Excerpt: I’ve always loved Danger’s line of fliptop two-thumbed smartphones, and this is easily the best one yet. At less than two pounds and 2.4 x 0.9 x 5.1 inches, it’s far trimmer than the clunky Sidekick 3, and it’s as handy as ever for emailing, IMing, and web surfing.
Pros: Uses standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, which works with all of my earbuds and headphones without requiring me to shell out for some stupid freaking adapter. (Do you catch my drift there, Apple?) The tactile feedback of the well-designed thumbboard still beats a touchscreen for epic IMing sessions.
Cons: No Wifi. MP3 player has just 120 megabytes of built-in memory. Cruddy non-intuitive interface. Speaker is tinny and fuzzy.
Summary: The Sidekick brand as a whole represents the pinnacle of messaging phones up to this point. Unfortunately, the folks brainstorming the latest marketing and design angle for these capable devices are fixed on the idea of appealing to kids. When will we see the grown-up version?