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HTC Dream review

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HTC Dream
HTC Dream

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The HTC Dream currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 142 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
528 MHz
528 MHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
3+ MP
3+ MP
1150 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena

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 rat...

- John Chan, CNET

The G1 seems solid enough to be a compatible option for those who are looking for an iPhone rival.

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia

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,...

- Will Park, IntoMobile

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 --...

- Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

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HTC backs up the Dream with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Dream has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The HTC Dream's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm 7201A 528 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

71 MB

Internal memory is 71 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time, 406 minutes.

HTC Dream Specs

Release Date September 23, 2008
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm 7201A 528 MHz
Internal Storage 71 MB
RAM 192 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.84 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
3+ Megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 406 minutes
Standby Time Up to 13.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Colors Bronze, White, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 5.6 x 1.7 cm (4.6 x 2.2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball, Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, Yahoo
ROM: 256MB
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: T9
Voicemail Key: Yes
Any Key Answer: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact:
Auto Answer: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP
PC Synchronization: Yes
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Games: Downloadable
Apps: -
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile G1

An update for the 1.5 OS is available.
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