When the T-Mobile Sidekick, or Danger Hiptop in other markets, first came out it was looked at as a bulky, novelty pager. It was mostly because of the flip screen, colorful scroll wheel, and the cartoony user-interface. Also, that monochrome display was bland, and the battery life sucked. Danger stepped their game up when they got to the Sidekick II, though. Built by Sharp, the II had better build quality, color screen, directional pad, instant messenger apps, and finally a camera.
The trend continued with the Sharp-manufactured Sidekick III, with upgrades to hardware and improvements to usability. I actually kept a cellphone on the side with an out of town number just in case people wanted to “play” with my phone and be nosy. The Sidekick’s reign lasted until a more superior phone with a touchscreen was released in 2007, but to this day it still remains the king of all superphones.
Nonetheless, we loved the Sidekick in its heyday. Now if you want anything close to a Sidekick, you’ll have to get the Microsoft Kin, which looks like a f*cking makeup case.
Here are the five things I miss about my Sidekick.