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|Looking for a slim, sleek smartphone? Measuring just 5.1 by 2.3 by 0.8 inches, the black and silver color-schemed Sharp Sidekick 3 phone stands as your solution. You can quickly text or send emails to your peers as this T-Mobile phone features a QWERTY keyboard. Busy driving and dont want to miss important phone call? Simply pair the Sharp Sidekick 3 with a Bluetooth headset and answer those calls, thanks to its integrated Bluetooth 1.2 feature. Capture those special moments spent with friends and family using the 1.3-megapixel camera of this T-Mobile 1.3MP phone. With this T-Mobile phones trackball, you can not only scroll up and down, but also scroll left and right, thus adding to your convenience. With a built-in MP3 player, this T-Mobile 1.3MP phone lets you listen to your favorite songs while on the go.|
|Family Line||Sharp Sidekick|
|Band||GSM 850/1800/1900 (Tri-Band)|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MiniSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 270 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 72 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Display Resolution||240 x 160 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
Average review score based on 340 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
For those people who would like luxury of having a Sidekick, but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on it, this is the phone for them. It has all the basic functions you would expect from a Sidekick like web browsing, a keyboard that's great for texting, and AOL Instant Messenger, without the hassles of paying $100's of dollars.
Although it might not be as advanced as the Sidekick 2 and the Sidekick 3, it's still a great phone.
From a design perspective, the phone's most innovative feature is its rotating screen, which swivels 180 degrees to reveal what is arguably one of the most tactile and roomy minikeyboard on the market. Four main controls, one of which is a transparent scrollwheel that flashes a different color based on the type of alert, are well placed around the screen and within easy reach of your thumbs.
The Sidekick is loaded with tons of features. It comes with its own e-mail address, and you can add up to three accounts. But, since it's geared toward consumers rather than corporate users, you can't get your company e-mail just yet. The monochrome Sidekick lacked support for AOL Mail, but this version includes a quick link to a Web-based solution.
This Sidekick is equipped with double the memory og the original: 32MB of RAM and 4MB of flash-upgradable ROM (2,000 contacts and 50 notes). That should satisfy most users, but there's still no expansion slot, so you'll have to closely manage the e-mail attachments you receive. As with the original, you can open and read Word, PDF, and JPEG files, and you now can play MIDI and WAV attachments and cut and paste from messages.
The Sidekick has an improved Web browser and AOL Instant Messenger. Using the browser, you can navigate forward and backward through pages, while all AOL Instant Messenger conversations are saved if you get disconnected. You also get the standard phone features; a call log; two-way SMS messaging; a decent game (the Asteroids-like Rock & Rocket); and such organizer features as a contact list, a calendar, a to-do list, and notes. There's support for MIDI ring tones (12 songs and 7 chimes are included), and through a partnership with Sony Music, you can download HiFi music tracks as ring tones. You can import contacts from a SIM card and dial their numbers directly from your address book with the click of a button.
One nice thing about the Sidekick is that its Internet access is always on--as long as you aren't using the phone. If you do make or receive a call while surfing, you'll be disconnected from the Internet. After the call, the Sidekick automatically logs back on to the Web, a process that can take up to 30 seconds. You also can use the Catalog feature to download more ring tones, games, and applications, and you can access data on your Sidekick from any computer via T-Mobile's Web site.
It also has an optional camera attachment which takes 320x240 pixel-shots. It might not be of superb quality, but it's great for those who want to take pictures with the device.
All in all, It has everything a busy person or somebody with a massive amount of friends needs. I loved the AIM and Internet connection and used it daily.
The phone experience exceeded what I thought it would. With the volume up its pretty loud and clear for being on T-mobile service. Speakerphone would have made a nice addition but I have noticed in semi quite environments you can put the volume on full and hear some louder callers quite well without holding it to your face.
