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21 October 2008

Google G1 Phone - Thumbs Up

I've never had a full keyboard phone before, so sorry in advance for my over enthusiasm.

The G1 with Google's Android OS has thus far been a nice surprise. The real story is Google's OS. I just wanted a phone that had an actual keyboard so I wouldn't have to waste so much of my life texting like it's 1999. But how could I resist a further invasion of my life by Google?

Everything on the G1 is very intuitive. For example, if you want to use the camera you turn the phone on its side and the camera shutter button is right where it would be on any camera (right trigger finger). It's also not too big, has GPS, Google Maps is easier to use on this thing than on a normal computer, the combo of the touchscreen; keyboard; and clickable rollerball make browsing the web and navigating the phones functions ridiculously easy, the Gmail setup took me under 30 seconds, it comes with a 1 gig micro sd card, and it has legitimately fast internet. The internet on it is comparable to my sprint broadband card.

So far the only downsides I've noticed is a lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack (all the new ones come with an adapter) and the battery life... granted I've been playing with it all day and I'm not sure what kind of charge I gave it.

Cost was $180 plus a two year extension (I hadn't planned on ditching my cell phone just yet anyways) plus $25 a month for internet and 400 texts... alas I will have to upgrade to the $35 a month for unlimited texts.

This definitely gets my "this may improve the quality of your life" seal of approval.

Here's a size comparison to a typical mass market cell phone.


Dave Agnos said...

I think the major downside is having T-Mobile as the provider. It's like having AT&T with the iPhone... you never know what your signal strength is gonna be in a given area of the States. Sure, the G1 is a hot commodity, but will you be able to maximize its potential wherever you go? Take Virginia's Hampton Roads area... there's practically no G3 support for the G1 out here, except at Internet wi-fi hotspots. Worth it?

Logan said...

I was already a T-Mobile customer. Plus T-Mobile is being pretty level headed about unlocked phones.