Archive for May, 2011

Goodnight Hiptop: A Wake for Danger

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Danger servers shutdown today. It’s hard to put into words the impact that Danger and the Hiptop had on the entire wireless industry, as well as me personally. I know that it also played a personal role in a large number of people’s lives.

For a trip down memory lane you can check out the Sidekick timeline and Geekwire has a recap of the history of the Sidekick.

Some other blasts from the past for Sidekick die-hards:
– The old blue camera that plugged into the headphone port that only did 120×90 pixels?
– The excitement of the silver camera that let you take 320×240 pictures!
– The Hiptop Halloween Hunts
Danger’s Official Timeline (circa 2007)
– Remember 10 Pin Bowling? Blockade? Cognet? HipPaint? the hacked Google Maps application?
– How about all the code names? Shuriken, Gekko, Zante, m1, m2, Aspen, Blade
– The rise and fall (thanks to Popular Science) of the Developer keys.
– hiptopinfo.com, hiptop.com, hiptop.bedope.com, skdr.net, skholla.com, The Danger Zone, hiptop411.com, hipalbum.com, and more…
– Discovering the hidden feature of custom themes. Thanks Jurai!
– T-Mobile’s Sidekick/Grammy tour and all the release parties
– The countless FCC leaks
– The Snoop Dogg commercial where he was asking for help with his laundry
– Who remembers Johnny Chase?

And last but not least.. where’s my cat remote?

If you’ve got a story or a memory to share about the Sidekick, please leave it in the comments. We’d love to hear how it touched other people too.

Review of Sidekick 4G Forums

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Those of you that picked up a new Sidekick 4G probably already know that the old Sidekick forums (aka “Powered by Danger” or “hiptop.com”) are no longer geared towards the new Android based Sidekick. We also have no plans on spinning the old forums back up.

But fear not! Mike (aka @ncmacasl), a long time Hiptop3.com contributor, went on the hunt for new forums to chat about the new Sidekick. Here are his notes:

Android Central’s Forum (5 of 5 Stars)
– Devoted “Sidekick 4G” forum section
– special sub-section on rooting the Sidekick 4G
– 26+ threads so far / 100s-1,000s of views so far in each thread
– Can subscribe to forum updates

Phandroid.com’s “Android Forums” (4 of 5 Stars)
– Devoted “Sidekick 4G” forum section
– special sub-section on rooting the Sidekick 4G
– 15+ threads so far / 248,505 views so far in this forum
– Can subscribe to forum updates

XDA Developers Forum (4 of 5 stars)
– Devoted “Sidekick 4G” forum section
– Good site for Rooting info, nice Tips & Tricks Section
– 55+ threads so far
– Can subscribe to forum updates

Samsung Questions Page for Sidekick 4G (Model SGH-T839) (3.5 of 5 stars)
– 34 posts, all seem to be answered by knowledgeable Samsung Staffers.
– Also has 7 How-To videos

T-Mobile.com Forums (3 of 5 Stars)
– 100+ posts, very few answers. Occasionally you will get an answer from a knowledgeable user, or even less often by a T-Mobile staffer.
– Can subscribe to forum updates

Android.net “Worldwide Android Forum” (2 of 5 Stars)
– Devoted “Sidekick 4G” forum section
– 1 thread so far / 53 views so far

Android Community (1 of 5 Stars)
– No specially Devoted “Sidekick 4G” section
– very few posts regarding Sidekick 4G
– Can use Search to find individual threads mentioning “sidekick”

Phone Scoop’s Forum
– Devoted “Sidekick 4G” forum section
– 1 post

Sidekick 4G for $29.99 on Amazon

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Want a Sidekick 4G for only $29.99? Head on over to Amazon and grab one:

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, Matte Black – $29.99

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, Pearl Magenta – $29.99