This week Tech Savvy Daddy is reviewing devices by T-Mobile. During each of the following days you can enter to win a gift package containing a Sidekick and SkinIt customized cell phone skin. One lucky reader will be notified on Christmas Day.
Here’s the rundown of reviews:
Sunday- Motorola Motozine
Monday- T-Mobile G1 with Google Phone
TODAY- T-Mobile Sidekick
Wednesday, December 24- T-Mobile Cameo digital picture frame
Thursday, December 25- Winner of Sidekick and SkinIt announced!
Here’s what Tech Savvy Daddy had to say about the T-Mobile Sidekick:
Looking for a new phone? Considering a SmartPhone? Take a look at the T-Mobile Sidekick.
The Sidekick a slick little phone with a camera with still and video capabilities, email, web browsing, calendar, contacts, instant messaging, all the stuff you’d want. While it has a smaller screen than the Google Phone or an iPhone, the Sidekick has all of the features you would use in a well-designed phone with an elegant user interface.
You use your thumb to rotate the screen, which spins around and reveals a good sized full keyboard. When the screen is open, you can easily hold the device from the side with both hands. The nubby keys on the keyboard are nicely spaced apart allowing you to type quickly.
Navigating around the user interface is done with the white trackball. It’s on the right hand side. The left hand side also has a navigation button disguised as the earpiece. It can also be used for scrolling around the screen. Good for the hard-core left-handed people. There are multi-colored lights under the trackball that turn it into a glowing orb when the phone rings. Hey, why not?
The user interface is pretty nice for messaging and web surfing, but the phone dialing isn’t that great. You can dial directly from your address book, but if you need to enter a phone number, you use the top row of the keyboard to dial the digits. I’m a big fan of voice activated dialing (example: “Call Tech Savvy Mama”), but the Sidekick doesn’t support it as far as I can tell.
Tech Savvy Mama loves the hard sided Sidekick SkinIt shell she made to look like her website header above. She reports that it was super simple to upload her graphic to create a personal look for her phone. Or select images from a huge graphics library, exclusive shells from up and coming artists, and team colors for pro and collegiate teams. Leticia loves her Tech Savvy Mama shell but is a huge fan of Jessica Goncha’s Doodlebug and Juniper+Carnation designs. For more info on Sidekick shells, click here.
Overall, the Sidekick has a good list of features and comes in a nice-form factor. Unlike some Smart Phones, you don’t feel like you’re talking into a PopTart. It’s currently $99 with a contract from T-Mobile. For information about contracts, click here.
Enter to win a T-Mobile Sidekick and SkinIt package by:
1. Leaving a comment about a feature of the Sidekick that you like.
2. Write a post linking to my site and giveaway then leave an additional comment with your permalink.
3. Twitter about the contest (I’m @techsavvymama on Twitter) and leave another comment.
4. Add me to your blogroll and leave an additional comment letting me know!
5. Subscribe to my feed through e-mail or a reader and leave a comment for an extra entry!
Thanks to T-Mobile for providing the Sidekick and to SkinIt for our giveaway!
Fine print: To be eligible, enter by completing the above tasks and leaving your comments by Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at Midnight. Commenting, posting, and Twittering about eacy day’s post will earn you up to three entries per day. Blogroll and feed subscriptions will earn you an additional entry each only once throughout the duration of this giveaway. Winner will be chosen at random by random.org and will need to reply with their mailing address 48 hours to claim their prize. T-Mobile Sidekick will only be shipped within the United States.
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Original post by Tech Savvy Mama