Judging by Danger's FCC filing, this update may be released or at least announced by late August. The FCC's got 13 exhibits. I downloaded the pdf of 4 external photos and the entire user manual. Nice manual, few specs.
As some of you will recall, I was the proud owner of a color Sidekick for two weeks a year ago. I really liked it but panicked and at the last minute bought a P800 instead. The thumboard has left an indelible impression in my fingers. I'm still pining away for it.
Since my contract with T-Mobile ends on June 26th, I'm shopping for a phone. The Sidekick II could have been it. Just so you don't get your expectations up too high for this, though - there are some major disappointments - it seems that there's:
- No Bluetooth
- No memory card slot.
- No high rez screen - still 240x160 it looks like.
- Just GPRS.
- Slim to none third party apps - still.
Here's what's new and cool about the II:
- 3/4th the thickness of the original - still on the thick side but thinner.
- built-in camera *with flash*.
If you can somehow live without Bluetooth and want an all-in-one cellular PDA with a built-in keyboard and don't care about third party apps, this may be your phone. As long as you are mainly using it for texting, you should be fine with the GPRS speed.
Dang it, though! First, the sexy Treo 600 has a tiny 160x160 screen and no Bluetooth and now, the Sidekick II seems to have similar problems (not quite as bad screenwise but still) and the Sidekick II adds insult to injury by leaving out a memory card. Oh well...