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Jun 19, 2006, 11:12 PM   by Eric Lin

In Depth review of the sleek new Sidekick 3 for T-Mobile, with Video Tour and side-by-side comparison with Sidekick II.

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For years the Sidekick (or Hiptop for users not on T-Mobile) has been the it phone of the socialites from rich Hollywood stars to the local high school basketball star. The Sidekick put always-on push email, web browsing, instant messaging and yes, clunky voice calling in the hands of people who needed to be connected but didn't have corporate needs or corporate budgets.

The Sidekick 3 offers all of the same functionality and ease of use that the first two models are known for, only now Danger and T-Mobile have packed it in a sleeker, faster package. The handset is finally small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket or be held in the hand during a call. With the addition of Bluetooth, it's no longer necessary to even hold the Sidekick during a call.

The Sidekick has also been updated with a 1.3 Megapixel camera and music player. Between these updates and the upgrade to faster EDGE data, the Sidekick 3 is now on-par with most other mid-range handsets it competes against. If you prefer texting, email and IM over phone calls the Sidekick 3 is still one of the best choices for people who don't run a Blackberry server. But now it's a good phone for people who want all that and talk on the phone too.

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Jan 7, 2007, 1:39 AM

Ebay and SK3

Hi, I have a BB pearl now and I can not go on ebay and look at auctions, can you do that on the SK3? Thinking of trading it for the SK3. Any replys would be appreciated, thanks!

Nov 13, 2006, 7:40 PM

can u use an unlocked sidekick 3 with nextel?

i got nextel and i wanna get something more my style. Is it possible?

Jun 29, 2006, 1:25 AM

Can you make your own ringtones for the SK3?

I hate the t-mobile ones..

They have songs i heard in 1997 with new tags next to them, Lol..

But yeh, I really do hope where allowed to make our own this time!!
Nope, sorry. Hopefully they get some better ones.
I don't know why people keep insisting that you can't make your own ringtones for this phone.


I made all of my own ringtones for my Hiptop2. I can't imagine that the next model would be any different in this regard. You're limited to...
there is something in the user manual that says you can, but it's hard to figure it out. the manual says something about connecting a headset then going to a ringtone selector pressing the left shoulder button then recording, i've been trying it but n...

Nov 4, 2006, 8:56 AM

google images on sk3

can anyone give me the answer to why the images don't load when searching on Google images, i have to guess what picture to select and then follow through with it until i can see what it is

Jun 30, 2006, 9:15 AM

Sidekick secrets

Hidden snowboarding game is still there. I guess they are gonna leave it there in all of em. anyone know of any other "secrets" in the sk3 yet?
what do you mean hidden games?
this is only for sidekick 3
try menu+shift+right shoulder on any screen and you can email the picture to yourself and if you have picture transfer you can have a new wallpaper without having to connect to a computer. but remember to rename it, it wil...

Jul 24, 2006, 10:56 AM

Frames on web pages?

I just got the tmobile SDA and am still within the exchange time limit. I have a site that I need to access when I am on the road that uses frames. Does this sidekick 3 allow entrance on a site that uses frames? The SDA does not...though I have not yet downloaded the Opera version of web browser to see if that one allows it.
yes, it will let you access framed pages, but it's a bit problematic if you have more than one frame on a page. when you open a page that has frames on it you'll get a message of frames on there, the problem is if there are multiple frames, you have t...

Jul 6, 2006, 12:21 PM

Is SunCom ging to get the SK3?

Everyone who writes in this thing seems to know twice as much as me about the phone. So is SunCom going to replace the old sk2 in their service with the new sk3?

Please help!
Yes, except it is called a Hiptop 3.

http://www.suncom.com/hiptop3/ »

Jul 5, 2006, 9:19 PM

IM on the sidekick

is there a set limit of people you can have on your buddy list for aim?
No, there is no limit.

Jun 28, 2006, 7:48 PM

please help

can anyone convince me to buy this sk3?

or convince me NOT to buy it?

is it really worth $400

how is the service?
See my comparison between the IPAQ, Blackberry, MDA, and SKII. It depends what you want. If you want a PDA type device that can do everything except clean your house, don't get it. If you want a fun device that has VERY good messaging and enough of...

Jul 4, 2006, 9:55 PM

do you get charged....... * please help ?

extra for texting to canada, europe, mexico (etc.) with the sidekick data plan??
Messages to international numbers from the US are $0.15 each. That's from the T-Mobile website. Incoming messages are free, since the Sidekick plan includes unlimited text messaging. I know from personal use that to Mexico they're 15 cents, so I as...

