T-Mobile Sidekick Review


The Sidekick was tested around the Chicago and Madison areas and signal was generally strong. In our basement test, it performed very well and managed to hold one to two bars.

Sound quality wasn’t the best around and could use an improvement. Volume is loud but voices seem drowned out on both ends. This happened from both landlines and other cellphones in both cities. Talk-time was an astounding 7 hours and 43 minutes in our test.

The ringer volume is loud enough, even on the normal setting, to make sure that it’ll be heard when there is someone calling.


So, apart from its smaller size, changeable shells, Danger OS version 4.7, and a slight bump from a 1.3MP to 2.0MP camera, we really do not see any reason to get this over the LX apart from having a newer phone. Sure it has the few features that are missing from the LX but not enough to justify it if you already have the older model.

Still, taking the LX out, the Sidekick 2008 certainly does follow in the footsteps of the other Sidekicks, which is not a bad thing at all. The wonderful IM client is there as well as a great email support and an easy to use QWERTY keyboard. It’s not as complicated as a smartphone but it provides many more features that are either lacking or non-existent on regular phone while still keeping everything simple.


  • Great IM and email clients
  • HTML browser
  • User-friendly
  • Feels smaller and lighter than it looks
  • Customizable shells with matching backgrounds
  • Strong reception


  • Lackluster camera
  • Not enough to justify getting over the Sidekick LX
  • Have to download basic applications
  • Screen and case scratch easily

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