It may seem like ages ago, but the T-Mobile Sidekick (or Danger Hiptop as it was known in some places around the world) was a must-have back in 2002. It was one of the first slide-phones with a full QWERTY keyboard, internet access and instant messaging. T-Mobile initially discontinued their service, but is now coming out with a new-looking Sidekick with Android OS 2.2 combining new features and possiblites with a recognizable and popular outer shell.
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Back in high school, I used to red with envy for the kids with Sidekick. The slick design, tons of games and keyboard made it a perfect device for teenagers. I think even the G1 took some of its inspiration from the people at T-Mobile. Fast-forward almost a decade and the new Android Sidekick includes both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard. On top of that, the new Sidekick will be running on T-Mobile's 4G network (which means terrible speeds and reception outside of America's larger cities).
Staying true to its teenager fan base, the Sidekick is packed with preloaded entertainment and social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Co. In addition there's also going to be a 3 megapixel camera on the back of the device. Hopefully, the device is going to hit stores in the next couple of months.
It looks like the Sidekick has gotten a much-needed facelift and will be ready to brave the storms of the free market come release-day.
Source: TechNews Daily