T-Mobile Sidekick LX

There has been a wave of new entrants in the smartphone market recently, each one trying to outshine the other with cutting-edge design and new features. The T-Mobile Sidekick LX is one smartphone that stands out from the rest, with a generously sized screen and keyboard. Its hardware features include a powerful processor, high capacity battery, and a camera with flash. On the software side, there is a music player, video player, and a host of internet applications. As with most smartphones, there is a large range of accessories available for it.

The T-Mobile Sidekick LX is slightly thinner compared to previous models in the Sidekick line, but that has the effect or making it look more attractive. The layout has been streamlined, but the dimensions of the front and back surfaces have not changed much. The range of colors available is limited to dark blue and brown, or Midnight Blue and Espresso Brown as the salespeople prefers to call them. With the screen closed, the phone appears very sleek and stylish. But it is somewhat less appealing when the screen is opened and sticking out to one side.

A large screen is an essential feature for any smartphone. The T-Mobile Sidekick LX does not disappoint with its three inch, color TFT LCD screen that has a resolution of 400 by 240 pixels and can display 65,000 different colors. Text and images appear sharper and more vivid than they did on previous Sidekick models. With a gentle tap on the side, the screen rotates outwards to reveal the keyboard below it. A swivel hinge on the base allows the screen to be turned to the side once it has been opened.

Many smartphones get negative reviews simply because they have a cramped keyboard. Trying to press keys that are too close together results in mistakes and slows down typing speeds. Besides its large screen, the other main feature that the T-Mobile Sidekick LX has going for it is a large QWERTY keyboard, with keys that are well separated. The keys also have a tactile surface that help prevent fingers from slipping off them. Perhaps the only drawback of having such a large keyboard is that the screen needs to be opened in order to use it, but it is no more trouble than any of the sliding mobile phones on the market today.

The T-Mobile Sidekick LX supports GSM, GPRS, UMTS, and the T-Mobile EDGE network. The large keyboard makes it easy to send emails, SMS text messages, and MMS picture messages. There is also support for push email, which is a service that sends emails to the phone the moment they arrive at the user’s email server. The lithium-ion battery provides up to six hours of talk time, or up to four days of standby time. Other features include external caller ID, internal antenna, and a speaker phone. Speed dialing and a phone book are two of its many software features.

It is not only the hardware that makes the T-Mobile Sidekick LX a pleasure to use, the software has many useful features as well. There is a calendar, games, web browser, and many other applications. Instant messaging clients for AOL, Yahoo, and Windows Live have also been included. These are currently the most popular clients out of the many in use today, but there is sure to be some users who will not find their favorite clients. A MySpace application has also been included for users of the popular social networking website.

Other hardware features include a headphone jack, miniUSB port, 1.3 megapixel camera with flash, video recording and playback capability, and Bluetooth support. A slot for a microSD memory card allows the 64MB of internal memory to be expanded by up to 4GB. There are even tiny blue lights on the case that can be made to flash for certain events. The T-Mobile Sidekick LX has plenty of accessories to choose from, including spare batteries, replacement chargers, protective carry cases and screen protectors.

This T-Mobile Sidekick LX Review is Written/Updated on Nov 27th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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