Which legacy T-Mo device or range would you bring back?

original sidekick T-mobile

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I have a keen interest in older devices. I’m not sure exactly why. It could be that they were more interesting back in the days pre-iPhone. When devices weren’t just super slim rectangles with massive displays, manufacturers were creative with hardware design. Phones flipped, swivelled and twisted and came in all shapes and sizes. Circles, triangles, diamonds, you name it, there was probably a device in that shape.

I turned that interest in to a retro review series on PhoneDog’s YouTube channel, which meant buying a handful of old phones that I think are interesting. This latest group of devices included the original Sidekick. It was the only one on eBay, so I couldn’t pass it up. And that got me thinking about you, TmoNews readers.

There was a day when every carrier had its own iconic exclusive device. Sidekick, as a device (or range of devices) was one of those devices synonymous with the Magenta carrier. You saw them on TV (normally in the hands of some teen sensation), but still, it was a widely reconognizable product, and it was different.

The original model came with a monochromatic display and the unique flip-out screen, which presumably gave the device its name. It sort of kicked out to the side, and rotated 180-degrees revealing an awesome QWERTY keyboard underneath. Each button press produced its own entertaining tone, and the scroll-wheel used to control everything flashed up all kinds of bright colors.

Since the original, it saw many variations, and with each one it seemed further away from the what the Sidekick should be. But still, it was a great range, and you knew what to expect when a brand new model came out. You knew you’d get a slide-out display and a keyboard in a fashionably-designed handset. And it’s a range I’d love to see return. Just to have something cool and different on the market. Even if it meant running Android like the last version did, before the series died its seemingly inevitable death. If not that, then an entirely modern version of the Motorola RAZR.

What do you guys think? If you could bring any device, or series of devices back, which would it be?

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  • Keyboard Fanatic

    Touch Pro 2 quad core 2 gb+ram on Android

    • Get_at_Me

      A modernized tp2 with android would destroy everything!

      • Cam Bunton

        Destroy ALL THE THINGS! (I so wish Disqus supported memes and GIFs).

        • kev2684

          IGN uses disqus and they allow it. using links.

          http://www.ign [dot] com/videos/2014/06/27/the-flash-first-reaction-to-the-pilot-ign-conversation

    • Zach Mauch

      HEEELLLLLL YES to this!!!! That phone had the best keyboard of all time. All I want is a modern high end android qwerty slider with a 4.7 to 5 inch screen. Is that too much to ask? Also, a case that does the same thing would work too.

      All things considered though, we will likely have to wait for Project Ara to mature to actually get it.

  • bitbank

    HTC Shadow, but running Android instead of WinMo 5. A tiny slide-up phone with physical buttons was great for those days when you needed a “disposable” phone for high risk activities (e.g. going to the beach, amusement park, etc) when you didn’t want to risk breaking/losing your $600 phone.

  • Mike

    The blackberry pearl. By far the best best reception I ever had on the TMO network. Life was so much simpler when we used a phone as a communication device rather than an all in one phone/internet/entertainment device.

    • Cam Bunton

      You’re not wrong. It was the same here in the UK. Always had 4-5 bars of service on T-Mo with my Pearl 8110. (Incidentally, received one of those this week too. One of my favorite phones of all time).

      • Zacamandapio

        Yes.
        I was thinking the same thing. I wish for an oversized pearl with the same keyboard. I used to burn thru IMs.
        Those were the days.

  • Tmosince2003

    I want a qwerty phone with decent specs. Not a cheap teenager phone, I mean one for business professionals who need to type full words with speed.

    • Cam Bunton

      Like a BlackBerry Q10?

      • Tmosince2003

        Unfortunately no, our enterprise has discontinued support for BlackBerry.

      • Zach Mauch

        1. You it’s not an android option.
        2. It’s a candy bar, not a slider.

        All I want is one high quality/ high end qwerty slider phone.

  • Guest

    Sidekick 2. Non-Android please.

