It’s official. If you want to cheap out on your Sidekick adventure, pushing the MP3 player and camera aside, now you can with the T-Mobile Sidekick iD, a swiveling handheld that has the unfortunate acronym of SKiD. The Sidekick iD is virtually the same physical size as the Sidekick 3, with a few notable differences. Based on the pictures, the plastic casing appears cheaper, but you still get the same trackball and QWERTY keyboard.
In terms of features, the 1.3 megapixel camera and integrated media player have been tossed out the window. The software side remains the same, though, with identical access to instant messaging (AIM, Yahoo!, and Windows Live), text messaging, HTML web browsing, myFaves, and wireless e-mail. Because they’ve taken out some of the hardware, the SKiD achieves slightly better battery life than the SK3, getting 5.3 hours of talk time and 6 days of standby.
The T-Mobile Sidekick iD retails for half the price of the Sidekick 3. Get it starting April 25 for $99.99 with a “qualifying two-year contract and mail-in rebate.”