If you thought the T-Mobile Sidekick had gone the way of the Ethiopian amphibious rat, think again my friends. Developed by Samsung, the 2011 version of the venerable, teen-friendly smartphone pays tribute to previous versions of the phone with its unique screen sliding mechanism and built in, five row keyboard while bringing with it a new Android operating system (replacing the old Danger interface), improved messaging capabilities, and 4G speed.
Sidekicks have always been known for their swiveling screens, but Samsung has eschewed that defining feature for a 3.5 inch touchscreen with a “pop-tilt” hinge. Another defining feature of the Sidekick, its email and texting capabilities, has been expanded upon in a number of ways. GroupText, as the name implies, allows you to create group text conversations while Cloud Text allows you to text with friends across multiple platforms. Of course, like any self respecting smartphone in the year 2011, the Sidekick 4G comes with a camera (a 3 megapixel one that is hopefully better than the ones on its predecessors), built in social networking apps, and the ability to watch videos, listen to music and surf the internet with the built in web browser. All of this is powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a speedy 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor.
There’s no solid release date just yet, but it’ll be available sometime this Spring in matte black and pearl magenta. In this world of more “grown up” smartphones, does the Sidekick still have a place in your heart?
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