  • sidekick 4glte

    They should make a sidekick for adults and kids one that has super high end features like a 2k screen and a super powerful proccesor to make up for the crappy one in the sidekick 4g

  • notyourbusiness

    I really loved my Nokia XpressMusic 5310. Ahh, did I love that little phone. It was the only cell phone I ever lost. I was SO heartbroken the day that happened.

    • Ellay

      Man that phone was amazing, the only thing i didn’t like about it was the 2.5mm jack.

    • hieuman

      It might’ve been the last tiny phone. I have one laying in a drawer, but it got locked when I loaned it to a friend. The interface wasn’t very well thought out if I remember correctly.

      • notyourbusiness

        When I lost mine, I replaced it with the Nokia E73 Mode. That phone couldn’t even compare even though it was also Nokia and ran Symbian.

  • sosarozay300

    sidekick lx

  • J.J.

    nokia 3650 i was the coolest kid!!!

    • carcomptoy

      I can still blind type on that radial keyboard!

      • J.J.

        nice!!! the good ol days back when nokia ruled the world

    • Tinger12

      I bought the 3650 when it was released. It was the cool factor that did me in. It was used on Tmo by me and then my son for about 5 years until it crapped out in the wash. Then I moved to the Nokia 6600. Though not Tmo branded it was a great phone. too bad it ended in the recycle bin from a bad 3rd party battery replacement that failed and smoked the phone.

  • Haverhill_John

    The second generation Shadow was a favorite of mine

  • BReal

    Modern version of my first cell phone, the Ericsson T28. It was small, the battery lasted forever, and the “chatboard” plug in keyboard was a cool feature for when you wanted to send a lot of messages.

  • DoDaDum

    They should definitely remake the side-kick into a modern high end Android device!

  • damein

    Definitely the sidekick!

  • kev2684

    T-Mobile Sidekick S – Slate (4.7″)
    T-Mobile Sidekick X – Phablet (5.8″) limited stock
    T-Mobile Sidekick Q – Qwerty (limited edition 50k units)
    T-Mobile Sidekick F – Flip phone (limited edition 50k units)

    all with notification band from oppo find 7 but with tons of LED around the phone almost like accent that changes color like that of light up shoes sidekick style

    all running vanilla android with Wifi-Calling as the sole bloat so they can update them as fast as google does.

    compatible and sold to all T-Mobile LTE networks around the world

    high-end specs, $500-600 each. $100 discount plus free 4G LTE roaming on all T-Mobile networks around the world if you finance it through T-Mobile with jump.

    they are a company with world-wide presence why are they not using it to their advantage?

  • dkbnyc

    The HP iPAQ 6315. My first true smartphone. Pre Android days.

    http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_ipaq_h6315-1309.php

    Check out those specs!

  • L2

    Motorola V300, one of the best feature phones, compact and stylish with the blue exterior, real buttons.

  • vodka4lyfe

    iPhone 3GS!

  • Guest

    The HTC G2 was a beast the z hinge was ok but loved the keyboard.

  • nd5

    Well… the HTC HD2 was a BEAST of a phone. Most fun I ever had owning a device with all of the flashing roms & such. I’d love to see an update of that phone with Android L, 5.2″ screen and Snapdragon 805!

    • Bklynmsn

      Even better phone was HTC HD7. If only HTC,had made all their phones like that,they would of been no 1,not Sammy. Bring it back, put the Amaze camera in it,4.7-5 in.,32 gigs,, at least 2-3 ram,make one windows, the other Android. With sd,card slot. Keep the kick stand.

  • Singleweird

    the one S with snap 800, sence 6 and expandability! perfect size, awesome build

  • dagrepont

    I loved my Motorola Slidr. I think it was called Slidr. It might have been called ROKR. Either way it was awesome.

  • smartphoneluv

    Remember the T-Mobile Wing (HTC)? That phone hit a sweet spot and still has a place in my heart. It had the best physical querty keyboard I ever used; could type on that thing even faster than I swype now. twas lovely. :)

    • thepanttherlady

      First and last Windows phone I ever owned. LOL

      • od312

        Must be because it’s an old operating system just like you.

        • thepanttherlady

          Insult fail ;)

  • NYCTheBronx

    I would want to see the Google G1 and Sidekick comeback. Two versions though, one with a qwerty keyboard and one without.

