Last night, O and I got new phones, since her old Nokia was having trouble holding a charge (a phone is much more useful when it's turned on), and Cingular is having a promotion on GSM-based phones in the Boston area. It's amazing how things have changed in the past years – these phones come with color screens, web browsers, organizer capabilities that are just as comprehensive as a Palm device, and can even run Java-based applications (usually games). At the minimum, most of them can also receive pictures, animations, and ring-tones (via MMS), just as most phones have been able to receive and text send via SMS for a few years now. Also, the reception and sound quality on these phones keeps getting better and better, which we're especially interested in since Arlington and Lexington have significant dead or near-dead zones.
O went for the Motorola T720, since she really wanted a flip phone. You can sync to it over a cable, and it has two neat built-in games.
I selected the Siemens S56. This is a jewel of a phone that supports a lot connectivity out of the box with Mac OS X. With Mac OS X's built-in drivers and applications, you can sync addresses to these newer phones over Bluetooth or a cable, use it as a modem, even use send an SMS with Address Book [not iChat, as I first wrote]. My only complaint is that the built-in ring-tones are pretty cheesy, but that's easy enough to rectify. I also find it amusing that even has a little file system that you can browse, and there's a utility to (ugh) defragment it. With great power comes great responsibility.