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Hiptop 2 review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The Danger Hiptop2/Sidekick II was released in Canada in Spring 2005. The version tested was tri-band GSM world-phone (900/1800/1900 mhz) for use in almost all countries. It's sold as the Hiptop2 in Canada and sold under the Fido brand. In the US, it's branded as the T-Mobile Sidekick II. This handset was tested on the Fido & Rogers GSM networks in Vancouver, British Columbia area. Although the phone is SIM Locked (you can only use it on Fido), we were able to roam on Rogers with the Fido SIM. The phone will be referred to as the Hiptop2 throughout this review, but a lot of the information also applies to the Sidekick II.

Dimensions & Design

The Hiptop2 is quite similar in shape and design to the original version. It has a mass of about 184g (6.49oz), and takes up the space of 13.0 x 6.6 x 2.2 cm (5.12" x 2.6" x 0.87") (W x H x D). The first thing I noticed was the absence of an obvious power button. I searched and looked everywhere. I actually had to have a look at the manual to find it, and I’m a pretty tech savvy guy. I knew at that point that this wasn't going to be an easy phone to use.

The design is quite unique. When closed, all you have access to are the 4 buttons on the front. One to go to the main screen, one to go to the menu, one to close something and one to open something. There's a jog wheel on the right hand side & a 4-way button on the left hand side you can use to scroll through the menus or dial a phone number using the software based number keypad. To open the phone, you press on the tab at the bottom left of the screen. The screen flips up revealing the QWERTY keyboard underneath. On the back of the screen is the IMEI and the model number information, along with "SHARP ELECTRONICS. Made in Japan," printed quite clearly for all to see.

The keyboard buttons were small, but not that hard to use. They were nicely separated from each other, so it would be hard to press more then one by accident. The keyboard isn’t quite big enough to type normally. You really have to use your thumbs or fingers on this one, which is expected for a small handheld device. Dialling can be a pain sometimes because you either have to use the jog dial wheel, or flip the screen open to use the keypad inside, which I was hesitant to do in the heavy Vancouver rain.

On the bright side, the phone was sturdy and didn't creak, or squeak when I squeezed it. The screen was quite nice; nothing spectacular, but easy to read in all conditions. The VGA camera was pretty decent; pictures looked quite good (for a camera-phone) on both the Hiptop screen and a computer screen. You can view any pictures you take instantly on the Danger server, in our case, http://www.fidohiptop.ca, which was quite cool.

Coverage & RF

As I mentioned earlier, this is a tri-band GSM world-phone (900/1800/1900mhz) that will work not only within North America, but also in almost any other country in the world. The phone was able to pick up signal fairly well in weak areas, about the same as a friend’s Fido Motorola V400. It still struggled behind my unlocked Nokia 3595, the RF king, with another Fido SIM. For some reason, the Hiptop2 takes longer then most phones to find service. It usually took about 30-45 seconds after powering the phone on.

Sound Quality

This phone's incoming and outgoing sound quality is actually quite good. I was able to stand at the side of one of the busiest roads in the city and talk to Rogers' & Translink, the local bus authority's, voice recognition robots without any problems what so ever. Incoming sound is quite loud with the volume turned up. Again, standing at the side of a busy city road, I had no problem hearing the other party. It's quite clear. Almost as good as the Motorola V400 I compared it to, and better then my Nokia 3595.

Wireless Data, Web Browser, Email & Organiser

Unfortunately, this phone does not support EDGE, which is the current standard for data on GSM based Networks. Fido does not yet officially support EDGE yet, but with the ongoing network integration with the Rogers network, they will soon enough. T-Mobile does not yet support EDGE either, and I am not aware of any plans to yet. Using the web browser on this device was quite annoying. It doesn't appear to work with Java or JavaScript, but to make it worse; it wouldn’t even load a page that had any java script in it at all. So, you can only view a very limited number of websites on the Internet, and those sites you can view, load very slowly. Even worse, the browser does not support WAP (a wireless internet protocol), so you are limited to slow HTML pages that often won't even load at all.

The "push" email on this device worked great. The "push" part means that you automatically receive any new email on your device without having to press any buttons to check your email, like you would have to on a normal data device. The email comes through Danger's server, so you have to forward your email to your Danger email, which was xxxxxxxx@fidohiptop.ca for us. It may be able to check POP3 email as well, but I was unable to get that feature to work properly. The organiser also worked very well. You can add appointments & reminders online at Danger's website, in Fido's case, http://www.fidohiptop.ca, and they'll automatically appear on your device, similar to Blackberry's service.

Battery

From the Fido Press Kit I received, the battery life should be 4.5hrs (talk time) and 2.5 days (standby). That claim is accurate.

Overall

This is a good device for someone who wants a good mixture between a personal organiser and a phone. It has a good show appeal. I got lots of attention when I had this device out on the bus. However, if you’re someone who wants a device to browse the internet on the go, look elsewhere. The browser on this device is not good.

This editorial review was written by Eric Johannsen / ejohan (ejohan[at]cellphones.ca).
All rights reserved. Copyright 2005. Used with permission.

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Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Sharp released the Hiptop 2 on March 8, 2005.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Hiptop 2's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
16 MB

Internal memory is 16 MB. An external, SD, MMC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sharp's performance ratings are 2.5 days standby time.

Hiptop 2 Specs

Overview
Release date March 8, 2005
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 16 MB
RAM 32 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.54 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Carrying case, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 2.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.6 x 2.2 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.9 in)
Weight 93 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Scroll wheel
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, MMC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Pre-installed
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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