News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
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).
Google has just posted a video which gives a short walkthrough which shows how the Android OS and various Google services interact. the google Calendar, Gmail contacts, GTalk and more are all linked together to give users a seamless experience.
While we were taking in the LIVE T-Mobile press event in New York, we finally got the official HTC press release about the HTC G1.
Here’s the text from the e-mail:
"We want to share that today HTC, in conjunction with Google and T-Mobile have announced the world’s first Android-powered device, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle. Through a vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun; the three companies partnered for today’s historical unveiling. The T-Mobile G1 features a QWERTY keyboard, vibrant full touch-screen functionality and a mobile Web experience that incorporates Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and other popular Google products.
Working together, HTC, T-Mobile and Google integrated to deliver a premium, easy-to-use mobile Web and communications experience in one device. The phone’s sliding screen design allows users to easily communicate with friends online or use the T-Mobile G1’s messaging capabilities. For additional device access, the T-Mobile G1 features a convenient trackball from quick, one-handed navigation."Starting today, T-Mobile customers can pre-order the T-Mobile G1 at www.T-MobileG1.com. Beginning October 22nd, the device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores for a $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. In addition, the T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009. Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
For more information about today’s announcement including a live broadcast of the announcement, device features and facts, please visit www.T-MobileG1.com. Please see below for the full press release. "