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Danger Sidekick retrospective (photos)

As the Danger Sidekick comes to an end, we look back all the different incarnations of the phone we once called the Hiptop.

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The original T-Mobile Sidekick

Though the original T-Mobile Sidekick may seem like a relic now, it was considered a trendsetter at the time with its full QWERTY keyboard and swivel flip action.
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T-Mobile Sidekick II

Finally, the Sidekick arrived in color! This was my first-ever Sidekick, and it was also the Sidekick II that garnered the attention of celebrities like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
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T-Mobile Sidekick 3

The T-Mobile Sidekick 3 added much needed improvements, including Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a miniSD card slot. This also introduced the roller ball scroll, similar to the one on the BlackBerry Pearl.
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T-Mobile Sidekick iD

It seems that someone finally woke T-Mobile and Danger up to the fact that most of the people who bought Sidekicks were teenagers when they introduced the T-Mobile Sidekick iD. This was the company's first go at a young cash-strapped crowd, as the iD was designed to be budget-friendly, plus it had interchangeable bumpers for added customization. However, they missed out on one big feature that most kids want these days: a camera.
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T-Mobile Sidekick LX (2007 edition)

The T-Mobile Sidekick LX finally went the slim and sleek route, as it attempted to leave its bulky reputation. It has many of the same features as its predecessors, though, which left us wanting more.
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T-Mobile Sidekick Slide

What? A Sidekick phone that doesn't flip? That's exactly what the T-Mobile Sidekick Slide was, which provided a nice alternative for those who weren't into the whole swivel action.
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T-Mobile Sidekick (2008 edition)

No, you're not experiencing deja vu. T-Mobile decided to revamp its Sidekick line by calling this the T-Mobile Sidekick--not the Sidekick 5 or the Sidekick 6--but the one true Sidekick. This was a nice sweet spot for the Sidekick brand, as it finally got a 2-megapixel camera bump along with an overall sleeker aesthetic for its youngster demographic.
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T-Mobile Sidekick LX (2009 edition)

The T-Mobile Sidekick LX was probably the best Sidekick yet. The design was nice and sleek, and the interface was made simpler and more aesthetically pleasing. Danger also threw in a bunch of new features like 3G, GPS, a Web browser with Flash Lite support, and even some social network support with Twitter and Facebook integration.

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