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Review: Sidekick LX 2009

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The music player didn't impress me. It offers no more features or functionality than any other mid-range device, and even lacks some. Loading music is a snap, as is sorting through playlists and your library. Music that is dragged-and-dropped onto the memory card from a PC automatically shows up in the music player without any need to refresh it.

The media player can fill the entire screen complete with artwork (which looks great on the high-rez display), or be set to mini-player mode. Music can be shuffled or looped through the LX's controls in several different places, including via the menu button or the on-screen buttons. Incoming calls pause the music, which resumes after the call is ended. You can also multitask, meaning you can use the phone's other features while listening to music.

I was disappointed to find literally no options for controlling the sound. That means no EQs of any sort, no sound enhancements, no special features of any kind. Music can be listened via the speaker, regular stereo headphones, or stereo Bluetooth headphones. I found sound quality through the speaker to be acceptable for short periods of time, but it didn't light my fire. Regular, wired headphones are always the best option. The stereo Bluetooth headsets I have reacted well to the music player and generally sounded good..

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In the end, the music player performs the basics, but doesn't push any boundaries. (Also, the inability to use the music player one-handed makes it pretty frustrating.)


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