We've brought you the details on the T-Mobile G1 with the Google Android OS and now we present it in pictures and video. CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy attended the G1's New York City launch event Tuesday where he gave the phone a good once-over in our First Look video. Check it out to get his impression of the handset's design and features
After the T-Mobile G1 was announced this morning, we went over the features of the G1, compared it to other phones, and listed what was missing. But we think a lot of you are asking if this compares well to the Apple iPhone 3G, and if it's a so-called "iPhone killer." Here's a simple side-by-side comparison chart of the two devices, with what we think are important design and feature differences (Bear in mind that some of these features might change as new applications surface). Let us know what you think.T-Mobile G1 Apple iPhone 3G … Read more
We've covered the T-Mobile G1 all day long, from the live blog at the launch to more recent updates on G1 data plans and feature comparisons with other phones. But we know some of you just want to see photos of the new device. So here are a few pictures of the brand-new T-Mobile G1 you can check out for a closer look.
Apple has figured out a way to let prospective iPhone 3G buyers get a few of the steps out of the way at home.
The activation process is still not quite as smooth as the one that greeted new owners of the original iPhone, but Apple and AT&T seem to have figured out a way to make things a little easier while keeping the unlockers at bay as much as possible. A visit to an Apple or AT&T store is still required, but some of the preliminary details can now be completed via the Internet.
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NEW YORK--Google's first Android phone may not win any beauty contests, but the smartphone's software and advanced Web browsing will give today's current crop of smartphones, including the iPhone, a run for their money.
T-Mobile USA and Google unveiled the first Google Android phone Tuesday at an event here. The phone, previously code-named the HTC Dream, is now called the T-Mobile G1. And it goes on sale in the U.S. on T-Mobile's network starting October 22 for $179 with a two-year service contract.
T-Mobile USA's parent company Deutsche Telekom will also be selling the device starting in November in the United Kingdom through its T-Mobile service. And the phone will be available throughout the rest of Europe via T-Mobile starting in the first quarter of 2009.
From a hardware perspective, the G1 isn't a game changer. The device, which has a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from a touch-screen exterior, looks similar to other devices on the market, such as the T-Mobile Sidekick or Verizon's LG Voyager.
But under the hood, the Google Android software greatly improves the mobile Web experience for users, making it a compelling competitor to the Apple iPhone and a hands-down winner when compared with other smartphones like Research In Motion's BlackBerry or phones running Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system.… Read more
T-Mobile is warning G1 customers that they could get placed into the slow lane if they use more than 1GB of data in a billing cycle.
Engadget spotted the fine print underneath T-Mobile's G1 page on its Web site trumpeting the arrival of the first phone to run Google's Android software. "If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, your data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less," the company warned.
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The introduction of the G1 phone (the HTC Dream) is very nearly overshadowed by the marketing decision to destroy perfect innocent words in the commercials for it. But we do eventually get around to discussing the features, the delay of Windows Mobile 7, electric cars from Chrysler (for real!), and SanDisk takes a beating.
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With the new T-Mobile G1, aka the HTC Dream, the Google Android OS is now a reality. The touch-screen device with the QWERTY keyboard offers a host of intriguing features but there a few things left off the list, some of which are surprising. Here's what we noticed so far.
Exchange server support Sure, this may come later, but this is a glaring omission on any handset that's hoping for a slice of the smartphone pie. Of course, that also means there's no Outlook calendar and contacts syncing, either.
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Now that we've had a taste of what the T-Mobile G1 offers, we compare it with other phones on the market and see if it brings anything different to the table.
1. Design - The combination of a touch screen and a keyboard isn't new of course, but I thought it would be good to remind people that others exist. The HTC Touch Pro is a Windows Mobile device that has both a touch screen and a keyboard, while the LG Voyager is a non-smartphone with both a touch screen and a keyboard as well. That said, the addition of a QWERTY keyboard does make it a little more easy to use than touch-screen-only devices like the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Instinct. Also note that so far, it seems that the G1 has a removable battery while the iPhone does not.
Update: It turns out that the G1 does not have a 3.5-mm headset jack, which is a big downside considering it does have a music player with access to the Amazon MP3 store. And because it doesn't have stereo Bluetooth either, you might have to cough out some extra cash for a headphone adapter.
2. Interface - Of course, we won't be able to really tell the difference between the G1 and that of other touch-screen phones until we get one in our hands, but from the demo, it appears that you use the touch screen just like you would with the others. You swipe the touch screen to switch pages and scroll down menus, and you tap an application to open it. However, you can also hold down something (or a long press) to open up options. Just like the LG Dare, the T-Mobile G1 lets you drag and drop any application to the home screen as a convenient shortcut.
Since the G1 runs an operating system made by Google, it only makes sense that it has excellent search capabilities. Just like that on the Helio Ocean, the G1 has something called one-click contextual search, which lets you search your contacts as well as the Web just by typing in a few letters and hitting Enter. We'll know more about the G1's interface once we try it out for ourselves.
Another important factor: The G1 has copy and paste.
3. Connectivity - The G1 is one of the first devices to work on T-Mobile's 3G network. It also works on both Wi-Fi and 3G, and has quad-band GSM plus dual-band UMTS, which means it will work abroad as well. The iPhone has both Wi-Fi and 3G as well as quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA while both the Instinct and the Dare are CDMA with EV-DO and don't have Wi-Fi (We made the mistake of saying the iPhone was tri-band earlier, sorry for that). The HTC Touch Pro has Wi-Fi, 3G, and a quad-band GSM version, but is not yet available in the U.S. The G1 has Bluetooth but not stereo Bluetooth, similar to the iPhone. Other devices like the Instinct and Dare do have stereo Bluetooth. Also, the G1 does not allow tethering as a modem, which most Windows Mobile smartphones allow.
4. Messaging - Like most other phones, the G1 has e-mail and instant messaging with special preference given to Gmail and Google Talk (To answer one of the comments, the G1 will also offer IM for AIM, Yahoo, and MSN). It doesn't have Exchange support out of the box, which both the iPhone and the Instinct do (and of course every Windows Mobile smartphone out there). But if you're a Gmail fan, you'll love the push Gmail on the G1. Also unlike the iPhone, the G1 does have multimedia messaging, plus you can multitask applications while chatting. There's a "windowshade" that you can pull down on the G1 to retrieve an ongoing instant message conversation. … Read more
T-Mobile just informed us of data plans specific to the T-Mobile G1 (these do not include the voice plan). The first plan has unlimited Web, e-mail, and messaging for $35. This plan includes:Unlimited Web Unlimited e-mail Unlimited messaging (text, picture, and IM) T-Mobile HotSpot data access
The second plan has unlimited Web and e-mail and 400 messages for $25. This plan includes:Unlimited Web Unlimited e-mail (unlimited, part of Web/data) Unlimited IM on Google Talk 400 total messages (text messages, picture messages, non-Google Talk IM) T-Mobile HotSpot data access
Update: We just heard that the data plans aren'… Read more