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- Innovative new OS
- Great hardware keyboard
- Responsive touchscreen
- UI is uneven in places
- Camera poor for even casual use
- Browser performance was sluggish
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- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE5 ReviewsEngadget70T-Mobile G1 reviewShortcomings aside, though, you're still buying into one of the most exciting developments in the mobile world in recent memory. When you put the G1 up against, say, a Sidekick LX, it seems like a no-brainer for T-Mobile customers looking for a powerful QWERTY device -- especially at $20 less.Gizmodo70Gizmodo - T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone ReviewIt's not perfect, but for people who like tinkering, its cons are outweighed by its pros such as Gmail and the Marketplace.CNET Asia80HTC Dream Product Review - Mobile Phones - CNET AsThis Android-powered smartphone has a host of features that will appeal to the Internet junkie on-the-go but still lacks some basics, limiting its broader appeal.IntoMobile80T-Mobile G1 hands-on review - Life with the AndroiWith its laundry list of features that include a GPS receiver, a WiFi radio, 3G data connection, 3.2 megapixel camera, and capacitance-based 3.2-inch touchscreen, the T-Mobile G1 is a powerhouse of a smartphone.PocketNow60T-Mobile G1 - ReviewSo if you're a big Gmail user and don't care about many of the high-end features and business tools found on other platforms, then the T-Mobile G1 and Android may be a good fit.
- 78AVERAGE USER SCORE60 ReviewsEngadget Reader80May 29, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70March 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80February 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 3, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Keeping in mind that I used it quite a while ago, this was a great phone. I still have it and it is my favourite phone of all times. I had so much fun with it; Iâ€™ve tried almost all possible custom ROM variations. I've managed to squeeze some extra performance, a decent amount of battery life, run games, remotely control my home computer, watch movies and oh so many many more... This was my playground, and although I donâ€™t imagine, lets say, my father using it, or any normal person who needs a phone, maybe occasional browsing. This was the platform for experimenting. And Iâ€™m thankful for every second of it.Engadget Reader80December 24, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70November 30, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60November 16, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80July 28, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70July 6, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Google's first phone, a strong entry but iPhone quickly made this phone seem years behind.Engadget Reader70June 21, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70May 24, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The first phone I preordered and the first to get me started into an ongoing android love affair, it was ugly thick and had a atrocious battery looking back on it, but it will always hold a special place in my history of phones.Engadget Reader70May 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've been using this o develop and debug very simple apps, pretty solid phone but its age is showingEngadget Reader40May 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader40May 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!not recomendedEngadget Reader60April 4, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 22, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Where to begin with the G1. I'm writing this review almost as a long term test. I'll be relegating my G1 to backup phone status come the new year (in favor of the G2). So I wanted to write a bit about my past 2 years with this phone, before I give it up, almost a historical piece.The G1 is a phone of dichotomy. Its on one hand the beginning of the revolution born from a reference design, that was almost unchanged in production. It also was very underpowered for what Android really wanted to be. This lead to the whole thing being very much hamstrung, in a stock build. Not too long after all of this started the community stepped in and rooted the phone, as well as made ROMs for it that actually optimized things in Android to run better on the G1. For me, the beginning of my love for the phone really started then, when I rooted it, and subsequently installed cyanogen a month or so later. I give full credit to the community of hackers for keeping all of us G1 fans with a relevant (all be it underpowered) phone even 2 years after its release.With that in mind though I've hit the wall. I'm sad to say I have to move on from the G1 because the apps are just crushing it lately, and the more and more I want to do with Android is just too much for the little guy. Its time he retired and lived a cushy life in the dresser never to have to be bothered to keep up with the new kids like the Incredible/G2/Nexus S/etc..Engadget Reader60November 17, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I still use this phone as my primary phone. I like the keyboard and use it all the time to send emails or search the web. It is definitely date already but still a great phone.Engadget Reader80September 14, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80July 23, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100April 2, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Let's face it. T-Mobile isn't the fastest or most widespread network, but it got the jump on all the other Android-based phones with the G1. Sure, it was clunky to start with. And it was slow. But with each successive update, the G1 got better.It's slick UI and awesome app store were just icing on the cake. For people who had only been privy to Blackberry and WinMo phones previously, this was a blessing. For everyone who didn't have AT&T, THIS was the Jesus phone.You could make calls, sure. But on top of the essential, you had your photos and music. You could surf the web (the REAL web, not that WAP crap that you got on the other phones). You got a HUGE screen. And it was all touch sensitive, no more losing your stylus and having to use an ink pen (high five for ink pens, anyone? no one?).The only gripe I have so far about the G1 is the lack of a 2.X update (which may or may not happen anytime soon).That fruit company can keep it's rotten, proprietary, locked down paper weight. The G1 stole my heart.Engadget Reader90March 31, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Except for the "chin", I really liked the design. Kind of odd with the push out of the way screen to get to the qwerty keyboard but it is functional. I really liked the phone from day one but once I found the xdev site, it was on. I never had so much fun with hacking or just general