Cool Stuff: Phone Fun

Perhaps it's a sign of a revitalized economy. There are gadgets and gizmos aplenty for geeks of all ages on your gift list.

Rivet

Manufacturer: RoadWired, Henrietta, N.Y.

Price: Starts at $20

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How to carry that slick new cell phone? Cases are so last year. What you want is Rivet, a line of interchangeable fasteners developed in Australia. The modular system can be used as a belt clip or a dashboard mount or attached to a shoulder strap. All components are machined out of aircraft aluminum and stainless steel. You attach a steel pin to your phone or camera with high-strength adhesive, then clip it into the Rivet e-Clip's spring-loaded top entry gate. To release, push a button. The Micro Clip—intended to be as much fashion accessory as carrying solution—is a tiny, bullet-shaped capsule with a sliding cover that accepts the same pins and attaches to a chain.

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Treo 600

Manufacturer: Handspring Inc., Mountain View, Calif.

Price: $500

With its sleek styling, decent thumb keyboard, well-thought-out dialing software, built-in digital camera, improved Web browser and bright screen, Handspring's newest smart phone/PDA combo is likely to be the No. 1 item on many people's lists this year. The Treo 600 uses the latest version of Palm OS. And though only slightly smaller than its predecessor, it's easier to store.

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