    And specs would be:

    4.7′-5.5′ screens, 4K resouloution screen, full HD recording, 16-20MP camera, 5MP-8MP front facing camera, 3,000-3,500 mAh battery, 3-4GB of ram, 64GB internal storage up to 128GB-1TB expandable storage, download booster if it were possible and on screen keys (back button, home, menu etc.)

    Now that would be awesome.

    :)

    • Paul

      1TB expandable storage!!!!

      • Nick Gonzalez

        That would be a BEAST!

    • Aaron

      Yeah and with those kind of specs you could probably pick one up for the low low price of about $1100

  • Deadeye37

    Successor to the Tmobile G2. Highend specs with a full keyboard and that Z-hinge

    • RonJeezy

      The g2 was epic. All they ever needed to do was add a front camera and it could have lived on

      • Paul

        I remember reading how owners just wanted the front camera on the G2. Sad it never happened. I’d have bought a new version up from that model.

      • detbradlee

        definitely!

    • detbradlee

      design of the hinge was nice, but mine was super flimsy. tighten it up so it wont open when held upside down.

  • The Sidekick series, and the G series (To me it was like T-Mobile’s Nexus line because it was pure Android, no overlays. I remember the G1, HTC G2, LG G2x), and I don’t know if it went on after that. I’m not sure if the LG G3 is a continuation of that, but I miss both lines. I had quite the few of the Sidekicks: Sidekick iD, Sidekick Slide, Sidekick LX, Limited Edition Tony Hawk Sidekick LX, then for the G line I had the HTC G2, and the LG G2x.

  • Bklynman

    when my 1st TMO phone die,theNokia 7510,I drop once when the flip was open,it still work until the battery die. Went looking to buy another,phone,went on ton of used phone sites,didn’t really see anything I really like or want until I came across Samsung p735.use it for little while,try to use it again,about 2 years ago,still work,but couldnot get on the net with it. They don’t make phones like that no longer. Not sure if they can make a up to date model of that phone.If Sammy could it would be great.

  • stl user

    i wouldn’t bring back that sidekick 1! i had to replace it 3 times within a year due to hardware failures. t-mobile gave me a $100 credit on the sidekick 1 to upgrade to the sidekick 2.

  • RonJeezy

    Slider phones were the best. Samsung had the best on all carriers. I can’t remember the name of the black slider with the flip around camera still the best phone I’ve ever had. Inevitably fell to its death. :(

  • charlieboy808

    I miss my Sidekick. Something about physical buttons and the best QWERTY keyboard ever that kept me hooked onto my Sidekick. Sadly, Microsoft ruined it then Samsung attempted to recreate it but didn’t give it the hardware to make it a contender. Even if it came out with a 5″ screen, I’d still buy a Sidekick if it had the same Keyboard.

  • AnthonyRyan89

    Well remember the Sidekick did come back, it was Android by Samsung and they did nothing for it. The device sucked and Samsung had no support for it.

  • Kenneth Warner

    The side kick I even made a petition for it here’s the link to support it please sign and share it

    https://www.change.org/petitions/cell-phone-company-s-lg-samsung-htc-make-a-brand-new-4g-lte-sidekick-to-suit-today-s-specks

  • Tinger12

    I loved the G1 except for one small thing, the trackball was horrible. That was the reason I sold mine. It would work well about 60% of the time. I would love to have kept my G1 if it worked reliably. I also liked my Handspring 180/300. I had the mono version and changed when the color version came out. I loved it. Palm OS was so easy to use and was far better then Symbian for the time it was out.

  • 05jolea

    The sidekick for sure!! Especially the sidekick color. I loved that thing!!

  • Zacamandapio

    I want an oversized BB pearl. That device that brought me to T-Mobile

  • Ellay

    The memoir. Samsung had a very tight philosophy there. Of course w/updated things though, that resistive touch screen was the worst.

    And the Sidekick killer (yeah, I said it) THE MOTOROLA CLIQ. EXTREMELY HIGH END at least has to come w/4GB ram, snap 805 or tegra K1.

