Telstra Corporation HipTop Slide
- Well designed, great for messaging, intuitive controls and shortcut commands, display
- No 3G, no video playback or recording, 2.5mm headphone jack, no A2DP, poor camera
The HipTop Slide maintains its reputation for delivering a great mobile messaging solution, but its features are pale in comparison to some newer, more feature rich smartphones on the market.
Price$ 679.00 (AUD)
Exclusively available on the Telstra network, the HipTop Slide is a re-branded Sidekick device, an extremely popular smartphone in the US for teenagers and the early 20s age bracket. Although it will appeal to the same demographic here, the lack of multimedia functions and minimal feature improvements over its predecessor means that many will give the Slide the slip in favour of newer, feature rich smartphones.
Manufactured by Motorola, the Slide is an extremely well designed device. The biggest change from previous HipTop units is the display; it now simply slides up instead of swivelling and flipping up like previous models. The 2.5in screen is crisp and clear, though many users will miss the swivel mechanism.
The design of the Slide has been slimmed down immensely and despite the smaller size, it manages to feel like a pretty solid device. The sliding mechanism is smooth and the buttons and controls (with the exception of the two difficult to reach function buttons on the top) are easy to use and well placed, particularly the intuitive trackball. Many will be disappointed with the smaller keyboard, but we managed to pick it up in minimal time and were typing at very reasonable speeds after just a few hours.
The menu system and user interface in general is excellent and the trackball makes it a joy to use. Menu icons are situated on the main screen in a semi-circle layout which are easy to select using either the trackball or the four-way navigational pad. Animated menu screens when switching between applications is a nice touch, as is the multitude of button shortcut commands.
The biggest drawback of the HipTop is the lack of 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity. The included Internet browser works reasonably well, but network speeds on EDGE will leave you frustrated. Also perplexing is the Slide's lack of multimedia features -- although it includes an MP3 player, songs can only be played through a microSD card (not included), the headphone jack is 2.5mm rather than the standard 3.5mm and there is no A2DP. There is also no video playback or video recording and the 1.3-megapixel camera doesn't include a flash, self-portrait mirror or autofocus.
The strength of the HipTop is its messaging and e-mail functions. The interface and ease of use is excellent with both Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger applications installed. The Slide can handle up to three POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts, in addition to the included HipTop e-mail address. The e-mail application works well, but the slow network speeds mean that downloading large applications can take some time. The Slide also comes with a MySpace Mobile application which is a mobile version of the popular social networking site. It is quite impressive as most functions, including uploading photos, are available.
Other features include speed dialling and call forwarding, three-way calling and a handsfree speakerphone, but there is no voice dialling. Call quality is a mixed bag; volume is loud enough, though it can be difficult to hear with heavy background noise. Bluetooth is present and worked well for handsfree calling with a Bluetooth speakerphone, but we had trouble sending files from our computer.
Telstra offers the HipTop Slide on a $30 per month plan which includes unlimited instant messaging, Web browsing, e-mail, SMS and MMS. Calls on this plan are charged in addition to the $30 per month, at 30c for every 30 seconds plus a 27c flag fall.
Join the newsletter!
The Note 9 is three devices in one.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei FreeBuds review: Solid as a value-add, less so standalone
- 2 Oppo Find X review: Damn.
- 3 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 4 HAVIT G1W True Wireless Earbuds review: Budget buds with a wireless edge
- 5 Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
Latest News Articles
- Samsung announce the Galaxy A7, the company's first triple-lens camera smartphone
- Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup will consist of four devices, including a 5G model
- 3SIXT reveals range of accessories for new iPhones
- Cygnett releases its latest range of iPhone cases
- New Moshi accessories for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Panasonic FZ1000U OLED TV: Full, in-depth, review
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?