Will The Sidekick Ever Make A Comeback?

I know we could be reading entirely too much into this but when pinged last night on Twitter with a question regarding the future of the Sidekick line, @tmobile gave the above response. They could have answered in a million ways some of which would have raised suspicion and others which would have hinted that there are no current plans to continue the Sidekick line. So I stand by the notion that we could be reading far to much into this but its an interesting answer that at least in context seems to give a glimmer of hope that the Sidekick line isn’t dead and will be resurrected in one form or another.

What was thought at once to be the Project Emerald phone, as we know turned out to by the myTouch4G. We haven’t heard a peep about the rumored “Sidekick Twist” in months but perhaps it’s time we do a little more digging.

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  • Sidekicks are old news now. They were always toys and there are newer and better toys now available.

    • Elias

      Yes, like the iPhone.

    • Tito!

      Lmfao. You know nothing about gadgets.
      Sidekick was nice. The best, for T-Mobile way back when!
      There’s nothing like resurrecting a simple device.
      Put Android on that baby, and there’s no way it wouldn’t sell. :)

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’d like to see the sidekick to burst back on the scene with the fresh new Meego OS and a 4.3-4.5 inch Amoled or better screen, (optional keyboard – possibly detachable), expandable SD Card slot, TV out (HDMI), Ffc, 5mp cam or better with Xenon Flash and Night Mode, light for ffc videocalling in dark areas, at least 16gb internal HDD space with ability to store apps directly to sd card and at least a 2000mah battery.

    • Ldominguez1986

      hahaha, I would like a flying horse raised by bears!!!! You def seem to be asking for a lot

      • Wilma Flintstone

        I set my standards high when my money’s involved. Ha!!

    • Anonymous

      That would be too big just imagine how fat and unpocketable that crap you described will be. 4.3 or 4.5 screen that kicks out? What the hell is so great about Meego? BTW if the keyboard is detachable then its no longer a sidekick.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Actually 4.3-4.5 would be perfect as far as size for me. The HD2 I’m typing this on now fits in my pocket great. I think they can answer more of your question than I can as far as what is so good about Meego:

        forum.meego.com/showthread.php?t=731

        put “www” in front because Disqus won’t let me post a link. Also, check out the Intel Moorestown Meego Tablet on Youtube. It’s running an early version of Meego and is looking fantastic already. Most people misquote me and think that I don’t like Android because I keep asking for Meego stuff but I think Android is a great OS with lots of potential that has definitely contributed greatly to the smartphone evolution. I just know what Meego is and how much more powerful it is than Android and would like to try it out.

        • Anonymous

          4.3-4.5 is already huge and when you put that in sidekick form factor thats gonna be even bigger and possibly fat. So from that forum what I am seeing is that MeeGo is said to be better because its a True Linux Distro of which means higher developer base and flavors f linux that could be compatible with every device. It seems as it has so much potential but I don’t think MeeGo is really going to take off this year if its released this year that is.

    • Anonymous

      That would be too big just imagine how fat and unpocketable that crap you described will be. 4.3 or 4.5 screen that kicks out? What the hell is so great about Meego? BTW if the keyboard is detachable then its no longer a sidekick.

    • Anonymous

      That would be too big just imagine how fat and unpocketable that crap you described will be. 4.3 or 4.5 screen that kicks out? What the hell is so great about Meego? BTW if the keyboard is detachable then its no longer a sidekick.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Meego won’t catch on in the US.. Nokia nevers has.. so it’ll be a wise choice to put Android 2.3 Gingerbread on here to get rid of that crap SK OS.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Can you give me the future lottery numbers too?

        I agree about getting rid of the SK OS though.

        • Farhan

          Here’s the one for Megamillion

          23 27 33 44 46 36

          Do you want some fries with that?

      • Well from the sounds of it, its more customizable than android but it won’t catch on is the US for at least 2012 is what I think. Android is too popular for Meego to catch on in 2011.

  • Pantlesspenguin

    I used Sidekicks for about 3 years and loved them…but I don’t think I’d ever get another one. So many of the Sidekick faithful have moved on.

  • Anonymous

    I think Voltron should come back. A new Sidekick would be somethin like the PSPhone or a dual screen slider with a D-pad. If they took the body of an origional style sidekick and made it a little slimmer and slapped Gingerbread on it then I would expect nothing less than failure. Look at the KIN.

    • Anonymous

      You can’t compare the KIN with the SIdekick they are nowhere even close to the same thing. Only thing they both have in common is that microsoft killed both devices.

      The sidekick was a damn good looking device especially the LX’s and Carbon editions if they slapped gingerbread it would surely sell because of two things. Form factor and Nostalgia. No doubt people loved the sidekick and they still do and it offers the best keyboards.

      I guarantee if T-Mobile took the Sidekick Lx and got stock android 2.3 it would sell.

      • Anonymous

        Nostalgia only leads to sales to a smaller group of people. Although the KIN was completely different than the Sidekick, it showed the difficulty of resurrecting a teeniebopper phone.

