T-Mobile trusted Samsung to bring an updated and fresh look to the Sidekick 4G and Samsung did this while keeping the premium messenger phones familiar look. The front of the phone has a 3.5 inch touch screen display. Above the screen is VGA front facing camera. Surrounding the phone are 4 options keys for menu, home, back and custom jump key. There is an optical track pad for scroll and used as a button. The sides have your 3.5 mm headphone jack, micro USB port, power button and camera buttons. On the back there is a 3.2 megapixel camera that’s good enough for posting to Twitter, Facebook and using in MMS messages. There is no flash or HD video capture.
Sliding up the screen will show the 5 row Full QWERTY keyboard that well spaces out and a dedicated number row. For the messenger fan this keyboard is awesome to type on. Internally there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G HSPA+, pre-installed 2 GB micro SD card and all powered by a 1.0 Ghz single core processor. A good blend of mid-range and high-end hardware.
For software the Sidekick 4G runs Android 2.2 with a Sidekick UX on top of it. Geared towards social networking, messaging and media they have included software such as cloud texting which lets you message from the phone and a browser on your computer. You can connect your Facebook, Twitter and yes… MySpace accounts and if you swipe down the notification section you can update the status of all of them at the same time quickly. The whole UI has a “metro” style to it that is really focused towards the teen market.
Battery life is standard android battery life with moderate use you can get about a day and heavy users will want to bring their charger with them to charge up when you can. Call quality is also good as people could hear me well and I could hear them well. The 4G data speed work as expected.
The Sidekick 4G is great for the teen messenger out there. They will love the keyboard and being able to not only text but keep their status as constantly updated as they want to on Facebook and Twitter. With solid hardware and a good package of software the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is a solid offering.