    • Mark

      I actually enjoyed my CLIQ, and to this day I haven’t found a phone that handles incoming messages as well as it did. Texts, Facebook, Twitter, email… All into one unified inbox. Did Blur ultimately need more TLC then Motorola was willing to give it? Of course, but I still think the idea was a great one even if the implementation was flawed.

  • Paul

    Slider phones!
    T-Mobile (HTC) G2 was da bomb. I loved that phone SO much. Upgraded to the S2 from it.

    • randomnerd_number38

      Yessss please! I would kill for a high-end slider keyboard smartphone. Minimum specs: 4.5 inch full hd screen with snapdragon 801 and 2 gb ram and 16 gb internal storage

    • miggetymikeb

      That and the sidekick were the best devices I’ve ever owned

  • dtam

    Sony Ericsson T68i, first mass produced phone to have a color screen

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Definitely sidekick

  • Clem2011

    HTC HD2 all day everyday! (Once Android was ported to it)

  • Raymond Guerrero Jr

    The Sidekick LX!!

  • Andres B

    The Nokia 8800/8801 and Motorola V70 for me are some of the nicest phones, design wise, EVER!

    • hieuman

      Excellent design on those devices.

    • Cam Bunton

      Check my Instagram.. Instagram[dot]com/cambunton. V70 was one of the other devices I got this week. ;-)

  • HarpritSingh.com

    Motorola Startac

    • Jesse James

      OLD SCHOOL!!

  • Would love to see the sidekick make a return

  • UMA_Fan

    The Sidekick 4G was one of the most Google searched items the year it was released but unfortunately T-Mobile decided to go with low end specs for the time.

    a ‘Sidekick Pro’ could really take off and generate a lot of consumer interest it just has to be high end and uncompromising. A five row physical keyboard, large high res screen, long battery life. Premium build. Adult look. The tech is out there to get this done it just hasn’t been done.

  • detbradlee

    Sidkick’s had the BEST keyboards of any phone by far, to date! Qwerty’s only died because OEM’s refused to produce one with high-end specs.

  • HangmanSwingset

    I know it’s not a T-Mobile device, but I’ve still got my original iPhone. Downgraded to iPhone OS 1.0 and unlocked.

    • Cam Bunton

      Nice. How did you downgrade to iOS 1? I tried, but failed. I did get it down to 3.1.2, and unlocked it successfully.

      • HangmanSwingset

        It involves running Windows XP in a virtual machine and using iTunes 7.5. There are some other things involved, but I can’t remember off the top of my head. I can tweet you a link if I manage to find it.

  • auser72

    The Tmobile Wing, my very first smartphone !!!

  • 0neTw0

    Voice Stream

  • Nick Ramacciato

    The Sidekick!

  • Carlos Ventura

    Sidekick but I want an htc or Sony variant of the sidekick

  • Startswithaj

    I’d like a Windows Phone 8.1 Sidekick, please. WP7 devices were the last ones to have a physical keyboard and I miss them! Although I’d be tempted if a high end Android based sidekick came out. So long as it wasn’t released by Samsung.

  • portaltonowhere

    definitely the sidekick

  • Daniel Anonuevo

    A Flag-ship spec’d sidekick! that was the best!

  • DCLV

    HTC G1

  • Michael

    SideKick

  • JBrowne1012

    A proper android sidekick not made by Motorola or Samsung

  • Jammas

    Motorola A630

  • justme002

    Hope Mr. Legere read comments here. Please make us happy!

  • sidekick lte

    They should make a sidekick for adults that has a 4k screen and 4glte so its futureproof

  • sidekick

    Sidekick is the best phone by tmobile!!!

  • JosephLagalla

    HTC G line!

  • Bklynman

    How about this,bring back one size sim cards,either full size,mimi,nano,or miro,enough already with the different size cards. We get the idea,phones makers,u don’t want us(customers)to use phones that are 3 years or older. most of the readers of this blog have back up phones,will you please pick which size sim card you want to use already? Stop with the nonsense already? Thank you.I would love to keep my Amaze as a back u phone,can’t do it,take full size card.Note 3,miro.

