The Modern Smartphone Started as a Sidekick

Michael Beausoleil
7 min readOct 7, 2022

Mobile phones in the early 2000s took few forms. Most casual users had flip phones, and businesspeople often had PDAs like Blackberrys. Then, iPhone came into existence and accelerated the world toward smartphones.

The Motorola Razr was cool and the Blackberry was practical, but there was one phone that tried to break the mold and become both: The T-Mobile Sidekick. And for a moment in time, it did just that. All of the it-celebrities had one, and the phone did much more than talk and text.

Michael Beausoleil

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