We have held the sidekick 3

Yours truly was able to encounter a Sidekick 3 in the wild yesterday. The owner actually knew of hiptop3.com and was kind enough to let us play with the device after we wiped off the drool. There are no pictures because they were under NDA for another week. I got about 10 minutes to mess around with it. Some things that were noticed:
– The trackball is weird at first, feels real flimsy, but you get used to it
– Jump menus have sub items that have a pretty cool transition when rolling the ball to the right
– The MP3 player is called Music Player, and can play MP3s out of the speaker on the back of the device, not sure if it will play over bluetooth headsets
– The corner buttons (Jump, Back, etc) are smaller and take some getting used to
– HipCat was an available ringtone in the catalog, but there were no signs of the rumoured “Hiptunes” or any sort of song download option
– We didn’t have a ruler, but holding it up to the Sidekick II it seemed to be about the same size. No significant change

Many thanks to the owner for letting us take a peek! 🙂

80 Responses to “We have held the sidekick 3”

  1. Cool6324 Says:

    GreekPharoah on June 18, 2006 at 9:28 pm said:

    akadrez: Can you tell me where the store is exactly? I wanna check it out (I’m in NYC too)

    Ya Boy B: Don’t quote me on this but I think it’s illegal for them not to provide insurance. Either way, money is made off of insurance purchases. That is why the seller of the device (whether the device be a cell phone or ipod or almost any expensive high tech device) always asks you to purchase it. Yes, there were many problems with the SK 2 but there were also probably people who owned insurance who never had to use it, which equates to a considerable profit. Basically what I’m saying is no I haven’t heard of this and I’m willing to bet it will never happen.

    But since everyone has a story here is mine. I was at the mall yesterday and stopped by a T-Mobile authorised dealer “kiosk”. I spoke to a man who was the owner of the “kiosk” and said “when the SK3 comes out will you sell it?” he said in all honesty “yes”. I then asked “when will you be selling it?” and he again said in all honesty “August”. When I told him that I heard it will be out in July he said “I don’t know about T-Mobile or any other stores but I will be selling it in August”. Now, obviously the SK3 can be out beofre OR after August but the point was as far as he was concearned he was selling it in 2 months.

    Not trying to add on to the rumor. But it isn’t illegal for a provider to not insure a device. Cingular who uses LL(Lockline) will not insure any pda device.

  2. GreekPharoah Says:

    I actually commented on the JustBlaze pic a while ago after this comment:

    youngeurow on June 19, 2006 at 7:30 am said:

    Who is that?

    My comment is still “awaiting moderation”. I’ll try again. The pic is NOT a fake.

    GreekPharoah on June 19, 2006 at 8:51 am said:

    It is NOT photoshopped. That is well known hip hop producer JustBlaze. The picture was taken from his real MySpace page. He has no reason to make a fake picture. Also you can notice that his finger makes a shadow on the device. I’m no photoshop expert but I don’t think that can be done with photoshop. Also, in the picture the device is backwards. The trackball is on our left and the D-pad is on our right. Also all of the letters/buttons are revearsed. This is due to a standard “mirror” web-cam setting. The link that zman posted is from the sidekick3.blogspot website but the pic and MySpace link were originally posted on the HipTop forums way before the Blogspot got it. Here is the MySpace link: http://www.myspace.com/justblazeradio The people at the HipTop forums seem to have “confrimed” its authenticity.

    And thanks akadrez for the T-Mobile address…Imma go check it out 😀

  3. GreekPharoah Says:

    Ok that did’nt work. I think that comment needs moderation because I posted a link to JustBlaze’s MySpace. I’ll repost my comment without the link.

    It is NOT photoshopped. That is well known hip hop producer JustBlaze. The picture was taken from his real MySpace page. He has no reason to make a fake picture. Also you can notice that his finger makes a shadow on the device. I’m no photoshop expert but I don’t think that can be done with photoshop. Also, in the picture the device is backwards. The trackball is on our left and the D-pad is on our right. Also all of the letters/buttons are revearsed. This is due to a standard “mirror” web-cam setting. The link that zman posted is from the sidekick3.blogspot website but the pic and MySpace link were originally posted on the HipTop forums way before the Blogspot got it. The people at the HipTop forums seem to have “confrimed” its authenticity.

