T-Mobile Sidekick, Pearl Magenta (T-Mobile)
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T-Mobile Sidekick, Pearl Magenta (T-Mobile)

by T-Mobile
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Group Text lets you create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations
  • Sturdy "pop-tilt" hinge reveals the previously acclaimed, five-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.5-inch (480 x 800) touch screen
  • Andoid 2.2 Operatin System
  • What's in the Box:Sidekick 4G smartphone, standard Lithium Ion battery, micro USB cable, AC adapter, Getting Started guide, 2GB Micro SD card, preinstalled SIM card, warranty card.

Product Description


Powered by Android and manufactured by Samsung, the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G pays tribute to its heritage with its stylish good looks and a killer keyboard while redefining messaging and upgrading to 4G speeds. One of T-Mobile's fastest smartphones running on America's Largest 4G Network, the new Sidekick 4G is capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The T-Mobile Samsung Sidekick 4G

Featurng speeds as fast as home broadband. View larger

The new Sidekick 4G redefines messaging with its five-row QWERTY keyboard and Sidekick Group & Cloud Text services. Sidekick's Group Text feature lets customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead their network in conversation and social planning. Group Text breathes new life into one of the most popular forms of messaging allowing Sidekick 4G customers to initiate and share the benefit of the application with SMS-capable devices from flip phones to smartphones.

The T-Mobile Samsung Sidekick 4G

Redefine messaging with Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text on the five-row QWERTY keyboard. View larger

In addition, Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends or groups across platforms, wherever from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard, or from their new Sidekick 4G. Preloaded with Facebook and Twitter applications, the new Sidekick 4G provides easy interaction with customers’ social networks by allowing them to update their status from the notification pane, browse their feeds from the home screen, and synch their social contacts to the phone’s address book for instant access to post on their friends' walls or comment on their status.

Beyond a communication hub, the new Sidekick 4G is now an entertainment hub. With speeds as fast as home broadband and the Sidekick Media Room, customers have one place to stream and enjoy music, videos, movies, YouTube, T-Mobile TV, Slacker Radio, and to search for content regardless of the source. Multitasking is easier than ever with the Sidekick 4G's jump key, a physical button that enables customers to quickly switch between active applications, even during a phone call, or assign keyboard shortcuts to their favorite functions or applications.

Vital Statistics

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G from Samsung weighs 5.7 ounces and measures 2.42 x 5.0 x .6 inches. It runs on dual-band 4G UMTS/HSPA+ (Bands I and IV) as well as Quad-band 2G GSM world phone frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).

What's in the Box

Sidekick 4G smartphone, standard Lithium Ion battery, micro USB cable, AC adapter, Getting Started guide, 2GB Micro SD card, preinstalled SIM card, warranty card.

Messaging Experiences

  • Group Text lets you create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations
  • Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends and groups across platforms from your PC or Sidekick 4G
  • Preloaded Facebook and Twitter applications let you update your status from the notification pane, browse social feeds from the home screen, and sync your social contacts to the phone's address book for easy access to post on their wall or status
  • Custom-built SMS capabilities include notification pop-ups, universal composer, sticky widget, message filtering and more
  • Google Talk
  • Personal and corporate e-mail support as well as synchronization with Microsoft Exchange and Google calendar and contacts
  • Swype for easy text entry on the virtual keyboard

Entertainment Experiences

  • Media Room provides one place to access music, movies, videos, YouTube, T-Mobile TV, Slacker Radio, and more
  • Samsung Media Hub provides the option to rent or purchase movies and TV programs and share them on up to five compatible devices
  • T-Mobile TV lets you access live and on-demand TV
  • T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik lets you share any moment with loved ones through T-Mobile's 4G network or Wi-Fi
  • Slacker Radio delivers more than 130 genre stations and the capability to create custom stations for free
  • VGA front-facing camera and rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with autofocus, shoot modes and video capture
  • Enabled to stream, store and share content with DLNA-compatible devices (cable not included)

