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Side Kick

by Lau Pan    Aug 1, 2008, 7:42 PM

Garbage is: Rolling Eyes The QWERTY keyboard is a disappointment. The keys are small (even for a smartphone), slippery, and hard to press.

Dialing a phone number is garbage. You have to slide the screen open and enter the number using the keyboard. (If you've already entered a contact into your address book, you can initiate a call with the phone closed.) Once the call is connected, you can close the phone--and to talk, you'll have to. This additional step isn't a deal-breaker, but it’s a pain. The sidekick is also bulky and heavy when on a call.

The Slide, supports the EDGE data network. This is not a true high-speed, 3G data network, and it shows: Pages and images can be slow to load.

Software is a true weakness for all Sidekick phones. They run a proprietary operating system which supports very few third-party applications. If you're looking to edit--or even view--word processing files or spreadsheets, this is not the phone for you.

The camera lacks a flash, and the photos it captured were only decent at best. It cannot capture or playback video.

Of the major text message devices rated sidekick comes in last in a survey in December 2007. Helio Ocean, Kyocera, LG came in the first 3. All are less money and better devices.

This is available from T-Mobile for $200 (after discounts and rebates, when signing a new two-year service agreement). Motorola gives this to T mobile for nothing and sells it high.

If you're looking for a phone with text messaging features, for two hundred dollars and a two year contract they will sell it all day because of the profit. If productivity software and value is important to you, this “ain’t it”.

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