Sidekick V2.3

Volume 8, Issue 146; 13 Nov 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Your mobile phone provider offers an “over-the-air upgrade” to your phone. You're at the airport, about to leave for a week on the road. What do you do?

You say “yes” of course. This is not quite the same as saying “apt-get dist-upgrade” after all. Or, more accurately, it's just like that but your mobile phone is a lot less important than your laptop.

Anyway, wise or not, I let it rip. The results are pretty nice. The device still has some damned, stupid limitations, but the browser now supports Javascript. And tel: URIs, which is pretty neat. And the address book has fields for IM addresses, which could make FOAF associations simpler.

There are a bunch of other updates too.

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with my Sidekick. Mostly, I love it, but some of its flaws really irritate me. However, now that the folks from Treo are in bed with Microsoft, I expect that device will develop irritating flaws of its own. (As far as I can see, the Treo 650 is the only serious competition for the Sidekick.)

I think I'll be sticking with my Sidekick.


Have you checked the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet? It was just released last week. It has WiFi and bluetooth. The software platform is developed by a Nokia sponsored opensource project. Debian derived linux kernel. It is the size of a PDA but has 800x480 resolution which provides for an excellent web browsing experience. I prefer this approach of well designed components that work well together to the integrated all in one Treo type device.

—Posted by Allen Halsey on 23 Nov 2005 @ 08:10 UTC #

It looks interesting, but I'm hoping to stick with a device that combines a phone and a PDA. Still, I bet it's a nice device.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 24 Nov 2005 @ 06:23 UTC #