Having gone through all three generations of Danger’s Sidekick phone (black/white, color, Sidekick II), I must say that this is hands down the best value for money for anyone who wants a cell phone with “always-on” Internet capabilities. It’s got great holistic design in terms of hardware/software (Danger Inc is made up of ex-Apple employees), which is especially important so users can breeze through their information while being on the move. In contrast, the Palm OS used to be simple, but now they’ve violated their own maxim, making it complicated (and sometimes atrociously buggy).
It’s with no surprise that I’m keeping an eye on what Danger Inc. has up their sleeves for their next generation of their affordable pda/phone. Howard Forum has a hilarious thread on what isn’t the Sidekick III, while NikeTalk has leaked photos of the Sidekick III apparently taken by a Danger employee.
Some of the 3rd generation upgrades are said to include:
1. Edge Network / Wi-Fi capabilities
2. Detachable battery
3. Mini sd card
4. Music player
6. Trackball (replacing the scroll wheel for mousing around?)
7. Slimmer build with rubber bumpers