What to expect: Sidekick 3 + OS X

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Wow. I don’t know what I was thinking when I assumed that the latest Sidekick III would play well with Apple’s iApps. I must have imagined the whole “sync your device with your favorite desktop audio player” or the “Danger must be aware of its OSX fan base and is actively developing a desktop sync client”. What the hell was I thinking?

To serve as a record for potential Sidekick III users running OSX as their main operating system, here are a few points worth considering before caving in to the “cool” factor – *ahem* Noah – of the Sidekick III. So, let’s run through the “options” for Sidekick III / OSX 10.4.7 users shall we?

Bluetooth heaven?

I managed to pair my MacBook and the SK3 in no time using OSXs Bluetooth preferences wizard. Soon enough, I was surfing the Internet using the SK3 as a modem via Bluetooth! True? No! Aside from pairing your SK3 with a Bluetooth headset, there really is nothing left to do with that seemingly universal wireless protocol. I’m going to point my finger at Danger for not sharing the necessary support services. A little Address Book / iCal syncing action via Bluetooth would have been just swell. Would that have been a little too much to ask for?

Please show me USB support

sidekick III and OSXAgain, no support for syncing the SK3 via USB with the Address Book or iCal. The only option made available through USB connectivity is the ability to mount the Sidekick III’s internal SD card as an external drive. Within the drive are two folders: DCIM and Music. Convenient for dragging n’ dropping image and audio files to and from your computer and the SK3. Personal translation? “Hi, I’m Sidekick! Although the idea of maturing into an actual productivity device with syncing was possible, I thought it would be better to focus on supporting playback of Eminem and the transfer of less than flattering private images.”

I thought you grew up little SK3?

Danger has yet again proven that it has turned its back on OSX users. Pity. Fortunately, there is a little application / service known as the Missing Sync [Sidekick] which syncs your iApps with your SK3 OTA (over-the-air). I have yet to try this service and am somewhat apprehensive. T-Mobile could easily break the service with the sneeze of a button.

Discuss - 5 Comments

  1. […] To find out what exactly the Sidekick III is capable of with OSX, check my thoughts. Footing the bill […]

  2. David Auerbach says:

    I have used the Missing Sync for hiptop. It works GREAT. it uses the same protocol that the “official” desktop sync software for PC uses, and updates almost instantly to the sidekick. They really should update the sidekick with industry standards instead of keeping it so closed…but then that would allow you to use the sidekick without cell service, wouldn’t it?!

  3. […] Anyone interested in syncing their Sidekick III with local productivity solutions can nix expectations from the “I hope I can” list. The Sidekick / Hiptop III is very much as closed as its version II sibling was. The included USB cable does little else aside from mounting your device as a Flash drive from which to transfer images and music from the device. Check out my previous post on what to expect with the Sidekick III & OS X. The only solution to managing your day with the SKIII is by utilizing the desktop web interface or a 3rd party application developer. […]

  4. The Editors says:

    To say that the Missing Sync for Hiptop works great is a huge stretch. If by works you mean: it is possible to get calendar data from your computer to your Hiptop, then sure. It works. If however, you’d like it to “sync” both ways in the same way your old Treo syncs (1700 addressbook items, and previous and future calendar events, to do lists, etc. . . ) then forget about it. Here are a few of the things we had to do to get our Sidekick III to sync:

    1. Delete all old calendar events.
    2. Export addressbooks to Entourage format and then upload them directly to the T-Mobile web interface (if you have more than 1000 contacts they won’t sync with the phone at all).
    3. Go into the t-mobile site, delete all calendar items each time you want to upload new calendar events to the phone as Missing Sync will screw your entire calendar up if you allow it to write back to the host computer. (A problem when you have five computers sync’d over .mac)

    In otherwords. . . Missing Sync doens’t technically “sync” at all. But it does help you upload OSX calendar items on the phone. . . for what that’s worth.

  5. Brady says:

    For what it’s worth, us Mac OSX users weren’t left in the dark with the lack of USB support on the SK3. Windows users also are forced to sync only wirelessly via the backend server (using Intellisync). This whole closed system is necessary to provide us with the entire concept of the backend service without opening our accounts to possible security breaches.