Saturday, January 3, 2009

The New and Improved Sidekick 2008

New year, new phone. So as of two days ago, this is my new lifeline.
The Sidekick 2008 by Danger through T-Mobile.



I have been a loyal Sidekick owner for about five years now (the Sidekick 2 & 3) and I have to say this is my favorite model, by far. The Sidekick 2008 has a number of improvements compared to older models. The camera has been upgraded to 2 megapixels which makes a huge difference compared to it's 1.2 megapixels on previous models. The Sidekick now comes with video recording capability. Also picture messaging is finally an integral part of the device, something which had been missing for so long! The overall display is crisp and gorgeous. The phone itself is much smaller and light weight than the Sidekick 3. This is great compared to the more bulky Sidekick 3 & LX versions, although you can tell the screen is just a bit smaller in certain applications such as the month view in the Organizer. But I really have no other complaints!

Although, I must say there is one huge drawback with Sidekicks when it comes to ringtones.. they are impossible to create on your own. (VERY FRUSTRATING!) Users must pay for each and every ringtone they plan to use on their device from the T-Mobile Sidekick catalog. The catalog itself does not have the best selection and truly is a pain to search through. Each ringtone costs a whopping $2.49 each and the sound quality is pretty terrible.

In the end, I do find this lack of ringtone creativity to be extremely annoying but it's worth putting up with for the overall ease of the Sidekick. Truth be told, I am a texting machine. After using the Sidekick for so long I am clearly spoiled when it comes to phones and their attempts at QWERTY keyboards and the like. Even though, the phone itself is smaller and the keyboard has been reduced in size, I still find it just as easy to use as previous models. Love it!

I should also mention that the speaking and hearing quality of the Sidekick 2008 is way better than before. I have always had a difficult time being heard and clearly understood from my end of the line and vice versa, but with the 2008 model this is no longer an issue.

The Sidekick 2008 is also the ultimate fashion accessory when it comes to phones. Users are able to customize the outside of their phones by using customizable shells, you can even create your very own by using your own pictures and art work at http://sidekickshells.skinit.com/. Sidekicks also come with customizable themes on the phone display itself, one of my favorite features of these phones.

Danger continues to put their best foot forward when it comes to their phones. I recently learned something new while speaking with a T-Mobile representative that these phones were originally geared towards those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Interesting fact.

I am very happy with my new Sidekick and I encourage all those interested in a cheaper data plan alternative to the iPhone and Blackberry to check out the Sidekick... you may just be surprised!

1 comment:

Elliott Bellaire said...

I'm happy with your positive feedback towards your new Sidekick phone. It's very rare for people to give excellent commendations on certain stuff that they use everyday. I am still thinking of what phone I should purchase soon. And now I came to realize that I should give Sidekick a try. Thanks!