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Review: Sidekick 3

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The Sidekick's camera is disappointingly simple considering the capabilities of the device. You can choose one of three picture sizes and a few image settings (day / night, flash, sharpening). This is the extent of the Sidekick's imaging capabilities, and is not much of an advancement beyond the Sidekick II despite the 3's improved sensor.

Pressing the right shoulder button in the main menu acts as a shortcut to start the camera, which is ready under 2 seconds.The camera uses the right shoulder button as a shutter, or to access the viewfinder. The left always goes deeper into the gallery. After snapping a picture, you are temporarily given an opportunity to save or delete the image. If you do nothing or exit the application, the picture is automatically saved. The save screen also has an icon that quickly creates an email with the picture as an attachment. The Sidekick only supports sending and receiving pictures by email, not by MMS.

The camera is not capable of recording video.

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The gallery application is slightly confusing because the trackball select does not work as expected. The thumbnail view allows you to send pictures and do other file operations like renaming, deleting, or moving them. The only thing it doesn't allow you to obviously do is view a single picture. Pressing select on the trackball marks the picture for an operation, instead of opening it. Instead you must use the left shoulder button to view a single picture.

In single picture view, the file operations are unavailable, (except for delete,) but editing features such as rotating the photo or resizing it are added. You can also zoom in on the picture to actual size and pan around it to be sure you captured any details. In single picture view, a column down the right side indicates where you are in the gallery and gives you feedback so that you can scroll through to view other pictures without going back to the thumbnail view.

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