Summary: Though we're not in love with the design and would have liked some additional features, the real beauty of the T-Mobile G1 is the Google Android platform, as it has the potential to make smartphones more personal and powerful. That said, it's not quite there yet, so for now, the G1 is best suited for early adopters and gadget hounds, rather than consumers and business users.
Pros: The T-Mobile G1 features a full QWERTY keyboard, 3G support, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. The Google Android operating system offers good integration with Google applications as well as access to the Amazon MP3 Store and YouTube. As more applications become available, the G1 will also become a more powerful smartphone for all types of users.
Cons: The G1 doesn't include a standard heaphone jack and lacks Microsoft Exchange support. There are some annoying design quirks that make the smartphone uncomfortable to hold and difficult to use. You can't save downloaded applications to a memory card. Speakerphone quality wasn't the greatest.
Summary: There has been a lot of talk about the HTC Dream. And we do mean quite a bit. Introduced as the T-Mobile G1 in the second half of 2008, the first Google Android phone did create quite a stir in geek circles. The delicious open-source Android platform kept budding and experienced developers busy and hard at work in delivering new applications to the Android Market.
Excerpt: The HTC Dream is a unique and interesting mobile device. It is powered by Google Android and first launched as the HTC G1 in the U.S and in Europe. At the time of launch it was the only handset running the Google Android OS and was very popular as a result...
Conclusion: The T-Mobile is a great start for Google's first Android phone. While it might lack features like video recording, A2DP and a built-in video player, usability is top notch and the core functions work well: phone, web and basic email. The G1 isn't a good fit for business users given its lack of desktop and Exchange syncing and its Gmail, POP3 and IMAP-only email support.
Pros: Fast and responsive, very easy to use, easy to download applications via the Android Market directly to the phone. Very good capacitive display, good camera photo quality and obviously excellent Gmail support. Excellent call quality.
Cons: No 3.5mm headphone jack, can't shoot video, no A2DP, keyboard on brown model lacks contrast. On-board multimedia applications are weak other than the good mobile YouTube player. No desktop or Exchange syncing.
Conclusion: Even with all that we’ve covered here, we’ve barely touched on the G1’s overall sophistication: It’s a wondrous achievement for a first-gen operating system. As such, the G1 is the Phil Mickelson of cell phones – that is to say, it ranks as a star compared to nearly every rival except for the Tiger Woods of cell phones, the iPhone. In some ways, the G1 is easier to navigate than the iPhone and, depending on your keyboard tastes, it may be easier to compose text on.
Summary: Updated : When you look at T-Mobile's smart phone lineup, the G1 certainly rises close to the top. We prefer the newer $199 myTouch 3G because of its sleeker design, but those looking for a physical keyboard and a Google phone experience should opt for the G1 instead. You'll just have to be willing to put up with a device that's bulkier and delivers less battery life.