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)
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.
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.