playing around with a device. I found my self spending whole weekend afternoon's playing with different builds or skins for those builds. The Google experience on the phone was pretty good. I also liked the way text messaging was more like an IM thread and not split into "sent" and "received" folders.Engadget Reader90March 26, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The T-Mobile G1 is a great phone for what it is, the first Android device. It is no longer the flagship device and as such has lost some of its luster, however it continues to receive new google apps and some love from time to time. It is unclear if the device will ever be updated to Android 2.0/2.1/etc, however the device still functions very well as a mobile internet device and as a mobile phone. The device is a little pokey at times and needs a reset every few days, most of this is due to the limited internal memory and some of the applications that run in the background.The battery life is fairly poor, mostly due to the background internet usage thanks to google synchronization and other installed apps. I have a charge cable at me desk and in my car to keep it topped off whenever I can. The battery will last about half the day with moderate-heavy usage in my case, I have to scale back when a charger is not readily available to get it to last the entire day.The current crop of apps has been steadily growing to compete with those available on other platforms. Android seems to be the #2 choice for app developers, so you should look for the apps you want to come soon if they are not already available. Companies are seeing the potential Android has and the market share it is achieving.Some people have an issue with the keyboard and the "chin" on the device, but I haven't noticed it and typing on the physical keyboard is easy because of the spacing between the keys. This device has a 5-row keyboard and the keys are off-set like a real keyboard and not crammed into a grid like other devices. The default virtual keyboard could use some love, but it works well for quick one-handed messages, the physical keyboard is very awkward with one hand.Overall the phone is solid, if Google is able to put 2.1 on this guy, it will definitely extend its life for those itching to upgrade. I wouldn't recommend buying this phone at this point in the game, but if you have one already, stay true and help others see the awesomeness that is Android.Engadget Reader70February 25, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love my G1. That being said it has some glaring omissions. First no 3.5mm headphone jack. Uuhm, really that's my only complaint. That headphone jack would have been a very good addition. HTC as since added that to their other phones, so all is forgiven. All in all this is still a good phone for development, or testing. I love the keyboard, the feel of the phone in my hand. It is a little thick, but you can get used to that. I would def recommend. The G1 phone and the Android operating system are not finished products. There are only three working Google Apps hereâ€”Gmail, Maps and Calendarâ€”while Google Docs, Google News, Google Reader, Google Shopping, Google Images, Google Video, Blogger and Picasa are nowhere to be found. We have high hopes for third-party coders to fill in gaps Google intentionally or unintentionally left in this OS...Engadget Reader90February 11, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Being a extreme Google fan, I eagerly pre-ordered the G1 the day it was available. The excitement I had for the phone, and the potential of Android was through the roof. And for the most part, I haven't been too disappointed with my decision. The G1 has been a great intro into Android, and after having used it for more than a year, I can't imagine myself leaving Android anytime soon. The G1 has mostly kept up with Android's evolution. And at the time of this writing, it is still ahead of some of the other Android handsets that have released so far. Sure the G1 may not have won any awards for it's "sexiness", but it has surely made up for it's outward appearance with software that continues to get more powerful. But the G1 isn't perfect. The two main limitations that the G1 has had are processing power, and memory. After 14 months, several large updates, and 56 demanding apps later, my G1 is on its knees. At it's release, my G1 was able to handle most anything thrown at it. But now that Android and the apps have become more robust and demanding, the phone crawls. And it feels like every week now, I am having to delete things because of depleted memory. So now I am looking to move on to the more powerful Android handsets that are beginning to emerge. Currently, I am looking at moving to the Nexus One. I don't regret ever buying the G1, and it will always hold a soft spot in my heart as my first Google Phone. I was there in the beginning. And I am proud.Engadget Reader50January 21, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have had this phone for a year and a half and it's OK, it was the first Android phone and I, as a Google fan, wanted to try it. It's not the most beautiful or sleek phone around. It's still a good phone and works very good until now. Probably it's time to move on and being convinced with Android will probably look forward to the Nexus One phone. Definitely going to stay with Android. It's now a relic and will always be the first "Google phone". They could have probably worked better the hardware part a little bit more.Engadget Reader70January 20, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Ah the Dream. It shall always hold a special place in the heart of any and all Android fanboys/early adopters. Its quirky design and physical keyboard went a long way to distinguish it from its rivals. With Android's constant evolution, the Dream has remained viable long beyond what one would imagine given its specs. However, as technology moves forward, the Dream continues to slip from its once useful status. Larger, more powerful applications tend to overwhelm the meager processor and limited memory. Its low storage capacity precludes users from installing as many apps as they may desire. And the complex sliding mechanism has a flimsiness about it that doesn't ellicit confidence.That said, the Dream did a good job of getting Android into our pockets and, up until recent, was the only choice for someone wanting a physical keyboard. If the price was low enough, it could still be a contender. As it stands, the first out the gate should soon be set out to pasture.Engadget Reader80January 20, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Before the homebrew community for the G1 was big, the coolest thing I could do on this phone was scan barcodes. It's not exactly a powerhouse in terms of its processing power, memory, and overall hardware specs, but the homebrew community (in particular people like @cyanogen) have made the phone what it is today.Without root, the phone