Early Reviews of T-Mobile G1 on the GigaOm Network


If we didn’t have enough mobility to keep us busy with Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and iPhone, now there’s the new T-Mobile G1 running on the new Google Android platform.

We at WWD haven’t said much about it because none of our team has had a chance to play with one yet. Our co-workers on the network have gotten their review units and posted initial impressions. We’ll have more on the phone as it applies to productivity and web working, but in the meantime, check out these early hands-on reviews.

The Google Phone Review: What I Love & Hate About T-Mobile G-1

This isn’t an iPhone competitor. If you look at it, you can very quickly see that G-1 is a Honda to iPhone’s BMW. After a few days of usage I have become increasingly convinced that for people who like the Apple iPhone, will find Google-based G-1 aesthetically lacking.

Despite some misgivings, Om says:

Most people who use Windows XP or Vista for their daily computing will find Google Android user interface remarkably familiar and find comfort using this device. In other words, it will sell a lot of units. And yes it is going to become a thorn in Windows Mobile’s side.

Meanwhile, jkOnTheRun has an indepth picture tour.

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

…as good as the base functionality is in the phone, it’s the third party applications that will truly set the device apart. Sure, there’s great integration with Google services, but what consumers see after that will help or hurt the success of Android devices.

What do you think, web workers? Should we focus on the device when it’s more widely available? Will you use it for work/productivity?



A number of developers have gotten together to fill the void and created an application store for T-Mobile handsets. So far we only have free and demo apps available but will be selling upgraded applications shortly.
http://www.G1-Forum.com has more details.


The T-Mobile G1 is NOT a Honda. It’s a 60’s muscle car that allows you to upgrade everything with custom parts and chromed out bling. The G1 offers a keyboard, an open OS, a removable battery, a very handy trackball that is also a button (some of you didn’t know that), a default music store that is DRM FREE! Need I go on? OK… I will, the G1 has expandable memory. Yes, I can drop in a 16GB microsd card and boost my memory at the drop of a hat… you can’t do that with an iPhone. Developers don’t have to worry about, after months of work coding an application, that it may be turned down by Apple. The camera is a 3.2 megapixel camera as compared to the iPhones paltry 2 megapixel camera. There is no comparison… the G1 beats the iPhone in functionality and usability hands down. So you may think your iPhone is a BMW… but you can’t look at the engine because it’s closed… so who cares. I just opened my muscle car up and dropped in a Ferrari engine that will run circles around your sad little iPhone.


To start off with I have used the Tmobile 1G. The phone is great. I have used alot of pdas and this is one of the easier to use. My dad that has used the treo said the G1 was so much easier use and had a nice screen. This phone is great and the browser goes to sites my other phones would not go too. I wish they had included ms outlook/exchange syn but that should be resolved in a little while. The issue with no headphone jack can be resolved by buying an adapter on on amazon. The one thing is that the battery life is not that great so you need a car charge. Even though the battery is not the greatest, it’s a great phone. :)


Note: we own a Civic in my family :)
G1 is a huge step forward to openness, even iPhone fans admit this. As for lack of integration and synchronization with MS Outlook/Exchange, we at Wrike tried to eliminate this user challenge and make the phone more useful for business people. We created a tool, called ContactsSync . You’ve most probably have already heard about that. It’s all over the web now :)


G1 lacks some integration to pc/outlook so gets a ding for business users.
But you work around via Google apps I guess. [cal/contacts/etc], still setting that part up.
BUT the plus for users is it has a KEYBOARD.
iPhones are for hipsters, who don’t do real work and spend their day Twittering or “pinching” their Flicker page.
My G1 rocks its quick the ph is great versus the muddy sound on iPh and did I mention it has a keyboard! ;)
MSFT is Dead on the ph with Apple and Google they are the new PALM of smart phones.

Peter Campbell

Note, in my family, we own both an Accord and a CRV. :). I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of my G1 next week. I expect it to be a great OS on a decent phone – the iPhone definitely has better hardware, and the multitouch is still something to envy, but the lack of a real keyboard and cut+paste were always dealbreakers for a long-time Treo user like me.

For the last year, I’ve had a T-Mobile Wing, and I roundly hate Windows Mobile, and don’t care much for the HTC device. The G1 will be a huge step up from this. But the cost will be an early adopter penalty of waiting for the available application pool to include everything I need/want, and suffering on T-Mobile’s brand new, and reportedly poor 3G network. I’m okay with all of this because I carry my Macbook everywhere, and I’m usually in good range of wifi, with free access to T-Mo and AT&T networks.

Once the application pool grows up, I imagine that the BMW/Honda comparison will be really apt – I have a solid, useful phone that supports my work, which is a mix of business (IT Director at a public interest environmental law firm) and personal pursuits (blogging/social networking in the nonprofit tech community). Since I am less interested in watching movies or playing music on my phone, I think I’ll be better served by a device that has Google’s UI priorities in mind than Apple’s, and far, far better off than I’ve been with Windows Mobile or Palm.

I think the key WWD appeal of this phone is the phenomenal integration with GMail/GCal, etc. I will suffer, at first, without Activesync, as my work email is in Exchange. But since everything else is in GMail, this phone is really going to make keeping track of all of that a breeze. Web Workers who are bought into all things Google should consider that integration, along with the superior writing capabilities, as the potential iPhone-killing features. I also suspect – but will wait and see before I’m sure – that I will ultimately have a better and far less expensive range of third-party apps to choose from. This is dependent on Android becoming pretty popular, and being ona lot more devices and networks.

If I had an iPhone, I probably would wait until more apps were out before jumping to the G1. Anyone with Windows Mobile shouldn’t hesitate.

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