So, folks have managed to use the Sidekick 3 for almost a month now and we want to hear what the world is saying. Sure we had our own review and all, but in all honestly we could have said using the SK3 is like talking into monkey poo and people would have still purchased it. What say ye, Sidekick 3 users?

We'll open the floodgates with Nick Denton's short, but precise review of the Sidekick 3.

Okay, so I've been using the Sidekick 3 for about a week now. Here's the good and the bad.

• web access is usable finally

• ability to add storage useful, if only for carrying around files and music

• phone slightly lighter

• um, that's about it

Now, the bad...

• still a storage limit of 100 text messages on the device, so you're still constantly deleting old messages in order to make space for new ones — an idiotic limit, given the additional storage available

• max of 2,000 contacts — which makes for sync issues with Outlook — Sidekick doesn't download all contacts, and then tries to write over Outlook

• power consumption definitely heavier — phone, after a full night's charge, lasts me till about midnight — old one used to go to morning of the second day.

• flip screen catches — action isn't as smooth as with Sidekick II

• now takes an extra click to get to AIM — very annoying — menus ought to be customizable


Well said, Denton. Hit the jump and comments for more user reviews.

First the good:
1. It seems faster, probably because the camera pictures can be stored on the minisd card.
2. The camera is faster, with high resolution. It does seem a little grainy thoguh. I'm not sure I've only had it a week, and I'm still learning.
3. The funtion buttons are less likely to be hit accidently.
4. Clicking on an address in the address book brings up a mobile mapquest map. But it doesn't provide a link to get directions.

Now the bad:

1. The keys are like chicklets. Where as before I was able to nail each key with my finger nail, now they keep sliding off. May be a lack of pratice.

2. The trackball doesn't have as much feed back as the scrollwheel.

3. Applications have to be re-downloaded, what's worse is not all of the applications are aviable. Terminal client isn't even in the catalog. Further more the ring tones don't carry over. Not sure if there will be a fee to re-download the apps and ringtones a user already purchased for the sk2.

The ugly, these may not be t-mobile/dangers fault:

1. Livejournal accounts seem to be inaccessible. The browser is very quick to say that it couldn't load the page. Its like it's not even trying hmmm.

2. This isn't the sidekicks fault but it is worth mentioning. The great tech blog gizmodo doesn't even show up properly on the sidekick! Ever since the new layout it has only shown up as mostly white space. And most of the gawker media sites don't run well on a protable devie with javascript on. Come on guys you have a way of testing this, you have a sidekick!

3. While you're at it, smack your sistein-in-law-blog the comsumerist for how their website looks on a side kick. The darkgrey background has only the slightest contrast with the black text. I've been using googles page for portable devices to read consumerist and gizmodo.

-Brian (sidekick email)

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