        • Anonymous

          I will agree there.

  • Anonymous

    I think Voltron should come back. A new Sidekick would be somethin like the PSPhone or a dual screen slider with a D-pad. If they took the body of an origional style sidekick and made it a little slimmer and slapped Gingerbread on it then I would expect nothing less than failure. Look at the KIN.

  • If you look at this it is indeed a test to see if they still have fanbase for the Sidekick. If they get enough people interested still in the Sidekick it could make a comeback. I believe what lead to the discontinuation in the first place is that after that data outage people began to leave for Blackberry & Android. It caused a problem in sales after the data was restored in which now it wasnt selling enough. So it was decided to discontinue than rather continue with it. The data outage really left a bad omen on the people interested in the device and people who once trusted in the device which could no longer.

  • Cheapo

    its “too much” not “to much”

  • I wanted nothing more than a Sidekick in the past. I had them from the first Color all the way to the last 2009 LX and I will say this, yes the Sidekick line was heavily fan based, but there is reason for it. The keyboard was and is still the best keyboard I have ever used on a phone. The cloud based technology that it used was revolutionary for it’s time. The fact that I had the $20 Sidekick plan forever kept the pricing great for me. What killed it was Microsoft trying to test something out and failing at it. I honestly think they just bought the company took it’s technology and purposefully killed it with a “server issue.” Andy Rubin was with Danger Technology and now is with Android. It was no contest why I’d choose Android over anything else, but now that they don’t have a big say in manufacturing the phones. The great keyboard may never come back but I hope some day it does.

    All this talk about it and I just realized that the Sidekick could be anything to T-Mobile considering they just own the name “Sidekick.” It could very well end up just being a basic messaging phone. We will never be able to see another HipTop device ever again. Sharp attempted to make something for AT&T with their left over parts I guess and that flopped.

    Thanks Microsoft for screwing something else up. You guys rock!

  • Red

    I’d love to see them make a comeback. The sidekick 3, iD, and the first sidekick LX had better keyboards than any phone out today. The G2’s keyboard is nice but it’s no replacement.

    • Anonymous

      Of course the Sidekick has the best keyboard, its a sidekick. Although I would love for the next sidekick to be an android.

      They should bring it back with gingerbread, glasses free 3D and HSPA+ and call it MySidekick3D

      • what would the point of a 3d screen be there would be like no support for it because 3d hasn’t fully caught on yet

        • Anonymous

          Future proof, the same reason people want dual cores in androids even though android hasn’t been optimized for it yet. Plus there are going to be glasses free 3D devices by sharp this year. I agree 3D is pretty much a gimmick but ayy why not have it?

    • Wilma Flintstone

      I’d have to disagree and say that the Touch Pro 2 has the best keyboard. Sidekicks keyboards were nice but they can’t compare to the Touch Pro 2 keyboard.

      • Anonymous

        Hands down agree with you Mrs. Flintstone

  • Mdellab1

    Seems like the sidekick line paved the way for smartphones in todays world. There isn’t anything I do on my android devices that I couldn’t do on my sidekick (minus Flash and a few select apps). Will they come back? I have a better question: Do they need to?

    I will absolutely agree about the keyboard though. It was and continues to be one of the best phone keyboards around.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Rather than put out yet another phone, I’d like to see T-Mobile simply support the phones out there. How many Android phones has T-Mobile released in the last year which it’s been bleating “2.2 soon” about and dropped the ball on? A huge number. They’ve been saying “soon” about the myTouch 3G Slide for 6 months now, and all I want is for the phone to route calls over WiFi & allow apps to be installed on the SD card instead of the Slide’s paltry internal storage, both deficiencies rectified in 2.2. Then I’d be happy. Google’s generic 2.2 runs on all of these phones, making clear the holdup in T-Mobile pushing out Android updates is due to T-Mobile bloatware & T-Mobile not putting any resources into updates, not fundamental hardware compatibility issues.

    • jcj

      T-Mobile does not control upgrades for phones, google and their manufacturers do

      • Anonymous

        But you gotta think though. Why is it that Verizon and Sprint get more timely updates than t-moble devices from the same manufacturer.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Rather than put out yet another phone, I’d like to see T-Mobile simply support the phones out there. How many Android phones has T-Mobile released in the last year which it’s been bleating “2.2 soon” about and dropped the ball on? A huge number. They’ve been saying “soon” about the myTouch 3G Slide for 6 months now, and all I want is for the phone to route calls over WiFi & allow apps to be installed on the SD card instead of the Slide’s paltry internal storage, both deficiencies rectified in 2.2. Then I’d be happy. Google’s generic 2.2 runs on all of these phones, making clear the holdup in T-Mobile pushing out Android updates is due to T-Mobile bloatware & T-Mobile not putting any resources into updates, not fundamental hardware compatibility issues.

  • Tristanthomas36

    Projecy emerald = g2

    • Project Emerald was the myTouch4G. Emerald was the codename for the project.

