T-Mobile Sidekick Review

Interface:

The Sidekick sports Danger OS version 4.7 and looks similar to that of the LX. The menu is found on the left of the screen and is scrolled through to get to more options. Most of it is very user-friendly and easy to use. The only menu we found to be inconsistent was the one containing the organizer applications. This will be talked more about later.

Phonebook:


The phonebook on the Sidekick can store up to 2000 contacts. They are listed in alphabetical order with the name, number, and type of number (mobile, home, work, etc) displayed for each one. There are plenty of spots to fill in regarding information and all of it is neatly organized. Items such as the identity and personal information have their own menus to keep the clutter to a minimum.


Organizer:

The organizer section has three applications: the calendar, notes, and the to-do list. The time, date, and alarm have to be opened through the settings menu and such applications as the calculator or timer are missing until they are downloaded. Luckily, the basic ones are free but it does raise a question as to why they weren’t provided in the first place.



Messaging:

Since the IM and email clients are the main attraction to this handset, it’s no wonder that they work as great as they do. The IM client is easy to use and going between IM’s is smooth with the help of the top left and right buttons. Chats are limited to 10 conversions at a time that can be saved in a 10KB chat log or it can be emailed.


Speaking of email, the client is very user-friendly and straightforward. Up to three accounts can be added on top of the one that T-Mobile provides. It downloads the messages automatically and displays the sender, subject, and date or time received. Accounts can be setup through either a list that’s provided or with the POP3/IMAP settings incase your provider isn’t shown.


If messages or IM’s are received when not using the clients, the information will scroll across the top of the screen to let one know what has arrived.
Connectivity:

If only the HTML browser worked this well. It seemed to take forever to connect to the site and when it finally did, it still took a while to load the page. Things didn’t get any better once the site was loaded. The default zoom level organizes everything so it’ll fit into the screen’s width but as soon as it’s changed to view the site as one would on the computer, the words can’t be made out. This must be a great view for scrolling through large pages you may be thinking but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of scrolling through sections of the page, scrolling is done link by link. We were hoping that this would only be the trackball and that the D-pad would scroll through sections at a time but it worked in the same manor while also adding zoom level. There is a mini-page that can be opened to scroll a bit faster but it takes up the center of the page blocking the view.

To be able to read the text, you have to zoom in very close meaning that a lot of scrolling must be performed to read the site. It’s not entirely a bad browser but instead simply a very disappointing one. The competition has browsers that are not only user-friendlier but display the pages better. Considering this is a major feature of the Sidekick, it needs to be able to go head-to-head with the others in its class.


Multimedia:

Of course, the media player could not be left out or skimped on, otherwise there would be a lot of angry customers. To make things simple, instead of opening the player through two locations, it's actually opened once the file is selected. The user is given the choice between music and videos via the same media menu and as soon as the selection is made, the player will open. It has the same shortcuts and controls, but the layout is slightly different between the two. When music is playing, the options menu will show the controls while it only displays the full screen settings when playing a video. It may not be a problem once the controls are known but a new user may be unsure on what to do. Even H.263 videos didn’t play, so you will be able to see only ones in 3GP format.



Sound through the speaker came out loud and clear although it was lacking bass. Still, the music sounds impressive considering the small sized speaker. Naturally, the headphones provided produced a much better sound although a little flat. For better comfort, users are not tied down to some strange proprietary connection but instead, have a 3.5mm audio jack. Since it isn't recessed into the body, there should be no worries about whether the headphones will connect or not. Stereo Bluetooth is also supported, if you want to use your wireless headphones or speakers.


Camera:

The new Sidekick gets a bump up to 2.0MP for the camera as well as video recording but it doesn’t help it out much. Photos were washed out and very blurry in all but the brightest environments. With the lack of any type of flash, taking photos in dark places is next to useless as they seemed to come out darker than how it really looked.






Software:

Not a lot of applications come preloaded with this handset. Instead, they have to be downloaded from T-Mobile in order to use them. It does come with one game that is a trial however. The general applications, such as the calculator, are free but other ones have to be bought.


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5 Comments

1. unregistered

the same as every other sidekick ever...just a twin seperated at birth

2. pHx

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

yeah you're right but you can customize the look with shells... this is great option for all those young and bored ppl out there.

3. unregistered

i am so bored

4. unregistered

umm...did you forget to mention the $29.99/month unlimited text & internet plan??

5. unregistered

yeah none of your comments helped. thanks for wasting my time
Sidekick
  • Display 2.6" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 1030 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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