T-Mobile G1 Featuring Google Android Review
On September 22, 2008 the new T-Mobile G1 (aka "Dream") smart phone featuring the Google Android software was announced in New York City. The highly anticipated announcement came after months of rumours and false release dates regarding the phone. Officially being released in the U.S. through T-Mobile on October 22, 2008; the T-Mobile G1 will have a host of features, including some that have never been seen before in a smart phone. While the device itself is made by HTC, the hype around the T-Mobile G1 is due to the revolutionary Android Software. The Android Software is Google's new cell phone software announced less than a year ago.
The T-Mobile G1 Dream will retail for the price of $179 with a 2 year contract and require its own unique data plan for internet access. There will be two options for internet service on the phone, $35 monthly for unlimited internet, e-mail, and text or $25 monthly for unlimited internet, e-mail, and some text messaging.
Partial List of the T-Mobile G1 (aka "Dream") Specifications:
- 3G Internet
- Quad band world phone
- QWERTY Keyboard
- Blackberry style track ball for navigation
- Touch screen
- Directional awareness (built in compass)
- 3mp Camera (no video or zoom)
- Maps with street view
- IM & Text
- MP3 player
- 1GB Memory Card pre-loaded
- Full HTML web browser with full page views
- Battery Life: 5 hours talk time and 130 hours standby
- Ability to run 3rd part software (currently over 1700 android software packages have been created, more to come)
- Ability to read MS Excell, MS Word, Adobe PDF and more
One fundamental aspect about the G1 phone that really sets it apart from both the iphone and other windows mobile phones is the Android software is "open source". For those that don't already know, that means the source code used to create the software on the phone will be available for anyone to see and yes, modify. This will make it even easier for 3rd part application programmers to write software for this device. Expect to see countless available add-on programs for this device soon after it's launched. Does this mean that security flaws and viruses could be written for the device just as easily? The potential is there, but only time will tell.
Remember, a new phone always is a great gift idea. Weather it's for Christmas or your spouses 50th birthday idea, everyone loves a new smart phone!