Conclusion: Samsung and T-Mobiles’ Sidekick 4G may resemble the Sidekicks of old, but it’s taken an Android-sized leap forward. This is the first Sidekick with a touchscreen and follows in the footsteps of its ancestors well. Still, it’s not without a large number of quirks, some annoying, others just odd. All in all, while we like the screen and keyboard, the Sidekick 4G tries too hard to be different.
Pros: Great keyboard, Clear phone calls, useful text apps, Satisfying screen “kick”, Inexpensive
Cons: Outdated Android 2.2 install, Custom user interface doesn't enhance Android, Awkward button, audio jack placement, Anemic camera, Poor 4G speeds, Unnecessary touch pad
Excerpt: The Sidekick brand was officially killed in 2010 and the cloud supporting them was set to expire on May 31, 2011. T-Mobile announced in January of 2011 that a newer Sidekick 4G would be on the horizon and at CTIA 2011 it was shown to the public. Now...
Summary: The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G continues the Sidekick's legacy as an excellent messaging device and also serves as a great entry-level smartphone.
Pros: The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G impresses with the addition of a touch screen and the Android operating system. The handheld also offers enhanced messaging features, great call quality, and a good camera.
Cons: The user interface won't appeal to everyone. The smartphone can occasionally be sluggish.
Summary: You thought Sidekick was dead, did you? That’d be an easy assumption to make since Danger’s servers are being turned off this month — and since it’s the one of the most deeply-integrated cloud deployment for mobile devices ever undertaken, eight years’ worth of Sidekick models will turn into pretty paperweights after that.
Pros: Stellar keyboard, UI skin is, against all odds, not annoying, Rock-solid hinge
Cons: Thick, Plasticky, Odd control / port placement (not a big deal for old Sidekick users)
Excerpt: Since its release in 2002 as the Danger Hiptop the Sidekick has been on a rollercoaster ride. With integration of AIM and being the first cell phone capable of placing unassisted TTY via the browser, it even gained a foothold in American Sign Language.
Pros: + Great keyboard
Cons: - Theme changer , - Telenav’s GPS Navigator, - Thinkfree Office, - Cloud and Group texting, - T-Mobile app store, - Media Room and Hub, - Twitter and Facebook, - Qik for video chat, - Camera issues
[Review] The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Picks Up Where Danger Incorporated Left Off
1 May 2011
Excerpt: We all remember the T-Mobile Sidekick. It was the phone to have back before smartphones were a normal, everyday thing. It was the phone that did all the smartphone-y things first. It was built for one main purpose, though; messaging like a demon. It was all about staying in contact with your friends, shooting out emails, and texting all the time, no matter how fast you were driving. It did that job, and it did it damn well.