With all the hype in recent months on the iPhone and the G1, another longtime popular handset had fallen by the wayside. But for those looking for a new Sidekick you’re in luck. T-Mobile USA has just unveiled the latest version of the popular communication device – and this one is quite impressive.
The new Sidekick LX is a 3G-enbaled handset, which means it will offer faster data speeds than past models. It also features the same stylish look, albeit just a bit thinner, and this new model includes the same basic swivel design with two new colors, including orchid and carbon. The phone, which is now available for pre-sale to existing T-Mobile customers also features improved video capabilities, as well as a GPS-enabled Live Search function.
“Today’s Sidekick customers are avid communicators, with three out of four accessing social networking sites on their device at least once per week,” says Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA, Inc. “The real-time notifications, tied with 3G speeds and GPS, will provide customers with the best experience of any Sidekick before, and we expect it will exceed their expectations.”
Key Sidekick LX features:
- Integrated social networking application bundle includes one-click access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
- High-speed Web browsing with 3G support
- Built-in GPS support with Live Search
- 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash
- Ability to record, play and share videos
- 3.2-inch F-WVGA screen with high-definition LCD technology with 854×480 resolution
- Support for personal e-mail, SMS, MMS, instant messaging. Clients include AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger
- Iconic swivel design and full QWERTY keyboard
- Intuitive user interface with Quick Find to search across all applications
- Network Address Book
- Included 1GB microSD memory card
- Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP supports stereo Bluetooth and Bluetooth file transfer to other Bluetooth devices including photo printers
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE worldphone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Dual-band UMTS/HSDPA (AWS Band IV & Band I)
- Battery: 3G – 3 hours talk time, 6 days standby; 2G – 5.5 hours talk time, 8 days standby
The Sidekick LX is now available for purchase to existing T-Mobile customers beginning April 17 through a Web-only pre-sale and will be available for everyone on May 13.
Panasonic and NEC to Open Up
This week, Panasonic and NEC will unveil nine new cell phone models running the open-source LiMo operating system, according to the wireless Linux foundation.
To date, Linux – which remains the most popular of the free/open-source operating systems for desktop PCs – has only been marginally successful on mobile devices, but the release of Google Android has increased the presence of open-source, notably LiMo, as yet another OS.
This of course falls back on a point that Verizon, among other carriers, has addressed. Do we really need another OS for mobile handsets to take off? This isn’t to say I’m against LiMo, and from what I’ve seen it is a good OS for mobile devices, but a question that needs to be addressed.
Will there be developer support for LiMo? Will someone launch an apps store for LiMo? And notably, given that this is an open-source OS, who will be the gatekeeper to ensure that the apps will work on multiple devices?