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.
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.
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.
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.
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