  • Petey

    i liked the data plan (unlimited data + unlimited sms/mms) for $20. Wished that would be the standard price for all smartphone WHO WANTS data on their plan instead of having a mandatory data plan which some/most people may no need.

    smfh!

  • Rayjaybig

    android duhhhhh…..

  • Rayjaybig

    android duhhhhh…..

  • Jstoned12

    android all the way, so give the sidekick users what they like, make a sidekick style phone that runs on the android OS

  • Jstoned12

    android all the way, so give the sidekick users what they like, make a sidekick style phone that runs on the android OS

  • Jstoned12

    android all the way, so give the sidekick users what they like, make a sidekick style phone that runs on the android OS

  • Doggiepower34

    Touch screen wirless and adobe use on the net

  • Him

    I was just thinking about this the other day….I haven’t heard a sidekick twist rumor in a while and it got me thinking it would never come. I know the above tweet doesn’t mean anything, but the idea of a 4in sidekick running android and a twist out keyboard just makes my day. It will OBVIOUSLY have its own “sidekick” overlay on top of android, but i’m interested in how t-mobile plays this. (if they do at all)

  • Tito!

    Yay! They’ve finally mentioned it.
    I’ve been anticipating this phone since the rumor first started

    On another note,
    the other day I came up with this great idea.
    What if TMobile came out with sidekicks with BB, Android, WP7 .
    They could be called:
    Sidekick Twist, Sidekick Berry, and Sidekick 7 or something.
    That would be interesting :)

  • Snoopyalien24

    YEHY! I have always like sidekicks just didn’t like the fact they weren’t touchscreen, and i wasn’t a fan of their UI. Stock Android on a sidekick, amazing keyboard, Motorola or HTC (metal finishes), track pad, maybe the 800mhz – 1+ghz, hell, throw a FFC in there i would pounce on it like a T-Bone steak in prison :D

  • Snoopyalien24

    YEHY! I have always like sidekicks just didn’t like the fact they weren’t touchscreen, and i wasn’t a fan of their UI. Stock Android on a sidekick, amazing keyboard, Motorola or HTC (metal finishes), track pad, maybe the 800mhz – 1+ghz, hell, throw a FFC in there i would pounce on it like a T-Bone steak in prison :D

  • Anonymous

    Stock Android. FFC. 8 mp rear camera. and HPSA plus with NFC would get my attention.

    Stay thirsty my friends.!

  • LX09-User

    as long as i still get to use my data plan and the software has NOTHING to do with microsoft, I’m in.
    my sidekick still works fine, aside from some annoying software glitches in the applications, due to them not being updated while the things they are pulling information from are (ie: facebook app, webpages)

  • Anonymous

    (posting this as me, idk why i wasnt signed in) woops sorry for double post

    YEHY! I have always like sidekicks just didn’t like the fact they weren’t touchscreen, and i wasn’t a fan of their UI. Stock Android on a sidekick, amazing keyboard, Motorola or HTC (metal finishes), track pad, maybe the 800mhz – 1+ghz, hell, throw a FFC in there i would pounce on it like a T-Bone steak in prison :D

    • Anonymous

      Neither Motorola nor HTC because if its moto on tmobile its low end and if its HTC the build quality is probably going to be horrible. Well HTC did do good with the G2 but I would rather see Danger be resurrected or maybe LG.

  • android…i would like to see an android device with a “swivle” screen

    • Anonymous

      Motorola flipout has one but its nothing like the sidekick.

  • Tmobile could of sold out and got the Motorola Flipout and rebranded it as a sidekick and it would have sold a lot more than the Charm did. Motorola has had a sidekick before….. remember the sidekick slide?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah but the sidekick slide wasn’t all that great.

  • nec

    the sidekick is dead but that doesnt mean sidekick wont team up with android to make a phone and motorola and sidekick dont go together remember the sidekick slide horrible

    • Deff

      i loved my sidekick slide. It was my favorite phone. Too many people didn’t understand the point of sidekicks though. It was before anyone ever dreamed of unlocking an iphone for tmobile. And besides the fact that there were literally no android phones out yet, although the G1 was coming. However, the sidekick series was great in my opinion. Still the best keyboard I have ever had was on my slide, and I now have a cliq (great upgrade huh? -_-) Anyways, the real point of this comment was to say that you could customize themes for you sidekick that NO other phone could do. I forget the exact website, but you can make your own themes for your sidekick and it was boss as hell. Other than that, the sidekick was one of the few internet phones out that wasn’t a blackberry. And lets face it, not everyone wanted a blackberry. So while it did succeed for a while, I think an android sidekick would be defeating the point of even calling it a sidekick anymore. Hence the creation of the MT3G slide. Which was also a “fail”

      • Anonymous

        Android has much more customization than the sidekick. An android would NOT defeat the purpose of a sidekick. Sidekick was all about the form factor. The swivel screen was awesome, I remember wanting one back in the day. It was the best thing around.

