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: 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: Looked at solely on it's own merits, the
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G
is a very solid device. It's got nice build quality, a great keyboard, fast performance, and an ergonomically comfortable design for messaging. However, it's when you look at the device in the context of it's $100 suggested retail price that it becomes a hit.
Samsung and T-Mobile have delivered a solidly mid-range experience, on a solidly low-end budget.
Pros: Fast performance, Great screen, Excellent keyboard, Good value for the price
Cons: Lacks 850/1900 MHz 3G, Some minor software glitches
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.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, Advanced messaging features, Fast data speeds in 4G areas, Long battery life, Affordable price
Cons: Non-standard Android interface will confuse some, Occasional lag, Awkward power button placement, Some glitches with Group Chat feature
Review of T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G - now with Android!
20 April 2011
Excerpt: The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is the first Sidekick that's a proper smartphone. Running Android 2.2 Froyo, the Sidekick 4G offers a mix of old-school messaging goodness and modern smartphone functionality - all backed up by solid hardware and a large QWERTY keyboard. Dan spent some time with it and put together this review for your reading pleasure.
Pros: Great keyboard, snappy response, good battery life
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 of apps to choose from in the Market, yet it's relatively affordable.
Pros: Hardware captures the essense of the Sidekick, software rocks Android.
Cons: The usual for Sidekicks; it's large and plasticky.