Color T-Mobile Sidekick Flips Up Specifications

By Marge Brown  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Print this article Print

The color version of the T-Mobile Sidekick is an even nicer way to truly stay in touch.

The monochrome version of the Sidekick PDA/phone combo ("PDAs for Every Budget," May 6) is an impressive communicator and organizer. The enhanced, color version of the T-Mobile Sidekick ($300 street) retains the attractive features of its predecessor and adds significant improvements. Not merely a very good choice for early adopters, the Sidekick is a strong contender for business users who want an easy-to-use PDA/ phone that synchronizes with a personal Web portal.

At 7 ounces and 2.5 by 4.8 by 1.3 inches (HWD), the Sidekick is slightly larger and heavier than the previous version. Its 65,000-color display has good visibility indoors and out, and the internal lithium ion battery is rated for 3.5 hours talk time and 60 hours standby.

We love the backlit swivel screen, backlit thumbable keyboard, Danger Hiptop OS, and the scroll wheel for easy navigation. Improvements over the older model include a faster ARM7 processor (48 MHz), enhanced graphics, twice the memory (32MB), and improved image-capture quality (320-by-240 resolution) using the optional camera ($40).

For the whole story, check out the PC Magazine article.

Marge Brown, a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, has worked in the technology field for twenty years, as Director of Technology at The Travelers Companies, as an independent Managed Health Care technology consultant, and as owner of Brown Consulting Associates, the family's freelance technology writing business.

Since 1998, Marge has worked on a full-time basis with her husband, Bruce Brown, also a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, writing reviews for PC Magazine and analytical articles for

Marge is the mother of Rich Brown, freelance writer, Liz Brown, employee of Text100, a technology public relations firm, and Pete Brown, freelance writer and aspiring Web site designer.

In her spare time Marge enjoys reading, swimming, boating, and taking walks with Bruce and their two Giant Schnauzers, Katama and Pepper, who are about to launch their own brand of salsa and hot sauce.


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