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Review of T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G - now with Android!

Review by Dan Seifert on Wednesday April 20, 2011.

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4.0 stars

(How we score)

Great keyboard, snappy response, good battery life
Mediocre camera, odd button layout

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is an interesting device. It carries the name of a heralded messaging device, some might even say "the best" messaging phone, yet it runs a modern, internet-loving smartphone operating system.

Thankfully, the Sidekick 4G holds true to most of the qualities of its predecessors. The must-have QWERTY keyboard is present and accounted for, and there are plenty of tweaks throughout the operating system designed to focus the user's attention on messaging. Of course, since it is a full-fledged Android device underneath its messaging skin, the Sidekick 4G benefits from a great browser and a very strong app ecosystem.

The Sidekick 4G turns out a great user experience and was a real pleasure to use throughout our review period. While it is not the most svelte device we have ever come across, nor is it at the top of today's spec sheets, the Sidekick 4G makes up for these deficits with a charm of its own that we don't see too often with your run-of-the-mill Android smartphone. Read on to find out of the nitty gritty that makes up the Sidekick 4G.

You'll find a trio of videos of the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G after the Table of Contents, below.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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