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...
Excerpt: (1 items) There are those who think the T-Mobile G1, based on Google’s Android OS, is the first smart phone platform to come along that actually gives Apple’s iPhone a run for its money in terms of capability, usability, and accessibility. When the T-Mobile G1 debuted last fall, many positioned it as the first serious competitor to the iPhone.
Pros: Can send/receive picture messages, Good integration with online Google offerings like Gmail, Contacts, Google Calendar, Built-in instant messaging, Ability to run multiple applications simultaneously
Cons: Headphones require adapter, Limited built-in storage, No visual voicemail, User interface is often unintuitive, confusing, Sub-par microphone quality, No onscreen keyboard, text entry only supported from landscape mode, No built-in video file playback
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.
Excerpt: Apple’s iPhone finally has a worthy rival. The T-Mobile G1, due to go on sale Oct. 22, is the first phone to run on Google’s fun, flexible and functional open source Android mobile operating system. Although the G1 is not as sleek or as well integrated as the iPhone – after all, its hardware and software come from two different places – it actually out-performs the iPhone in several ways.
Excerpt: To evaluate T-Mobile's new G1 wonderphone is inevitably a review of two halves: the handset hardware and its operating system software. (SEE ALSO: Google Android review) . FULL UK REVIEW, UPDATED 18 NOVEMBER 2008. Both were unknowns as the final anticipated product was unveiled, a phone billed somewhat predictably as yet another iPhone killer.
Can Australia's first Google Android-powered mobile phone trump the iPhone 3G?
Good Gear Guide.au
23 September 2009
Summary: The HTC Dream is a strong smartphone effort overall and the Google Android OS has a lot of potential. As it stands this phone is missing some critical hardware and software features that prevent it from being a standout product. Early adopters and gadget freaks will be excited by the new device, but business users and multimedia buffs will not find enough reasons to justify upgrading their current devices.
Pros: Full QWERTY keyboard, responsive touch screen, Google Android provides ease of use, potential for future upgrades and new applications, notifications and status bar, excellent integration with Google services, Android Market app store, polished Web browser
Cons: No auto-rotate, no on-screen keyboard, design flaws, no 3.5mm headphone jack, mediocre non-Gmail e-mail support, no document editor