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Sidekick 4G Video Review

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Carrier: T-Mobile
Manufacturer: Samsung
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What's hot: Hardware captures the essense of the Sidekick, software rocks Android.

What's not: The usual for Sidekicks; it's large and plasticky.


Reviewed April 18, 2011 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

The Sidekick once ruled the messaging world, at least for teens. Though Microsoft bought Danger, makers of Sidekick software, Samsung and T-Mobile have carried on the tradition with a thoroughly modern smartphone that combines the power of Android with a form factor that's strongly reminiscent of the Sidekick. The Sidekick 4G has a solid QWERTY keyboard hidden under a flip-up display, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and a 3 megapixel rear camera. It sells for a reasonable $99, and runs on Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Samsung software customizations that accentuate social networking and messaging.

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Samsung includes a collection of artist-designed themes and wallpapers that give the Sidekick 4G a unique look that sets it apart from the Android crowd. But deep down inside, it's all Android, and that's a good thing. This is a fast and powerful phone that's compatible with the hundreds of thousands of Android apps on the Market, and it has Android's powerful Webkit web browser, Adobe Flash capability and Google Maps.

Sidekick 4G


Like Sidekicks of old, you can use it in candy bar form for making calls, though it's a somewhat bulky beast-- but that's standard for Sidekicks. The casing is unabashadly durable plastic that should survive life with even the most rugged teens. There are plenty of buttons and controls, in fact the phone is a minefield of buttons and we did find ourselves accidentally opening menus or going to the home screen when we didn't intend to.

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Sidekick 4G Video Review



If you're an ex-Sidekick user or are simply looking for an Android phone that's great for texting and messaging, the Sidekick 4G by Samsung is easy to recommend. The phone has all the goodness of Android: a capacitive touch screen, multi-tasking, excellent web and email services and a huge selection of apps to choose from in the Market, yet it's relatively affordable. It also has a powerful processor, 4G HSPA+ for speedy downloads and solid software for social networking.

Price: $99 with a 2 year contract



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Display: Capacitive multi-touch color LCD. Screen size diagonally: 3.5". Resolution: 800 x 480, supports both portrait and landscape modes.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 1500 mAh.

Performance: 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU. 512 megs RAM, 1 gig flash ROM with ~ 136 megs available.

Size: 5.0 x 2.5 x 0.6 inches. Weight: 5.7 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band world phone with 3G/4G HSPA+ on T-Mobile's 1700/2100MHz bands. Has mobile hotspot feature.

Camera: 3MP rear camera.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth.

Software: Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Samsung Sidekick-style customizations.

Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot, 2 gig card included.


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