Saturday root got the G1 phone. Within 24 hours, the geek had conquered the phone. Here is his review:
For those of you that don't know what the G1 is, it's Google's new phone that has the new Android OS (uses a Linux Kernal). It has a flip out keyboard but also a touch screen and a track ball. 1G SD, expandable to 8GB <EDIT> 16GB now </EDIT>. Wifi, 3G/2G, GPS, and Bluetooth. Music player, google's browser (Chrome) for on the go websurfing (not to be confused with mobile spefic sites--this is a real browser), Youtube, POP/IMAP email client, Pictures, 3 megapixel camera, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and the ability to sync to all your google account features (Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Gtalk)
So let's get right into.
What's worth mentioning:
What's not great:
Now most of the cons are software related issues that could be address in an upgrade or an app, but these hardware related issues is something that won't be fixed until G2 (or whatever the next version is) comes out. The greatest thing I love about this phone, though, is the apps and the developers. The applications you can use the apps for on the go is limitless. And since Google is marketing the Andriod to not just their product (G1) but to anyone that want's to use it as their OS (unlike windows or iphone's os). Now comparing this to iPhone would be silly. It has a long way to go from both a useability and style. But I will say this: In my mind, it's got windows by the balls.
Root's recommendation (strictly phone, not factoring in service): Not worth full price, but worth it if purchased with a contract (or second hand from a trusted, cheaper source). If you want customization and you are OK with banking on the future--with a limited budget for this type of phone--go for the G1. If you want something stylish, better storage, has better hardware (IMO), great for the simpleton, and you don't have a limit on the budget, go iPhone.
Thanks for the great review root! I had read about this phone, and it's awesome to get some feedback from an EggXpert!
That phone looks sweet. I need to find a good deal on a bootleg
Just found this link:
Expandable up to 16GB. Looks like I can use this on the airplane during my travels with all my movies/tv shows I... have *grin*
Been a long-time user of T-Mobile way back when they were VoiceStream. I upgraded to a G-1 a few weeks ago and pleased with it. Mainly got it for mobile internet but I downloaded a few of the free apps ie yellowpages, college football info, UPC scanner for price comparison etc. Lots of potential with open source Android OS...