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October 5th, 2004 · No Comments · Gadgets, Sidekick

After camping on hold for about 30 minutes, I managed to squeeze into the first round of T-Mobile’s Sidekick II upgrade plan. Thanks to that heavy use of redial and a lot of patience, I have had in my possession a Sidekick II phone for a little over a week.

All in all, I’m happy with it. All the improvements made are minor, but they add up to a better experience. While the phone is still big compared to non-“smartphones”, the change in thickness does make it more pocket friendly. The phone design is certainly more Star Trekish, which could be either good or bad. Me, I like it.

There’s no single compelling reason to upgrade from the Color Sidekick to the Sidekick II (unless you are love taking pictures with your phone. The camera on the Sidekick II is about a thousand times better than the camera on the Color Sidekick, which isn’t much of an accomplishment since that camera was a joke. The Sidekick II is no replacement for a real digital camera, though. No zoom, limited resolution, and dinky flash. But it isn’t bad for a camera phone.) But the Sidekick II is a nice improvement, and I’m happy I got it, if for no other reason than to keep up my nerd cred.

I am most happy about its improved signal reception, though. It now consistently gets a signal in the men’s room at work, so I can catch up on Wired News while I take care of other pressing business.

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