    If you want to check out the original pic’s location, go to MySpace and do a search for JustBlaze. His MS member name is: justblazeradio

    And thanks akadrez for the T-Mobile address…Imma go check it out 😀

  4. GreekPharoah Says:

    Ok that did’nt work either lol Just wait until the Admin approves it…

  5. zman Says:

    Can cuban get in trouble for saying anything about the sk3, is he under nda also?

  6. facelykemurder Says:

    i have a feeling they will give us a official release date for the public for sure on wed cause come on they are having the release party – i dunno i kinda just have a feeling they will. im going to stop into T-mobile after work and see if i can find anything out.

  7. paige Says:

    hey smubound,is customer service a 24 hour thing?

  8. smubound Says:

    Yes customeer service for tmo customers is 24/7

  9. AJ Says:

    zman, how did you get sk3?

  10. RockStarr Says:

    I hope that reach-around you gave him was worth the look at the sk3.
    Was that before or after your orgy?

  11. jonjon Says:

    im just wondering but, if u take a close look at just blaze’s sidekick3 pic the screen looks like its covered with a sticker thing.. the screen looks like its covered… can someone explain

  12. zman Says:

    i dont have a sk3 lol, where u get that from

  13. zman Says:

    i see the sticker, it might be there so he cant show the menu or anything, since it hasnt been officaily released

  14. paige Says:

    wait,how did you even get to see the sidekick 3?you saw someone walking around with it or you talked a t-mobile rep or what

  15. smubound Says:

    The sticker might be the protective covering that comes on phone screens

  16. jonjon Says:

    maybe but it looks all sloppy… w/e

  17. facelykemurder Says:

    ight kids after 3 different t mobile visits on the way home from work

    all i got was

    july. mid-july around the 20th. and then i even heard in the fall.

    and that was from some dood who totally asked me on a date.

    gah

  18. ohshhitscarl Says:

    what sticker? there is no sticker.
    i think what you all are looking at is the shadow of the inlayed screen and the plastic cover that comes with all of the Sidekick phones, where “T-Mobile” is. The phone is just simply off.
    Take another look, something is covering the light from hitting the top of the phone, and the light hits under it making the depth of the device visible.

  19. GreekPharoah Says:

    Looks like the next 24 hours should be interesting. Not only will we have the launch party but I hear that some (if not, all) peoples NDA expires and we might be getting reveiws and more specs of it as well as a price and release date.

  20. n64ssb Says:

    ya cant wait. tomorrow may be a big day.

    Smubound, if you find anything out when u call customer service make sure u email the admin. also post it as a comment in the most recent news thing.

  21. johnnycake Says:

    go to engadget.com

  22. GoTrojans_12 Says:

    Just incase nobody has gone to http://www.sidekick.com it shows the OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE AND ACTUAL PICTURES! THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SIDEKICK WEB PAGE FROM T-MOBILE!!!!!! SO ITS OFFICIAL GUYS THE SK3 IS ON IT’S WAY!!

  23. youngeurow Says:

    Its here ******* http://help.sidekick.dngr.com/en-us/manual/m2/R3.0/Desktop/

  24. smubound Says:

    yes, yes, yes!!! It’s up!! http://www.sidekickiii.com it’s official date for release is 7/10/06 release for exsisting tmo customers for upgrade is the 28th of this month!!! EXCITING!!! Customer service still doesn’t know nething of course…oh well…ITS HERE!!!

  25. zman Says:

    IT HAS MMS!!!

  26. Administrator Says:

    just to answer a few comment questions that don’t warrant a full post:

    the owner requested they remain unidentified, so we can’t tell you, sorry.

    the music seemed to be coming from the back. I couldn’t hear it well until I lifted it and put the back to my ear. In all honesty it was dark and on a beach. The next morning we wondered about the location of the speaker as we had forgotten to check. sorry!

    they were under NDA “for about a week or so” was what we were told. as you can see this was because the device wasn’t officially launched until today.

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