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T-Mobile G1 celebrates its 4th birthday on Monday

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T-Mobile G1 celebrates its 4th birthday on Monday
Four years old today, the T-Mobile G1

Four years old today, the T-Mobile G1

Today is the fourth birthday of the T-Mobile G1, the first Android handset. It's hard to believe that it all started just four years ago today. Foreshadowing what would eventually happen, half of T-Mobile G1 owners came over from a featurephone. The device featured a 3.2 inch screen with 320 x 480 resolution and was powered by a single-core 528MHz processor. 192MB of RAM was on board while the camera on back weighed in at 3.2MP. You might remember the lack of a virtual QWERTY and video capture. But anything that was lacking on the phone soon became available in the Android Market or via a firmware update.

While the T-Mobile G1 will always be the first Android powered handset, it wasn't until the launch of the Motorola DROID in the fourth quarter of 2009, with Android 2.0 on board, that Androidmania started. Motorola's device had a larger screen  (3.7 inches) than the Apple iPhone 3GS and beat it out for Time Magazine's Device of the Year. Without the T-Mobile G1 though, there would not have been a Motorola DROID,

So let's put on our birthday hats, make a wish and blow out the candles, singing Happy Birthday to the Android phone that started it all. By the way, did your wish involve the LG Optimus G?

source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 22 Oct 2012, 20:55 1

1. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


My wish involved an Optimus G... getting mine on launch day!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 00:57 2

14. TheMan (Posts: 373; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


My wish involved Catrinel Menghia and ...never mind.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 20:57 1

2. redmd (Posts: 860; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


oh I got the N7100 as my wish. I'm loving it.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 20:58 2

3. Mozarrt (Posts: 294; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Still got the best keyboard I've ever used.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 22:09 2

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


You must have had a plethora of garbage qwerty phones then, lol. The old Sidekick II was the king of qwerty keyboards,easy to press and once you were used to holding the phone you could type just like on a real keyboard only using your thumbs.

I remember my gf at the time having one of those things, it was an ugly phone then and still is now. It did start off the Android OS and look at Android now, what a humble beginning eh. 528mHz and 192mb of RAM, lol that is crazy, but the camera was pretty good back then. 4 years later we are being treated to 1.5Ghz Quad Core toting 2GB of Ram and 8mpx cameras. Ahh evolution is such a wonderful thing.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 20:58 5

4. metalpoet (unregistered)


My wish involved apple removing itself from the wireless industry ;)

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 23:07 1

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3226; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Can't remove innovation.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:07 1

17. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Well apple are trying to as they can't innovate themselves

Anyways leave the article apple troll this has nothing to do with your blind love of restricted over priced boredom

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 17:26

18. metalpoet (unregistered)


Mxyzptlk ill make you a deal, ill stay off the comment boards for apple articles and you stay off of Phonearena and get a life you soul sucking loser ish**p!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 21:08 4

5. AlexYouOC (Posts: 50; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Damn i wish i still had my G1... Like a little piece of history

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 21:08 3

6. Aeires (unregistered)


Still have mine, kept it for nostalgic reasons. Had a lot of fun running custom mods on it.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 21:09 3

7. imkyle (Posts: 970; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Happy Birthday Android!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 21:18 1

8. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Happy Birthday Android. I Wish for quicker updates and less fragmentation. It's crazy how new phones are coming out with different versions of Android. The LG Optimus is coming out with Android 4.0 the One X+ 4.1 and the LG Nexus 4.2.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 23:07 1

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3226; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's funny how this fossil phone and the few after it are more consistent with updates and less fragmented than the Android phones today.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 23:48 2

12. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


You really aren't techie, are you?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 00:21 2

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The app ecosystem is fragmented. Not the phones. I prefer partitioned to fragmented anyway. With so many options like screen size and physical keyboard catering to every price point its hard to develop universally. Ill take choice and freedom over universal and controlled anyday B)

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 01:55 2

15. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


my wish was for xperia v :)

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 04:16 2

16. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I'll be getting my Optimus G......... 2 years from now :|

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