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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up!

And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo, cell phones or whatever, send it to me, The MACist, at: themacist at gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to it.

Our question this week comes from Tom in Los Angeles. He asks: "I've been in the market for a good "smartphone" for a while. Basically I wanted something that could keep my calendar and contacts (synced with my mac). Of course, the answer was announced at Macworld, but I'm going to wait for the 2nd generation they can work out the kinks. In the mean time, I just purchased a Blackberry Pearl but am having some syncing problems. Do have any advice on how to get my new baby to play nice with iCal and Address Book?"

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I hear you about the iPhone Tom. It could very well be the Holy Grail of smartphones. Although, we won't really know much about how it works until we actually get our hands on one and can put it through its paces. In the meantime, in the world of smartphones you can actually buy today, the Blackberry Pearl is a fine choice that many people make -- including Mac users.