The Sidekick 3 has landed

We apologize for the lack of updates in the last few days. We’ve been playing, proking, and prodding around our Sidekick 3 non-stop since Friday.
With our exploration of the Sidekick 3 and its secrets, we’ve come to realize that there is a ton of functionality that isn’t even being taken of advantage yet. While we can’t reveal these details due to the NDA agreement with Danger, we can say you guys will be very happy with the device within the next few months.
So far we’ve heard three main complaints, (a) ringtones/apps/games, (b) slow browser, (c) battery life.

Ringtones/Apps/Games
Like most people we were a little disappointed to see that apps and ringtones aren’t transferring over, but we kind of understand from a business perspective, it is a new phone. People complaining about the lack of apps and games should be patient. With the Sidekick 3 there were a lot of changes in the OS that require work on these older applications in order to make them work right. Even the splash screen for all apps has to be changed! We hope that all games and apps will be ported over soon, but ultimately it’s up to the programmers to do this. The lack of ringtones, well that’s just T-Mobile and we’re not happy either having to pay for the same ringtones that came free on the Sidekick II.

Slow Browser
Like everyone else we had some difficulty with keeping G and loading webpages the first few days. This has gotten a lot better in the last 24 hours or so. when a webpage does load, boy does it scream! I was so used to switching over to AIM or email while waiting for a webpage to load, and now with some pages I don’t even have time for that. Keep in mind that this is a new device, and I’m sure it’s putting some strain on Danger’s servers. Give them some time to tweak the servers and I’m sure things will be running smoother and faster than ever.

Battery Life
I’ve seen in passing some comments about battery life. Since we haven’t done any conclusive testing, we’re not sure how much merit is in these complaints. We do recommend you charging the battery fully, then letting it drain all the way, rinse & repeat. This will help condition the battery to get the full amount of life out of it. If anyone wants to do some serious battery testing and has results, let us know. We’re talking “I unplugged with 100% battery at 7:23pm, received a phone call for 23 minutes, browsed the web for 15, etc.” type research, not “uhh yeah, it lasted for 5 hours.” Additionally, there are companies already working on new extended life batteries, so those should be out soon.

To wrap things up, we’re very happy with the Sidekick 3. It has lived up to most of its hype, and will only continue to get better. To all those that have received the blessings from UPS and have received their Sidekick 3, we hope you’re enjoying it! For everyone waiting on UPS or the 10th, hang in there.

Before you comment on this post, think about what you’re posting. If it relates directly to this info, go ahead, but if it’s unrelated please head over to the forums and post it where it’s easier to carry on a conversation. Thanks!

218 Responses to “The Sidekick 3 has landed”

  1. AcE Says:

    Great… I’m #201…… Like harlemz_dominican said, we want to use everything that the phone has to offer. It had MMS and other features, but they were taken away. Maybe if the manual didn’t say we HAD these features, we wouldnt get mad and complain.

    Say you wanted to buy a computer from Sony. Sony says it comes with a screen, speakers, keyboard, mouse, and cpu. Lets just say Best buy is the only store you can buy it from. So you buy it but you only get the cpu and the mouse… Wouldn’t you get mad……….??

    But I’m not really mad if it doesn’t have MMS. Go to http://www.Hiptools.net/SMS if you wanna send pix to a regular cell phone…

  2. murdermittenmatt Says:

    http://www.shieldzone.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&searchstart=140&keywords=all&category=0001&template=style/2.0/Storebuilder_Type1.html

    there you go. BEST ******* SCREEN PROTECTOR availible. and they have one that covers your entire front face of the sk3.

    i ordered the whole front face one, good value for only a few dollars more.

    mine is on reserve at tmobile. my bro”s gf works at a store and she has a sk3 on hold for me as well as a hipcase, just like the old leather ones they had for the sk2

  3. b-easy Says:

    yeah..umm.. how is everyone doing.. lol.. wow thats alott.. so does anyone else think its worth tha money.. cus right now i think so.. n i ONLY want to hear from ppl that have it.. not some ericson b/s lol…. because i dont care for the ericsons……

  4. darkestknights Says:

    hagala on July 5, 2006 at 3:06 am said:

    i got my sk3 on june 28th been using it since. i’ve had numerous problems like others but the main one is the battery draining so i did bunch of tests here is one that is so off my meter shows 401% remaining (this is after i completely drained it a day before) and charged it up next day and seeing it at 401% and stuck (wont move) so I had to do a hard reset and it shows 95% so here is a screenshot:

    http://www.keyend.com/screenshot.jpg

    HOW DO YOU GET THE BATTERY LIFE TO BE AT 401?

    MINE WONT GO ABOVE 100~!

  5. harlemz_dominican Says:

    darkestknights on July 7, 2006 at 11:08 am said:

    hagala on July 5, 2006 at 3:06 am said:

    i got my sk3 on june 28th been using it since. i’ve had numerous problems like others but the main one is the battery draining so i did bunch of tests here is one that is so off my meter shows 401% remaining (this is after i completely drained it a day before) and charged it up next day and seeing it at 401% and stuck (wont move) so I had to do a hard reset and it shows 95% so here is a screenshot:

    http://www.keyend.com/screenshot.jpg

    HOW DO YOU GET THE BATTERY LIFE TO BE AT 401?

    MINE WONT GO ABOVE 100~!

    The batter draining problem, is not really a problem…when I got my sk3 the sales rep told me my battery would drain quicker than on the sk3 supposedly because EDGE never stops looking for service so it eats the battery up….in my mind I am now thinking, if this is the case then how come it randomly disconnects lol…but yeah that might be it…or maybe I’m wrong n ur battery is really fucked up…what do I know??

