T-Mobile along with Samsung has revitalized the Sidekick line. The first Sidekick was made by the company named Danger that was later acquired by Microsoft Corporation. T-Mobile who owns the Sidekick brand is now re-launching the Sidekick devices incorporation with the smartphone manufacturer company Samsung. The look of the Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is almost similar to the previous T-Mobile Sidekick models. But it is not about the design of this smartphone anymore; the whole Danger OS is now replaced by the Google Android OS 2.2 Froyo by which this device has much more to offer than just being text messaging friendly smartphone. Following are the specifications and features of the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.
The design of the Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is bit long with the navigation buttons at the both sides. According to the design, the device is to be used as a messaging phone for which the keyboard should stays open. The keyboard is fixed below the screen and the screen does not slide to open it like in most of the smartphones. By touching and pressing the screen at the edges makes it pop open. The device has 800×480 WVGA display. Physical size of the display is 3.50 inches and has LCD capacitive touch screen. The keyboard of the device is easier and much comfortable to use. The space between the buttons is proper. The keys are backlit except the navigation keys at the both ends of the device but overall the keyboard is the best for people who text a lot.
Moreover, the device also provides shortcut keys for emoticons that are very handy while texting. All the keys are at the best places and are convenient to find. Also on the right side of the keypad there is an optical track pad which is very precise and scroll really well. Furthermore, under the battery cover of the device there is a microSD slot available and for which you do not have to remove the battery. Everything on the Sidekick 4G is at its best place that include 3.5mm port for headphone and a micro-USB jack. The device is available in two colors that are pearl magenta and matte black. The accessories included with the device are a USB cable, AC adapter and 2GB preinstalled microSD card.
User interface of the device is bit different from other Android smartphones. Custom kick UX interface is actually on top of the Froyo OS with which users can customize the panels of the home screen with different wallpapers and themes that are bit flashier and will definitely be liked by the young users of the device. Lock screen is multifunctional and the functionality is customizable. Pressing upward opens the user defined application and pressing downward opens the last screen or the application the user was working on.
The device has quad band technology and has Qik application which supports video calling for which a front facing camera is available, video sharing, voice dialing, conference calling, multimedia and text messaging. Regarding connectivity, the phone is equipped with GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The device also supports WiFi network calls along with Cellular calls. As the name suggests Sidekick 4G works on the T-Mobiles 4G network. The device works really great on the 4G network and the maximum download speed 21 Mbps.
More features include 3 megapixel Camera with no flash but the picture quality is really good. 720p HD video can also be recorded with the camera which also has impressive quality as compared to the other smartphones with the same camera specifications. T-Mobile Sidekick 4G provides internal storage of 350 MB but this limitation is covered with the preinstalled 2GB microSD card. Moreover, the device supports microSD cards for up to 32 GB.
The call audio quality of the smartphone is excellent with no noise or distortion. Quality of the speakers is also good and provides enough higher volume. Sidekick 4G has 1 GHz Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM. Response of the device is quick but in some rare cases, few applications take slight longer time to open that include camera application. Device is equipped with lithium ion battery with 1500 mAh power that supports the talk time of about 6.5 hours and has 18 days of standby time.
Overall the device is really good with great good keyboard and messaging capabilities. However, the user interface of the device may not be like by everyone. Moreover, if you look at what the device offers in $100 retail price then it is really great. So, for the users who text extensively then this device is the best but those who want to experience the Android platform to its full then should consider other higher end Android smartphones.