is pretty good. As a touchscreen phone with a keyboard, it's pretty good, but thanks to other Android handsets, it's not the best option available. However, when the phone is rooted, the door is opened to a whole new world of applications and services that wouldn't be able if the phone weren't open source.Engadget Reader80January 13, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall, I have been very pleased with my HTC G1. I primarily use it to browse the internet, pay my bills (wish it had an app for Mint.com), Gmail (of course), shared calendar with my wife (keeps me organized), music, podcasts on a daily basis using Google Listen, reading the headlines from USA Today, and keeping up on a few RSS feeds (e.g., LifeHacker, Android, and Google App Engine) using Greed. One thing that has really got me excited is how the phone has become more useful over time and not less useful. For example, video capability, Google Navigate, and onscreen keyboard are a few very useful features that were not part of the capability of the phone when purchased. I do have good 3G coverage where I am at, so overall have been fairly pleased with T-Mobile. I did have a camera issue after about year with the phone and T-Mobile replaced my phone at no additional cost (great service)! When my contract comes up, I will certainly be looking to get something sleeker and faster, but running Android...of course! Keyboard has been a must for me. I type a lot and the onscreen keyboard doesn't quite cut it yet.Engadget Reader90January 12, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Honestly don't really have a sense of gadget style. That's a good thing because everyone else seems to agree that the G1 is sort of fugly. The thing is, though, that the hardware scored very will on my usability scale. Or it would if I were rigorous enough to actually score things and use scales. The keyboard really worked and showed no signs of wear over the year I used it as my primary phone. The hardware buttons were in the right places and did the right things. The trackball was very convenient. I really miss that on my Cliq. On the downside, low memory, keyboard slide mechanism that sucked and wore out, otherwise weak-sauce electronics. If this were a car review I would talk about "fit and finish". The buttons were in the right places but they were cheaply made. (with the exception of the keys on the keyboard) Within weeks of purchase the slide mechanism was wearing grooves into the back of the phone. The plastic body fit poorly and let a lot of dirt and grime into the battery area. The plastic cover on the camera lense broke and fell off. Of course, the processor and graphics weren't exactly world class when it came out and now it is only farther behind.Engadget Reader70January 7, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Tried the phone when I won it over a lucky draw. Of course, setting up the phone for use was relatively easy. While the functionalities of the phone are standard and comparable to the iPhone from Facebook to FourSquare, the biggest grip I have is not the battery life but the UI of the phone. One problem which I have is that I have difficulty in upgrading to 1.6 in Singapore. While it is a good basic phone to have with a keyboard that can make it easier to type things, I won't recommend the touchscreen interface which reacts rather slowly. Definitely in my scale for characters input, the Nokia N97 is better than the Dream.Like the Android Market store which makes getting apps very easy, but I hate the part that I have to do the upgrade manually.Engadget Reader50December 23, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The original iPhone was introduced in mid-2007 and proceeded to take the world by storm. The G1/HTC Dream, billed as THE competitor to the iPhone, was launched to North American audiences in late 2008 and fell flat. Why? AT&T, host to the iPhone, and T-Mobile, host to the G1, are virtually identical as far as network coverages go, and the OS developers (Apple for the iPhone and Google for Android) are two of the most reputable software companies out there. Outside of the Apple mystique, one is left with the hardware, and it is in the hardware where the G1 falls flat. When it launched, the phone operated on Android 1.0. Applications were few and far between, and even then the device was derided for poor battery life and clunky operation. The smoothness that comes in switching apps on the iPhone or even scrolling between two screens was not there. Future revisions of Android were released and the Android Market app store grew, but the phone still ran slowly. In August of 2009, early adopters of the G1 were hit with the announcement that no future upgrades would be available for their phone. It quickly became apparent that the limited RAM, storage and battery stats of the G1 were having a negative effect on all areas of the phone's use and were the cause of the cessation of updates. Subsequent Android devices released on all carriers have had their stats beefed up considerably and run the OS without a problem. These subsequent devices are also all intended to receive future Android updates. Seemingly lost in all of this is the fact that original iPhones, a device released a full year before the G1, has received every software update given to subsequent iPhone devices and has run them admirably. The modification community in the XDA forums have released numerous hacked versions of the Android software in an attempt to speed the Dream up. In my past three months of testing, Cyanogen's mods worked the best but, towards the end, even they began dragging the G1 down. The G1 was underpowered from the get-go and should have never been used as Android's vanguard. It's insufficient RAM, on-board storage and battery life nearly crippled it from the start and have only served to hinder peer-to-peer referrals from anyone using it. I rate this product a five because of the unique Google applications (specifically, Gmail) included with its particular Android build, the relative ease in modifying it and because it works on T-Mobile's (impressive so far) 3G network. The device's hardware, on its own, rates a 0.Engadget Reader90October 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've owned a lot of cell phones, from the original Sidekick to the Blackberry. The G1 is the best I've seen. I could go on about all the great things, but everyone is already doing that. They can tell you about the apps, the touch screen, and the ability to watch Youtube straight from the phone(even though it's blocked at work).Unfortunately, it's not perfect. The lack of a headphone jack wouldn't be a big deal, except you can't charge the phone and listen to music at the same time. Since streaming music sucks the battery dry it becomes a problem. If it wasn't for that, it could be the perfect phone.Engadget Reader90September 30, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had my G1 for a few months