The 320 x 240 pixel screen measures 2.4 inches corner to corner, and some web pages are rendered on the browser quite well. GPRS data speeds are dealt with up to a point by server-side stuff that tweaks pages for faster downloading. But not all sites are rendered well and there can be a lot of scrolling to be done to view the full content of a page. I found the browser to be a bit hit and miss, and at times very frustrating.
A music player copes with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. I got a very impressive thirteen hours 50 minutes of continuous playback from a full battery charge.
There is mobile email support, and the Sidekick Slide comes with its own email address as well as the ability to pick up email from POP3 accounts. But it only copes with three POP3 accounts. I’m sure many of us have more than three email addresses so this could prove quite a limitation.
The built in camera is woeful, shooting at 1.3 megapixels and lacking video support. MMS and SMS are supported, and a key selling point of the Sidekick Slide is its IM service. You are limited to Yahoo IM though, which is pre installed. There is also a calendar, to-do manager, notes application and a couple of games and you can download a couple more over the air.
There is 128MB of built-in memory and microSD card support. A card will be necessary as the internal memory is rationed fairly strictly. You are allowed to save 1.75MB of photos, for example, with more going on the microSD card. Beware though, as card stored photos don’t back up to the Web automatically, which could prove to be a real annoyance.
Despite the design update, I’m still not convinced by the Sidekick Slide, which even in its new slimline format is chunky. I do like the idea of Web based backup, but it isn’t ergonomic for voice calling, and the mini keyboard is very tricky to use, while the camera is simply below par.
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