Web Experience

  • Among T-Mobile's fastest smartphones running on America's Largest 4G Network
  • HSPA+ 4G modem capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
  • Full HTML Web browser with support for Adobe FlashPlayer 10.1
  • Android 2.2 software with access to thousands of applications on Android Market

Stylish Design

  • Sturdy "pop-tilt" hinge reveals the previously acclaimed, five-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.5-inch (480 x 800) touch screen with 7-pane display for all your apps
  • Kick UX provides a custom designed look and feel
  • Eight colorful theme options for the UI

Additional Features

  • Dedicated jump key lets you multitask by quickly switching between active tasks and enabling keyboard shortcuts
  • Google Maps with turn-by-turn directions
  • Pre-installed 2GB microSD, expandable up to 32GB
  • Built-in 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • DriveSmart Basic application
  • Wi-Fi Calling over the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/partial n lets you make a call via wireless Internet
The T-Mobile Samsung Sidekick

Unique "pop-tilt" hinge

Android Operating System

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G runs the advanced Android operating system--OS 2.2 (aka, Froyo)--which provides a faster overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of new enhancements, including an improved onscreen QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.

With integrated Google technology, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

T-Mobile Network Features

High-Speed Data Connectivity via T-Mobile's 3G/4G Network

This phone is compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+ 3G/4G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum, and it can achieve theoretical download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. It's designed to automatically connect to the best available network (4G, 3G, or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.

In areas where the 3G/4G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great phone June 11, 2011
I am not a former Sidekick user and I have never used Android before - had a Blackberry. This phone has been great - had it for a week. I tried the Motorola phone, but Motoblue would not work with my corp email.
Pros for me:
- Works perfectly with Exchange active sync (EAS) for corporate email, including calendar and GAL.
- Works perfectly with Yahoo and a POP server for personal email.
- Has nice layout, but I added widgets to get what I wanted. Made it look more like the Mot to be honest.
- The camera and video look great and it is easy to hold with one or both hands.
- Has a trackball that works with the keyboard - like the blackberry. That is great. Beats trying to position by keys or your finger. Keyboard is really nice and easy to use with one or both hands.
- Screen is beautiful. Very clean looking and nice colors.
- Although plastic, feels very solid. Much lighter than the Mot.
- Sound quality is good through speaker and works well with Bluetooth - no disruption when doing things on screen.
Cons for me:
- No flash on camera and only 3MP. Picture look good, but this means no zoom. Autofocus is good but slow.
- No desk charging dock - I hope one becomes available eventually.

I think it is an excellent example of a touch+keyboard phone with a good slider (tilt up and slide really) and a good starting set of apps.

UPDATE: someone complained about the screen in sunlight and I was concerned about this too. But, if you go to settings.display, you can set it to automatically adjust to light (uses forward facing camera) and then it works fine in bright light.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Constant Issues August 7, 2011
By Mel
I've had this phone for about a month and it's been a total pain the entire time. It force closes my apps all the time (I know it isn't the apps themselves because I've tested them on other Android phones and had no issues), freezes up a LOT, the charging slot cover never seems to fit properly, and the 4g on it is a horrible battery drain! I wish I'd saved my upgrade for something better. The only positive for me is the keyboard. Looks like I'll be trying to sell this on craigslist so I can get something that actually works properly!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Android May 16, 2011
Here's what I think. So far I have seen negative reviews but I've had absolutely no problem. It takes getting used to and its great for loyal sidekick users. I for one, LOVE THIS!!! Okay, being a previous Sidekick user for 3 years helps. I find this has great features, a nice sleek design and is lightweight. Motorola Slide was a bit heavier than Samsung Sk 4G. Samsung version has more features. Two cameras, one on the back and one in the front. This is handy if you want to do communicate via webcam such as Skype. Granted this is still new, we have to wait and find the apps that allows this use of feature. But what's the hurry? Moving on. Android apps, gamings and such to while away the boredom. Granted, the battery life is iffy but then again, I've experienced this with Iphones, Itouch and such but its ANDROID! It takes up a lot of battery life, GET OVER IT! Recharging will be required. However I found that the battery drains a lot quicker for some reason and it took me a while to work out the kinks. I discovered that if you adjust the lighting mode helps. As well goes for Background data synch, receive data needs to be TURNED off! Its right under Account & Sync and uncheck that. That helps a lot. Keep it off unless you want to download apps it will ask you to turn it back on. Oh not to forget the screen is larger for easy viewing. I found that popping the screen open is little stiff since it's on a hinge but we can adapt to it. The keys are wider apart for easy typing.

