T-Mobile Sidekick ID Keeps It Simple

By Sascha Segan  |  Posted 2007-04-13 Print this article Print

Review: The new Sidekick ID lowers the barriers to push e-mail and mobile IM, targeting teens more than executives. (PCMag.com)

Probably the easiest to use e-mail handheld in the world, the Sidekick line has become a hit with celebrities who arent typically known for their high-tech savvy. Thats a big compliment to Danger, the designer of the Sidekicks software, as it has created a slick, icon-based interface that is unusually easy to set up and use. T-Mobiles new Sidekick ID continues the trend. The difference is that the ID is cheap, if not particularly cutting-edge. But in a market where e-mail handhelds typically cost hundreds of dollars, thats a good thing. When my Sidekick 3 review originally ran, I got dozens of semi-coherent IMs from teenagers desperate to know more about the gadget. With its low price, basic features, and easily recognizable shape, the ID seems custom-made for folks with after-school jobs, not corporate careers.
The $99 ID takes the basic e-mailing, instant-messaging and phoning capabilities of the Sidekick 2, puts them in a sleeker body with a cute trackball (much like the Sidekick 3s,) and adds the Sidekick 3s operating-system improvements. Thats pretty much it. If youve never kicked it sideways before, the Sidekick is a super-easy-to-use handheld that used to look more like a brick than a cell phone. Now, thanks to its makeover, the handset resembles a much flatter brick, at 5.1 by 2.5 by 0.9 inches; and weighs 6.2 ounces. You swivel the screen open (thats the "kick") to reveal an extremely clear keyboard of well-separated hard plastic keys, similar to the Sidekick 3s. With the screen closed, you hold it to your head to make calls. Read the full story on PCMag.com: T-Mobile Sidekick ID Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Sascha Segan is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for mobile phones and PDAs. He is responsible for testing, benchmarking and evaluating mobile phones and other handheld devices. Sascha joined the magazine in 2004 after covering consumer electronics for technology, travel and lifestyle publications, and editing the now hard-to-find book, 'I Just Got a Cell Phone, Now What?' He once helped cover an election in Africa using only a PalmPilot Professional with a modem and attachable keyboard as his traveling gear.

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