Picking a Pocket

The latest Windows handheld computer has plenty of pizazz--and a few teething problems

When I got hold of one of Microsoft's new Pocket PCs, set for release this week, my first concern was for my coat pockets. The poor things get thoroughly frayed with all the portable equipment I jam into them every morning: CD player, Palm Pilot, e-mail pager, voice recorder, a novel for the train. Pocket PC promises to do the work of all of the above in a single 9-oz. shell (made variously by Compaq, H-P and Casio). Given that my local tailor charges me the equivalent of the national debt of a small country for sewing up all the holes...

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