I really want to love the Sidekick LX, but I can’t summon up much more than a reasonable attraction. It’s a cool device, and I think if I’d had one of these in college I would really have enjoyed how easy it would have been to stay connected to my friends and family. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the other Windows Mobile and featurephone devices I’ve reviewed, or perhaps it’s just meant for a younger audience, but even after a week and a half of use I still don’t feel completely comfortable with the device.
Some of that is a matter of training (such as the keyboard), but part of that is annoyance with just how loud the Sidekick can be, which forces me either to have folks stare at me in a restaurant or just give up and put it on silent mode.
I wouldn’t recommend it to folks who talk more than they text, but if you’re the type who is more concerned with email, chat, and social networking than actual voice communication, the Sidekick LX may be your perfect mobile companion.
- Everything you need to stay connected, from email to social networking
- Excellent e-mail and chat management
- Large, bright screen
- Excellent volume and sound quality when using the external speaker.
- Relatively large; you may not want to carry it in your pocket
- Limited selection of add-on software applications, many with recurring monthly fees
- Video playback quality is disappointing
- Strange hisses and pops when using headphones to listen to music and play games