  • DeathStarKiller

    the only thing decent about the Sidekick was the hardware….. the OS was pure and utter junk. but it would be cool to see the sidekick hardware running Android. i would buy that. But Sidekick as we knew it is finally dead thanks to Microsofts magic batch files they sent out to every handset a couple years ago. remember when all the sidekicks were down. no contacts, etc? it suspiciously happened after microsoft acquired sharp and the theory i microsoft killed off the sidekicks so windowsphone7 would have less competition. then again, who knows for sure.

    • Xpbest

      Microsoft always dirty business! and crew too

    • LX09-User

      microsoft didn’t acquire sharp, they bought Danger.

      • Anonymous

        Either way their acquirement of that company led to the downfall of the sidekick.

  • bubba

    it would be cool if it ran on andriod with less bloatware as possible considering I have the G2 im loathing the fact can’t delete finance, amazon mp3, (most sidekick users were deaf so the amazon MP3 would be almost pointless to have if deaf users were once again appealed to the new andriod aidekick) I would want a keyboard like epic also a front facing camera.. remove photobucket as well so basically requesting to have the option to remove what users do or dont want and not having to root for that reason having stock ims for different clients (g2 doesn’t have that have to download from marketplace data plan should be cheaper for deaf users once again… part of the reasons most peopple sticked with the sidekick was 29.99 for years before micosoft pull the plug I could go on with the list but ive already said too much

    • Coney Island Guy

      I just lost IQ trying to read this.

  • bubba

    it would be cool if it ran on andriod with less bloatware as possible considering I have the G2 im loathing the fact can’t delete finance, amazon mp3, (most sidekick users were deaf so the amazon MP3 would be almost pointless to have if deaf users were once again appealed to the new andriod aidekick) I would want a keyboard like epic also a front facing camera.. remove photobucket as well so basically requesting to have the option to remove what users do or dont want and not having to root for that reason having stock ims for different clients (g2 doesn’t have that have to download from marketplace data plan should be cheaper for deaf users once again… part of the reasons most peopple sticked with the sidekick was 29.99 for years before micosoft pull the plug I could go on with the list but ive already said too much

  • i think the mytouch line replaced it

    • Anonymous

      It did but that doesn’t mean that they can’t bring it back revamped with android.

  • somebody

    honestly i would like to see it stay dead.

    it was a stupid phone and does not need to come back. if it does, i hope its something totally different i dont see a need for another keyboard phone we already have the g2 and its a pretty good phone….

  • Deff

    The thing is, if they do make a new sidekick, it won’t be anything special. The only reason anyone WOULD buy it is because it’ll be branded with the wonderful “Sidekick” name. If you ask me, it is a waste of time. Give it HSPA+, 8 meg camera, dual LED flash, Flash player, a nice processor, Android OS, FFC and maybe I’ll be interested. Until then I say never again to any phone with a keyboard. They’re so obsolete anymore with the introduction of SWYPE. Anyone can text without a slide out now. Anyways, trying to bring back the sidekick would be as pointless as someone trying to rewrite the bible so everyone could understand it. Some things, are better just left alone.

    • Magenta Magic

      Um… they have rewritten the Bible, and it seems quite successfully, too. LOL But I get what you’re trying to say, and I agree with you. Let the SK stay down, don’t zombie it!

  • 123

    dual core processors PLEASE. also add android, 4″+ ffc, 5+mp, slide out keyboard, and gorilla glass. that would be the perfect phone imo.

  • 123

    oh, and also “4G”

    • SpanD

      It should be the first LTE phone for T-Mobile! Woot Woot!

      • No LTE planned for T-Mobile, you could be waiting A LONG time for that!

        • i don’t even want LTE if i have to pay more for it

        • SpanD

          WIMAX THEN BABY! WOOT WOOT! GIVE THAT PREPAID KICK ON WIMAX!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Sprint’s customers pay a premium for wimax also.

  • 4″ touch-screen (Super AMOLED)
    dual core processor…maybe 1.5 GHz
    slide out keyboard
    real nice and thin
    16 GB memory on board
    f.f.c…8 mp camera on back with dual led
    “gingy-B”
    hdmi out
    micro usb
    1850 mAh battery
    4G, wifi, all that jazz

    so pretty much its not a sidekick at all just another htc banger!
    i would love to have the “kick” but flipping a 4 inch screen seems sketchy

    • Andy

      Your expectations are way too high to a point where its disgusting.

      • you are way too high to a point where its disgusting..hah just kidding seriously…im just putting my opinion amigo…thats what i would wan.t didnt think i’d get judged for it

      • you are way too high to a point where its disgusting..hah just kidding seriously…im just putting my opinion amigo…thats what i would wan.t didnt think i’d get judged for it

  • sk hater

    i say let it die………….

