T-Mobile Sidekick II / Danger Hiptop 2

T-Mobile Sidekick II / Danger Hiptop 2
The Sidekick2 / Hiptop2 is a half-ounce heavier, .6″ longer, but is slightly (.2″) thinner than the Hiptop. The screen rotates simlarly to reveal a larger keyboard, but with the keys arranged in straight rows, as opposed to the original curved design. The Hiptop2’s keyboard includes several more keys, as well. The large buttons on the left side of the device are still “menu” and “jump”, but between them is a rectangular translucent “directional pad” (“D-Pad”) that acts as the phone speaker. The pad has multi-colored LEDs behind it, as opposed to the scrollwheel in the Hiptop. On the right side are now two buttons (“cancel” and “done/back”) with the scrollwheel in-between. The scrollwheel is positioned over a back-lit rocker switch which functions as “end call/page up” (up/red phone icon) and “send call/page down” (down/green phone icon).

A section of the rubber bumper on the top-left edge of the phone lifts up to reveal a SIM card slot. Also on the top edge are the “shoulder buttons”, which change functionality depending on what application the device is in.

Along the bottom edge is volume-up, volume down on the left side and power on the right.

The right edge of the phone contains (from the top down) the hands-free headset jack, a Mini USB B port (used by device software developers), and a DC power jack.

On the back of the device is (from left to right) the camera flash (LED), the camera CCD behind a permanent mirrored polycarbonate lens cover (mirrored to help the user position pictures while facing the camera lens), and an ambient light sensor (used for determining light levels for the camera flash, whether to backlight the keyboard, etc). Toward the right side, centered vertically is the sound-effect, ringtone & speakerphone speaker. On the bottom-left corner is a lanyard cleat.