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Review The A008 is the device you buy if you can't afford a Blackberry. It does more, including being a mobile phone. The Motorola A008 has the best sound quality of any mobile phone, with its large size there's more room for the speaker. The only thing the Blackberry does better is email, but since Email is the Blackberry's reason for being that's hardly surprising.

The A008 falls neatly between the Blackberry and the Treo. The Accompli uses Java so there is a bit of software around, albeit not as much as there is for the Treo. Java is proving popular with mobile phone manufacturers-both Sagem and Siemens have imminent Java phones so expect some cool games. It certainly needs these because the games it comes with are disappointing.

As a way of handling mail on the move the A008 is excellent. GPRS means it checks your mail at regular intervals and then rings or vibrates when there is a new message. Mail can be left on the server or deleted, but if you leave it there it will get re-read at the next download-even if it is copied into the bin. With 8Mb RAM there is plenty of space for text only emails.

The handwriting recognition is good and once you are in tune with it you can get up a fair speed. A great system uses two boxes on the screen to write in so you can draw one character while the phone recognises the previous one. Uses the Openwave 1.1 WAP browser and hass a great screen size for use with WAP. GPRS makes the whole thing work well. There's a ring tone composer and drawing program-you can sketch something and then fax it. All this makes for a phone Motorola should shout about.

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