    My battery is lasting a long time so no complaints…I use the mp3 player a lot so can’t complain about battery life, its not an Ipod…the sleep feature is great tho I lasted with one stick of battery all night and didn’t die…the blinking trackball is rather annoying though

  6. harlemz_dominican Says:

    murdermittenmatt on July 7, 2006 at 10:41 am said:

    http://www.shieldzone.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&searchstart=140&keywords=all&category=0001&template=style/2.0/Storebuilder_Type1.html

    there you go. BEST ******* SCREEN PROTECTOR availible. and they have one that covers your entire front face of the sk3.

    i ordered the whole front face one, good value for only a few dollars more.

    mine is on reserve at tmobile. my bro”s gf works at a store and she has a sk3 on hold for me as well as a hipcase, just like the old leather ones they had for the sk2

    Yeah I like the guarantee they give you…but I would be more com.fortable if I could see the screen protector…not just the sk3…the sk3 has an irregular shape so I want to see if the protector fits the whole thing well and “invisibly”

  7. harlemz_dominican Says:

    murdermittenmatt on July 7, 2006 at 10:41 am said:

    http://www.shieldzone.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&searchstart=140&keywords=all&category=0001&template=style/2.0/Storebuilder_Type1.html

    there you go. BEST ******* SCREEN PROTECTOR availible. and they have one that covers your entire front face of the sk3.

    i ordered the whole front face one, good value for only a few dollars more.

    mine is on reserve at tmobile. my bro”s gf works at a store and she has a sk3 on hold for me as well as a hipcase, just like the old leather ones they had for the sk2

    Yeah I like the guarantee they give you…but I would be more comfortable if I could see the screen protector…not just the sk3…the sk3 has an irregular shape so I want to see if the protector fits the whole thing well and “invisibly”

  8. harlemz_dominican Says:

    Sorry for double post…tried to fix typo on sk3..thought it hadn’t gone through…

    QUESTION!!!

    Is anyone else (who has their sk3) finding the close quarters of the X and hang up end button annoying while trying to jump pages? They don’t light up on the web and they’re so close I find myself exiting the browser often also I have rather big fingers…

  9. R Kritikal Says:

    why did somone just tell me about some sk3 forum? i keep all my topics on point and i never mislead, this isnt the “im horny over the sk3 forum” its your questions comments and concerns, thanks

  10. murdermittenmatt Says:

    Yeah I like the guarantee they give you…but I would be more comfortable if I could see the screen protector…not just the sk3…the sk3 has an irregular shape so I want to see if the protector fits the whole thing well and “invisibly”

    they are invisishields. they are amazing. i have one for my ipod and it really is invisible. people always ask how my ipod is in such good shape. and they dont go around corners if thats what you are asking so yes it will fit perfectly. meaning you wont have weird folds over the corners because the corners arent on the invisishield!

  11. harlemz_dominican Says:

    murdermittenmatt on July 7, 2006 at 9:15 pm said:

    Yeah I like the guarantee they give you…but I would be more comfortable if I could see the screen protector…not just the sk3…the sk3 has an irregular shape so I want to see if the protector fits the whole thing well and “invisibly”

    they are invisishields. they are amazing. i have one for my ipod and it really is invisible. people always ask how my ipod is in such good shape. and they dont go around corners if thats what you are asking so yes it will fit perfectly. meaning you wont have weird folds over the corners because the corners arent on the invisishield!

    let me know when you get urs maybe you could send me some pics or something i want to make sure it fits before i buy it…i need something to end this paranoia! im so worried about scratches lol

  12. C-LO21 Says:

    yea me 2 if u get it snd me sum pics to c it

  13. darkestknights Says:

    Here is a Screenshot of what happens when you click on all the different people on the Sidekick3.com website.

    http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/4416/skeggs7xl.png

    it says.

    CONGRATS!
    You uncovered the block party secrets!
    Check back on August 11 to find more hidden treats.

  14. cjinlb Says:

    After just having received my Sidekick 3 for 14 days, there was a short in my Sidekick. After draining the battery and turning off, I attempted to recharge it but received a message saying that after a few minutes of charging the unit will automatically turn itself back on. Well the unit has been plugged in for the last 3 hours and no longer does anything and not even show that message. Replacing the battery and charger did not help as well. Get ready for some of the problems with the Sidekick to hit the news.

  15. C-LO21 Says:

    buddy jus cuzz ur sidekick has problems dnt mean sat all of dem are bad u idiot…….every phone or gagdet dat comes out will always have at least 2% of their product dat are defective…….

  16. sr24vlz Says:

    Maybe its just me but its waaaaay past the tenth, and all I got was 2 or 3 apps and 2 or 3 games….seen no comercials… THE ALARM CLOCK gees, couldn’t even put that…I love this phone though…my everyday planner,24/7 contact with my friends, life saving “ok” entertainment in extreme boring situations, news cath up, weather of the day, works well with myspace, bummed out on hotmail though…can’t really complain much, other than the fact that tmobile would block most of the goodie features, hopefully they’ve considered and will give us some on august 11th,…..great phone, no dropped calls so far( have it since the 28th of june) everyone has different needs so if ur hating the sk3 just keep it to urself

  17. Reverse Cell Phone Says:

    Dave

    Interesting topic… I’m working in this industry myself and I don’t agree about this in 100%, but I added your page to my bookmarks and hope to see more interesting articles in the future

  18. Anonymous Says:

    hmmm idk



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