OK, all you boys and girls out there itching to get your hands on a T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. You can't have it yet, we got our fat little fingers on it for you. And for those of you unfamiliar with the Sidekick experience (that'd be yours truly), it's an ... interesting experience.

The flip-up screen has a nice spring to it, and the keyboard is just shy of being excellent. What's not excellent is that the usual Android buttons are at the four corners (three, actually) of the device, meaning you're doing to be doing some reaching to get back to the home screens.

The software is an interesting mix of Android -- there's much that familiar -- and Sidekick special sauce. We're going to need some more time with the software to get a grip on it, but it's not the worst thing in the world. When it comes to pricing, we're looking at $99 - $149.99 depending on your data plan chosen and fussing with mail-in-rebates. Jump on past the break for some images of the Sidekick 4G

 

 

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Hands-on with the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

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sidekicks have the screen swing out vs sliding out and sidekicks used to be made by sharp, i wonder if samsung bought the naming rights from sharp to make this device...

I think T-Mobile owns the rights to the Sidekick name. If I remember correctly Moto made a Sidekick.

Sidekick 2 and 3.... best cellphone keyboards ever. I miss the signature "snap" of the screen too. No idea why the phone is still so chunky when the skxl was so slim and samsung KNOWS how to make a thin phone. Oh how I wish the epic2 woul get a keyboard with that kind of key spacing...

I hope they do some serious image changing ads. the original sidekick was easily the best phone ive ever had in terms of communication.. text, email, aim... but i had to get rid of it because it was seen as a kids phone, and every where i went, high school kids were allll over it.

it was more than just the spacing of the keyboard too.. you could create your own personal shortcuts, ex. setting ur to turn into your. also, aim felt so natural, that i used it even when i was on my pc. the keyboard became just as easy as using a real one with my personal computer. i got to the point where i could type whole paragraphs without looking down at the keys at all.

now i have this epic, and although the keyboard is decent, i end up using SlideIT (sywpe replacement) 90% of the time, which bothers me because i chose not to get the evo cause i wanted a keyboard (i still think the epic is better than the evo though)