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    It seems as if are ol'buddy Walt who we thought really liked the Treo has had a change of heart. In his recent article he calls "Batman Had Robin..." he say's

    "LOTS OF BUZZ surrounds wireless handhelds, smart phones and portable e-mail devices right now. But while the various models of the RIM BlackBerry, the Handspring Treo and Pocket PCs with built-in phones hog most of the attention, a less well-known competitor, in some ways, beats them all. It's called the Sidekick and is sold by T-Mobile, the cellular phone carrier."


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    I don't really see too much of a change of heart. Afterall, I agreed with him on the Treo and he agrees with me on the Sidekick. It is a wonderful device for what it does. The IM handling is almost perfect. The email and web browsing blow anything on a phone away. That said, there are a few bone-headed moves. You can't sync to Outlook. You can't load programs from your computer. And the program library just isn't there. It will never replace a geek's Treo or an executive's Blackberry. But for someone (college student?) that doesn't need complexity, corporate email or a wonderful phone, it's great!
  3. purpleX
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    complexity? *gasp* whatever happen to zen and simplicty?

    and really since when is treo a "good phone"? (as in good reception and clear audio)
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    Originally posted by KRamsauer
    I don't really see too much of a change of heart.
    The very last sentence of the article:

    All in all, the Sidekick is a good value for people who rely on e-mail and instant messaging as long as you don't expect to make many phone calls with it.

    No indeed, not a big change of heart at all.

    Afterall, I agreed with him on the Treo and he agrees with me on the Sidekick. It is a wonderful device for what it does. The IM handling is almost perfect. The email and web browsing blow anything on a phone away. That said, there are a few bone-headed moves. You can't sync to Outlook. You can't load programs from your computer. And the program library just isn't there. It will never replace a geek's Treo or an executive's Blackberry. But for someone (college student?) that doesn't need complexity, corporate email or a wonderful phone, it's great!
    Agreed. For me the Treo is the best of two worlds and competitive in a third. It's an excellent PalmOS PDA, a great phone, and a decent e-mail/web terminal. The Sidekick only bests the Treo in one of these areas but if that's all you want, it's a great deal.
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    I can't get my sidekick to do anything for me. Each application has some fatal flaw which let me down.

    The email communications is nice, but to do anything with reasonable brevity, you must flip the screen open and use the keyboard. Fun at first, but ugh I just can't do that any more. And they did kindof a false advertising thing with regard to Word doc and PDF support, all it does is convert them to plain-text. Useless!

    The web browser would forget the URL if your reception faded. I've had to retype the whole URL (no cut & paste!) so many times it's not even funny. It worked okay when it worked for me. I'd still choose Blazer over it.

    The calendar application didn't let you select an alarm tone. IIRC it made a pitiful little bleep with no repeat. Couldn't use it for an alarm clock etc. Now the Treo has been AWESOME as an alarm clock! It's the first Palm device I've had which really kicks the alarm tones.

    The IM only supports AOL and/or maybe ICQ through some legacy AOL gateway. But if you have flaky coverage, forget about using IM on the sidekick.

    It just didn't work well as a data store either; due to the lack of storage space, and lack of a find feature.

    It's also GIGANTIC!
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    Originally posted by potatoho
    It's also GIGANTIC!
    I agree with you there, Potatoho. I had a color SK and it was a lot of fun, although it had some reliability issues and my friends said I sounded like I was calling them from a tin can. But what really killed it was the SIZE! I just could not figure out a good way to carry the thing. Put it in your pocket and you look like a porn star, carry it on your belt in its case and you look like an escapee from Bell Labs. If I have to carry something on my belt, I'd rather have a clip than a case.

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