Customers interested in picking up the T-Mobile G1 will be given a few more options. No, there’s no new colors available for the G1, but there are new stores that will be carrying the device. T-Mobile seems to have struck a deal with Best Buy. The screen capture above shows that Best Buy locations will be starting to stock the T-Mobile G1 starting on October 26, only days after it will hit shelves in T-Mobile retail locations. This is a great way to spread the news about the G1 and Android. If T-Mobile simply kept the phone in their stores, only current customers or people who are interested in the G1 would ever come in to take a look at it. Having the G1 in Best Buy locations gives them the opportunity to show the phone off to anyone who may be looking fo any new electronics.
Last week, a lot of people were disappointed to hear that the G1 would not be shipping with support for memory cards higher than 8GB. We were told that the T-Mobile G1 would get a firmware upgrade some time down the road to enable support for SanDisk’s 16GB microSDHC cards. Now it seems Google has had a change of heart. a Google Spokesperson was quoted saying: “We have completed tests, and the new SanDisk 16GB card will run on the current version of Android. No new firmware required.”
This news only seems logical since the technology to run a 8GB microSDHC card is the same for the 16GB card. I’m sure Google simply wanted to test the card out to make sure it would work before telling the world that it would support the card and then have there be a chance that it simply would not work. This news does give us hope that the T-Mobile G1 will also be able to support 32GB microSDHC cards once they hit the market is a year or so.
Currently a 16GB microSDGC card can be purchased at MSRP of $99.99at your local BestBuy store. More retailers are expected to be selling the card within the next month or so. A quick Google search does turn up a few only shops that are practically giving it away at $76 with free shipping and no tax (only if you are located out of state of course).
Over the weekend, it seemed that T-Mobile burned through its stash of the HTC made G1. Unfortunately T-Mobile has not released hard numbers on the amount of units it was putting up for pre-sale to current T-Mobile customers, but 60,000 units is a number we’ve seem thrown around quite a few times lately.
After a few hours of seemingly being sold out, T-Mobile’s order page was back up and running. It could have been a glitch in the system, but I’m going to make the assumption that T-Mobile has allotted some extra units for customers still interested in the pre-order. We still have three weeks and a day before the device hits store shelves and people’s front doors. Let’s see how much longer the pre-sale goes until they finally run out.
It definitely has been an incredible week. t-Mobile kicked things off on Tuesday, revealing the HTC made G1, the first Google Android powered handset. The G1 will hit store shelves on October 22 in T-Mobiles recently launched 3G markets across the country. Thousands of current T-Mobile customers have already rushed T-Mobile’s website, to place their pre-orders for the G1 and the excitement in the air can definitely be felt.
Unfortunately there are lot of people who seem to think that the G1 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Being an HTC fan, I would generally have to disagree with a lot of what they have to say, but it seems some do have some legitimate complaints about the Android OS and the G1 itself.
The first round of complaints come from the iPhone fanatics. Over the past few days I have read a few dozen "iPhone vs. G1" articles, which have pitted the phones head to head on specs, performance, and software offerings. It seems the iPhone fanboys are always the quickest and loudest in voicing their opinion that there’s nothing on the market that will beat their iPhone.
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HTC’s G1 page has gone up on their site as well. This is the first time we get a detailed look at the actual specifications of the HTC G1 in full detail.
- Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7201A™, 528 MHz
- Operating System: Android
- Memory: ROM: 256 MB, RAM: 192 MB
- Dimensions (LxWxT): 117.7 mm x 55.7 mm x 17.1 mm (4.60 in x 2.16 in x 0.62 in)
- Weight: 158 grams (5.57 ounces) with battery
- Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution
HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe: 2100 MHz US:1700/2100 MHz Up to 7.2 Mbps down-link (HSDPA) and 2 Mbps up-link (HSUPA) speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Device Control: Trackball with Enter button
- Keyboard: Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
- GPS: GPS navigation capability with built-in GPS receiver and map software
Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate,
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g,
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
- Camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus
- Audio: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WMV
- Battery: 1150 mAh
- Special Features: Digital Compass, Motion Sensor
You would think that ordering your T-Mobile G1 would be a simple process. Simply click the "Get it first!" button on their site, log into your T-Mobile account and press the order button. For many people, this has not been the case. It took us over one hours of page refreshed, logging in and out a few dozen times, and swapping out computers before we were finally able to get through the order process. It’s not that the process itself was hard, but I’m not sure T-Mobile was expecting as many orders as they are getting in. We kept getting errors saying that they were unable to process our upgrade order and that the feature was not available.
After all this, we’re glad to say that we should be getting our G1 on October 22 in the mail. How about you? Has your order gone through yet?
T-Mobile has officially revealed the HTC G1 to the public this morning. At their press vent in New York city, T-Mobile gave an in depth look at the G1 and an overview of it’s features. We have put together an overview of the information we have gotten today. A lot of information is still trickling in so if we missed anything, please let us know.
Pricing: Current T-Mobile customers can pre-order the G1 for $179 with a new 2 year agreement. The phone will have two data plans starting at $25 for unlimited 3G data and 400 text messages or $35 for unlimited 3G data and unlimited text messages.
Features: The t-mobile HTC G1 will offer 5 hours of talk time, 130 hours of standby, measures in at 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 in and has a 65K color screen, HVGA (480×320) screen. The device will ship with a 1GB memory card which they say can be expanded up to 8GB. The G1 will feature a 3.1MP camera, but will not be able to capture video. GSP and an internal compass will be included as well.
Google Apps: Google has worked long and hard to completely integrate their services into the Android platform. The phone will feature seamless integration between Gmail, Google Calendar, and GTalk which will all automatically sync to your G1. A one time Google login takes care of keeping your calendar, e-mail, and chats all up to date.
Availability: The T-mobile HTC G1 will be available for all T-mobile customers to buy and will be in stores October 22, regardless if they are in a 3G market or not. All T-Mobile stores will have a G1 demo unit on hand so that potential customers can experience the Android platform first hand. Customers who are not in a 3G market will need to purchase the phone through the website (T-Mobile store employees can assist with this as well).