now... actually the day i got it was the day that Android 1.5 was rolled out in Germany, which was nice :-)I love my phone, it is very stable, has nice (free and pay) software available. The original Firmware however tends to get very slow when lots of apps are installed and running, i used to clean out Browser cache and other temporary data regularly.I have installed Cyanogen mod a few days before the cease and desist action of google, and i must say i am even more impressed with my G1 now... It is a lot more responsive, apps running from SD are great. I hope the original Firmware can catch up with the modded ROMs...An all around great communication device for me. One negative point about it is, that i can only register one push gmail account... i have a private GoogleApps domain and a business GoogleApps domain and would _love_ to be able to use both with the Gmail App instead of having to use one via IMAP/Browser... and of course using the Google IM application for both would be nice too...Engadget Reader90September 29, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall, I love my G1. I now use it while the office as a MP3 music player/podcatcher/Pandora streaming/RSS Reader, etc. The number of useful Android applications has grown significantly, and I personally like the physical keyboard. Also, having the ability to add my SD card is an extremely cost-effective way to increase the space for media storage. The downsides to this phone are poor battery life, slower performance than newer Android phones, and a very small amount of system memory. I think it's a great start, and I'm excited to see where the newer Android phones take us. Thank goodness for an alternative to the iPhone!Engadget Reader90September 28, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Finally got a hold of a pristine condition white G1. It was promptly unlocked for Cincinnati Bell (still get 3G, hooray for CBW and TMO having the same spectrum) and then rooted and flashed with the latest Cyanogen ROM. So far the phone is great! I am loving the Android OS. Its very intuitive and easy to use. My only major complaits are the battery life (oh well, came with an extra battery) and the somewhat crappy build quality (man that screen likes to creak). I knew these things going in so no real biggies there. Will definitely be getting a MyTouch or the Hero at some point. I would say this is a great phone for anyone looking to jump into Android. Especially if you can get it for ultra cheap like I did or really want a hardware keyboard. Otherwise, I would say go for the MyTouch, Hero, or maybe wait for some of the new ones coming down the line.Here's my personal raking w/ some of the phones I've used:1) Sony Ericsson P910a: I miss it so much!2) Three Way Tie: G1, iPhone, BB 8900: Love & Hate them all for various reasons3) Treo 6804) Nokia E71dignan1780September 10, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I think Android has a lot of promise and needs a lot of polish, but it serves me extremely well right now. There is not another phone platform on the planet that handles GMail like Android does.The problem comes when you put Android in this package. The phone is excruciatingly slow, too slow to run this OS.However, if you're willing to root your G1, then most of these issues are eliminated. Because of the rooting, I have a ROM that pushes the CPU and RAM to the max, and because I've moved the apps onto my SD card, the phone has more room to breathe.So root your phone, G1 users. It's the only thing that redeems it. I don't regret my decision to shun the iPhone, I just can't wait to get my hands on a 2nd generation Android phone.Engadget Reader80August 6, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my primary phone for two reasons:(1) Physical keyboard(2) Android platform is openPros:- I've been using Google Voice as a replacement dialer/SMS for about one week, and really like it. - I actually like the heft of it. My wife has dropped hers a few dozen times onto concrete/blacktop, and it survives to this day- Keyboard is very easy to type on.- Camera quality is somewhere between iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.Cons: - SLOW. Very poor web browsing on complex pages, even over wifi- No headphone jack- Games are virtually unplayable. Playfish's "Biggest Brain" is unusable, even on a factory reset device with no other apps installed. Sad.Engadget Reader70July 7, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!While not bad for a "1.0" product, the G1 is definitely challenged by the power and capability of Android, especially features like video recording and heavy multi-tasking. In addition, you'll want to buy an extra battery to get through the day. In fact you may want to get a big 2200mh battery so that you can keep all the great features like GPS, Bluetooth, music playback/streaming and the bright screen active all of the time. Hands down, the best feature for power users is multi-tasking and the notifications bar. You'll always be on top of the latest tweet, email, sms, IRC chat message, skype chat, etc... it is pretty fantastic how much you can keep on top of within such a small screen experience.Otherwise, as an open-source hardware hacker, the "rootability" of this device is the most exciting aspect. Google's support for developers surpasses Apple, and ensures the longevity of the Android platform.Engadget Reader100July 4, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Fun to use because it has great features and great software. Fun to program because the entry costs are near zero, the software is sophisticated, fast, complex, and the user interface looks good. A part of the programming fun comes from the fact that it is complex and rather difficult to learn to program it. The app market, the large international user base, the Google support, the active developer community, the embedded sensors, the rapid evolution of the system and devices, offer us a glimpse of what the future of the phone will be. With a few more apps and some optional peripherals, such as a large keyboard and screen, a near future device will replace laptops.Engadget Reader80July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Now that the "Cupcake" update has been pushed out over the air, I can say a few things about the G1. First, the hardware keyboard is completely useless now. The soft-keyboard is much more comfortable to use and predictive text is pretty hot.Second, the 75MB of on-board memory is not nearly enough. When you factor in that you'll constantly have to clean-up after applications to keep the phone running smoothly, you'll only be able to download a hand full of applications before having to play musical chairs with them. When you get under 20MB of space available, your phone's performance will become pretty painful.Finally, it's just too bulky. Before cupcake, I could live with it as the additional bulk was from the keyboard, but now that the keyboard *never* gets