T-Mobile’s long-running successful messaging device franchise, the Sidekick, has reincarnated today, minus Danger’s tween-targeted interface, powered instead by the streamlined and optimized Android 2.2.1. Another bump over previous iterations, as the Sidekick 4G brand would imply, is compatibility with T-Mobile‘s 4G 21Mbps HSPA+ network. Pair that with a 1GHz processor, and you’re left with what should be a fairly speedy device.
The Sidekick 4G has a 3.5-inch display (800 X 480) that swivels open vertically (a la G1), revealing a staggered QWERTY keyboard. The flash-free primary camera is 3MP, and a VGA cam for video calls is situated on the front of the device. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and most other current standards are intact. the unit ships with a 2GB SD Card.
The refresh looks a bit more sophisticated than previous SIdekick flavors, and the software plays a big part in that. Removal of the excessive blinking lights seen on some SKs helps, too. But make no mistake; the Sidekick 4G is still directed at the teen/young adult market with a low entry fee–$99 on a two-year contract at $79, after a $50 mail-in rebate–and a focus on messaging. Not only is the keyboard a sort of centerpiece, but the default plan includes unlimited text and data. Sounds like a kid’s dream come true. Not to mention that the arrangement of the buttons is particularly appropriate for gaming. Though, the old shoulder buttons, or bumpers, are a thing of the past.
The SK4G is available in Matte Black, or with a pink splash of color across the back of the screen. Order yours from T-Mobile.