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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

New features

Keyboard and display

Back

Right side

Left side

Picture quality

Though Microsoft and Danger are shutting down the old Sidekick data service on May 31, the messaging handheld lives on in the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. The smartphone will be available starting April 20 for $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
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The Sidekick 4G adds Android 2.2.1 Froyo and a touch screen. There are also enhanced messaging features, including Group Text and Cloud Text, which is a Web-based app that lets you send and receive messages.
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The handset features a 3.5-inch, 480x800-pixel touch screen with a "pop-tilt" slider design. When open, you get access to the five-row QWERTY keyboard, which we found to be excellent. It's roomy, and the keys provide a nice tactile feedback.
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On back of the phone, you'll find the 3-megapixel camera. The Sidekick 4G will be available in two colors: pearl magenta (shown here) and matte black.
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The right side of the device (or the top when held in landscape mode) features a Micro-USB port and a camera button.
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On the left side (bottom in landscape), you get a volume rocker and a power/lock button.
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We weren't expecting much from the phone's 3-megapixel camera, but we were truly impressed by the sharp picture quality.
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