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My partner Greg Galanos led the first round investment in Danger, the company that makes the T-Mobile Sidekick. I’ve loved it since the day the Sidekick 1 came out and – over the past five years – have tried pretty much every other mobile / data device and always come back to my Sidekick.
I got my Sidekick 3 a few days before heading to Alaska. I didn’t expect it to work up here (my Sidekick 2 didn’t work last summer – T-Mobile’s service wasn’t strong enough.) Imagine my surprise when I showed up and it worked perfectly. I’ve had two weeks of it now and it is a simply awesome product.
Greg pointed me to a great review of the Sidekick 3 on the hiptop.com site. The author totally nails why this is such a great product. The brilliance of the company has been that they’ve known their demographic and stuck to it (hint – I’m not in the demographic.) Amazingly, with each interation, the product adds more distance from the alternatives.
After several years of trying to explain to people the difference between a Sidekick and a Blackberry, I finally settled on a straightforward analogy. Sidekick: Blackberry = Mac:Windows. That kind of says it all.