Danger Sidekick On The Brink of Extinction?
Remember when the Sidekick was the most hippest phone to have on your hip? Seemingly, everyone wanted one of these when they first debuted on T-Mobile almost 8 years ago! But quiet as kept I can now say the once cool and trendy handset is not only becoming un-cool to have but now it’s rumored to be completely replaced by newer Microsoft branded phones (Microsoft is the parent company of Danger) and replaced at T-Mo for the well anticipated MyTouch Slide (wanna see it?).
But one must think, who’s the cause or blame to the demise of this once trendy phone? Many would speculate that once Microsoft took over Danger and obtained the Sidekick brand in 2008, it went down hill. I’m speaking as a former Sidekick owner myself who’s owned an Sidekick 2 &3. Honestly, I never had any issues with the phone on both durability nor software (besides the fact it looked really big and ridiculous on my hip). Atleast to me the Sidekicks’ demise has come relatively fast maybe because of the epic #FAIL Microsoft had with it’s software crash or malfunction that effected most Sidekick owners in the country.
Ironically what ultimately helped motivate me to write this post was a potential buyer from Craigslist who inquired information on the phone I was selling (which was a MyTouch 3g by the way) the person was a girlfriend of a guy who’d wanted to purchase a phone for a birthday gift. She says to me in a text “It’s for him (her boyfriend) his b day is next week and he wants to get a new phone cause he has a sk (sidekick) and they (sidekick) suck now”.
So I hope that short text message gives you a certain view of the long fall from grace that the Sidekick has taken maybe courtesy of an unplanned assist from Microsoft. What do you guys think? Do you think Microsoft destroyed the Sidekick brand? Or was it just inevitable?