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Sidekick 2008 review

7.2/10 AVG.

  • Sidekick 2008
  • Sidekick 2008

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The Sidekick 2008 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 24 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

One way to view the Sidekick 2008 is that it offers more features for less money than the previous LX model. Another way to view the Sidekick 2008 is that it has an aging OS. One thing is for certain; if you are a heavy texter and you enjoy the prior iterations of the Sidekick, you’ll like this one for sure.

The Sidekick 2008 offers a very large, enhanced keypad that reveals itself with a push of a button, which causes the top of the phone to spin open in the now famous Sidekick manner. In addition to the massive keypad there is a trackball for convenient scrolling.

This is a message-monster, no doubt about it. With the Sidekick 2008 you can instant message, picture message and video message. Instant messaging options include Yahoo, AIM and MSN, but unfortunately Gtalk is not included. And interestingly, the Sidekick 2008 does not provide threaded messaging, a feature that has pretty much become a staple on any cell phone with a focus on messaging.

The Sidekick franchisee has an audience, and if you enjoy the user interface that the Sidekick has become known for, you’ll enjoy this phone. It’s smaller than the previous LX model and just as well made.

The music player works fine but there is a learning curve, due to so many buttons being involved and the conspicuous lack of dedicated music keys. Similarly, the web browser does allow you to surf the web, but don’t expect an Apple Safari experience by any means.

Clearly this is a phone for a certain fan base and one with a definite eye on texting. To that end the Sidekick 2008 accomplishes its goal well, and after a bit of a learning curve newcomers will enjoy the mystique of this phone, too.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The designers have hit a home run with this new Sidekick design.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn

The latest iteration from Sidekick's got more nicknames than David Ryder (aka Thick McRunfast aka Roll Fizzlebeef aka Big McLargehuge). Dubbed the Gekko, Gecco, Sidekick '08 and even just "Sidekick," the whatever-you-want-to-call-it (for our purposes we're naming it the "2008") has finally arrived a...

- Steven Leckart , Wired

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sidekick 2008 user manual here.

Sharp backs up the Sidekick 2008 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Sidekick 2008 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sharp support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sharp's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Sidekick 2008's screen size is 2.6 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a ARM 9 processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1030 mAh battery. Sharp's performance ratings are 9 days standby time.

Sidekick 2008 Specs

Release date July 30, 2008
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM 9
Internal Storage 64 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.82 W/kg
Body: 1.36 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1030 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black, black with green shells
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 5.7 x 1.9 cm (4.7 x 2.2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 136 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile Sidekick

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