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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.

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

What Do You Think of the Sidekick 4G?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

It’s out, a lot of you got one. What do you think? Did T-Mobile do the Sidekick name justice?

We’d love to hear your opinions, any tips you have for people, and what you think this means for the future of the Sidekick.

If you haven’t gotten a Sidekick 4G yet, what are you waiting for? They’re available on T-Mobile right now for only $99!

Buy a Sidekick 4G – Magenta

Buy a Sidekick 4G – Black

Sidekick 4G at Radioshack on April 20th

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

No official word from T-Mobile, but Radioshack let it slip that they’ll be selling the Sidekick 4G on April 20th. That means current Sidekick users won’t have to use a temporary phone after the May 31st shut off of the existing Sidekick service. You’ll be able to jump directly to the new Sidekick!

via TmoNews

New Sidekick 4G Videos from T-Mobile

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A couple more videos about the Sidekick 4G from T-Mobile:

So Many Sidekick 4G Hands Ons! A Roundup

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Seems like today is National Get Your Hands On a Sidekick 4G Day. A number of hands-on reviews of the new Sidekick are streaming in from CTIA in Orlando. Here’s the ones that have been posted so far:

LaptopMag: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Video Hands-on: Great Keyboard, Funky UI

  • This iconic messaging device continues the storied Sidekick legacy with a very familiar look and feel but also adds the power of Android to the mix, all for $99.

PCMag: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G: Hands On

  • “The Sidekick looks even better in person than it does in photos.”
  • “The Sidekick is an Android 2.2.1 phone with some pretty heavy customizations, but I think they’re good looking.”
  • “Three customizable colored LEDs along the top of the screen play the role of the old “disco ball,” telling you about new messages.”
  • “The Sidekick felt even zippier than the usual Samsung Galaxy S phone, which was surprising given that they share the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor.”

PCWorld: Hands-On with the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

  • “The Sidekick 4G’s keyboard rocks.”
  • “The user interface is basically an updated version of the old Sidekick OS’s, but with some Samsung touches here and there.”

MSNBC: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G: The phone your kids will want

  • “The device is solid and felt comfortable in our hands whether we were using the full keyboard or the touchscreen. The phone has a secure sliding mechanism which we actually found ourselves preferring over the swivel mechanism of past Sidekick generations.”
  • “The Sidekick 4G will be available later this year and will be priced at $99.99 (after a $50 rebate and with a 2-year service agreement with an unlimited data plan).”

AndroidCommunity: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-On – with video and lots of pics

  • “The phone is clearly made for folks who like to text, type, or otherwise message one another, as the entire Sidekick line has always been, and the addition of Android has blasted its insides into outer space in a way that I can only describe as the most ambitious user interface modification ever applied to Android.”
  • “This device even marks its info screen differently than the average Android phone, marking its version of Android as “Firmware version: 2.2.1″ and its Build number as FROYO.UVKCB. You could also note the model number if you felt so inclined here, SGH-T839.”
  • “Lots of apps seem to be integrated in like qik for video chat, Media Hub, Visual Voicemail, wifi calling, group text, and the sweetly touted Cloud Texting which will allow you to pretty much chat from whichever device you’ve got to whichever other device you’ve got one it’s released in earnest.”
  • “There’s not too much NEW to say about the hardware as it’s essentially the same model T-Mobile has been Sidekickin’ since back in the day, but with Android running around inside, there’s some magic going on.”

BGR: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on!

  • “…despite our initial fears that it would be a lackluster device compared to the high-end beauties recently announced, we were pretty pleased with what the Sidekick 4G offers.”
  • “It felt well built and its display hinge felt very sturdy when we popped it open to reveal the keyboard.”
  • “The Sidekick 4G has a 3-megapixel camera but sadly, it lacks a flash. For those up on video-chatting, however, there’s also a front-facing camera.”

cnet reviews: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets priced, hands-on treatment

  • “The new Sidekick will cost $99.99 with a two-year contract with unlimited data and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Alternatively, you can purchase the messaging handheld for $149.99 with a two-year service agreement and lower data plan, such as its 200MB data plan.”
  • “Instead, the Sidekick 4G has a slider design with a spring-loaded hinge. Sliding the phone open was generally easy, and the screen securely locks into place at a slight angle, so it’s easier to see when you’re using the keyboard.”
  • “It uses the Samsung TouchWiz user interface but the company has done even more tweaking on top of TouchWiz, including changes to the lock screen, menu shortcuts, and wallpaper.”
  • “The only missing part of the puzzle is the release date, which we’ll hopefully have soon, but so far, we think it will do pretty well with the young’uns.”

Engadget: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung priced at $99.99 with a two-year contract, we go hands-on – with video

  • “Much like its Sidekick 3 and iD older brothers, the slightly-curved keys are almost perfectly spaced, and while they aren’t rubbery like those on the Sidekick LX, they do have a nice smooth coating.”
  • “We admit we miss the 180-degree swivel, but the slider actually doesn’t feel half bad.”
  • Know of any hands-on reviews that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Hi-Res Pics of the Sidekick 4G

Sunday, March 20th, 2011


Samsung released some hi-res photos of the Sidekick 4G in case you want a super close look at it before you get one in your hands.

First Official T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Video

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

We’re a bit behind in the news as we’re still getting over the hangover from SXSW. But while we were gone, T-Mobile has gone and dropped all sorts of news on the new Sidekick 4G. Here’s a video they released a couple days ago.

T-Mobile Sign-up for info on Sidekick 4G

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Want to get official notices from T-Mobile about the 4G? There’s a sign-up page up on sidekick.com now.

Sidekick 4G In The Wild! Pics!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The moment so many loyal Sidekick fans have been waiting for… meet the Sidekick 4G!

It’s not the sexiest phone I’ve seen, but the physical layout of the 5 row keyboard gives me great hope for this new device. It’s very similar to the layout of the Sidekick LX 2009 keyboard, however most of the alt keys have been moved around which I’m sure will annoy some long time users to death. The Sidekick keyboard has remained virtually identical since the Sidekick II, why mess with it? Also the side buttons appear to be rearranged too, with the Menu button on the upper right and the Jump Menu button on the top left now re-branded as “Home” since it will be running Android.

Other things we can glean from these photos: we’re getting a camera (no big surprise), the trackball still exists, there’s a new Sidekick logo icon on the top right of the screen, we’ve lost the Call/End buttons, there’s a headphone port on the bottom left, much like the SK LX 09, we’ve lost the directional pad (another staple since the beginning), etc.

But the big thing that I know is going to upset people: it slides, not swivels.

Pics via TmoNews

UPDATE: Another pic showing that the Sidekick 4G is running Android 2.2.1