Google and T-mobile announced the released of the first Android-based phone called the T-Mobile G1. Lots of people was anticipating the launch of the said smartphone who can challenge Apple’s iPhone. Let us take a look at some of its features and decide if it is even worthy of being iPhone’s challenger.
The T-Mobile G1 have a 3.17″ 65K color touchscreen that runs in HVGA (480×320) resolution.
talktime for 5 hours and standby for 130 hours.
3.1MP, 4×6 print quality.
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi and UMTS/HSDPA
4.60” x 2.16” x 0.62”; Weight: 5.6 ounces. And available in white, black and brown.
1GB MicroSD card preinstalled. Supports 8GB MicroSD (max size of a MicroSD card).
Of course, what would Google Maps be without it?
The T-Mobile G1’s Maps application will integrate Street View so you can see where you are going. A built-in compass orients the map to your position.
Similar to the iPhone’s mobile App Store, the Android Market will allow downloading of various Android apps from the phone, to the phone.
Amazon MP3 Store
Amazon’s MP3 store will be preloaded on every T-Mobile 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.
Yes, G1 comes preinstalled with YouTube
ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping
Ecorio: 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
Date and Pricing
Will be released on October 22 for $179 with a 2 year contract. Unlimited internet with “some messaging” will run $25/month. Unlimited internet and messaging is $35/month. Data plans will require voice plans.
We also found a chart in Gizmodo sizing up the T-Mobile G1 against its competitors like App’s iPhone and Blackberrys:
The only problem that I see on the G1 is the storage capacity,. It only comes with a 1GB MicroSD card evn though it is upgradable to 8GB – which is the max size for MicroSD cards for the time being- it is still small compared to the iPhone’s 8GB and 16 GB capacity. It have its advantages and disadvantages against the iPhone, it is only up to the users which phone fits him/her.