As many of you know, I typically don’t write my own handset reviews. I’ve come to the conclusion that with the thousands of tech bloggers on the web, all the things I love and hate about each device usually gets picked apart by a few dozen writers before I’d ever get a chance to do so. The past few days I have been scrawling through google searches, trying to find a review on the T-Mobile G1 from someone who’s had it since day one and has used it as their main device since then. To my surprise, there was very little out there. I stumbled upon a few reviews with title like “A week with the T-Mobile G1” or “Should you switch to the G1?” but nothing from someone who has actually lived with it and watched it grow over the past few months. So here it is… Living with an Android: my first three months with the T-Mobile G1.
It’s been eight days since we showed off the full list of upcoming 2009 phones from HTC. Though we have a lot of faith in HTC, I personally was not expecting to see a live picture of the Sapphire 2.0 this soon. Since the Android powered handset is expected to launch on T-Mobile networks across the globe later this year, it has already been dubbed the G2. But don’t expect this to be just like its predecessor. The HTC Sapphire 2.0 has been put on a diet and has lost the QWERTY keyboard that was featured on the G1. This only means that the G2 will be sporting "cupcake" features, including an on screen keyboard for text entry. Details are still a bit slim at the moment, so we’ll just have to sit back and wait till be hear more.
In the mean time, let’s hope to see a few more leaked spy shots of other HTC devices.
Only two and a half months since it made its U.S. and UK debute, the T-Mobile G1 is now available to be pre-ordered at any T-Mobile shop in the Netherlands. The T-Mobile G1 will cost you 50 Euros (nearly $65). T-mobile customers in Germany will be getting the G1 on February 2 for only 1 Euro. We’re assuming that T-Mobile will be locking you into one of their contracts for at least two years. The G1 is expected to be in customers’ hands on January 30th. Austria and the Czech Republic should be seeing the T-mobile G1 within a few weeks as well, but no details are yet available.
"The G1 is a device which is praised by experts, especially for the ease of use, speed of the Internet and of course the Android operating system that anyone can develop applications themselves. We offer the G1 with mobile broadband Internet, allowing customers to benefit fully from the device to use and always available. The G1 is just made for mobile surfing the web. – Bart Weijermars, Marketing Director T-Mobile Netherlands"
When we first got wind that google was going to be rolling “cupcake” into the Android open source project, but noted that there may be a chance that T-Mobile G1 users may never see then on their handsets. It’s completely up to T-Mobile to decide what version of Android makes it onto the G1. However, Engadget got a note from HTC yesterday afternoon, stating that they were confident that the majority of the “cupcake” updates would make it to the G1. HTC made it clear that they have no control over the situation and that the decision is up to T-Mobile.
I would like to note that Google has a vested interest in making the G1 a successful phone. Adding stereo Bluetooth support, on screen keyboard, and other capabilities would only increase the G1’s marketability and in turn would boost Android’s reputation. We can’t say when or what will be included in T-Mobile’s next OTA (over the air) update for the G1, but I’d expect it to add a few more desperately needed features.
It seems the blogosphere is ablaze with a whole lot of speculation about the G2. If you have not heard anything yet, don’t worry. All you are missing is pure speculation by people "not in the know". The rumors contain specs on the G2 that claim it will have a 5MP camera, flash, no qwerty keyboard, support 16GB microSD memory cards, video calling, and more.
The rumor started by stating that the G2 would be available in January. Within 24 hours the other sites are claiming that its now been pushed back to April. Unfortunately, there is no concrete evidence to prove that T-Mobile is currently preparing to launch the G2 any time soon. If T-Mobile will be using an HTC device as the G2, we already have word from HTC that they will be launching one or more Android handsets in early summer of 2009. If they were cooking up something before then, I’m sure they would have let the masses know about that rather than putting a date on something that’s more than 6 months out.
It seems Google is committed in getting software developers on board with Android. I wouldn’t think that the weekend would be the best time for a launch, but it seems Google just couldn’t wait any longer. For the sweet price of $399, developers can now pick up the Android Dev Phone 1. The only difference between the Android Dev Phone 1 and the T-Mobile G1 is that the new one is SIM unlocked as well as being fully hardware unlocked. This means that the Android Dev Phone 1 can be used with any SIM card and can flash any custom built Android build. The only catch is that you have to be registered with Google as a developer. That’s pretty easy though since all you have to do is register on their webpage (dev registration costs only $25).
And we’re back. Sorry for the delay, but we had a busy holiday weekend with family in town and a whole lot of chores to do around the house. As most tech savvy people know, today is Cyber Monday. Since we all like to save some cash on out gadgets, American Express is offering a sweet deal to their cardholders. Their My Wishlist page is currently offering the T-mobile G1 for the incredible price of $125. We’ve heard that supplies of the G1 are extremely limited and that this offer is only good for today. Let us know if you’re able to pick one up, but you better hurry, I’d imagine the G1 is selling fast at this price.