used, I feel like I'm using significantly older technology.Engadget Reader100July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is going to be a in-depth review so if you want to know about this phone read this.Part 1- My Personal OpinionLook this phone is arguably the best phone on the market. There are some small things feature and hardware wise, for example the phone isn't exactly the thinnest phone on the market or the sexiest. Also out of the box there's no video recording, or an on-screen keyboard, but all that is fixed once you get the 1.5 update or "cupcake". but still this phone is amazing, the touch screen is just as responsive as the Iphone, maybe more. It is capacitive not resistive so there's no pressing down on the phone screen, if you have had a Samsung or LG touch screen phone you know what I mean. So in my personal opinion it's easily the second or third best phone on the market, maybe the best.Part 2- FeaturesThis phone is packed with all the features you could ask for. There's a 3 mega pixel camera and on the HVGA screen (320x480) the pictures look great. Of course this is a 3G phone along with wifi and blue tooth, unfortenatley out of the box there is no stereo blue tooth but once again with v1.5 all that is changed. The web browser is sensational maybe the best available to date, maybe with the exception of Skyfire, Palm WebOS, or the Iphone's web browser. Still a very exceptional browser no flash though, it does have tabbed browsing which is a plus. Another big feature is the Android Market which has a lot of upside because of the open development, and all the apps which come out daily. Another big feature which I don't particularly use is the Amazon MP3 app which allows you to download music OTA (over the air) directly from your device.Part 3- ConclusionLook this phone is the best phone iv'e ever used. I have used everything from feature phones to Window Mobile to Symbian and Android I think is the next big thing it's easy to use, very intuitive, and improving all of the time. So if you are in the market for a new phone and your willing to pay anywhere from $75-$200 then I think this is the phone for you.Engadget Reader100July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is a great phone. I switched to it from an iPhone and I have to say that I don't miss my iPhone at all. This lets me do everything I did with my iPhone and more. The expandable memory slot is great and the fact that I can browse the memory cards file system is great. I can use as for storage on the go. The battery life isn't bad at all. After cupcake came out I can go about 36 hours with moderate use without a charge. If your looking for a smart phone that isn't an iPhone I would recommend this phone.Engadget Reader90July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This phone is the best phone I have every played with or owned. I have used Iphones, WM phones, palms (not the pre), and worst of all Symbian phones.I find that I have only 1 complaint about the android OS. Google decided to make the OS smart, so when you close a program... it doesn't necessarily go away. So, you have to go to the application manager to see if something is still running or not. Aka: you never know what is still running unless you go check.It's not really a problem... sometimes you'll get some lag so you have to go check the application manager and shut stuff down that the OS has left running... but other than that. This may be resolved as the OS continues to mature, and it may be greatly helped as new hardware comes out.Which brings me to Hardware. The G1/Dream is sort-of capable. It does a fantastic job at all the normal stuff, but if you want to record video... you better have really good light and you better not move. What about photos? Photos are much better and it is a barely competent camera. Screen transitions are nice, fairly snappy, the apps open pretty quickly. The browser is great (will be even better with Flash support), but you always get the feeling that all this greatness could be REALLY sweet on better hardware.So, in summary, it's a really great experience, and it will only get better with time :)Engadget Reader90July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pros: Nothing super specific to the hardware, more the OS. Although I do love having a physical keyboard.Cons: Battery could be a *little* better, it's not terrible for me as I'm near a way to charge it almost all the time, but if I didn't work in the office it could be problematic.Also, while it doesn't feel as underpowered as my old T-Mobile Dash (AKA HTC Excalibur) was, it could use some more ram and a faster cpu. Overall though, excellent phone and now that T-Mobile has rolled out 3g in my city I'm really loving it :)Engadget Reader80July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I fell in love with this phone as soon as I got it. The Android OS is quite nice. Google tends to think about functionality a lot and that shows. I love the slide-out keyboard like crazy. I also like how customizable things are becoming over time within the OS. The sync with my Google contacts and info makes everything a breeze. I never even think about it, it just works that well. There are some really good applications out there on the Android Market and I love how many are free. If you want to support developers, purchasing applications is the smoothest and extremely easy/fast.Moving on...I am the type of person to focus on things to fix, so here goes. The internal storage space is garbage. It's like 70MB or something. Terrible for wanting to have a lot of applications on the phone. Who can't compare that against the 16GB or whatever the iPhone has? Sigh. Now, without root access you cannot store applications to the SD card. Ridiculous. The battery life isn't the best, but I've heard many complaints in that realm of most smart phones. No built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, but I knew that from the get go. The device is a bit clunky and large. When I saw pictures of it at first, I freaked out. It was definitely better in person - looked like a cute chubby kid, but in the pocket it does stick out (especially if you're a tight jean wearer) and the small chin protrusion of the phone makes things even a little weirder for pocket carrying.This is the best phone I've ever had, no question about it. There are some amazing things about the device. I planned an entire week vacation on the go with my G1 through maps, notes, compass, browser, etc. I feel like it's a close buddy of mine but with the lethargic release cycles and updates from Google coupled with the issues I listed above, I am feeling like a traitor and pondering the new iPhone 3GS. I want Google to step up and show that they want to push Android above and beyond, but when I see them release applications and updates to the iPhone BEFORE their own android flesh and G1 blood, I can't help but feel forgotten about.Engadget