T-Mobile Sidekick II gets real

Sidekick II PV-100

T-Mobile officially took the wraps off the next Sidekick mobile communicator today, which they're calling the Sidekick II PV-100 (not sure what the extra "PV-100" means). More or less as we figured, it's thinner than the old one, has a color LCD screen, better reception, a VGA quality digital camera, better battery life, built-in speakerphone, and will retail for $299.99 when it hits stores this fall. They'll also offer current Sidekick owners a discount if for upgrading. The negatives: no Bluetooth, and you still can't install software applications on it yourself like you can with plenty of other smartphones.