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Review: Sidekick LX 2009

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Screen

The LX's display is one of the best I've seen. It measures 854 x 480 pixels, which Sharp terms FWVGA (Full-Wide VGA). Numbers and acronyms aside, it's friggin' gorgeous. Text and icons practically jump off of the display. The display is super sharp, crisp, and colors and details are amazing. Simply put, the display alone is worth the cost to upgrade. Want to read it outside in full sunlight? No worries!

Signal

The Sidekick LX can grab GSM/EDGE and T-Mobile 3G signals. Now that T-Mobile's 3G network is up and running in the U.S., the company has done a good job of blanketing the NYC metro region with it. That said, the LX had 3G signal pretty much everywhere I took it. It never lost T-Mobile's signal entirely and only once did it lose 3G in favor of EDGE. It also survived the NJ vault test (the local Shop Rite, a known cell signal killer). No matter where I carried the LX, it had signal. More importantly, it was always able to make/send calls, send/receive messages, and connect to the mobile web. I didn't miss any calls at any point with the LX.

Sound

Call quality was the first disappointment I experienced with the LX. There was a constant hiss, whether listening via the earpiece, speakerphone, or Bluetooth headsets. Despite the hiss, I had no trouble understanding those I spoke to on the phone, and vice versa. The earpiece and speakerphone can be made loud enough that you needn't fear missing calls or not being able to hear people. The volume was definitely there. Ringers and notifications can definitely be amped up.

Battery

I can't complain about the LX's battery life. I had no trouble keeping it alive for three days at a time with regular use. Increase your text volume, Facebook syncing and web browsing, and you'll probably see that dip to two days. The fastest I was able to drain the battery was in just under two days (44 hours), and that was with some serious call usage. The real killer is Twitter. If you set your the LX to check your Twitter account too often, you'll see some serious battery drainage.

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