  • LX09-User

    i think the same screen on the mytouch 4g would be the best size to have with the sidekick 5-row keyboard. IMO 4″ would start making things too big to fit comfortably in your pocket.

    i don’t think we would be that lucky to have an android sidekick that has the same signature swivel screen. Danger patented that design, so i would think microsuck has it now. Danger contracted with sharp to build the phones that Danger designed.
    i would think microsoft greedy enough to make them use WP7 if they wanted to use the physical design aspects that made sidekicks so recognizable.

    Though the Slide wasn’t a bad phone, once the battery thing was fixed I liked it.
    The slide mechanism on the screen was great, and the keyboard was just as good as the bigger one even though it was smaller.

    • I thought Sharp had the design patent since they were the handset manufacturers but I could be wrong. I don’t see why Sharp couldn’t team up w/ Android to make a nice sidekick. TMO owns the name so they could possibly cut out Microsoft/Danger.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    The previous sidekicks have not been too bad in terms of features but it’s always lacked WIFI. People are saying they wanna see front facing cameras, 5 mp cameras, dual core processors but seem to be forgetting that sidekick’s always lacked WIFI, If the next sidekick doesn’t have that simple feature then it’s a waste of time to release another model no matter what other features they want to include. I can see another sidekick in the works for the new year, but more than likely it will have a sidekick flavor of windows phone 7. if they price it well it can be a hit among its demographic.

    • HisTreatness

      I imagine the reason they never had Wi-Fi is that the phone would only function as a glorified texting machine without access to the Danger servers. You can’t get your address book or anything, because that was stored on the servers. This is also why, likely, the phones have never been relaunched. T-Mobile dropped MILLIONS of dollars cleaning up the mess that Microsoft/Danger created when those same servers crashed and all SK users lost their information, address books….EVERYTHING….for a solid month. They had bill credits galore during that.

      Anyway, If you had Wi-Fi it would not guarantee access to those servers, so they left it out. I would lay money that if they do re-launch Sidekick that it will not have that feature, simply based on the platform.

    • Anonymous

      EVERY Android has the Wifis, if its an android its guaranteed wifi. Otherwise we should get free 3G because thats ultimately forcing you to buy their service and thats not umm… ethical.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    The previous sidekicks have not been too bad in terms of features but it’s always lacked WIFI. People are saying they wanna see front facing cameras, 5 mp cameras, dual core processors but seem to be forgetting that sidekick’s always lacked WIFI, If the next sidekick doesn’t have that simple feature then it’s a waste of time to release another model no matter what other features they want to include. I can see another sidekick in the works for the new year, but more than likely it will have a sidekick flavor of windows phone 7. if they price it well it can be a hit among its demographic.

  • going_home

    I thought sidekicks were those little mini cheese burgers you get 3 at a time

    8-D

  • Keep the keyboard and the keyboard shortcuts & the 4 corner buttons. Make it Android. Grandfather old rate plans! Can Slide or Swivel, but Swivel is better. Touchscreen, shoulder buttons, video chat, deaf-friendly apps, 4G! Easily port data from older sidekicks, tmail accounts transfer, Enterprise support (free), Social apps (free), Unlimited Data plans, tethering, Lots of memory, wifi, Google Voice, Same AIM, Threaded Texting, more Tmail MBs, Facebook Chat, Adobe Flash, Netflix-ready, more than 2 choices for case color, same Copy&Paste, same AutoText, updated hidden Snowboard game (including the Christmas Trees in December), TouchPad instead of TrackBall (in addition to TouchScreen)

  • Jebigego

    i would think that the new sidekick would have to be done by Motorola just because Sidekick was the first to offer the whole social networking idea on a phone….so if Moto does it would have to contain motoblur but very low key like the Droid X…but then you run into the problem of it being the new “Cliq”…so the Sidekick might have to stay dead cause its hard to revive it without copying something thats already out there

  • Sk8man53

    considering how we have a department devoted to creating the new sidekick right now i’d say it’s a pretty good bet we’re getting one soon. looks like it will be running an android os with a sidekick overlay. probabally launching late feb early march i wasnt able to pull any real stats from the source but its coming soon and should actually be a pretty decent phone

  • Riopato

    sidekick is finished. Microsoft made sure of that when they bought Danger and ended up with the Kin which was far from being successful.
    putting an overlay isn’t going to change the fact that any version of sidekick will be just another smartphone and will never live up to anything that Danger has designed in the past. The sidekick line is dead imo. It was the blackberry of teens and twenty-somethings and the series will never regain it’s popularity the way Danger made it.
    What will be interesting is that the average consumer won’t know the difference between the sidekick and Android qwerty phones. It will ironically de-value the higher end phones like the G2, Vibrant and the upcoming Nexus S just out of consumer ignorance.

  • tmobeast

    First thing first hspa+, amoled or better screen, 4inch is the best size for a phone, dualcore or same processor as the mt4g, front face camera, 8mp rear camera LED flash, 720p or 1080p video recording. 16gb on board memory, expandle sd slot, trackpad, GINGERBREAD ANDROID OS!!!!!! Without android os NO BUY! I guarantee that.

