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T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

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Camera:

The camera menu - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

The camera menu

Improving on the hardware side, we see the upgraded auto-focusing 3.2-megapixel camera. Pressing the right shoulder button will start up the camera program which took over five seconds to start. There are some settings you can modify through the option like the white balance, color effects, and resolution. Slightly pressing down on the same right shoulder button will focus the camera and pushing it all the way down takes the shot. Pictures came out with decent detail while colors were well represented in outdoor settings. Our best shots came out in brightly lit conditions while low lighting caused colors to be way off. One nice feature found on the Sidekick is its ability for photos to be geotagged thanks to the built-in GPS. It may not replace your digital camera, but it does a decent job being a quick point and shoot.



Outdoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Outdoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Outdoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Outdoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

Outdoor samples

Strong light - Indoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Low light - Indoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



It's wonderful that you can take videos and send it to someone. But the limited resolution of 320 x 240 would not provide the best quality. They came out blurry and pixelated to the point where it made it unrecognizable at times. On top of that, color representation was way off and almost made it seem like the video was in black and white. While taking the video, there was a noticeable delay in what you are trying to take versus what is seen on screen. As we said before, it is best left used for MMS.

Multimedia:

Selecting the media player icon will allow you to listen to music or watch a video. The interface of the music player is pretty simple with the artist, song title, and album cover displayed on screen. Pressing the menu button will provide you the option to pause/play, reverse, or forward a song. While the cancel button can be used as a dedicated pause/play key when running the music player. The audio coming out of the speaker lacked some power and did not provide ample volume when placed on the highest setting. We preferred using the 3.5mm headphone connection to get a better experience. Supplementing that is stereo Bluetooth connection if you prefer a wireless method.

Music player - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Music player - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Music player - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

Music player



We feel that the Sidekick LX 2009's video support to be somewhat lacking. It will play 3gp videos fine, but you can forget about all other formats. Unfortunately, we were unable to play a video in either H.263 or H.264 format. Instead, we loaded up a YouTube video and it played smoothly on the phone. The menu controls are located on the bottom of the screen with access to the functions (pause, play, reverse, forward) by using the trackball. Audio quality from the video was the same as music playback; very low with no bass.

Video support is lacking, but you can watch YouTube video - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
Video support is lacking, but you can watch YouTube video - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

Video support is lacking, but you can watch YouTube video




Connectivity and Internet:
 
If you plan on taking a trip overseas, making phone calls won't be a problem thanks to the quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). The 3G connection is possible due to the tri-band UMTS (850/1700/2100 MHz).

It may not provide the best experience with web browsing, but it does a decent job at it. Pages did take quite some time to come up when we had 3G speeds and displayed in a vertical scrolling friendly view. Changing it to the full-size layout loaded up the site in typical fashion. Scrolling both horizontally and vertically was a timely process if you had the trackball sensitivity on the default setting. After changing it, we managed to have a better experience. There is even a page overview that works well for those long web sites.   If pages loaded faster, it would have been an almost perfect browser. Nonetheless, it runs good enough without any major complaints.

The web browser of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX does a decent job - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
The web browser of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX does a decent job - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
The web browser of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX does a decent job - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

The web browser of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX does a decent job



GPS:

The only available GPS application found on the Sidekick LX 2009 was Microsoft Live Search. It'll do the job when it comes to looking up local points of interests. You can even switch the map type from a road view to an aerial view. This will definitely not replace a traditional turn-by-turn GPS system though.

The Microsoft Live Search can't replace a traditional turn-by-turn GPS system - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
The Microsoft Live Search can't replace a traditional turn-by-turn GPS system - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review
The Microsoft Live Search can't replace a traditional turn-by-turn GPS system - T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

The Microsoft Live Search can't replace a traditional turn-by-turn GPS system



Memory isn't too much of a concern because it is loaded with 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM. The phone does come with a 1 GB microSD card already; so you'll be fine right out of the box. If you find it not enough, it can support cards up to 16 GB.

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posted on 30 Oct 2011, 05:20

1. 0mundu (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


Im not using it on T-mobile so I can't see SIM TOOLKIT any one with an idea how I can configure this?

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Display3.2 inches, 854 x 480 pixels (306 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size5.20 x 2.40 x 0.64 inches
(132 x 61 x 16 mm)
5.82 oz  (165 g)
Battery1250 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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