone.
The Treo 750 would be great but only if you can get Cingular.
If not go with a Treo 700w/wx. These are all Windows Operating System Phones and they have wonderful Cnet Reviews. These are great Business phones, they are designed around people like you. They are small and generally light weight for what they can do.
You can find more details about these phones here:
Generally, you can get a Treo for around $300-$400 with a Service Plan.
If you would like faster mobile internet then go with Sprint. They have excellent speeds, and recently they have been improving their coverage.
The Treo should be able to connect to email fine when you are away from your computer. Also the Treo can edit Microsoft Office Documents wonderfully.
Unfortunately, the Treo does not have wi-fi, bummer. But that doesn't matter. You are taking a phone so you don't have to use wi-fi. See, you have a connection almost anywhere! A laptop can solve this issue though.
Mail and text is easy to read, if not then you need to get your eyes looked at.
It should be able to connect to any blue-tooth headset just fine.
It should be able to support most 3rd party software. What you can do is have a laptop, tether your phone and use your phone as a modem to your laptop and run the application on your laptop. Meaning your phone is the connection, and your laptop runs the program. Another reason to bring a laptop.
You can plug your phone into your laptop or desktop fine. This is what runs your internet connection. You can synchronize your phone to your laptop through a USB cable. And you can use the modem feature through blue-tooth, Isn't that cool!
It supports a SD card, and if your laptop or desktop has a SD card slot, you can transfer documents to your phone and edit them on the go if you ever need to.
The Treo has a camera, it takes pretty good pictures. You will be happy when you use it for emergencies but don't plan on using it all the time.
Internet browsing will be ok. Again, another situation where you'll need a laptop to get full browsing capabilities.
You can listen to windows mobile audio feeds on your phone, or once again you can connect your phone to your laptop for a connection and listen through your laptop, a little hassle but not big.
I'm pretty sure you can get solitaire on your Treo and your Windows PC comes with it, no trouble there.
And the Treo has nationwide access. I'm not sure if it has worldwide access, maybe somebody else in the forums can help me here.
Ok, bottom line. Get a Treo Smart-phone or something equivalent and a laptop with good battery life. I would recommend you look at some reviews on laptops before you buy. If you can, get a laptop with blue-tooth built in for connection as a modem to your Treo, wi-fi, Windows XP, (don't get Vista yet), and a SD card slot would be nice. And get one thats below 5lbs.
Ok any other questions let me know. I hope this helps you and hope you read all of this.
I am really confused with all this technology nowadays. I would really like to do my own research to understand what is going on but time does not allow it. I really dont know what phone to buy. I dont know if I even need a smart phone. I will tell you my needs and I hope you are kind enough to help me out. The main reason for considering a smart phone is to get rid of my notebook which provides me with all the functionality needed but is heavy and a bit hard to carry around. Maybe a smart phone can be a similar replacement although limited for quick meetings and travel.
My requirements and other info:
On the go from office to home, office to customers sometimes and once or twice in a year travel to foreign country.
My comany has a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. It has a few accounts and I want to be able to access them all even if it has to be that I signout first. I might need to access a normal account like Gmail or Hotmail at times and photo viewing would be a good feature.
I should be able to use the Microsoft Office package even if it has to be with limited functionality (not TOO limited).
I would like to be able to connect to a wifi network at home and in hotels abroad.
A small phone is preferred. I dont mind the 4 row 5 column setup, the one with 2 letters to a button.
Mail and text should be easy to read.
The phone should be able to connect to my Nokia Bluetooth headset. If it cant work with the Nokia then I dont mind buying a new onw.
My company uses Citrix to give me live London Metal Exchange market prices. I want to be able to access that. I have heard that the is Opera Mini which allows full site functionality. But the phone also needs to support a Citrix ICA web client.
Synchronising with my PC should be easy.
There should be space and capability for lots of files (MS-Office, some photos, documents etc). I think it would be best to buy a memory card and store files on that.
A nice sharp camera would be nice for emergencies to take pictures of metals but not absoutely necessary. I would rather go for a better phone without a camera than go for a lacking phone with a camera.
Internet browsing should be very easy to navigate etc and should be capable to do a lot.
It would be really nice if I could listen to audio feeds to listen to the news. The audio feeds I am talking about start in real player or something on my computer.
I know this sounds stupid for a business user but I NEED, I repeat I ABSOLUTELY need Solitaire, the card game on the phone. It needs to be very similar to the one on Windows and I dont mind installing third party apps. I need solitaire because I have been playing it since the beginning when I am thinking.
Tri band (atleast). This is so that I can travel and use my phone with confidence in other countries.
I dont know what else to add so if you ask me questions I will tell yu more.
Thanks in advance