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Review: Sidekick LX

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Although it's received a minor facelift, the music player has not been changed since it was introduced on the Sidekick 3. Instead of trying to emulate a dedicated mp3 player, Danger has tried to develop a Sidekick-like interface for the typical functions. However Danger has ignored the way most other applications work and made things more confusing. For instance, the X button does not end anything, instead it is the play / pause key.

Even though it doesn't work quite the same as other applications, the music player does work very easily. Pop some songs or folders of songs in the Music folder of a memory card and launch the music player. Songs are sorted by all the usual ID3 tags, and when you select an album, songs are sorted by play order, not alphabetically by title.

When viewing songs from a certain artist, album, etc., playing the first one places all the songs in your current playlist, which you can manage from the application of a mini controller which you can bring up by pressing the jump and yes keys. You can use this controller and play back music while doing anything else on the Sidekick.

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The Sidekick does not support stereo Bluetooth, however playback through the built-in 3.5mm jack through our own headphones sounded quite good.


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