Eventually replacing the first Sidekick LX, the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 is a stand-out with its slimmer design, high-resolution display, and a host of new features, such as 3G, Flash video support, GPS, and Facebook and Twitter integration.
Current Sidekick owners will get first dibs on the new device. Online presales start now for a price of $199 with a two-year contract. For everyone else, the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 will be available in stores nationwide and online on May 13 for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
In addition to being the thinnest Sidekick, the Sidekick LX 2009 also boasts the largest and sharpest screen to date. The WVGA display is based on Sharp's Aquos technology and measures 3.2 inches with an 854x480-pixel resolution.
The Sidekick LX features a soft-touch finish to give it a nonslippery texture instead of a slick, plasticky feel. Sharp also added small grooves on the back of the device where you can rest your index fingers when holding it.
The Sidekick LX 2009 keeps the trademark swivel design. To flip the display and expose the keyboard, you nudge the upper-right corner of the screen, but be sure to give it a good push, as it's pretty hard to open.
Surrounding the display are the same navigation controls as the previous Sidekick LX. On the right, there is a Cancel button, Talk and End keys, an OK button, and the trackball navigator. On the left (not shown), you get Menu and Jump buttons and a directional keypad that doubles as the phone's speaker.