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Review: Samsung Sidekick 4G

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Apps

The Sidekick 4G has a number of interesting apps installed. For example, DriveSmart is on there. DriveSmart lets account holders control the Sidekick 4G's behavior when it senses that the device is in a moving car. In other words, look out, teens, your parents might use this software to prevent you from texting and driving. The Sidekick 4G also has ThinkFree Office, Qik's video chatting software, Google Latitude, and a Diary application.

Bluetooth

The Sidekick 4G supports mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets. I had no trouble pairing with either. Sound quality through mono headphones was very good. Quality through stereo headphones was also very good. I was also able to pair it with my computers and other handsets for sharing images, etc.

Clock

The Sidekick 4G has a funky spelled-out clock that's plastered on the lock screen. To be honest, it takes some getting used to. It takes your brain longer to process "Three Forty-Seven" than it does to process "3:47." It doesn't help that the clock text is angled, and set in different font sizes. As for viewability, it really depends on the theme you choose. Oddly, I was unable to find a way to adjust the clock on the home screen. It is what it is. The time shows up as normal in the status bar at the top of the screen.

GPS

The Sidekick 4G offers two options for directions: Google Maps and TeleNav. I enjoy Google Maps and think it does a great job of providing directions. TeleNav is a solid alternative, though T-Mobile charges $10 per month for its use. Both will get you from here to there with no problems. The TeleNav app also offers voice commands.

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