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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is officially announced combining classic style with Android

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is officially announced combining classic style with Android
Particularly interesting to say the least whenever a company decides to offer customers discounts for devices that are being discontinued, it’s equally surprising when that same company goes out and becomes the new face of a beloved classic. It was only earlier in the month when we reported that T-Mobile was going to completely shutter Sidekick’s Danger service, but its timely dismissal only came when word came about a new kind of Android powered Sidekick smartphone from Samsung’s camp.

With that, the longtime carrier of the Sidekick line just officially announced the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G – an Android powered device that takes control of the classic Sidekick style. You knew this one was coming either way, especially when some images of the device was leaked and quickly followed up by a sign-up page on T-Mobile’s web site.

From the press release image of the device, it sticks to employing the classic Sidekick design that users have been accustomed to using for some time now. Specifically, it sports a 3.5” display that has a sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge that’s long been a staple amongst previous Sidekicks. Furthermore, once its display is opened, you’ll instantly recognize its hallmark 5-row QWERTY keyboard that truly delivers the immersive messaging experience that you’d come to expect from a Sidekick. And since we find “4G” in its moniker, it’s going to be capable of delivering theoretical download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

If that wasn’t, the Samsung made T-Mobile Sidekick 4G also features a speedy 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, front-facing VGA camera for video chatting via Qik, and Android 2.2 Froyo. Seeing that the Sidekick line is known for its heavy messaging aspects, it doesn’t skimp out in its offerings since it leverages its strength with Sidekick Group Text that simply allows you to better manage group messages to friends so that everyone is able to follow the conversation more easily. Additionally, it also features Cloud Text that even allows you to manage your messages from the comforts of your computer. And finally, both the official Twitter and Facebook apps are preloaded to sharpen itself in the social networking category.

Precisely something that will spur up interest with the young and hip crowd, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is one feature packed and modernized Sidekick that will undoubtedly attract old time users – while attracting new ones as well. So far, we’re in the dark in terms of pricing or an release date, but as usual, it shouldn’t be long before it’s unveiled. In the meantime, it's pegged with becoming available later this spring in either pearl magenta or matte black.

source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is officially announced combining classic style with Android

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posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:09 1

1. AJ (unregistered)

That is pretty sexy. I would really consider getting a Sidekick if I was T-mobile cuz that is probably one of the best keyboards in the market right now besides HTC Arrive aka HTC 7 Pro.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:26

2. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

man i loved the keys on my sidekick. texting and writing emails while talking to peeps was a breeze. wow i miss that phone

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:33

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Teenagers will go nuts over this for sure.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:34

4. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

Can't wait for this. Finally a phone that I'm interested in. Gave up my Sidekick LX 2009 because I wanted an android phone. Biggest mistake ever I miss that phone... kinda wish they would give this a swivel screen but we can't have everything I suppose.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 11:36

11. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

I think that swivel was patented. While it has a very nice cool factor, it was also pretty fragile.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 00:14

5. jojo3681 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

ohh, my this phone is amazing, but someone help me which should i pick, android sidekick, g2, nexus s, or suppositly the htc pyramid/doubleshot? help please!!!!!!! thanks

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 00:37

6. scruffle2 (unregistered)

get the galaxy s2

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 09:39

9. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

galaxyS2 aor pyramid. Though the sidekick4g could substitute for the pyamid if you need full keyboard.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 05:13

7. koreampuff (unregistered)

LOL. so i was debating between getting the g2 or waiting for the galaxy s2. the pros for the g2 was the physical keyboard and a watered down price, and the pros for the s2 was the high specs and front facing camera.
the g2 doesn't have a front facing camera, and the s2 doesnt have a physical keyboard and will probably have a hefty price tag.
i heard about the android sidekick in the rumor mill but dismissed the idea because i thought it would be a crappy phone.
i'm starting to reconsider. this just might do it. it's not THAT heavyweight specwise, but
it has a A8 hummingbird, 4g, front camera, and a physical keyboard. plus, the new maker is samsung so.. hopefully the camera will be better than what the old sidekicks used to have?

if it has a microSD memory slot, camera has high mp, and is a touch screen, i'm getting it! fsho. but it's an android so it has to be a touchscreen... right?

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 11:37

12. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

Yes, it does have a touch screen. Android requires one.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 06:01

8. markk (unregistered)


This is very nice alternative. Low price and many functions. OR not?

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 10:01

10. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

it's going to be thick D;

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 15:44

13. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)

Well goodbye swivel screen. Although, the device looks nice. Kudos for Samsung.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 17:04

14. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Samsung all plastic phones looked too cheap like a toy.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 17:24

15. GhostOs (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

I was just about to leave T-Mobile but this may make me stay...My only question is will it also be a wifi hotspot? If so I will no doubt purchase it if not. I will be saying goodbye for Big Red

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 20:36

16. Alex949 (unregistered)

Will be getting the LG Optimus 2X instead.

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