Android, T-Mobile G1

Android shows its promise, but it’s a disappointing first outing for this clunkily practical handset, popular tech site igizmo.co.uk reports, commenting new T-Mobile G1.

The T-Mobile G1 is the first mobile handset to feature Google’s open-source Android operating system. As such, it’s arguably the most interesting development in mobile phones since the iPhone’s appearance two years ago.

First impressions of Android are good. When you first turn it on, you’ll have it set up and synchronised with your Gmail email, contacts and calendar in just a minute or two. Emails are pushed to the phone by default, so you’re alerted as they arrive.

The G1 sports a 3.17″ 65K color touchscreen that runs in HVGA (480×320) resolution.
Battery Life
You can talk for 5 hours, or keep the phone in standby for 130 hours.
Camera
3.1MP, or right around 35mm 4×6 print quality.
Frequency Fun
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi and UMTS/HSDPA
850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100Mhz
Dimensions
4.60” x 2.16” x 0.62”; Weight: 5.6 ounces. And available in white, black and brown.
Storage
1GB MicroSD card preinstalled. Supports 8GB MicroSD.
GPS
Of course, what would Google Maps be without it?
Google Maps
As we’ve seen in a recent update, the G1’s Maps application will integrate Street View so you can see where you are going. But in an industry first, a built-in compass orients the map to your position. North is always up!
Android Market
Similar to the iPhone’s mobile App Store, the Android Market will allow downloading of various Android apps from the Market, to the phone.
Amazon MP3 Store
Amazon’s MP3 store will be preloaded on every G1, allowing the download of 6 million DRM-free tracks with singles starting at 89 cents. Downloading music requires a Wi-Fi connection, previewing can be done over T-Mobile’s network.
YouTube
Yup, it’s on there.
Other Apps
ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping
Ecori developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like BreadCrumbz: enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos; customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world.

T-Mobile G1 Android HTC Smartphone White $479.99
T-Mobile G1 Android HTC Smartphone Black (unlocked) $499.99
T-Mobile G1 Android HTC Smartphone Black $469.99
T-Mobile G1 Android HTC Smartphone Bronze (unlocked) $479.99

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