It's hard to believe, but rumors of a "Googlephone" have been floating around since 2006. To put it in perspective, the first Gphone post on Engadget
was written by Peter Rojas. Needless to say, it's been a long, slow ride to get to Android
, the Open Handset Alliance
, and ultimately the T-Mobile G1
. If we said expectations were high for the introduction of this device, it would be an understatement. It's not every day that a company with the stature of Google announces it's getting into the phone game, and it's certainly not every day that an honest-to-goodness innovator comes along. That last time the team at Engadget got this stoked for a device, it was a little something called the iPhone -- and you know how that turned out. Will Android and the G1 live up to the hype? Is this the first coming of a serious new contender in the mobile space, or has the triple threat of Google, HTC, and T-Mobile not delivered on their promises? We've put both the device and the software through its paces to bring you the definitive review of the T-Mobile G1 and Android, so read on to get your answers.
As we've really gone to great lengths to dissect the phone and OS, we're splitting the review into two, easy to digest parts. Enjoy!
Part 1: Hardware
Part 2: Software and wrap-up
- Innovative new OS
- Great hardware keyboard
- Responsive touchscreen
- UI is uneven in places
- Camera poor for even casual use
- Browser performance was sluggish