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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
Let me say up front that when the phone works the way it is suppose to, I love it. However, I went through 3 of these phones and still have serious issues with the one I ended up with (I'm with Rogers BTW). - The phone will shut off or freeze up unpredictably and the only answer is to remove and re-install the battery. - Sometimes when I try to place a call i can enter the number and get to the 'Dialing' message, but the call never goes through. Turn the phone off/on and calls can be placed. - Battery life is absolutely horrible. If 3G and wifi turned I can't get through a day even if I don't use the phone. - I tried to do the Magics exchange through Rogers way back when these problems first manifested but the program was suspended and they never followed up (as they indicated they would) if the program was re-instated. Unhappy with the phone. Unhappy with Rogers. I finally gave up, dropped my data plan and went back to a simpler phone.Less
This phone was great at first, but recently has had serious problems. We are experiencing a problem that some other users are having too. The phone will often lose signal, but still indicate full bars. The 3G service does the same thing. This indicates either a serious software problem or some kind of hardware issue. Do not purchase this phone if you want to use the services you're paying for.Less
this device set the standards for android devices. for its 1st attempt it was bad. when they designed this they made it completely updateable. really good buy for me kept me entertain for months on in.Less
Dissapointing battery life and software performance
As a management consultant who travels almost weekly, I was eagerly looking forward to having mobile email and internet and urged by my wife to get this phone when it came out. However, after nearly two years with this phone, I can't wait for my contract to be up. As an early adopter of the T-mobile G1, I have definitely felt all the downsides of a first generation product. Pros - Physical keyboard is handy for texting and surfing the web. - GPS and turn-by-turn navigation is free and helpful. - Phone has good integration with Google email, calendar and other apps. Cons: - Everything (startup time, apps, navigation, camera) on this phone is extremely sloooooow. - Software is buggy and phone shuts down unexpectedly at times. - Battery life is abysmal, the worst on any phone ever. You will need to charge several times per day, particularly if you use Bluetooth or surf the web. - Syncing of music and other files is primitive compared to iphone/ipod and itunes. - Lack of standard headphone jack is really annoying when traveling (and you want to listen to music and charge the phone at the same time). I have a long-time friend who I met recently after many months and lo and behold he had only recently gotten his first smart phone, also a T-mobile G1, and it had even worse problems than mine. After asking him what he was thinking (he definitely should have asked me for my opinion!), I told him to make sure the software was at least up-to-date and that I wished him luck. My friend has a pretty laid-back lifestyle so he likes to crack jokes about the phone matching his pace. He is also more likely to see the phone's flaws as endearing "idiosyncrasies". I still have a few months left on my contract but given how slow and buggy this phone is, I took out the SIM card and put it in one of the T-mobile "to-go" phones from Walmart. I am paying an extra $25 per month for the G1 service, but anything at this point is better than using this phone. Recommendation: Don't Buy! Get a smartphone that works or a regular phone and 3G ipad (for mobile email and internet).Less
An awesome phone but...
I REALLY LOVED THIS phone...the apps, email, internet, even the text messaging layout is soooooo awesome. The one problem I have with this phone is that I've had it replaced already and it hadn't even been a year. It has a problem with shutting off by itself. I don't get calls sometimes even tho i have a decent battery life and signal. Also, my calls will just drop and not because of signal because the phone freezes up or shuts off by itself. This is a constant frustration with this phone. I love everything about it except for this major problem. :-( I've had a couple friends who also have this phone and they've had to replace it a couple times. I'm seriously considering going back to a normal phone even though I know I will suffer from serious withdrawel from all the awesome features...but I just can't deal with this constant shutting off and having people call me 20 times even though it says I haven't received a call but they are getting frustrated by not getting through to me. Sorry, can't deal with it anymore. OMG no joke, my phone just restarted itself. GRRRRRRLess
A great phone that gets ahead of itself.
-Pros- + Many Cool Apps (for free) + Decent Keyboard + Glass Screen (very scratch resistant) + Good Camera -Cons- - Terrible Battery Life - Slide mechanism feels flimsy - Phone freezes a lot - Not very stylish - Terrible Speaker I'll keep this simple, the G1 is a great phone. The Android Market is awesome, and there are many free games and apps that will keep you entertained for a long time. But that's about the only good thing I can say about this phone. If you try and navigate through menus too fast or have too many widgets on the screen, the phone will slow down to a crawl. Sometime it will take 10-15 seconds to load the home screen. Also the physical design of the phone is terrible, when you slide open the phone the top half feels flimsy and loose. It's not very sturdy. Also, the battery life is TERRIBLE. You will be charging this phone every day, even if you don't use it much. There's also a long delay when you take pictures. In closing, the Android OS is very good, but this phone can't run it very well, it just doesn't feel powerful enough. And the design needs work.Less
A great phone that get ahead of itself.
-Pros- + Many Cool Apps (for free) + Decent Keyboard + Glass Screen (very scratch resistant) + Good Camera -Cons- - Terrible Battery Life - Slide mechanism feels flimsy - Phone freezes a lot - Not very stylish I'll keep this simple, the G1 is a great phone. The Android Market is awesome, and there are many free games and apps that will keep you entertained for a long time. But that's about the only good thing I can say about this phone. If you try and navigate through menus too fast or have too many widgets on the screen, the phone will slow down to a crawl. Sometime it will take 10-15 seconds to load the home screen. Also the physical design of the phone is terrible, when you slide open the phone the top half feels flimsy and loose. It's not very sturdy. Also, the battery life is TERRIBLE. You will be charging this phone every day, even if you don't use it much. There's also a long delay when you take pictures. In closing, the Android OS is very good, but this phone can't run it very well, it just doesn't feel powerful enough. And the design needs work.Less
Could not live without it... and it's keyboard!
On my previous cell phone I used the calendar feature to send me reminders for every little thing as I forget EVERYTHING. Since this syncs with Google Calendar, I can now update my calendar on the computer and on the phone. Very nice! After some update, touch-screen keyboard came out. There is just no comparison with the hard keyboard: the TS keyboard is WAY too slow compared to the hard one. That is probably the one reason I would not upgrade to a new Android for a long time, despite the fact that this phones majorly lags in Browser.Less
Terrible keyboard problems
I've owned this phone for about 4 months and I like it less and less every day. The simple fact of the matter is, in certain lighting conditions the keyboard is completely unreadable. I'm looking to replace it ASAP but don't want a black g1 as newer, better options are becoming available. I actually switched to tmobile just for the g1. The phone itself is fine, just this particular model (along with white) has terrible backlighting issues with the keyboard - there is no fix. I've researched it extensively. If you are looking at getting a G1, do yourself a favor and get the (ugly) black model. It might look clunkier but at least it is usable.Less
Poor quality hardware
Awesome phone, but 4 days after the warranty expired one of the boards fried. Now my phone can not charge my battery. Making my phone a brick. Replacing the whole phone is a $400 dollar affair. I will not shell out $400 a year even for this phone.Less
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