This Sidekick 4G is awesome. No regrets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't understand the low review October 30, 2013
I just got the phone yesterday but so far it has been working exactly as expected. I've used android since the original G1 so I know the OS fairly well. I haven't had it freeze up or anything yet but then again I'm not a person new to Android and know not to overload with widgets and apps. I'm assuming the reason so many complain about the phone being buggy is due to their incompetence or issues I haven't encountered. The design is perfect and I love having so many physical buttons. Having one button in each corner of the phone takes a little memorization but works well once you do. The keyboard is nearly as good as the sidekick 2 had. The battery life isn't great but it's not bad either. Overall a great phone and deserving of the Sidekick name in my opinion.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it December 10, 2011
It has poorly placed buttons, It takes crappy pictures and the font is too small. The font on some things is fine, but on others it is way too small. I have seen lots of complaints about this. The location of the buttons makes it too easy to cut someone off or to change the volume on the phone. I am stuck for another year and a half.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Phone has a lot of problems July 24, 2011
By Mark
my t-mobile reception is great and the battery life is very good; but, I am really disappointed with this phone. I wanted to give it a few weeks before I said anything. It did take me a while to figure out how to turn on data (why was this off?) and it kept resetting to plane mode at first. Anyway, some situations seemed resolved, but...

A lot of apps crash.
The phone tends to hang and I have to unplug the battery becuse it won;t restart.
While I am in the middle of texting, the keyboard keeps turning off - or going to search or something.
The way the power button is set up it must get hit a lot because it pocket dials a lot. Once, when taking it out of my pocket, I even found my phone on a purchase page in the marketplace.
It only lets you send a text to 10 people at a time
The camera turns on unexpectedly a lot and then won;t turn off - in addition, the modal window to shut down the phone loads over the camera and when you try to click the shutdown option it takes a picture instead

There's more - but this is a good sampling of what is wrong with this phone
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Had this phone for close to a year now. If i could do it over i...
I have had quite a few issues with it. The phone freezes occasionally when i'm not even using it. I will go to use it and it will be frozen. Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Jeremy D. Emily
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE
This phone is as useless as a brick! My husband and I purchased 2 sidekicks when they first came out April 2011. Since then, they have caused nothing but grief. Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by Lilbitofhope
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this phone!!
This phone is super glitchy, turns off all the time and restarts itself. Freezes, randomly clicks on things. Sometimes the touch screen doesn't respond. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Osvaldo Perez
1.0 out of 5 stars not a sidekick
I have had the sidekick 2,3 an the lx an absolutely loved the phones. I was very mad to hear that they would not be working anymore, but was optimistic bout the new one that was... Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by seldom seen
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Wireless Delivery Sucks
I ordered a cell phone from Amazon Wireless. Because I have a PO BOX, i didn't get 2 day shipping, but it's been 2 weeks and I still haven't gotten it. Read more
Published on May 13, 2011 by dharcourt
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Issues
I was looking to replace a MyTouch 3g with a modestly priced touch screen phone. That phone turned out to be the Sidekick 4G with its physical keyboard. Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Dudeee
This is an amazingly sexy phone! i cant wait to get it i used to have the origional sidekick and an andriod phone so i know already that this phone is going to be SICK! - Nessa
Published on May 5, 2011 by Vanessa(:
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