T-Mobile G1, a hands-on introduction to the first Android phone

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17 Comments

Leumas Rodarbal

one reason why i upgraded to the G1 because it is an HSDPA device and unlike CDMA or evdo devices, it can handle simultaneous voice calls and Data. I have a tmobile Dash and i use it as a wireless modem a lot for internet access for my Desktop. Prior to upgrading to the G1 i had the impression that since they are both designed and built by HTC, I could also use the G1 as a wireless modem and since it is a 3.5G device i gathered that I could get faster Data transfer rates than i did with the Dash. All the hype and publicity by tmobile regarding the G1 and my prior good experience with the Dash made me trust tmobile’s word and it was only later on that i discovered with my chagrin that the G1 does not support and could not provide wireless modem functions like that of the Dash. But since the G1 is a complete palm computer in itself i believe that all that is needed is a firm ware and software upgrade that will enable the G1 to have that capability. I mentioned this to tmobile’s tech support but did not get satisfactory answers, i also mentioned to them that since the G1 already have the required Logic chips and the required RF circuits that is directly contrallable by the logic circuits that the G1 is ready to function as a wireless modem just like the Dash and surpass the Dash since the G1’s RF and logic circuits are very much more advanced as compared to the Dash but tmobile’s tech support have the narrow minded defeatist attitude that it can’t be done which i do not believe one bit and insisted to them that all it takes is a firm ware and software upgrade, in their email response, i could sense that they agree with me but they are just in plain denial but they do know what i am talking about. So it is not the G1 that i am not actually disappointed with but rather with the attitude of the tech support staff. I just wished that i could talk to an engineer from HTC who could be more optimistic about my suspecion that it can be done.

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chris

Voice dial sucks. Canlt get it to work with my motorola H12. It needs voice tag or better yet a crackberry like voiceback system. Itshould alsooverflow app space to the roomy 16 gb miicro SD. Come on T-Mobile get it right quick.

Judy

Does anyone know if I can sync my address book and calendar on my Macbook Pro w/ same on the G-1?

garrett

The keys appear lined up on your unit. The keys are staggered so you must compare the 0 to the q, not the 1.

I do have difficulty reading the keys on my brown unit. The keys are silver. When the key lights come on in mid-level light I must tilt the unit to take advantage of reflections.

daniel

does anyone no with the g1 can u send music to n from it with bluetooth

abcyesn

These are some of the features that are easily implemented with the software of the G1 but havent been setup yet. The third one is a hardware feature issue.

1. Stereo Bluetooth: I love this feature on my other devices mostly for music. I have a bluetooth stereo speakerphone that i love but i cant use it for anything other than calls with the G1 in its current state. i would love to just send it over bluetooth and have it play.

2. UMA/Hotspots calling: Yes this really should have been a launch feature but I know from other devices like the blackberry curve, the software has to be optimized to not kill the battery since its running over wifi. Blackberry has done a great job with there version so I imagine its only a matter of time before we get it on the G1.

3. 3.5mm audio jack: This is a HTC thing, they ship the G1 with a very good quality headset but many would like to plug up the device to a auxillary or use different headphones. I believe i have seen adapters for this but the last one i saw for 10 dollars was a motorola branded one and i wouldnt take a chance on anything other than htc.

4. Corporate email and outlook: these should come in time considering the phone lends itself to users who actually have a need for these services.

For more see http://www.G1-Forum.com

turn.self.off

kinda interesting that the im client supports all those networks out of the box. but the big question could be, do that include video and/or audio?

phi

different sources have said different things about the screen. Is it glass or is it hard plastic?

Cody B

Does the Dash charger work on the G1? I have 3 chargers for my dash and it would be nice to be able to use them. Just looking to see if the voltage is the same.

nikooo

What about movie player? What formats does it “swallow”? Is it any good?

What kind of games are available from GG Market? Are these as well developed as those on the iPhone/iTouch?

Is the contact app working like the one online, adding every which spammer to the list?

@Bill: may look ugly… as long as it works well :)

bill

Well it looks like the kindle finally has some competition for “ugliest tech of the year”.

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