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.
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Cons: Outdated Android 2.2 install, Custom user interface doesn't enhance Android, Awkward button, audio jack placement, Anemic camera, Poor 4G speeds, Unnecessary touch pad
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...
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.
[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.