    • tmobeast

      Also hdmi output.

  • I’m going to be pretty modest..

    3.2 or 3.5 inch touchscreen 480×360
    1ghz processor
    5mp rear cam
    (maybe ffc but don’t really need it)
    probably still just 3G
    wifi/bluetooth
    running android of course, could start on 2.2 with upgrading to 2.3 later
    same overall body with the four corner buttons shoulder buttons and bottom buttons
    trackpad instead of ball
    same nice keyboard

    I would peg it to be around $70-$100 on contract. Now THAT I would be all over.

    • LX09-User

      IMO that screen resolution is way off, the last SK was 854×480 @ 3.2″. its gotta at least be that much, IMO at least 3.5 or so.

  • Amarty92

    This is a very interesting article.
    I’m only 18, so yes, i was in the era of sidekick when they were geared towards the “teen crowd” even though adults got them too (never understood that)
    But i have had the sidekick ever since the Sidekick ID came out and i Loved them.
    If they decide to bring the Sidekick back it should have:

    Android 2.3
    1420mAh-1750mAh battery
    Front facing camera and a 5megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash
    It should have the same keyboard as the previous sidekicks have had because it has been the best one i have ever used (besides my bold 9700)
    Screen should swivel, i mean that’s what the sidekick was known for.
    between 8GB-16GB of HD Space
    Of course ability to moves and install apps to SD card.
    maybe a slightly different form factor but if they choose to keep the same form factor, id be fine with that.
    4inch touchscreen (TFT, AMOLED) whichever is better in sunlight and for the colors.
    microSD card slot
    HDMI (optional)
    Must have 4G

    if they make it like this or even better, id be forced to hold off buying my Nexus S and keep my Motorola Cliq until this comes out :D, but T-Mobile should bring the Sidekick back, it was great, i’ve had them from the ID till the LX 2009 and they came along way, why stop now? There will always be competition with cell phones and smart phones (alike and different), they should make the Sidekick just like every other phone out there wit the specs above, of course it’ll have its differences, limitations etc… but T-Mobile shouldn’t quit.

    • Amarty92

      and a 1GHz processor (snapdragon? hummingbird?)

      • Amarty92

        and ofcourse wifi (b/g/n), bluetooth 2.1 or if they get to 3.0.

    • Amarty92

      720p or 1080p HD video recording

    • Eskokali

      U should tmo up with ur wish list. it sounds super sick!!!! I’d buy it. My fave sidekick was the slide.

    • Magenta Magic

      So basically it should be a Vibrant or MyTouch4G. Got it… I think TMo could put something like that out. Oh wait… they already did… sorta. :)

    • Christianjohnson05

      sk i.d that really shows ur age, i had all but stopped at the 08, never had the i.d, ur specs are cool but isnt going to happen, get a G2 if u were a sk loveer thats what most of us did with the g1 and others went to bb. the sk ha its run i ont see people buying iit now just cuz the name, its just too playedout, most people arent phone nerds so specs dont sell them on a phone but ads do, and seeing sidekick back seem 1ike it wi11 work

      • Jay Alford

        I had a Sidekick since the Sidekick Color haha, I never did get the Sidekick Slide nor the Sidekick I.D. For all of us former avid Sidekick user’s, seeing it back would be like……we went to heaven and came back. I mean, personally..I miss having my own little Sidekick email address, instant messaging on the go…that amazing keyboard…those blinking lights and such lol. This would make a new era-Sidekick perfect:

        Manufactured by HTC or LG
        Sidekick 3 Keyboard [ just not with the orange back lighting haha ]
        A trackpad that lights up like the trackball [ innovation is key right? keep it up to date ]
        Aluminum uni-body [ make it look awesome! ]
        Keep the swivel screen…that made the Sidekick.
        Touch sensitive w/vibration buttons [ the cancel, jump, menu & main screen buttons ]
        Touch screen of course.
        Come in more than one color lol.

        I think that’s it…..for now.

  • Realdeal1205

    Ok people a new sidekick wouldn’t be a sidekick if it ran stock android. But if they don’t mak a whole brand new sk os, then I just they can come up with a os the runs android and has sometype of sidekick os on top, like moto blur, htc, lg, touch wiz does on android. But it would really have to be marketed hard, and made very well, cuz bbm pretty much killed aim, which made the sk what it was.

  • Eskokali

    After they let moto put their spin on the sidekick, the Sidekick Slide, I was hoping that they would continue to let others put their own spin on sidekick. Can u imagine what Samsung or HTC would do to it?

    • HTC would’ve nailed it to wall. Period. It would’ve been something over the top amazing. Maybe even LG. I can definitely see myself saying “Oh well, I have an HTC Sidekick.” Man, that sounds nice.

  • http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ You’ll notice “Sidekick is innovating” so I’m sure we can expect something in the coming months.

    • That has been there since July!

      • Well, still…the point is that it’s there xD It could become something extravagantly amazing!! ….. one day lol. Hopefully.

