About a week ago, we got to sit down with T-Mobile and play with the Sidekick Slide, Sidekick LX and a few other upcoming devices. Unfortunately, due to an embargo, we couldn’t utter a peep – until today. The Sidekick Slide will be available October 24th, in case you somehow didn’t know, and will cost $199 with a two-year contract. It’s the first time Motorola has tried its hand at the Sidekick and I must say, it’s the best one yet.
The much-brighter LCD is similar to that of the Sidekick LX’s, except smaller. The back has a very polished feel to it and the 1.3-megapixel camera is a tiny bit better than the Sidekick 3’s, but not by much. The new Sidekick interface is loaded, but it’s just the standard fare you’d normally find. IM, Web browsing, messaging, etc. T-Mobile also got the Sidekick Slide to send picture messages, as opposed to sending e-mail with an attachment.
After owning a Sidekick 2 for awhile and eventually a Sidekick 3, I have to say that my vote most certainly goes to the Sidekick Slide. Though the LX has a Sharp Aquos screen, media playback and a longer battery, the Slide is more compact and is beyond thin. It looks professional and the keypad is decent, but not fantastic. I highly suggest picking the Slide over the LX, as you’ll probably have an iPod handy for listening to music. Sorry for no hands on pics, but T-Mobile wouldn’t let us. Autumn people. It’s the season of Sidekick madness.