Here at Thedroidguy we often refer to the T-Mobile Sidekick as the phone that started it all. Although many Android enthusiasts like to disagree with us and cite the G1 as the first Android. Of course they are correct, the G1 was the first Android device offered, however the Sidekick, also designed by Andy Rubin, godfather of Android, paved the way for innovation.
The Sidekick was the in-demand smartphone in the beginning of the new millennium, everyone from your next door neighbor to celebrities like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Chamillionaire all used the sidekick. In 2007 the release of the iPhone stifled the growth of the Sidekick. Also in that part of the decade a server outage at Microsoft caused a lot of users to rethink where they stored their personal data.
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In 2010 Samsung worked with T-Mobile to bring the franchise back, not just as the Sidekick, but also as an Android device. Many of the features of the original Sidekick were reworked to be competitive in 2011. New features like Group Texting, Cloud Texting, Qik video chatting and 4G are all staples in the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.
T-Mobile is offering the Sidekick 4G for free today (through 8/9/2011) with a new two year agreement. If you were a Sidekick loyalist or looking for something different in the Android world head over to T-Mobile and get one