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

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


Related phones

Sidekick 4G
  • Display 3.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.50h talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

16 Comments

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.

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Teenagers will go nuts over this for sure.

4. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

11. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

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

5. jojo3681

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 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

6. scruffle2 unregistered

get the galaxy s2

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

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. BUT NOW. 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?

12. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

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

8. markk unregistered

http://www.go2go.pl/smartphones/175-go2go-magic-dual-sim-android-22-smartphone-black.html This is very nice alternative. Low price and many functions. OR not?

10. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

it's going to be thick D;

13. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

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

14. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung all plastic phones looked too cheap like a toy.

15. GhostOs

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 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

16. Alex949 unregistered

Will be getting the LG Optimus 2X instead.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.