As far as smartphone go, there are alot of options out there, and choosing the right one can be tough. I made the decision to go with RIM's Blackberry Curve, specifically the 8330 (Verizon's version), and I have been nothing but pleased. The Curve offers everything you could need in a smart phone.
The Curve offers functionality to suit anyone's needs. The media player is fantastic, and since the phone comes equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack can act as an excellent audio player. Also with additional software available on RIM's website for free you have the ability to import playlists from iTunes and put them directly on your phone. The calander and to-do list applications are perfect and the phone offers the option of syncing both with Microsoft Outlook along with your contacts. If you use Google to keep track of your appointments, free software is also available from Google to sync your calanders. The internet browser is fantastic as well, containing many shortcuts to make internet browsing easy. It also features a built in search for google, wikipedia, and dictionary.com. If this browser is not what you need there are many other options available to you, the best of which would be opera, which is also free. The phone has a full qwerty keyboard which makes texting and emailing a breeze.
The curve also offers the fuctionality to keep you constantly connected to your email. With a simple and easy setup you will have your emails coming in minutes. The phone offers the ability to upgrade the memory with up to 8 GB with a micro SD card, allowing you to store all your media and photos. On a full charge the battery will last up to two days, which is fantastic if you do not have time to charge it on a daily basis. The camera is excellent, offering both video and pictures. It has the ability to take pictures up to 1600 x 1200 with crisp detail.
This phone is the by far the best smart phone on the market right now as far as overall functionality goes. Also with the ammount of both free and purchasable software available there is no end to what you can have this phone do for you. My only complaints come from the fact that the phone is from Verizon, which means no Wi-Fi and the GPS only works with Blackberry Maps and Verizon's navigation software. Although Blackberry Maps is not bad, I personally prefer Google Maps, but the Blackberry Maps does everything you would need for GPS navigation and local buisness searches. I could honestly go on and on about how fantastic this phone is for any type of user, and I highly reccomend it for anyone searching for a new smart phone.