Reader90July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really love this phone, first and foremost. The simplicity of it's exterior only masks the unbelievable power this phone holds. Its fast and seamless motion between objects makes me feel like I can manage so many things at once... all my contacts, emails, txts, IM's, games, hell I even scan products in stores and search for better deals online. I love the fact that this phone can do so many things.I know there's people out there "namely iPhone trendies" that bring down the phone and its features. Lets be realistic, yes its an answer to the iphone, or a direct competitor, but it doesn't have all the trendy features. It's a functional piece of equipment none-the-less.So far this is the most functional, and reliable phone I've had to date. That may not be saying a lot, seeing as though my last phones were winmobile 5. The comparison is like night and day to me now, but I realize this is like comparing oranges and apples.I don't see the issue with the hardware being unreliable or underpowered... so far i've dropped this so many times and it barely shows a scratch. the rubberized plastic makes it much harder to actually drop, as well. The flipping screen to reveal the keyboard has never once failed me so far... and to those who say the battery sucks, i'd retort that if you keep your wifi, bluetooth, and gps on, you're gonna run it down fast. use some common sense with your battery and it's fine. mine lasts two days without a charge as long as i'm in signal.All in all, i really enjoy this phone and it's functionality. the only issue i might call an issue is it's boot up time. it does take quite some time to load up.Engadget Reader80July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I base my review after owning the iPhone 3G for just a tad longer. Both are good phones and really cannot contrast the two as both excel in my mind. Keyboard:With cupcake update, you have a physical Qwerty or on screen, AWESOME!Screen:Good Resolution, contrast, color, all good!3G:It's 3G service is faster than the iPhone 3G I have (at least in Denver).AppsNeed to be a little bit better is all I have to say. I would like skin options right from the phone, and not have to download from another website.Camera:Does not do well indoors, has to be brightly lit to work effectivly, but the video capture rocks, especially with the direct to YouTube option. Phone:Clear, works all the time, never drops a call! It is a phone first after all!Build:More solid than I initially thought, the sliding mech made me nervous at first, but the more I use it, the more I really do trust it.Cons:No straight headphone jack, the camera, and the fact T-Mobile is one of the smaller networks, so there is a lot of roaming with it.Engadget Reader30July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!When I first heard of the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 I was as excited as pretty much anyone with an interest in tech. It was only when my phone arrived that I realised what an overrated device it actually was.Firstly the hardware. The only plus point I can find with this phone is the keyboard. It's big, it's deep and the keys are the perfect distance apart meaning anyone can learn how to touch type using this keyboard. The sad thing is, that's where my praise for this phone ends.The rest of the hardware is cheap and plasticy, probably due to the fact that it's made from cheap plastic. This device will scratch, dent and have chips knocked out of from only the slightest fall. I dropped this on laminate flooring and there were scratch marks on the back, on the bus and there were chunks missing and on pavement and suddenly my phone looked like a 3D roadmap.The battery life is also quite terrible on this device. I consider myself an average user. That is, I like to browse the web whilst on route to work or home, whilst dispatching the occasional e-mail or text and every now and then I'll tweet using Twidroid. All in all this gets me to roughly 6-8 hours of play time with my phone before it's crying out for its charger once more. I am aware that Twidroids background processing may be a factor in my battery drain but it should NOT be a major one. Even with backlighting turned way down and the phone constantly on silent with no keypad tones or vibrating alerts I cannot break past the 9 hour mark.Of course most people will say this phone is more about the software than the hardware. I see this argument as the most redundant thing I've ever heard. What does the software run on? THE HARDWARE! If the hardware is not upto scratch then the software is not going to shine. This may be what has put me off Android as an OS however, the fact remains that Android OS is incredibly buggy and disjointed. Almost every app I have used on the phone has force closed for one reason or another including the application "Phone". Seriously Google? The App, "Phone", should never force close on a phone!I could rant for days about this phone but I'm going to leave it there. In all this phone gets a 3/10Engadget Reader90July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pros:Very good Google integrationSolid OSgood keyboardLess expensive monthly bill compared to iPhoneT-Mobile have good customer serviceNice selection of AppsCons:Battery life is so so with the original battery.Overall a very good choice for a super smart phone at a reasonable cost. The integration of Google Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Maps makes this a great choice for somebody who heavily uses these Google products.Also, I would like to add the fact that I am somebody who started out with an iPod Touch, and liked it, but I absolutely had to have the Internet Coverage everywhere.....so this worked out very well.Engadget Reader90July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far this is the best smart phone i have had yet. I am not a Apple fan so this worked perfect for me. The battery life is week, but the phone is fairly durable. I have known many people who drop there iphone once and it begins acting strange. I have dropped my phone many time without any notice of anything wrong with it. I also do like the feature of the slide-out keyboard it makes typing so much simpler than having to type on the screen. I also LOVE the open source feature. At first the market was shady with all of the crap programs coming out but as time went on the market grew and the software became much better.Engadget Reader50July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This phone is very ugly. I actually like the chin, but it is very bulky. The keyboard is sometimes difficult to type on because the keys are not pushed out at all. I like the conecept of the OS, but its horrible to look at is not very intuitive. T-Mobile's 3G is hardly anywhere, but I still have it and it is slowwwwwww. AIM signs out every other second. Apps crash all the time, and when you click the home button it takes about 10 seconds