With the convenience and popularity of the T-Mobile Sidekick device for mobile messaging, it was only a matter of time until someone else tried to replicate the form factor and make something similar.
This time it’s Nokia, which has filed a patent application for a device that looks pretty much like a Sidekick, with a little twist:
Instead of making just a simple slider, with a screen part sliding up and revealing QWERY keyboard, Nokia decided to add a turning part on the side as an opening device. To open the screen, you have to turn the handle 180 degrees.
Such a set-up may add some more stability to the overall arrangement, though I’m not sure that it would be better then the original Sidekick.
On the other hand, if Danger (designer of Sidekick) has some patents of it’s own, protecting Sidekick form factor, this may be Nokia’s way of going around them.
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