Sidekick: A case for bringing back a classic
In high school, a girl who I was close with for a time had a Sidekick II. I was absolutely mesmerized by the idea that you could access the internet from anywhere, use AIM (back then it was the way teens here in the US communicated, it was the first Facebook), and take pictures. It wasn't nearly as sophisticated as an Android or iOS phone is today, but in 2005 it was amazing. It's the first smartphone that really found a more mainstream consumer audience.
Today every phone looks like the iPhone in 2007. Sure there's colors and slight variations, but the basic formula is the same: Square with rounded off corners, all glass front, and a camera on the back. Simple, and it works, but there's nothing tactile or altogether unique or interesting about it.
The sound of flipping that keyboard up made a certain noise, which brings back a memory of high school, talking smack about people over AIM with her on the walk home. No phone today really has a way to bring back memories just by the snap of the screen opening, the pit patting of your finger on glass is less unique or memorable.
T-Mobile tried with the Sidekick 4G. But c'mon, a slider 'aint a Sidekick.
If Microsoft owns the patent for the screen now (I assume they do, they bought Danger) why wouldn't they make an easy to use modern version of this phone? Even with Windows Phone on it, it'd serve a market that really only wants the most needed uses of a smartphone: chat, email, Facebook, organizer, and internet access. Sell it unlocked. Every time I say "sidekick" I hear some people reminisce about how good they were, simple, easy to use, and allowed you to get something done on the road without superfluous functions. It'd be a good way to showcase Windows Phone as a versatile, adaptable mobile OS.
Hey, I can dream can't I?
*****I'm not a WP fanboy at all, I have a Nexus 4. It just does way more than I need a phone to do.