UTStarcom’s Knick, revealed in a Radioshack-sourced spy shot, appears to be something of a Sidekick clone. There’s a full keyboard, a camera that can shoot video, GPS, email, TV, and internet browsing: all features you’d expect of such a thing.
Something about it, however, suggests a power and technological maturity not associated with the Sidekicks. It looks more like the Sony VAIO UX micro-PC’s little brother than something kids would hammer out love notes on. Or is this crazy talk?
Engadget’s Darren Murph sounds like he’s in the same place I’m at, of thinking that it’s pretty damn hot (“Awestruck,” is how he puts it) but not quite knowing why we think that way. Skepticism leads me to think it’s just a clever combination of Sidekick and UMPC-ish design that flies, laser-guided, to the feature-whore heart in all of us gadgetfolk.
But damn, do I want to get a look at this Knick. You’d better have a good browser, laddie.