T-Mobile USA made the formal, nationwide launch of its G1, the first phone to run Google’s Android operating system.
The T-Mobile G1 features a full QWERTY keyboard, touch screen, 3G support, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The Google Android operating system offers good integration with Google applications including Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Calendar as well as access to the Amazon MP3 Store and YouTube. As more applications become available, the G1 will also become a more powerful smartphone for all types of users.
Some less interesting features are the G1 doesn’t include a standard headphone jack and lacks stereo Bluetooth and Microsoft Exchange support. There are some annoying design quirks that make the smartphone uncomfortable to hold and difficult to use. The GPS tracking was disappointing, and speakerphone quality wasn’t the greatest. Android’s web browser can use others’ search engines, but a secondary part of the G1’s home screen features a prominent Google search box. There’s no option to change the search box to use search from Microsoft or Yahoo.
The bottom line is, while i’m not in love with the design and would have liked some additional features, the real beauty of the T-Mobile G1 is the Google Android platform, as it has the potential to make smartphones more personal and powerful. That said, it’s not quite there yet, so for now, the G1 is best suited for early adopters and gadget hounds, rather than consumers and business users.
Truthfully, I’m really not impressed. I don’t like too many things and with the slider, touch screen and the trackball, well it’s just too many things that can break and have problems. I think the iPhone or the blackberry is better… what say you..