Monday, August 25, 2008
REVIEW : T-Mobile Sidekick Black Phone (T-Mobile)
T-Mobile Sidekick Black Phone (T-Mobile)
New Sidekick messaging phone sports a slightly smaller, thinner and lighter design, 2.6-inch high-resolution screen
Compatible with T-Mobile's MyFaves service--unlimited calling to your five most called contacts
2-megapixel camera; digital audio player; Bluetooth for handsfree communication and stereo music; MicroSD expansion (512 MB card included)
Access to personal email and instant messaging services; English and Spanish language; multi-format digital audio player
Includes: handset, rechargeable battery, charger with AC adapter, 512 MB MicroSD memory card, USB cable, wired stereo handsfree headset, changeable shells (black and green), quick start guide
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.5 x 0.9 inches ; 6.2 ounces
Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Note: Gift-wrapping is not available for this item.
Item model number: Sidekick
Combining the best features of the earlier iD and LX models, the T-Mobile Sidekick is a great way to chat on popular instant messaging services, connect with friends on MySpace, and easily record and share photos and videos. This new model for 2008 sports a slightly smaller, thinner and lighter design than previous Sidekicks, and it offers a high-resolution 2.6-inch slide-out display and changeable custom covers. The new Sidekick also features an integrated Spanish user interface--the first for a Sidekick device. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, MicroSD memory expansion (512 MB card included), digital audio player, Bluetooth stereo music streaming, Spanish language support, two interchangeable shells (black and green) and up to 5 hours of talk time.
T-Mobile Service Options
This phone operates on GSM 850/1900 networks and can handle high-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.
It's compatible with T-Mobile's myFaves service, which allows you to call up to five of your most common contacts--on any network, even landlines--without using any of your minutes. Learn more about myFaves from T-Mobile.
Download cool new games, HiFi Ringers (real songs by today's hottest artists), MegaTones (instrumental versions of songs), and wallpapers quickly, as well as stay connected via the Web, instant messaging, and email.
You can choose T-Mobile's Sidekick Unlimited service, which includes unlimited e-mail, AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM), Web browsing, and text messaging.
When closed, the Sidekick has a candybar-style with an extra-large 2.6-inch LCD screen featuring a 400 x240-pixel resolution and a 65K color depth. You'll enjoy enhanced web surfing with the PC-like, full-size layout or standard Sidekick screen-size layout to scroll and read a page. Use the Mini Page function to zoom out on an overview of an entire Web page. You can even save images from Web pages to the microSD card. The mid-section of the phone with the screen swivels up to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard with chiclet-style keys, which makes typing out messages a breeze.
The phone has a 64 MB internal memory, which enables you to store up to 25 ringtones, add up to five slides to multimedia messages, and record up to 60-second voice messages. The memory can be expanded via optional MicroSD media. The phonebook can store a whopping 2000 contacts, with each entry providing multiple fields for phone numbers and email/IM addresses. It also provides support for caller groups and picture/ringer ID. You can transform the look of the Sidekick from standard black to metallic green with the included bonus shell.
For true individualization, you can design a completely unique shell unlike any other using a dedicated online Sidekick site via SkinIt at sidekickshells.com. Doing so is as simple as uploading a personal photo or graphic design, or selecting your own text, shapes, icons or logos. The final design is custom-printed onto the shell, then shipped. Once the design is complete, customers can share their work of art in a public gallery that will be hosted on sidekick.com.
This phone provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 1.2), and includes profiles for mono and stereo headset, handsfree, dial-up networking, object push, file transfer, and basic print. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. It also offers USB 2.0 wired connectivity.
Other features include:
Digital audio player compatible with MP3, AAC, and WMA formats and support for playlists
Access to personal email (POP, IMAP) with support for push email
Share videos via email, Bluetooth or picture messaging
Quick Find searches across all applications
3.5mm headphone jack
Built-in SyncML offers an easy way to sync your phone and PC's contact list and calendar via USB or Bluetooth
Instant messaging support: AIM, ICQ, Windows Live, and Yahoo!
Organizer tools: Calendar, to-do, alarm clock
Java J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) for downloadable games
The T-Mobile Sidekick weighs 4.5 ounces and measures 4.7 x 2.3 x 0.7 inches. Its 1030 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 96 hours (4 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.
Conditional $250 Discount
The Price listed above for this phone includes an instant $250 discount from Amazon.com. You agree to repay this $250 discount to Amazon.com if during the six-month period following activation you: (1) fail to pay your balance due each month on time; (2) fail to maintain your account in good standing; (3) disconnect the line of service; (4) transfer the phone to another line of service; (5) decrease the value of your service rate plan, including canceling or removing required PDA, BlackBerry, or smartphone features after your product has shipped; or (6) use this line of service to replace an existing account with the carrier. The discount is available only if you are activating a new, non-substitute line of service. If you do not follow these rules, you authorize Amazon.com to charge your credit card $250 as reimbursement of the discount without need for further approval. Third-party resellers are prohibited from purchasing cell phones on behalf of customers. **Purchase limit five (5) single-line accounts per household.**
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