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Review: Sidekick 3

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Jun 29, 2006, 5:17 AM

Sidekick over IPAQ, MDA, and Blackberry...Here's Why:

I'm not 16, I'm no Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan, and I'm certainly not a basketball star. I own my own business, and at the heart of my success in competition is communication. I MUST be able to send and receive email, text, and IMs instantly, reliably, and in a few seconds flat. No other device that I have tried comes even remotely close to the Sidekick's messaging abilities.

I admit that I have not stepped outside the realm of T-Mobile products, but that's because their prices are the lowest for the volume I need and their customer service, though not up to my high standards, has proven better than what I have received just inquiring about other companies' products, let alone servicing my contract.

So here is how these other devi...

Jun 28, 2006, 5:10 PM


how much does it cost
well right now its for t-mobile customer upgrades it really depends on ur account if u can get one or not...but its 299 for 2 years i think and 399 to buy it straight out it might be 349 for one year if u can get it!

Jun 27, 2006, 11:32 PM

its coming

aww dang i just ordered mine online... and its still the 27th!!!!
I take it your on the west coast.

Jun 27, 2006, 10:09 AM


I work at T-mobile and absolutely LOVED the Sidekick II. But the crappy screen and having no MMS or video on the SK3 are UNACCEPTABLE for a $300 device!!

I went ahead and bought the MDA after fooling with the SK3. MUCH brighter, bigger and more virbrant screen with way more features and a smaller form factor. Danger seriously dropped the ball on this one!

T-mobile should have went ALL OUT on their flagship device, I'm completely disappointed!

Jun 26, 2006, 5:22 PM


Will the SK3 syncronize with OUTLOOK like a PDA?
with software you can buy buy? download? i'm not sure? from t-mobile. i don't use outlook so i'm not sure if it's free or you have to pay.

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Jun 23, 2006, 4:21 PM

dose the sk3 support gif files, and

dose the sk3 support gif files, and can i watch music videos online

Jun 23, 2006, 4:08 PM

sidekick3 videos on utube

eric Lin

Jun 20, 2006, 4:51 PM

video coming

with a bake off! today i charged up the old SKII so that phonescoop could bring you a real side by side speed comparison between the sidekick II and 3. full video coming tomorrrow!
Dang. You had me all happy, thinking that the SK3 was getting an OTA video support update.
Great video Eric. Good comparison to the II.

Jun 21, 2006, 9:51 AM

MMS Capabilities

Thanks for the review! I noticed in the review it stated that there was no MMS support on the new Sidekick but the online manual ( 2/R3.0/Desktop/T02030.html) states that there is. My question is: will the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 have MMS capabilities? Any info would be great. Thanks.
That link didn't work for me, but this page? ... »

As it says at the top, "This application is not available in all product configurations. Product configurations vary by w...

Jun 21, 2006, 5:04 PM

KB Backlight??

Unless I missed it somewhere, does anyone know if the KB has a backlight? Or light-up keys for texting in the dark?
yup. the keys light up when the light sensor says it's dark enough to need the backlight. and this light sensor as well as the keyboard lighting is WAY better than it was on the II

Jun 20, 2006, 10:58 AM

A Tad Disappointed . . .

I work for T-Mo and reviewed the info in our intranet and the review here on phonescoop. I like the new look, the Bluetooth and MP3 playback, but why no change to the OS? Why is the screen exactly the same as SDKII? I guess I was expecting an improvement that would've been as dramatic as the ones from SDKI to SDKII. To me, it's kinda like what the Nintendo DS lite is to the original DS, or the Game Boy Advance SP to the first Advance (for gamers Razz ). We'll be getting our store demo early next week, so I'll have a chance to go hands-on then, but until that happens, I'm not as impressed as I thought I'd be. Anyone else agree?
I agree. I'm a T-mo RSR in new england. I am glad that is has a better camera, Bluetooth, the larger internal memory plus the removable card. The Mp3 player is cool too. I am VERY happy to see that there is a removable battery now. However...A change ...

Jun 19, 2006, 11:51 PM

Rich or Eric...

Does the screen look better than the Sidekick 2's screen? How was the web compared to the Sidekick 3 performance? Thanks.
the screen is exactly the same. exactly. because the SK3 has EDGE, data speeds are much faster than on the 2, and that is reflected in browsing performance. but otherwise the browser is also the same as on the 2.3 update to the SKII.
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