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Trying Out the Latest Sidekick

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 30 Jul 2006 13:58:10 -0400

Trying Out the Latest Sidekick
By Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret

When it comes to cool hand-held devices, one always stands out in the
crowd: the T-Mobile Sidekick. You may have seen photos of Hollywood
stars posing with this device like an accessory, or maybe you've just
seen someone using one and you caught yourself wondering what it was.

The Sidekick, built for T-Mobile by Sharp Electronics Corp., doesn't
look like most common hand-helds, such as the Palm Treo or RIM
BlackBerry, which are designed with a screen and keyboard lined up
under one another for convenient emailing, phone use and Web
browsing. Instead, the Sidekick is meant to be held horizontally and
its screen must be twisted out with a dramatic, eye-catching snap in
order to use its hidden keyboard underneath. In closed-keyboard
position, the device can be held up to your ear vertically to use as a

This week, we tested the latest version of this trendy hand-held, the
Sidekick 3. It will officially launch July 10 for $300 with a two-year
contract from T-Mobile USA Inc., but is available just for current
T-Mobile customers starting today for 12 days.

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