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It's far from the perfect package but it gets the things that mater done and gets them done right
here we are at the end of our very first Android-powered review. The T-Mobile G1 made quite a start and had us impressed on quite a few counts. It's far from the perfect package but it gets the things that mater done and gets them done right. The interface is not only up and running, it has purpose and direction.
It maybe a long journey but the first step is daring enough. Instead of trying to expand on an already existing platform Google decided to build a new one from scratch and the effort is well worth it.
The immaturity of the platform has its disadvantages too - the li... Full review
It's still the only handset on the market which runs on the Google Android OS
The dimensions of the Dream are 117.7 x 55.7 x 17.1mm with a total weight of 158g including the battery. While this may seem pretty hefty, you do have to bear in mind that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, so it should be compared with devices such as the HTC Touch Pro and i-mate Ultimate 9502 rather than slim lightweights like the iPhone.
The Dream is encased entirely in a matte-black finish. Unlike in the US where it is also offered in white and bronze, this is the only color available in Asia at the moment. The buttons on the front face of the Dream are all located below the sc... Full review
Google, a major player on the e-commerce market, has decided to also get involved in the communications market
Even if it's the first device to feature the new Android operating system, G1 seems solid enough to be a compatible option for those who are looking for an iPhone rival. After 2 hours of use, I realized that the G1 was only a shell that kept in the real “pearl,” more specifically Android. It's like you get a PC that has the Windows operating system installed, but if you really want to do something with it you must start installing the applications you need. This is also the case with G1. You'll hardly have time to get bored with the device, as you can do just about anything with... Full review
T-Mobile G1 hands-on review - Life with the Android OS
The T-Mobile G1 is made by HTC. We’ve been closely following HTC’s rise to fame as the premier Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer on the planet. HTC makes some seriously high-quality hardware that never fails to impress us - with solid build quality and a penchant for the high-tech, HTC devices deliver on sensory and practical aspects. As such, we expected the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 to be a robust handset packed with the latest mobile technology.
Did the T-Mobile G1 live up to the high standards that we’ve set for HTC smartphones?
Keep reading to find out... Full review
While there's plenty to praise in this phone, there's a lot more that's missing
The G1 isn't going to blow anyone's mind right out of the gate. Looking only at the hardware, there's nothing here that's particularly impressive, yet nothing that's particularly bad (though the GPS needs some work). It's a fine, solidly designed device that has enough style to please most users -- but it won't win a ton of beauty pageants. Think of it this way: if it were running Windows Mobile, it'd be a footnote in HTC's history.
At the end of the day, however, this isn't about the hardware, and really never was. The story here is Android and what it promises... though doesn't... Full review
If you’ve been waiting for Android then I suggest you keep waiting
If you’ve been waiting for Android then I suggest you keep waiting. The overall OS seems to be held together by duct tape and needs a lot of work. Apple focuses on the minute details to enrich the overall experience for iPhone users and Android could learn a lesson or ten from it.
The hardware design is dated and while the touch-screen and keyboard are great you can’t just forget about the wretched battery life, horrible GPS and the overall ergonomics of it. I wish the G1 were better in every respect because I don’t think the iPhone is that great, but I find myself... Full review
Unique appearance, abundant internal memory, powerful processor
How in the world could someone perfect the Android experience across that broad range of hardware when even the first unit doesn’t do that?
Sure, we hit up the press event and got some early hands on action, but there’s nothing like a really solid review, right? We’ve been using the T-Mobile G1 for around a week and we’ve literally combed through the entire device. So much so that we split up the sections piece by piece and separated it into hardware and software.
The hardware part is a little tricky. The phone has supposedly been in development for years, yet we can’t get beyond the feeling that this device is a little bit too prematurely at the prime-time stage. The black mode... Full review
Offers good calling and mobile internet access
Whether you view the T-Mobile G1 as a success or not will depend largely on your expectations. If you are a hard core smartphone user that travels in enterprise circles and expects to find a huge assortment of software available for your device, the G1 will not be for you. At least not yet. But if you are more of a T-Mobile Sidekick type person that is just looking for a fun phone that offers good calling and mobile internet access, then the G1 could well be the perfect cell phone for you.
This is especially true if you are one of the Google faithful that uses that company's serv... Full review
Tons of apps that will keep you entertained for the duration of your 2-year contract
Between the Youtube videos, fan sites, and ever-cranking rumormills, it's like we knew all about the first Googlephone before we ever got our mitts on one: a boatload of apps available through the Market, built-in Amazon music store, 3G, Wi-Fi, Google Maps with Street View, that crazy shape-driven lock code, and so on. Sure enough, all those message board stars are present and accounted for on the G1, but don't worry: There are still plenty of surprises to keep you entertained.
Google4 Surprise #1: Android is pretty freaking on-point for a first-gen software release. Sure, it has... Full review
Very unhappy with the phone
Dissapointing battery life and software performance
An awesome phone but...
A great phone that gets ahead of itself.
A great phone that get ahead of itself.
Could not live without it... and it's keyboard!
Terrible keyboard problems
Poor quality hardware
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- HTC Dream Manual (PDF)
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