The First Android Phone

Popular Mechanics has a review of the T-Mobile G-1 phone.

Here is the short form review.   A nice 1.0 product.  A bit bigger than the iPhone, but it has a physical keyboard! Folks with stubby fingers have been complaining about the iPhone virtual keyboard since day one. The G-1 also has a vitural keyboard as well, so take your pick.

The big plus for the G-1 is the Android software.  Unlike Apple’s iPhone OS, it’s open and neither Google or T-Mobile will “gateway” applications the way Apples does through iTunes.

Since its written by Google, expect nice integration with Google’s online apps.  The Android GMail interface is mentioned as the best mobile GMail app so far.

It will be interesting to see Android based phones on different hardware and supported by different carriers.

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2 Responses

  1. The G-1 also has a vitural keyboard as well? Really?

  2. Yup. One of the reasons I didn’t bother upgrading my rev 1 iPhone is that I didn’t want to get locked into the draconian contracts that AT&T had for ’em with Android phones hitting the streets in a less than a year.

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