Hello eBay members, I owned this device for about a year before selling it on eBay. I cannot comment on it's phone capabilities since I used it primary as a data device to surf the web and receive email. The reason I originally purchased the Sidekick was for its innovative design and ease of use. I really liked the keyboard and flip around screen as well as the rotating wheel to scroll through screens and applications. The unit is well built and I did not have any problems with the hardware. I travelled across the country frequently and it held up well in my attache case through luggage and x-ray machines.
Other strengths of the products included the T-Mobile service cost - $29.95/month for all the data service you can use. I liked the AOL mail client that was on the unit and how email was pushed into the unit. The battery life was decent for 12+ hours of on time use without any voice usage. IM client was good - easy to use and add new members, etc. Web browser wasn't fancy but got the job done - easy to scroll with the scroll wheel and also type in new URL's to connect to. You will need two hands to hold the unit while typing.
The reason I decided to sell the device after my contract expired was (1) very poor T-Mobile service coverage - when I could get coverage with this device the download speeds were o.k. at best. Since the whole point of this device for me was to go to ebay.com as well as get my email, without good service coverage the device was essentially useless. (2) lack of additional productivity applications (3) no integrated camera support and (4) no direct connection to my PC for sync or back up.
All in all, if you can find one cheap on eBay and have good T-Mobile coverage where you live this wouldn't be a bad device to start with. It sure beats spending $500+ for something extravagant when basic IM, e-mail and web surfing is what you need. I'm sure the Sidekick II has improved on the many weaknesses of this original model.
Thanks for reading this review. eBay: travantsystems
Detailed item info
Looking for a slim, sleek smartphone? Measuring just 5.1 by 2.3 by 0.8 inches, the black and silver color-schemed Sharp Sidekick 3 phone stands as your solution. You can quickly text or send emails to your peers as this T-Mobile phone features a QWERTY keyboard. Busy driving and dont want to miss important phone call? Simply pair the Sharp Sidekick 3 with a Bluetooth headset and answer those calls, thanks to its integrated Bluetooth 1.2 feature. Capture those special moments spent with friends and family using the 1.3-megapixel camera of this T-Mobile 1.3MP phone. With this T-Mobile phones trackball, you can not only scroll up and down, but also scroll left and right, thus adding to your convenience. With a built-in MP3 player, this T-Mobile 1.3MP phone lets you listen to your favorite songs while on the go.
Family Line Sharp Sidekick
Color Black silver
Network Technology GSM
Camera 1.3 MP
Operating System Danger OS v3.0
Flash Memory 64 MB
Supported Flash Memory Cards MiniSD
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Battery Talk Time 270 min
Battery Standby Time 72 hr
Display Technology LCD display
Display Resolution 240 x 160 pixels
Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
Height 5.12 in.
Depth 0.91 in.
Width 2.36 in.
Weight 6.98 oz
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Had one previously but screen broke. Like the keyboard because unlike other phones/slide phones/touch phones, this one actually has a keyboard that fits a guys fingers, that the keys aren't close together. Nice screen.
The downside is that T-Mobile won't support the phone anymore so it's only good for talk and texting. You also cannot get accessories for it through T-Mobile (you might possibly fine accessories in some T-Mobile stores which might still have some accessories in stock). So it will tell you sometimes that it is waiting for activation. It will not let you use some of the features such as the web or instant messaging service, or the backup of data onto the T-Mobile site (which lets you upload/download your contacts and such). The only sidekick that T-Mobile will support is the new expensive Sidekick 4, so any other sidekick models are out in the cold regarding using many of the phones other features. Otherwise, the bluetooth option works fine, the speaker phone isn't the greatest - it's basically an amplified earpiece. It has a nice feature that has an light sensor which turns on the keyboard backlight only in dim lighting, which conserves the battery (can be disabled). The
The phone works perfectly fine. I do not use the phone personally; however, I have not had any complains from my sister. She has enjoyed using the phone for her personal preferences. The phone does not mess up quickly; it is a durable phone that will last a user a long time.