T-Mobile UK slides out latest Sidekick
BlackBerry for kids?
T-Mobile last night unveiled the Sidekick Slide, the first handset in the consumer-friendly email gadget range to appear since T-Mobile cut its ties with Sharp and signed up Motorola as a manufacturer.
T-Mobile's Sidekick Slide: big, slide-up screen
The quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge phone, pictures of which first appeared July, is targeted at 15- to 30-year-olds looking for the “perfect companion" to a "busy social life”, T-Mobile said.
It has a 2.5in, 320 x 240 LCD screen and, T-Mobile claimed, displays web pages as they would appear on your PC. Well, sort of, we'd say. A Yahoo! IM messaging client is included too, but T-Mobile told us that other IM apps can't be loaded.
Images, taken on its 1.3-megapixel camera, and other content, such as emails, can be saved to a Micro SD card of up to 4GB – although one’s not included. Alternatively, users can transfer content off the phone over Bluetooth or USB . Some content, such as contact information, is also automatically backed-up onto a personal webpage via T-Mobile’s hook-up with Sidekick software developer Danger.
...but small keys
The handset must always be used in landscape mode and its screen slides up to reveal a full, if somewhat small, Qwerty keyboard. Users steer around the display via a trackball or a four-way navigation button.
The Slide yields talk and standby times of 5.9 hours and 3.6 days respectively, and will be available for free on selected T-Mobile tarrifs from November.
Its Motorola. Nuff said. Enjoyed the last experience I had with a PDA of theirs. 4 in a year and it ate my info daily.
This is the SK Slide and the proper SK4 (which actually kicks!!!!!) is going to come soon. No idea if T is going to get it though.
Is it me or the logo at the top look like the M for Motorola?
It does come with an SD card
The product come with a 512mb SD card in box......
(sound of the latest Sidekick falling out of the ugly tree and hitting every branch on the way down)
"Anyone know what T-Mobile are like as a network?"
I've just switched from O2 to T-Mobile to get hold of the Vario III. The device itself widdles all over the Sidekick, and the network coverage is surprisingly good. Plus they're the only UK carrier with decent data rates at the moment...