The highly-anticipated Android is having its first debut. It will come in the form an HTC phone made for T-mobile. This phone is called the T-Mobile G1, and is supposed to be the first real competition for the iPhone.
The G1 will be available in late October and will cost around $180. Here are the specifications:
- HSDPA 1700 / 2100 plus quadband EDGE
- 3D graphics acceleration
- 1GB integrated storage plus microSD expansion
- 3-megapixel camera
- Android Market for on-device app purchases
- Amazon MP3 app for on-device music purchases
- Push Gmail support with full HTML client
- Bluetooth (but no A2DP)
- Google Maps with Street View
- No Microsoft Exchange support
- No desktop synchronization -- it all happens over the air
Another great thing about the T-Mobile G1 is its integration with Google. It has a GTalk app, a Gmail app, among others. It has a touch screen, slide out keyboard, and expandable memory.
There are some downsides however:
- It runs on the very scarce and spotty T-Mobile 3G network.
- No headphone jack!
- You'll have to sort through some worse apps before finding keepers, due to a lack of restrictions and rejection processes.
- The memory is expandable to only 8GB.
- The Android marketplace used to install apps is, for now, very flawed and glitchy.
- It is larger and heavier than the iPhone, with a smaller screen.
- No video support, as with the iPhone.
- No multi-touch functionality
- No desktop or 3G syncing or downloading, wirelessly with WiFi is the only way.
- Since its the first-generation, things will be a little bit slower and less stable than in later models.
- UPDATE: The data, while being advertised as unlimited, may be capped off at the minuscule amount of 1GB.
Updates: Here is a really good hands-on video with the G1 that I stumbled upon:
Also, Gizmodo pointed out something very interesting; the main promotional image for the T-Mobile G1 has inconsistent clocks with different times. Click on the link, or here is the image:
And yet another update! The ad for this phone is funny, and somewhat pokes fun at Apple. They call it "Funnerer" and "Connecteder". Here's the commercial: