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T-Mobile Sidekick by Samsung, Matte Black (T-Mobile)

by Samsung
2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5 inches, 2.42 inches, 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 5.76 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 432 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

This mobile phone features a 3.0MP camera to take still photos for friends and family and built-in Facebook and Twitter apps to keep you connected. The touch-screen display allows easy navigation of features.

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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004WKJ7YO
  • Item model number: Sidekick 4G
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,860 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Because in my humble opinion, the phone is fun. I'm so sick of touch phones I couldn't bear my TMobile Mytouch 3g anymore. The thing was a pain, force close, slow, etc. I wanted a full keyboard again. People seem to love smaller, because admittedly, it's more accessible. However, just forego the body glove on this phone, and it still fits in your pants pocket. I tend to think bigger phones get taken better care of, because you're more aware of it. My phone doesn't force close. It's incredibly fast. I enjoy Media Hub app, which allows me to purchase or rent movies right to my phone. For the inability to see in broad daylight, turn the light up on your phone. I did and mine works fine.
Being able to text and surf the web at warp speeds has been very enjoyable. I've found the phone to have some things that seem bulky or what not, but all in all nothing is ever perfect. So I'm rating this 5 stars.
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Let's be honest ... there is no perfect phone out there (talking about Android capable phones) Or you opted for a very expensive and heavy HTC or Droid (with virtual keyboard) or you get one with physical keyboard.

I only have a couple of days with it, so I cannot give a full battery's review, but like it so far. This is a fantastic cellphone for email and texting and ok overall device for the rest, including browsing and taking pictures.

--What's great--

Dedicated keyboard:
If you don't text a lot or barely use the keyboard, stay away from this device. The phone screen is not extremely small but this cellphone does not really shine on that area. What you're getting is a dedicated 5 rows keyboard where typing is a real pleasure. After owning an HTC H2 (nice cellphone after rooting and running Froyo) and other HTC models, I should say ... nothing like real typing. Cellphone's screens are really responsive on these days but the problem with virtual keyboards is that you need to swap and change rows all the time so the whole typing experience changes. I was really looking for something like this and happy I found it. I thought about the HTC G2 but this keyboard is better and the hinges mechanism is stronger and way more solid. I also like the idea of having a small trackball for navigating and clicking hyperlinks; there is no trackball on the HTC G2.

It is really fast. In terms of the touch screen and Operating System, it is very responsive. You swap and change screens without major issue, I have not noticed any lag. The browsing's speed depends of many factors (area coverage, browser, etc) but this stuff is faster than my Wifi connection at home. I am getting 6Mbps; downloading or viewing multimedia content is really nice.
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although marketed as a smartphone for teens, people who love to text, a social networking phone, blah blah, its much more. compare this to other phones "for adults" or something like the Droid "Pro" on verizon. compare the specs and the sidekick 4g is more of a business phone/poweruser phone than the Droid Pro and some other smartphones out there.

it makes me sick that most reviewers on tech sites are also sold by the marketing of the sidekick 4g. they all claim what they were told: a mid-range phone great for social networking and texters.

lets see...

Droid Pro: 3.1 inch screen with hideous hvga resolution. 480x640? seriously? try showing some google analytics charts on that resolution. the droid pro is basically a motorola charm on extra strength tylenol

Sidekick 4G: 3.5 inch screen with a 480x800 resolution.

processor? the sidekick 4g has the SAME processor found in the ultra popular samsung galaxy s smartphone, a 1GHz hummingbird processor. the sidekick 4g is no slouch.

only the marketing and 'youthful' UI make the sidekick 4G a smartphone for high schoolers and non-business people.

for starters.. try downloading a "home" replacement from the android market such as launcher pro or adw launcher. this will get rid of some of that kiddish user interface and will likely speed up the phone a bit.

not a fan of smartphones with sliding keyboards. they always give when in your pocket and when typing its so annoying to have the touchscreen jiggle and give when open. but since the sk4g sliding screen in surrounded on two sides this(and the strongly built slider) make the sk4g a solid slider that doesnt feel like its going to break.

the camera is sort of a downer but its not that bad.
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I've had this phone since July, and having grown fed up of the random system issues, I used my not-so-useful "insurance" to get a replacement phone.

The original one I had would give me a 1 in 5 chance of freezing in either the browser or map (and it has crashed in Angry Birds as well), often when I am driving and need directions. Not just a regular freeze though; a 'hurriedly get the backing off and remove the battery, put it back in, and wait an eternity for the ostentatious loading screen to get me back to the home page' one (this could take two or three minutes on a good day). All of this while trying to avoid other cars in rush hour traffic. The issue was a dangerous one at that point. The lag was the second worst issue to deal with. I can live with some lag, but even after using the built in program manager to clear processes running in the background, the memory it clears is only in the single digits and would leave me with only a fifth of free memory total. The screen lock is just a pain (you have to slide an angled sliver down to unlock or up to quickly access an application and it'll do either of those in your pocket/purse) and the text layout was equally frustrating. God forbid you know anyone with more than one phone number because the drop down list for a new text does not differentiate between what is mobile, home, work, etc. Fed up with two months of ever-mounting dislike of the phone, as all of the issues happened to crop up about seventeen days after purchase of the phone, just in time to not be able to return it, I requested a replacement. Perhaps it was just a bad phone to match my luck? Negatory.

The phone I was sent as replacement was even worse than the original. It was freezing right out of the box, doing the same things as the first.
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