  • http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ You’ll notice “Sidekick is innovating” so I’m sure we can expect something in the coming months.

  • In my opinion (as much as I hate the skins) a vintage sidekick style skin over an android framework would be ideal. Preferably the original style with the screen over the keyboard then swiveling out. Since I could see the sidekick falling more into the “not quite a smartphone” smartphone sector I’d say a processor along the lines of the G2s, not a snapdragon or hummingbird or anything too extravagant. Just for the love of god don’t try to “Kin” this thing.

    I think if they used the original sidekick form factor it would be great because I feel the swivel with full keyboard underneath is what really made the sidekick the sidekick.

    • I think it should have amoled display and bring back the SK3 style keyboard =]

  • Anonymous

    I hate slow news days.

  • Budda

    Doesn’t matter what it is. All T-Mobile needs is a good marketing team to push this.

    They need some very good looking teens or young adults in a high school or college setting (you know the cool kids) showing these off.

    Then they intro the product as the Sidekick Comeback. haha

    But seriously, make it look good, make it powerful and convince users that they NEED to have this or feel left behind the curve.

    I think T-Mobile needs to stop with all these budget family type of commercials. We’re over that now and we know there are much much cheaper options than T-Mobile out there. If ATT and the iPhone proved anything is that people will pay more (even in a bad US economy) for the coolest device even if the network sucks.

    T-Mobile should hire the agency that makes ads for Verizon. Give us commercials that are edgy hot and powerful. Show off the 4G network and make people want to use you for offering something better.

  • Asdfjkl

    it just needs to be as powerful as any other tmo flagship device.

  • some guy

    We need some fresh news David

    • You are telling me, its been way to slow for December, this month should be happening but T-Mobile released all the good stuff back in November. Should all pickup during CES and January!

  • Billl

    sidekick should team up with google, and make a sidekick running on android os

  • Android is the successor to the Danger Sidekick platform. It was founded by Andy Rubin who is now THE Android mobile OS VP at Google. If you keep the name it should be an Android phone with the super features, max megapixels, video out, front facing camera, but i think to keep the Sidekick feel it has to have a 5 row keyboard, D-Pad and/or Rolling ball controls. =)

  • The Sidekick is, in my opinion, by far THE BEST qwerty phone to date [except for the Sidekick Slide/2009 LX] It was perfect. I never understood why they put 2 sets of number pads on it though lol. The buttons weren’t big, and they were’t small. Aesthetically, the Sidekick was just a comfortable phone to hold period [unless you had to call someone and didn’t have a bluetooth lol.] I personally loved the SK3 keyboard over the LX, it just looked cleaner. The swiveling screen shocked people because it was something nobody has ever seen. I was an avid Sidekick user and switching to the MyTouch Slide was a rough…rough move lol. I swear, if another Sidekick comes out [hopefully manufactured by….HTC….or LG…hmm] I would hop right back on it. We need the Sidekick back, unless T-Mobile gives us an amazing Android 2.3 phone with a front-facing camera 4 inch display 1ghz processor amoled display 1650 battery and 5 row off set keyboard =] I’m just saying. We WANT the high end T-Mobile. Get it? WANT WANT WANT! We don’t like the low end or mid-range…we want high end. HIGH END! Verizon is high end…why can’t you be high end, T-Mobile? Please…just why. You love your customers right? Make us go crazy over your phones. Not “blah..whatever…at least it’s an Android…” No…no no. We wanna say “WELL GUESS WHAT PHONE I HAVE! HA! YOU HAVE THAT THING CALLED AN IPHONE! AND ITS ON TEEEEMOBILE! HAHAHA! Sucker.” We wanna brag about your phones…..but, your not letting us. It’s makes us sad pandas….very, sad pandas.

  • Jenna

    David please find out if your ninja’s have any 4G expansion news for 2011. That info will be hot.

    T-Mobile still has NOT committed to over-laying their entire GPRS network with 4G. They really should do this in 2011 and just get it over with already. Find someone who can get them on record saying whether they plan to do this or not.

    Besides the 4G software installs someone also needs to get Ray Neville to give us an update on actual backhaul expansion too. It seems like every tech journalist out there fails to ask these types of questions when I read their interview articles. All we get is fluff. I live in a “4G,” area but still only get sub 1 Mbps download speeds everywhere. That’s unacceptable.

    Verizon has already stated when they expect to have their entire US network LTE ready.

  • lotek

    Please Please for the love of JeBus let the SideKick die in peace. The tech on those phones are obsolete and there are so many more worthy phones that deserve my money. An investment in the SideKick brand is a step backwards. That stupid ass antiquated tech that made you store all your phones info on a server, a pain in the ass if you have any damn phone problems.

    • Um, every phone nowadays has you store your data on a server/cloud. What do you think all the google sync apps are? Danger was ahead of the game, in terms of cloud computing and backup. And all your data wasn’t on a server.

