We opened the week with our first-impressions of the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900, a surprisingly adept smartphone that's managed to impress despite the absence of 3G. We've also been playing with Vuzix's iWear AV230XL OLED video headset, and the VIA Artigo A2000 Barebone Storage Server. Finally, if you prefer your gadgets with a bit of (artificial) flesh on their bones, take a look at our Orbita Mouse unboxing; we'll have the full review this coming week.
A leaked document purporting to detail the Sidekick LX 2009 has appeared in an online survey. According to the image, the Sidekick LX 2009 will add 3G for high-speed internet access, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and video recording, and YouTube mobile access via the handset's browser. It will of course keep the traditional Sidekick full QWERTY keyboard, together with a slide-up 3.2-inch WVGA display running at 854 x 480 resolution.
Full-sized image and some cleaned-up shots of the Sidekick LX 2009 itself after the cut
T-Mobile's Sidekick is one of the heavyweights in the text-messaging realm for young and socially connected consumers. Today T-Mobile introduces its latest Sidekick, the Sidekick 2008. Previously dubbed the Sidekick Gekko, the new messaging-focused handset kicks off a new naming convention. But how does the new Sidekick fare compared to its predecessors and rivals?
If touchscreen keyboards aren't your thing, and you're looking for some hard QWERTY action, T-Mobile would like to remind you that the Sidekick has been offering messaging cleverness since back before the iPhone was a fanboi rumor. And to celebrate the launch of the Tony Hawk Sidekick LX LE, they're giving one of the handsets away over at their new wiki.
Google buys up one of the guys who started DANGER (I am talking about the guy who also started Android) so Microsoft goes and buys up DANGER. In case you are unaware of who DANGER is, they are the software developer of the Sidekicks that I’ve become so fond of, and they also produce the software for said handsets.
It’s like a game of red light, green light with this phone, but its back for now at T-Mobile. They had some issues with the battery/connectors when they were first released, but presumably, if they are selling them again, those are fixed.
Judging from the pictures, without being given any size numbers, it looks like it could be their next internet tablet. The patent is dated November 8th, this year, and there aren’t any details as to whether it’s a Symbian OS or Maemo based device.
It does appear to have a camera and a touch screen from the patent application, those two things alone will probably net it a spot in the N-Series of Nokia devices. Although, it looks like, if it were small enough, that Nokia might be making the next Sidekick?
So our friendly PR person has informed us that the issue with the new Slide power cycling at random times has been solved. Motorola has found the issue to be with the battery contacts.
Motorola is fixing this issue on all new Sidekick Slides and they have found, and are testing, a solution for devices that have already been made and sold. You should be able to find the Sidekick Slide on T-Mobile shelves again some time next week.
Maybe not the kind that Roosevelt was talking about, but I’d say a free round trip plane ticket just for signing up for a new contract with T-Mobile is a good deal. That’s right, beginning on Black Friday (November 23rd, a.k.a. this Friday) certain myFaves contracts will net you a form for a booking request.
The booking request is how you get your flight, it will get you from any one of 59 cities to one of 10 choice destinations, Vegas, NYC, LA, Orlando, Miami, ATL, Boston, Chi-Town, Dallas, and D.C., your choice. So, if you’ve been reading our reviews of the various T-Mobile products and have been considering picking one up for yourself (personally I recommend the Sidekick LX, I freakin’ love this thing) there probably won’t be a much better time than when you get a free round trip ticket, that way, at least if you can’t visit someone who’s in your five, you can go somewhere warm, or at least different.