to completley load. I am sick of this phone. I learned not to get a first generation product. I will probably go for an HTC Hero or an Iphone 3GS next.Engadget Reader90July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The G1 needs to be examined on two different levels, the phone and the OS. Overall though the phone is a great smart phone and easily comparable to other smart phones, maybe not the iphone, but definitely the windows mobile phones and blackberry. First off the phone; While the phone itself is a very stable and solid feeling phone the hardware has some small issues. The accelerometer sometimes gets stuck, which is fixed by a reset or a vivid shaking. The camera while a 3 megapixel with auto focus still takes some blurry pictures and in low light they tend to be more orange. Now the 1.5 update made it a little better and added video recording with ability to upload straight to you tube. The lack of a 3.5mm audio output can be discouraging but the stock headset isn't to shabby and with the upgrade to A2DP you really don't even need wires anymore. The battery is one of the big downfalls, since it has about a 12 hour life expectancy with moderate use, but i never find myself away from a computer or my charger so recharging isn't that hard for me. The slide out screen to reveal the keyboard is one of its big pluses. I am not for an all touch device i like to have some hardware buttons to mash most of the time. The biggest thing i can see is even if the touch screen stops working, and their are reports it has, you can still use the track ball and keyboard shortcuts to use your phone. As for the network T-Mobile is great with a moderate coverage area. Since they have upgraded to 3G in my area my connection never drops below 2 bars and with the phones WIFI i never have to worry about missing a call.As for the OS, definitely one of the most versatile out their. I can't say I've used others smart phones other then the blackberry but it still lives up to my expectations. With so many customization options and a wide variety of apps and games that is backed by an awesome development community, it is hard for me to say their is a better app market out their. The Android OS in general is a very easy and unique UI that can cater to every phone user. Although with the exclusion of exchange servers it is not a business phone but the Gmail is pushed very fast to the phone and all the phones contacts and events are synced to your Gmail account so if you have to switch to another G-phone you don't have to reenter all those contacts they automatically sync.In conclusion it is a great phone, worth the price and contract fees. I couldn't go back to any other type of phone after using this phone.Engadget Reader70July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'll admit that I wanted this phone because I loved the ui of the iPhone but didn't want to switch carriers. I preorderd and received it in November and on the whole I wasn't disappointed. Sharp capacitive touch screen, easy to press keys and the trackball is a real bouns! Innovative notification bar on top of screen is very informative and works well once you get used to 'pulling it down'. Swing-out mechanism of screen to expose keyboard is solid and I haven't had any problems with it all all. App marketplace is maturing since it first opened and I am satisfied with its offerings. It took me awhile to get used to the chin; esp. when using the keyboard. I think that with the updated ui, the chin becomes more of a distinctive feature. I say this because I now use the on-screen keyboard more than the phys. one and therefore is isn't in the way. And the chin gives it character that other touchscreen phones lack (see samsung touchscreeens like the Omnia, etc). Another HTC phone, the HTC Hero really benefits from the chin; it looks more like a communicator from a scifi movie as opposed to just a small tablet. The camera is very basic with no zoom or flash and this is disappointing, esp. since HTC has better cameras on their other phones. As long as you have good lighting and don't move it will take a decent pic. The ui isn't as smooth as the iPhone; some of my apps crash (dxTop theme, BBC widget) and this annoys me but because it is an open source project and there have been MANY updates of the apps I've downloaded, I am happily keeping the faith.In fact, besides the availability of apps, the other thing that keeps me happy with this phone is its customization. I have downloaded a lot of ui skins and icon skins that you can use to personalize your screen. Everything from Superman, Heroes (NBC T.V.),volcanic planet, naruto, iPhone, etc.) will keep your G1 interesting to look at and use. In the end, the G! was worth the money when it first came out because of the android ui and its customization. If i were looking for a phone now, I would still stick with android, but i would wait for the Hero or the Samsung i7500Engadget Reader90July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love my G1, still to this day. I refused to fall prey to the much-hyped iPhone (which I believe is a necessary revolution that fell flat on it's face in areas of importance to me), so I jumped on the Google bandwagon. Open source! Free to license! Free to develop for! Tight Google integration! Sounds like a good start. The most recent 'Cupcake' version of Android has made some serious headway, and after seeing HTC's Sense UI, I'm having a hard time seeing the iPhone OS allure at all. Enough about the OS, we already know it's awesome.The hardware is standard HTC -- slightly above average components with just a bit too busy of a frontal design, while the rest of the phone is just extremely average. It even reminds me a bit of the first few smartphones. What we want to see today is a very high glass-to-plastic ratio, and there's a lot of plastic on the G1.I bought the G1 for the physical keyboard, and until Android 1.5 it was a necessity. The software keyboard has come a long way and I wouldn't really have an issue buying a soft-keyboard-only phone. I've had the phone since release, and the screen has been evenly lit with no dead pixels or scratches. The outer case is still in great condition, as if it was just purchased. There are definitely faults with the hardware -- there isn't nearly enough memory, and it ends up giving an occasionally sluggish experience when Android has become bloated with too many active programs. Also, the screen moves to reveal the keyboard, and no manufacturer will ever create hardware that doesn't have some level of squeak, creak, or "less than solid" feel to it. Even with these flaws, I'd still rather have this phone over anything else on the market right now given that it's the only Android option.Engadget Reader100July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!No excuses- The battery is awful.However that knocks out my complaint about having a dedicated head phone jack. I wouldn't be able to use this device