However, Warmsley hinted that a zoom facility could be added in future, which suggests that a firmware update could find its way to the phone soon after the UK November launch.
The phone’s storage capability is reasonable, because it has 2GB of on-board memory and supports Micro SD cards. But you’ll need a dentist’s toolkit to get the memory card out, because it slots out from behind a tiny and oddly shaped panel on the phone’s side.
The G1 doesn't have a user-facing camera
The 3.2in 320 x 480 screen displays videos clearly and Android’s integrated Music application helps organise and belt out tunes in a range of formats, including MP3, AAC and WMA. It’s worth noting that the G1 doesn’t sport a 3.5mm headphone jack, so an adaptor will likely be on your list of accessories to buy if you opt for the G1.
So, what else did we think was cool about the much-hyped Android-based G1? Well, it’s got a nice weight to it, 158g to be exact, which makes the phone feel sturdy in your hands.
The bottom section, which houses the tracker ball and associated buttons, juts out at a slight and almost unnoticeable angle. This might sound like a moot point, but this ensures that the phone’s rear-end curves comfortably around your jaw line.
When a text message comes in the SMS’ content scrolls across the top of the phone’s screen. This will be handy if you’re mid-way through a web session and can’t be bothered to open the message up yourself.
The G1 is manufactured by HTC and will be available exclusively though T-Mobile in the UK this November. It’ll be free on the network operator’s £40 per month tariff, which comes with unlimited web access.
Hands on with the T-Mobile G1
Most of your list seem to be either criticisms of the providers plans, or the lack of features that plenty of other smartphones don't have either.
I agree with everyones criticisms of the visual aspect of this phone, but then I thought the whole point of Android was that it was supposed to be a platform not a single phone model (so the cheapness of the build is surely on the shoulders of HTC rather than Google). But lets face it, why would HTC invest big bucks on the design of a phone for a new unproven platform... they are testing the waters to judge the reaction to the Android UI before they make any serious investment. Apple on the other hand controls both the hardware and software for the iPhone, and as such they needed to pay as much attention to the physical appeal not just the UI.
So while I won't be rushing to buy this particularly ugly phone, I will be reserving my judgment on Android until I've had a chance to play with it. I'm also hoping that as someone suggested, Android gets ported to some of the other HTC devices (I'd love to try it out on my current HTC WM6 phone).
As for Google, I'm no fanboi... I've started using Scroogle and while I do use Google Docs for some things, I'd never use it for anything personal or sensitive.
I don't suppose there's any chance that one day in the future I might be able to buy the phone of my choice and install the OS of my choice on it, like I can with a PC (excluding Apple OS's, of course, but then I always do).
So what's it's USP?
I thought this was to be the FOSS alternative to the closed source approach of Apple and Microsoft? yet it's on contract, will be locked down and there's lots of commercial applications.
It just looks to me like a Google clone of Windows Mobile with some iPhone features on typically badly designed ugly hardware.
Trackballs? why not force users to plugin a mouse and be done with it. A properly designed mobile interface does not need trackballs and millions of buttons. A keyboard is justified if the device comes with mobile office software.
it's not the sleekest phone I've ever seen, and design is a factor in purchase too.
that said, the photos in this first look were mostly unfocussed and taken in very poor light that made the white facade look dim, and the keypad shot is so heavily shadowed I thought the back was transparent (between the keys) until I checked other photos.
I suspect this product may suffer from Applism.
5 years ago I thought my trusty iRiver was great - it did lots more than an iPod, and was cheaper too. But it lacked the swanky interface or simplicity of design, and look what happened. iRiver were pushing ahead in what the technology could do and keeping prices fair, but apple will still succeed by pushing out stylish, simpler models as most people are not technical, and want simplicity and style over functionality - and evidently will pay more for less too. Now iRiver, for all their advances, are the ones pushing to get that sleek apple-style ease of use into their product range, while apple control the market.
google as the late-comer to the party have made a good first attempt, but it hasn't got enough to be anything other than a techy small-percent share yet
The Satan Phone?
If this is the Satan phone, then Satan's running around Hell carrying an HTC Touch Pro and screaming: "What the fuck are you up to? *This* is where it's at!" at His minions right now.
The only thing that looks like it's been dreamed up in Hell as a Machiavellian plot to Own The World here is the lock in Network contract and Apple did that one first.
Satan is dead. Long live the new Satan.