  • OZ

    I always remember my T-Mobile SDA. Kinda miss it.

  • mingkee

    HTC HD2
    You can install Android or WP7

    • John Masters

      HD2 was by far the best phone I ever had. Perfect size, perfect design, and great specs for it’s time. I’d love to a modern version of it. Put it in the same metal case, same screen size, just do a quad core processor, the latest Android (I’d even settle for it as a Windows phone), and LTE bands…I’d be all over that.

      I had mine running Android, and used it for years. Finally gave it to a nephew, who then ran it for a couple of years until it got stolen…so for all I know, ti’s still out there running.

  • Felipe Bigio

    I’d say sidekick that’d be cool with 4.9in 1080p screen a touchpad-like keyboard and lte band 12 running on latest android os or next version of blackberry storm or rzr 3 choices and I’d bring a ton new customer to the carrier

  • D Velasquez

    not T-Mobile but if O2 manage to bring back the O2 cocoon with an updated design but same concept that will be amazing

    • Bklynman

      Just google it,that some phone. I am keep my eye on that company,see if they bring out any other phones.

  • Tory

    Definitely miss the Sidekick line more than anything. I would gladly trade in my new iPhone if they would bring back the swivel screen instead of slider like Samsung tried to redo, and definitely keep android or windows as the operating system.. I miss physical keyboards.

    • ZxyLady

      This is my exact sentiment, if Samsung wouldn’t have tried to change SO MUCH, and kept with the original sidekick line aesthetics, it would have been a real contender in today’s world. What always made Sidekick unique was is special twist open mechanism.

  • davidwal

    I wish there was a updated Dash. It would be cool to have a Dash 3 made by HTC. It could be a Q10 competitor that would run android. The only thing close HTC made was the status and it did not do so well.

  • Custemmade

    Does anyone remember the Motorola Acompli 009? it was announced in 2001, I was still in high-school then but 2-way pagers were huge. It was like the v.100 but but the adult version, it had of the functionality of the Moto Time-port two way crossed with a fully functional phone. The Ir beaming was great especially if you created your own ringtones with the composer on the device. That function was really big in the music industry for producers who wanted to exchange tracks. I wish they would actually update it and re-release it as a vintage model.

    • custemmade

      @cam_bunton:disqus

  • A real SIdekick for sure. Best Keyboard ever.

  • priap1sm

    Anything advanced enough to run the newest apps with a slide-out keyboard. The only keyboard offerings are ancient POSes.

  • Sims Koger

    I miss my HTC wing and the MDA!

  • Rachel

    Definitely the HTC version of the MyTouch 4G Slide! It’s shame it was discontinued so quickly, only to be replaced with the inferior (in my opinion) Huawei version. Especially since it had the most impressive camera for its time.

  • Nick Gonzalez

    I would love an HTC G1 with Kit Kat.

  • RRB

    I am using my favorite phone, a Moto Krazr K1 in Cobalt blue. I think it’s the most beautiful and easy-to-use cellphone ever invented. Mine is an unlocked UK model, with classy gray instead of silver trim. When I need data, I pick up the Tmo iPhone 5.

  • Gutes

    Always liked the MyTouch brand when T-Mobile actually cared about it. The MyTouch Slide 4G was a top notch kit…. unfortunately they immediately took the MyTouch brand down market and now they are afterthoughts.

    I got a garminfone instead, and I always kind of regretted it. The garminfone was a tank and an awesome GPS, but it had fairly low specs and got really laggy after about a year. The high end specs of the MyTouch would have held up for the whole term of the contract.

  • morbid

    Nokia N900.

    (yes, I’m aware of the neo900 project)

  • Jesse James

    nokia 82xx i believe it was. small, removable face plates, and easily turned into the maxtrix phone

  • adham nadi

    HD2!!!

    • Mike Mac

      its funny because that phone is still relevant…they put freakin EVERYTHING on it even android 4.4! they really built that thing for the long haul

      • J Cav the Great

        I still have mine in drawer but screen is out. In fact, when I got my HD2, Android just became super popular.. I knew I could not get an Android.. So I started glashin Android Froyo on my HD2….yes this phone I will always keep.

