T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review

Performance:

Call quality was a bit disappointing with voices sounding hollow and muffled at times. It was pretty poor because we thought that people were almost mumbling their words when listening to them. Trying to place the volume on the loudest setting didn't help either. Our callers had no problem hearing us on their end though. Even worse was the speaker phone quality. Maybe it might be the speaker because we noticed that it lacked any serious strength to it. It was still very difficult understanding our callers using it. On their end, they stated that we sounded a little weak.

According to the manufacturer, the battery should provide 5.5 hours of talk-time and about 192 hours of standby. We fell far short from those numbers though; clocking in 3 days of normal use before it went dead. The brightness level was set to the middle setting and used it primarily for messaging, web surfing, and the occasional phone call. We would assume that the quick battery drain can be associated to running applications in the background. But there really isn't a way to manually shut down each application once you launch it.

Conclusion:

Alright, it's one year older now with tons of updated features. We like the fact that it looks great and remains faithful to the concept of the Sidekick line. Sharp revamped this new model in almost every way and paid a lot of attention to the smallest details.  The overall improvements may push it to the bounds of being a smart phone, but the simplistic interface will allow anyone to get adjusted right away. Naturally, the Sidekick LX 2009 does prove to be a functional device while adding some much needed love to the Sidekick name.

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Pros

  • Sharp LCD screen
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Messaging applications
  • Swift & simple interface
  • Notification lights

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Call quality
  • Lacking sound output
  • Downloading basic apps

PhoneArena Rating:

7.6

User Rating:

6.5
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