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Cons: Outdated Android 2.2 install, Custom user interface doesn't enhance Android, Awkward button, audio jack placement, Anemic camera, Poor 4G speeds, Unnecessary touch pad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.
Once a closed platform, T-Mobile brings the Sidekick brand back from the dead — and this time, it's running Android.
20 May 2011
Summary: After spending several weeks swapping the Sidekick 4G in and out as my primary phone, I can conclusively say it’s not for everybody — but it’s definitely not a terrible phone. And in fact, for some, it could be a great phone. Adults — even ex-Sidekick users who’ve simply grown up and entered the workforce — might find something with a little more power and a little less flash to be more appealing, and for those folks, T-Mobile offers the myTouch and the G series.
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.
[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.
Summary: The Sidekick is back in a big way. For just $99, this well-designed Android phone offers a wealth of messaging features, fast data speeds, and a superior keyboard, making it a great choice for smart phone hipsters on a budget. Android purists who crave a keyboard will likely prefer the T-Mobile G2 for its stock interface and larger display, but that device costs $100 more.