for my music if I had a prayer of using it as a phone- the battery would simply die.The battery aside, this phone is great. With the newest features, all bugs are worked out by users- hack or don't hack..the product is still great. I have convinced my GF, My mother, my closest co-worker and my sister to buy this phone.They all love it, and none of them are gadget freaks. Instead it is the first smartphone that I feel captures the imagination.Engadget Reader70July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I moved to the G1 a few months back from a two year old T-Mobile Dash (Windows Mobile 6 Standard). The G1 is/was the best phone T-Mobile had to offer and moving to AT&T was not an option so I bit the bullet. I primarily use my phone for work (we use Exchange) so I needed something that would accommodate that. It wasn't until the development community stepped up that I could make the jump (purchased a product called Touchdown - $25 - and the blogging community thinks 8 - 15 bucks for WinMo is to much to pay...). I've got to say that so far the phone has not been all that great from a reliability stand point but I do have a lot of fun using it. Just a few minutes ago I missed a call from my wife, the phone didn't even ring! - this is the kind of thing that makes me batty. My crummy Dash was much more reliable and the Exchange integration, syncing, was second to none.That being said, I am hopeful that Android will be getting better and honestly do enjoy using this phone; it's just more of a toy right now than a reliable business device. For those of you who can miss a call or email without dire consequences then jump on board; for everyone else you may want to wait for Android 2.0.Engadget Reader90July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!First got my phone when tmo opened up the pre-orders to exsisting tmo customers, was very excited to recieve the phone because of hte full keyboard, the touch screen, mobile web, and gmail sync. since ive had it ive loved the phone, to open up a free app store was a huge move for them also. I very rarely find myself asking for "more" out of this phone because it curtails exactly to what i wanted out of my first smart phone. I didnt want a phone to throw my companies email on so i would be bothered with it every 10 m, i didnt want my business contacts on it either. I wanted a phone, that i could use for gps directions when im on the road, a phone that takes descent enough pics, and able to upload them to email, my contacts on the fly. also a phone that has a full keyboard, because lets face it.. touch screen keyboards suck, and always will. Considering the fact that this was their FIRST phone, I would have to say that nailed it. Is it an Iphone killer?? no.. was it aimed to be? i really dont think it was. The HTC DREAM was just getting them into the game, they wanted to see if they could make it, and have an impression. If they were be sucessfull, like with any company and new products they would move forward, and if not they would scale back and try a different approach. With the popularity and success of HTC DREAM they can officaly move forward and become more of a fighting force for the more popular smart phones out there. I can say with out a doubt that i am very glad that i adopted eairly to the G1, and i am very excited to see what else they have in store for us, the OS updates have been exactly what ive wanted, a easy seemless update with no major bugs / glitches. It looks like a bright future for the android team, and i look forward to see whatelse they have instore for the community!Engadget Reader50July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!HTC fans I'm sure will quickly snap at my argument that the HTC Dream is a piece of junk. To be fair, HTC does put out some quality sliders. And we know they love their sliders. However, the Dream's form factor is a big downfall. The awkward "chin" makes typing a pain, and the overall design of the unit is a face only a mother could love. It's build quality is questionable- on the official G1 forums as well as other sites and my own personal experience, the sliding portion of the screen feels flimsy and could potentially snap. Another issue is the creaking noise that develops only days after owning- that reminds you each and every time you opt to mash out something on the near-flush keyboard that you must flip the unit and screen each and every time (an on screen keyboard was introduced into 1.5 Cupcake but as far as I know T-Mobile has yet to officially push this out). Also, no standard earphone jack was built in. You must use the supplied Mini-USB adapter- not a huge issue, but is noteworthy nonetheless.A rough hardware review aside, the OS is exemplary. It's open-source nature not only allows but promotes the homebrew community and some really fantastic things have been pushed out for Andriod. The only things that really left an issue with me were the call screen handling app (there is a utility available for download that makes using the call interface screen extremely easier), and the lack of true multitasking. VNC and SSH apps were also great additions to have. The app community is not as robust as the iPhone, but it's developing at a considerable pace.If you're a fan of trying new things and can handle some hardware issues, the G1 is a great phone. The soon to be dubbed G2 release is imminent, and will include only a touchscreen- no physical keyboard available. If you were considering trying this phone- I would personally wait until the G2 releases, and then go check both out personally at a retail store. I'd like to add one final caveat for corporate users such as myself out there- there is no native Exchange support for Andriod- yet. There is a software solution out there, but it's a paid app and doesn't work always as intended. If corporate emails are a priority to you, this phone should not be on your list. Work email was the sole reason I switched back to my RIM 8900.Engadget Reader100July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love my HTC Dream - it has a nice big touchscreen, a great trackball, the keys are well spaced out, the microphone is good quality, and the slide mechanism feels good quality. The only negative about the hardware is that the chin makes it harder to type on one half of the keyboard. But the software is where the HTC Dream really shines. As the first Android phone, it integrates perfectly with my Google contacts and calendar, and my mail is instantly pushed to my phone. For 3rd party developers like me, the Android platform that the G1 runs is excellent. Every part of the phone can be replaced with 3rd party software. The Android Market is a great distribution platform, and the APIs available to developers are great. The software could use a bit more polish, and the phone could really use just a bit more speed - but overall, excellent phone, excellent software.
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