[Review] The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Picks Up Where Danger Incorporated Left Off
10 May 2013
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.
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.
Summary: 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 powered by Android, it seems to have risen back.
Excerpt: Aaron does a review of the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G . Thanks to an absolutely fantastic QWERTY keyboard, it's the perfect phone for the teen that wants to ROFL, LOL, and more. It offers a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera, front-facing camera for video calling, and a...
Excerpt: 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...
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: Aaron takes a look at the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G , the newest addition to the Sidekick family of devices. It offers a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera, front-facing camera for video chatting, and an awesome physical QWERTY keyboard.
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.
Excerpt: Old-school Sidekick devotees and jaded Android users take heed: The Sidekick has been reborn, stronger and more advanced than ever. Outfitted with hardware crafted by Samsung and powered by Android 2.2, the Sidekick 4G for T-Mobile has the most advanced messaging features we've seen in a smart...
Conclusion: If you're an ex-Sidekick user or are simply looking for an Android phone that's great for texting and messaging, the Sidekick 4G by Samsung is easy to recommend. The phone has all the goodness of Android: a capacitive touch screen, multi-tasking, excellent web and email services and a huge selection...
Pros: Hardware captures the essense of the Sidekick, software rocks Android.
Cons: The usual for Sidekicks; it's large and plasticky.