The slim and light DataWind PocketSurfer (6.0 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches; 5.9 ounces) will have no problem slipping into your briefcase or purse, but what worries us is its plastic construction. During our test period, the device suffered a number of scratches, and we're not sure it would survive a drop. At the very least, we suggest you invest in some kind of protective case. In addition, when we tried to attach the Bluetooth adapter to a test phone, one of the side release keys broke off--oops.
Once you open the handheld, you'll find a spacious 5.3-inch (diagonal) screen and a QWERTY keyboard. Strangely, when you open the device, the keyboard is on the top cover, and the screen is on the bottom, so you have to turn it around to use the device properly--more a peculiarity than an inconvenience. Also, the display is so top-heavy that it lifts the keyboard slightly when placed on a flat surface, making it difficult to type. It's easiest if you hold the PocketSurfer in your hand and use it that way. The keys are spacious and have a nice tactile feel to them. In addition, there are shortcut buttons on the left side, such as Home, Refresh, and Back, and a cursor-control pad on the bottom-right corner. Unfortunately, the keys aren't backlit, so that'll curb your late-night Web surfing. As far as other controls go, there's a power button and a small LED (for power and battery status) on the left spine and a charger/data port along the top. The PocketSurfer ships with only a charger.
Aside from the aforementioned broken adapter, setup with a Bluetooth phone was easy. We paired the DataWind PocketSurfer with the Sony Ericsson T616 on Cingular's network. Web pages, even on graphics-intensive sites, loaded swiftly. It would have been better if the handheld's screen were brighter. Though it displays 65,000 colors, it still appeared washed out, and it got worse in direct sunlight. We were also able to access Web-based e-mail accounts, such as Hotmail and Yahoo, and used the keyboard to happily type away messages. The PocketSurfer's battery life is rated for five hours (with the screen set at brightness level of 10).