This time it is a Samsung Galaxy S under the hood.
Before the iPhone was released in mid 2007, I had been a Sidekick user for three or four years. I did jump to the iPhone but I never regained my typing and multi-task speed, even with the best Androids/iPhones out there today.
The Sidekick, as you probably know, was a specialized early smartphone that was widely marketed to and purchased by the younger teens/Hip-Hop types. And me, I guess.
That's a shame for the rest of the world because, before the iPhone came along, the Sidekick could do more than any other device out there and do it incredibly efficiently. It also has an App Store (Catalogue), multi-tasking, Cloud backup of important information -- like address books, email, calendar, etc. In that respect, Android and iPhone haven't yet caught up to the Sidekick.
In short, it was way ahead of its time.
Who built this device? A company called Danger run by a Mr. Andy Rubin. If that name doesn't ring a bell, he's the head of Android development at Google (GOOG) now. He left Danger as Microsoft (MSFT) purchased the company and basically ran it into the ground. T-Mobile is turning off the last of the old sidekick accounts now. But those users will have something to replace their old Danger Sidekicks with now....and, yes ol' Andy Rubin has a hand in it.
Rumored for weeks, Sprint finally announced its newest Android flagship phone from HTC today.
Wirefly does a great overview of the EVO Shift here (I have yet to lay my hands on one):
For my money, I like the Samsung Epic 4G hardware better (once it gets its Android 2.2 update). The Sprint Epic 4G has a bigger five row keyboard (with hardware menu keys), bigger better screen and front facing camera and MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 4, 2011 2:40 PM ET
As new sliders debut from Samsung on Sprint and HTC on T-Mobile, Verizon's Droid 2 is already free with a plan.
Competition is pushing prices down on Verizon's (VZ) Android phones. The newly released Fascinate immediately went free on online discounters like Amazon (AMZN) and Wirefly. But that phone is crippled with Bing so its appeal is limited. Today, Amazon is advertising the Droid 2 for free with plan. That's a MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 13, 2010 11:12 AM ET
Research in Motion's biggest assets face enemy fire: one by foreign governments demanding more control, the other by cutting-edge tech.
Saudi Arabia and the app economy -- the two don't usually have much in common. But recently they've taken to delivering a joint beating to RIM. And it's been painful to watch, especially when you consider RIM's (RIMM) history as a tech leader. More than a decade ago, the company MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 16, 2010 11:01 AM ET
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