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77 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Pros
  • Innovative new OS
  • Great hardware keyboard
  • Responsive touchscreen
Cons
  • UI is uneven in places
  • Camera poor for even casual use
  • Browser performance was sluggish
77 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

80
asimshrz
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
70
nand0s
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
80
DeadReckon
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
72
Average Critic Score
 
70
Engadget
Shortcomings 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.
 
80
CNET Asia
This 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.
 
70
Gizmodo
It's not perfect, but for people who like tinkering, its cons are outweighed by its pros such as Gmail and the Marketplace.
 
60
PocketNow
So 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.
 
80
IntoMobile
With 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.