T-Mobile G1 Review: The Whole Cagoogle

By 05:27 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

The T-Mobile G1 is the Googlephone. Did we really need to say that? Well, there's more Google in this tale than there is phone, so we guess we did. We've got a recent contender on the race track but we're talking no rookie here. If you thought Apple made the phone game breathtaking, think of where it's all heading with Google keen to play along. Unlike the iPhone Mac Operating System (OS) X, the Android is the joint effort of the whole Open Handset Alliance, which brings together makers that sure know the drill. So much for the rookie, as long as Google is siding with Asus, HTC, LG, Garmin, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba.

But well, that's the bigger story. We have the first chapter correct here, and it's called the T-Mobile G1 or HTC Dream if you prefer. The first impression sure is important. So, there we go.

T-Mobile G1 official photos

T-Mobile G1 or to be also released as HTC Dream might not have the specs to create a geek's heart melt but we guess the Android Operating System (OS) was still gonna draw drool even if it came tossed in a plastic bag or wrapped in newspaper. So, foracquire about the peculiar form factor, the full QWERTY keyboard, the large and crisp touchclassy screen and the anti-utopian design. Android's inside and google is the limit.

Key features:

  • Android OS

  • 3.2" capacitive touchclassy screen display of HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution

  • Slide-out five-row full QWERTY keyboard

  • elegant Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528 Mega Hertz (MHz) CPU, 192 Mega Bytes (MB) RAM

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support

  • 3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps

  • 3.15 megapixel autofocus capturing camera

  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b/g

  • GPS

  • Trackball

  • Accelerometer sensor

  • Digital compass

Main disadvantages:

  • Quite unassuming looks

  • Pretty bulky and heavy

  • The slider mechanism rattles

  • No video-call camera

  • No video recording

  • No flash support in the web browser

  • No file transfers or A2DP over Bluetooth

  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

  • No classy screen auto rotation

  • No smart dialing

G1 does see like a rather wary and conservative approach to introducing a recent Operating System (OS) to the mobile world. While the T-Mobile G1 isn't by any means low-discontinue it kind of deliberately falls short of what the current multimedia monsters have to offer, both in terms of styling and mind-boggling high-tech feats. This gives the G1 two quite vital advantages. Firstly the main focus of the device remains on the OS, though this doesn't exactly relieve the pressure. Secondly, keeping a low profile allows the G1 to acquire away with its juvenile weaknesses more easily.

T-Mobile G1 all over

Another seemingly smart go by Google is to debut in a rather vacant segment where the G1 will face less competition. While there certainly are a few slide-out QWERTY touchscreens, only a couple of them have achieved a honest degree of success recently.

HTC Touch Pro and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 are both manufactured by HTC and are basking in the spotlight. However, the WinMo Professional isn't everyone's cup of tea even with all the custom plug-ins there are. So why not freshen things up by bringing something completely recent - the G1.

The result they achieved is controversial - the G1 sells pretty decently but still hasn't matched the iPhone kind of hype. Part of the explanation is of course the iPhone itself, which raised the bar rather high for any newcomers. But we doubt that any personal failure of the G1 - if any - is likely to spell doom for the Android platform. So, in a way that sounds pretty safe and reassuring for this here Google-phone.

Anyway, we're more interested in that one soldier at this point rather than the army to come. So, let's see if there is more to it, as we inspect the T-Mobile G1 more closely. We hold off on the next page with the design and ergonomics of the first of them Androids.



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