    • J Cav the Great

      The HD2 got me started with the whole Flashing and Romming community.. #UnlockedBootloader

  • I_am_siroL

    My first smartphone was the T-Mobile Dash by HTC from 2006….bomb ass phone

  • Realest Ever

    I really miss the G-Series by HTC. I absolutely love my previous G1 & G2. They were unique and reliable

    • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

      Agreed. I loved my G2.

      • Jeremy C

        I only replaced my G2 a few months ago with the HTC One M8. My wife refuses to give up her G2 (hardware keyboard fanatic), and now my oldest boy has my old G2. Easily one of the best phones made.

  • Marc Klein

    If I remember correctly, my very first T-Mobile phone was the G1.

    • J Cav the Great

      Nice!

  • Angie Vaughan

    The Motorola A630.. I loved that phone with the QWERTY keyboard and the way the camera was set up. Plus it fell out a 17th story window, was my son’s toy phone and still works after all these years. I wish I had a SIM card that would work in the thing.

  • Neo

    Nokia 8110 the phone from the Matrix

    • J Cav the Great

      When I bought Enter the Matrix for Xbox, I saw the ad in the booklet for that phone I was like I must have it…lol but that was when I was 13.lol

  • J Cav the Great

    I loved my HD2, and I had the sidekick 2009( the one with swappable backs)..With the technology now, I would bring the sidekick out again, the sidekick 4G was a bad attempt at making the sidekick relevant. I would make it slim as possible, stock android, HD screen. Premium materials..I would buy..

    Instead of a flip screen, I would use a slide screen to make it slimmer… Aww man i now I want a side kick LX tony hawk

  • J Cav the Great

    I too tend to use buy retro phones and use them..as long as they take the same simcard size, if not, I use an adapter. Sidekick LXs still work, Danger services do not work, you only get 3G speeds, and picture messages take forever to send….

  • SHON

    Sidekick, with new bigger touchscreen and bigger battery. Miss Sidekick 3, D. Wade edition

    • ZxyLady

      I still have my D Wade Edition sidekick, just can’t seem to part with it, it was my first “smartphone”, and it still works. Gosh I want this phone to be remade in Android!

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    I loved my T-Mobile (HTC) G2, and I’d love a G3, not the LG. Give me a keyboard back.

    I also loved and miss my Shadow 1. It was a damn fun phone.

  • Guest

    I’m with the Keyboard Jockeys, I WISH a hardware manufacturer would take the chance of releasing a high end device in two flavors; the same exact specs, one with a physical keyboard and one without.

    Damn I miss my N97…

  • vlv723

    I’d bring the Sidekick back. Felt like a little laptop to me and was the popular kid back in college when I had it. Wish they had a newer version of it after the “4G” version. I buy that in a heartbeat.

  • Jay Gatsby

    HTC actually kept the G- series going up until HTC G23/One X if you go on google and start from G1 to G23 youll see all the models HTC released.

  • David Metzger

    Mytouch 3G baby! Not that I would bring it back, but I will always remember it for being my first Android phone. Also, the first time I rooted and flashed a custom rom. Lol. I think Cyanogenmod was the first rom. I was so nervous to root! Haha… Great times.

  • ZxyLady

    I want the sidekick, I was just talking to my hubby about it the other day. But if I could bring it back, I would put Android on it, though. I think if TMo made this simular to the Sidekick LX, with the SWIVEL screen, and make it High Def, did I forget to mention the swivel screen? I would jump from my Note 3 soon to be Note 4 in a heart beat!

  • Chris

    G1/G2 HTC/T-Mobile line. If they came out with a G3 with the flip out keyboard and metal battery door and all that, I’d ditch my LG G3 in a heartbeat to get it.

  • Isom

    Motorola v60g

  • Darrell

    I’d pick up the sidekick if they used the old danger OS (with upgrades) and had the swivel screen. I’d like to see the MDA make a come back, I think HTC made that one. Man I’d go back to T-Mobile if they came back with the Sidekick