Mar 18 AT 12:11 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Sidekick 4G gets brief hands-on video

The Sidekick 4G was just announced this week and T-Mobile already has a quick hands-on video to show off the device. Expected to be available later this spring, the Sidekick 4G is designed for “social mavens and texting addicts”. Staying true to Sidekick brand, the updated model will feature a five-row QWERTY keyboard and come in two stylish colors (matte black or pearl magenta).

Some may label the Sidekick 4G as a mid-range Android phone because of its single-core CPU, but the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor is one of the fastest around and can run just about every game with ease. Other features like a front-facing camera and support for HSPA+ 21 Mbps downloads make the Sidekick 4G one of the best “mid-range” phones we have seen.

Exact pricing and availability is still unavailable, but T-Mobile is expected to announce more details in the coming weeks. Hopefully that information will come out next week at CTIA in Orlando.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think of the Sidekick’s design and unique pop-tilt hinge. Is the Sidekick 4G a worthy upgrade for this storied franchise?

Additional features to enhance messaging include:

  • Group Text – lets customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead their social network in planning and conversation.
  • Cloud Text – provides users the option to text with friends or groups from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard. All messages are synchronized between the Web App and their new Sidekick 4G.
  • Social Media – Facebook and Twitter applications are preloaded for easy interaction with social networks, with features such as status updates straight from the notification pane and browse feeds from the home screen. Users can also sync social network contacts to the phone’s address book, which lets them instantly post to their friends’ walls or comment on a status.
  • Jump Key – multitasking is easier than ever with the Jump Key, an easy to access physical button that enables customers to quickly switch between active applications or assign keyboard shortcuts to favorite functions or applications.
  • Sidekick UI — a custom-designed User Interface brings Sidekick style to life, including artist designed wallpapers, themes and ringtones and many custom SMS capabilities like Sticky Widget, Notification Pop-Up, Universal Composer and more.

Source: T-Mobile Blog

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  • GE918

    The hearing impaired community will welcome the return of the Sidekick.

    • http://Website Adam

      Yeah but the fact Sprint sells phones on data only plan are a big seller for me.

      more choices than just one phone from T mobile.

      sorry that boat has sailed for me.

  • shadowxof

    I noticed that its using a z-hinge much like the G2. Hope it works well for the brand.

    • http://Website benblanko

      Z hinge is HTC exclusive. T-Mobile made the fatal error and let Samsung make this. The slide looks like the Motorola made sidekick slide that was an epic fail that ultimately led to the brand going away for a while. To compare this to any HTC product is to ignore the 2 companies past performance. This device will be plasticy, cheaply made, buggy, laggy, and ignored when it comes to software updates, HTC has none of the aforementioned issues, IMO.

  • http://Website revs

    nice great phone ….but i think sidekicks old news t mobile has 2 really push the fact that there phones are android if they want sales
    i.e. verizon droid

    should be the side kick android

  • http://Website xallies

    what made the side kick the side kick was the fact that it made sure the messengers were always online even when there was no signal the messeges would get pushed when signal returned. This is why people buy the sidekick. A COMPLETE MESSAGING and SOCIAL Experience, duh.

  • http://Website CTown

    Wow, T-Mobile now has three Android lines (MyTouch, Gphones, and now the Sidekick) plus the other Android phones like their Galaxy S phones!

  • http://Website t-mobile sales guy

    no camera, no flash, no flip, no success

  • http://Website REVS

    no camera???????????? wow

  • http://Website ro

    “Other features like a front-facing camera ” it says there is a camera if you read up top for description

  • http://Website Jessie

    Can you use itunes to download music onto the sidekick android?

  • wanda

    The sidekick 4g is cool it just doesn’t have zoom and no flash. Which sucks a lot. They really should of put zoom and flash that would of made it a great phone. I got it but I wish I could of got a better phone that had flash and zoom.