Back to school shopping can be alot of fun…I’ve bought a new laptop and phone – along with a bunch of Textbooks which aren’t as much fun, as they’re annoyingly expensive. (Seriously, we need to work on something disruptive in this segment – they don’t need to be this expensive in this day and age.)So the new phone is the iPhone 3Gs (32GB) and the new laptop will be the Dell mini12 (it hasn’t arrived yet). There is some method in my madness on the choices here and since I find myself with 20 minutes I thought I’d share.iPhone 3Gs – I’ve used a Blackberry for 9 years with the exception of a 2 year stint starting in 2004. I loved my Blackberry – email (and Contact/Cal sync) was the killer app and really RIM did an amazing job making the experience seamless with my desktop. It replaced a much loved Palm I had to organize my life. All that said I have two pockets and one is almost always taken up with my iPod – I wanted to make my life a bit less gadgety. I’m on iPod number 4 (2nd Gen, mini, photo, classic) I love my podcasts and music and in the world of 2009 the seamless nature of email between the desktop and phone is available now on an iPhone, that coupled with an iPod (#5) built in, made this a winner. The keyboard is missed but not enough to make the case to stick with RIM and the app store is shockingly amazing. Really, after two weeks on an iPhone, I have no regrets. Erin Bury and Mark Evans have better explanations on what’s so amazing here, all were – like me – Blackberry lovers and all are extremely happy with the change. (oh and yay free tethering on Rogers! for now)I would add one app people might like that I haven’t heard mentioned: Pixelpipe allows me to route all my photos’s to twitpic, FB, flickr and picasa – in whatever way I’d like it to. It also does video on the 3Gs to FB – I’d recommend it if you run multiple photosharing/videosharing systems. Best of all, its free.Dell Mini 12 – I need a reasonably sized screen, and I a word/excel/powerpoint all on the go with room on my back for a textbook. The Dell mini 12 is light, reasonably powered and has the largest screen in the netbook category. I really do live on websites not programs and since I’ve been on an Atom chip for 8 months, I suspect this will be fine (and cheap). I have a 42in screen and DVD/rw at home – I don’t need to bulk up on the machine that I carry with me. Hopefully Apple will hit this segment, but I’m not waiting for them. The mini arrives early next weekSo there you go, my gadget ‘back to school’ shopping list.