  • To626n

    Ahhh yes the SK3 was my first smartphone and I thought it was so awesome. Loved the keyboard, swiveling screen, all the little sounds it made when you perform a function, the simplicity, and the overall phone design itself. My current phone, MT3G, is better in every way but somewhat boring in comparison. It’s also a lot more sluggish even though it has a much faster processor. I would love to see T-Mobile come out with a new SK based on Android but with a Danger-esque theme. Keep the keyboard and swiveling screen, make it thinner, 5 MP camera, and touchscreen of course. The build quality on my SK3 was impeccable so it would be great to see Sharp make future Sidekicks.

  • I sure hope not, the Sidekick was STUPID!

  • I loved the sidekick, but it was surpassed in terms of specs, features a long time ago. Still has the best keyboard hands down though, the SK3 keyboard, and will always love the swivel. I’d consider a Sidekick branded Android phone or even Windows Phone 7. The Danger OS is outdated, and needs to die. And considering Microsoft bought Danger, anything they will make will be WP7+. T Mobile owns the name “Sidekick” though, so they can release anything and call it a Sidekick

  • Sobosoul

    -touchscreen
    -android 2.3
    -frontfacing camera
    -SK3/SK iD keyboard

  • Sobosoul

    -touchscreen
    -android 2.3
    -frontfacing camera
    -SK3/SK iD keyboard

  • Sobosoul

    -touchscreen
    -android 2.3
    -frontfacing camera
    -SK3/SK iD keyboard

  • Qdichris

    You mean to write “far too much” not “far to much”. Your way does not make sense.

  • LX09-User

    IMO, the sidekick 3 was the worst SK as far as build quality was concerned. it was very plastic-y and unstable, at least the one i tried out for a week, it creaked worst then an old shack and the screen wobbled like jello, the software was fine otherwise. the SK2 had better build quality hands down and lasted me up until the slide had come out when the GSM radio died on me.
    IMO the best build quality was with the 2 LX models, and the best keyboard was the one out of the slide, which was pretty much a better version of the keyboard in the SK3.
    the rubberized keyboards felt nice but didn’t last with heavy use.

    i agree that the Danger OS is too outdated to update, it would be much easier and FINE to just put android on it. a sidekick overlay (like sense) would be pretty nice but i don’t think it would add enough to be worth it, it would probably slow things down a lot.

    If it has motoblur i probably won’t get it, if it has anything to do with microsoft i will definitely stay away forever.

  • LX09-User

    IMO, the sidekick 3 was the worst SK as far as build quality was concerned. it was very plastic-y and unstable, at least the one i tried out for a week, it creaked worst then an old shack and the screen wobbled like jello, the software was fine otherwise. the SK2 had better build quality hands down and lasted me up until the slide had come out when the GSM radio died on me.
    IMO the best build quality was with the 2 LX models, and the best keyboard was the one out of the slide, which was pretty much a better version of the keyboard in the SK3.
    the rubberized keyboards felt nice but didn’t last with heavy use.

    i agree that the Danger OS is too outdated to update, it would be much easier and FINE to just put android on it. a sidekick overlay (like sense) would be pretty nice but i don’t think it would add enough to be worth it, it would probably slow things down a lot.

    If it has motoblur i probably won’t get it, if it has anything to do with microsoft i will definitely stay away forever.

  • Mikejones1876

    TThe sidekick was dead all of them all the cameras was garbage. A track ball really. It fell out. The bumpers wouldn’t stay on horrible battery the lx was the best one oh 9 to be exact. But it would need. And dual core processors 1080p video recording. A 8 megapixal wit Carl ziess lens. Hit Sammy for the super amoled screen 1gb of RAM. Front facing cam 1.3 mp xenon flash too and a 1800mah battery. 3.5mm head jack no keyboard unless its from the oh 9 lx red back lights on it

  • To626n

    Quick Question,

    Can you still add a sidekick plan?

    I was doing a quick search through amazon and they have a nice inventory of refurbished Sidekick 3G’s for $89 (no contract). I’ve always wanted to see how the last Sidekick was like and at under $100 I would try it out if the plan was still available.

  • Noe71richard06

    “At&t plans to the Sharp FX, the latest device from the Sidekick brand of messaging phones, after rival T-Mobile pulled the plug on the line earlier this month.” That was dated July 19, 2010 on Mobiledia.

    • Noe71richard06

      oops, meant plans to sell…

  • Lwrm

    Don’t ever lose the swivel screen, or the dedicated number row on the keypad.

    Touch screen with a virtual keypad might be nice.
    Flash
    better apps choices
    Gingerbread OS
    Front facing camera/ video
    Syncing for T-mail and MobileMe
    Tigher key spacing than the 09 LX

  • Brian

    IF this Tmobile still “Deaf Friendly” to deaf customers.. strong suggest to add ZVRS, Sorenson, Purple to Video chat.

    U said this Sidekick 4G is new generation from old generation of Sidekick B/W to Sidekick 2009 XL.