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Sidekick 3 follow up

August 5th, 2006 · No Comments · Gadgets, Reviews, Sidekick

I’ve had a little more time with my Sidekick 3, and two things are bugging me.

One is the reception and its ability to sustain a network connection seems worse than my Sidekick 2. There are places in my office where my Sidekick 2 could eke out a serviceable connection that my Sidekick 3 utter fails. Also when the connection is spotty, the Sidekick 3 frequently gets stuck offline and requires a manual cycling of the network connection to get back online.

The Sidekick 2 had similar problems initially, and usually software patches fix it, so I am hopeful this will improve. Right now, though, the Sidekick 3 is performing noticeably worse than its predecessor.

The second problem, which is more worrisome, is battery life. Battery life is definitely worse. Whereas the Sidekick 2 could do a day and then some on a single charge, my Sidekick 3 can barely make a day. And keep in mind I am not using Bluetooth or the new MP3 player at all. My usage pattern hasn’t changed, but my Sidekick 3 can’t sustain 24 hours of being on with no phone use, only data. This is disappointing, and unlike the former problem, I don’t see a software update fixing it, but I hope I am wrong.

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