- Dan Seifert , MobileBurn
It carries the name of a heralded messaging device, some might even say "the best" messaging phone, yet it runs a modern, internet-loving smartphone operating system.
The latest iteration of the Sidekick runs on the new, 4G network and is powered by Android 2.2. Retaining its unique sliding approach, a fast horizontal spring-slide that leaves the screen at a slight inclined angle, the Sidekick 4G offers a 3.5 inch touchscreen generating an impressive 480 x 800 pixels. Of course, you also get a full and spacious QWERTY keyboard.
Packed inside this now iconic phone you'll find a 3MP camera, video record, and a second camera for video calling. Add an MP3 player, native YouTube support, full internet browser with Facebook and Twitter support, and you have a fun slider packed with features people want.
But this latest version of the Sidekick offers some surprising additional features, such as tethering and DLNA support, putting it squarely at the top of many customer wish lists.
Rounding out the feature list you'll find GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, expandable memory up to 32GB via microSD, and the always welcome 3.5mm headset jack.
To this writer anyway, it looks like the Sidekick has grown up gracefully, and continues to be relevant as a smartphone option full of fun and productive features that will keep any user busy and fulfilled for some time.