Jul 4, 2006, 7:22 PM

Question about the 'real interent web browser'

Hey...If someone coiuld help answer this question id really appreciate it...About the internet browser...can you actually go on websites such as google or facebook or phonescoop or do the websites have to have an agreement...do u think u could explain it to me please thanks
i think you can get onto most websites, the problem is that the format won't be that great & videos on websites won't play. i know that you can get onto google and myspace because i've done it. i'm not sure about other websites. && idk about the agree...

Jun 20, 2006, 2:10 AM

Huge, Crappy Screen & Expensive!

For $300 you get a piece of Crap. The Screen itself is an absolute turn off, for the money your getting ripped off hardcore!
If you want the features of this phone plus alot better screen and more feartures your far better off buying a PDA phone like the Q, Treo, XV6700, Samsung I730 Etc.

What where they thinking???????
Its a sidekick..unfortunitally..most people looking to buy this device are not very interested in that things that we would be interested in...They are in terested in owning it cause it "hot"...The second 50 cent..or..Snoop or Paris Hilton has one..ev...

Jul 3, 2006, 2:51 PM

Battery Life, is anyone else noticing this?

I got my sk3 on June 29. What's up with the battery life? it can't keep up!! I haven't change my usual usage and the sk3 is dying on me a few hours before the time that I usualy charge it. With my old sk2 I was able to do everthing and I would still have at least 2 battery bars before charging everynight. Is anyone else noticing this???
i woulden't know. i can't get it til the 10th! 😕 if the battery is THAT bad maybe i shouldent get it? are you constantly on it? (phone or IM)
We've had our demo model since the 27th and have had no issues with battery life. There may a few things that are affecting your battery with your SK3 that was never an issue with your old SK2. 1)It is now a removable battery. Any battery that can ...

Jun 30, 2006, 7:01 PM

sidekick voice and data plans

do i have to purchase both? or can i just get a data plan? and on the tmo website, if u click sidekick data plan -- under email it says none. yet under the plan description it says that you have unlimited email?? whatsup with this?

is there email or not?
There is a Sidekick only plan for $29.99/mo. This plan is just like the sidekick add-on feature for $19.99/mo but the Sidekick only plan does not include any voice minutes (voice-barred). This will include unlimited email, text messaging, IM, and we...

Jul 2, 2006, 5:06 PM


Ok first off i was reading all the stuff people are writing about the sidekick3 its funny how things get so blown up so fast. well first off everyone thinks paris was the first to get the sidekick3 but in fact it was mc hammer cause he is their spokes person. second of the camera does in-fact suck! its not clear its alittle fuzzy. other then that its a ok phone and data device. there is NOT video on the sidekick 3 !! also t-mobile only sent two stores the sidekick 3 to upgrading customers because t-mobile only had a lotted amount of the sidekick 3's and so there for only 2 stores have them till t-mobile gets their next amount of them. oh and its not water proof haha i droped mine in water 😢
who cares

Jul 2, 2006, 4:36 PM

skII keypad in the SKIII

Is there a reason the more rubbery keypad from the SK2 couldn't be put in a SK3?
people were pissed off by like the letters peeling and fading or whatever

Jun 29, 2006, 11:27 PM

Does anyone know how many sk3's that each individual t mobile store will be recieving at first

Does anyone know how many sk3's each individual tmobile store with be recieving on the first shipping?
were getting 50, but were one of the bigger stores in the market

Jun 29, 2006, 9:38 PM

i can't find any stores around here with the sk3

most of the stores in my area that i have had access to don't have the sk3 and they're expceting it to come in in SEPTEMBER wtf mate? what happened to june 28th!!!
There was only 2 stores in the whole U. S. that had the sk3 on June 28th, one in Santa Monica, Cali and one in Madison Ave. NYC. They only lasted a few hrs. The official release is July 10 for general public. If you are already a T-mobile costumer you...

Jun 29, 2006, 9:56 PM

does anyone actually have the sk3 yet???

🙄 pros and cons?
I have the sidekick 3 and I'm loving it. It takes a little bit of getting used to. One of the things I noticed is the sound..It's not as loud as the sk2. I guess t-mobile is going for a more professional look. The music player is pretty good although ...

Jun 20, 2006, 12:57 AM

Sidekick 2.5

Minor upgrades , same phone new case meh
EDGE, Bluetooth a memory card slot and an improved camera are *minor* upgrades? whoa man, what's it take to make major upgrades in your book?
In my opinion, they changed what was absolutely necessary but intentionally kept it from competing with higher-priced phones that have everything. The have a good niche in the market with young people who probably aren't going to spend more than $300...
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