No more speculation, Android and the G1 are here. T-Mobile and Google officially announced the device at their press conference in NYC this morning, and here are the dirty details. It will be available for $179 on contract with a voice and data plan, and will launch on October 22. A
"limited number" of existing customers can order the device today and
have it delivered on launch. The G1 will come to the UK in November,
and be available across Europe in 1Q 2009 including Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Unfortunately the device will be SIM-locked to T-Mobile, but keep in mind that, unlike the iPhone, the G1 is merely the first Android device, not the only one.
The device is quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS, and features Wi-Fi as well. T-Mobile will have 22 3G markets at launch, and 27 in November covering "all major metropolitan areas." Its browser is WebKit based; when prompted they said it could be referred to as Chrome lite, but in reality it shares the same code base (as does Safari, Mobile Safari and the Sybmian browser) though is a different browser optimized for Android and the small screen. There is no desktop sync application, but the device will synchronize with Google applications such as Google Calendar, GMail and GTalk over the air. For the first time there will be online presence indicators with GTalk in the phonebook; AIM, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live will also be supported though there was no mention of phonebook presence. GMail will be push, POP3 and IMAP will be supported for other mail services. The GMail application is "robust," and similar to the web version with threading, labels and archival.
Out of the box the G1 is capable of reading Word, Excel and PDF documents, though there is no editing capabilities. Exchange is not currently supported, but they were quick to point out that Android is open and there is nothing stopping a third party developer from bringing that functionality to the phone. When the G1 is released Google will make the entire OS available, and no doubt it's strength will be the support of developers.
Android Market will house third party applications. Unlike the iPhone, applications will be able to run in the background, which will allow the user to be on the web while listening to music and receive an IM from a friend, for example. Speaking of music, Google and Amazon have teamed up to bring their MP3 store to Android, and users can purchase tracks directly on the phone. Again undercutting Apple, Amazon's 6 million DRM-free tracks run $0.89 and albums range from $6.99 to $9.99. Users can search, sample and purchase music while on the cellular network, but downloading can only be done over Wi-Fi.
Other features include a 3 megapixel camera, which from the looks of things will be integrated into many exciting apps. There is a dedicated search button on the QWERTY keyboard, and its function changes based on where you are on the phone. For example, if you're on the web it will bring up web search, but in your phonebook it will search your contacts. YouTube will also be integrated into the device, and we'd expect the user to be albe to upload videos directly to the site from their device. MMS is supported, and users will eventually be able to upload pictures directly to their personal blog.
Data pricing will run $25 for unlimited web and limited messaging and
$35 for unlimited messaging, a bit steep but better than $50. This is T-Mobile's pricing, and it will be interesting to see what Sprint, who currently offers a $30 package for unlimited everything else (including navigation, TV and more,) will do when they launch Android devices in the coming months. There will be no tethering with the G1, though it wasn't clear if that was a limitation of T-Mobile, the device or the OS.
i think it looks crooked because of the shape of the screen you have a round corner on one end a a slightly less round corner on the other so it may look like it is and you can see the way the light is hitting it. is it me or does this look like a sidekick on steriods
6.realism121(Posts: 67; Member since: 16 Aug 2008)
I just got the Instinct a few days ago and am SERIOUSLY thinking about returning it and just waiting for Sprint to come out with their own Android phone. The browser is EXTREMELY slow on the Instinct and I just have a feeling I would be better off waiting. Anyone have any suggestions for me? Wouuld I be wasting my time?
to(o) bad verizon isnt participating in the open handset alliance.... so theyre not getting one, and if they do join the alliance, wait for a good 2 years for a crippled android phone with a vga camera, no flash...
Is it only me or there are people out there who think the same. I have been waiting for this phone for 6 months but was disappointed with the fact that it is so BIG, the bottom part, below the screen is so unnecessary - it fills up the pocket. HTC has made nice phones with sleek design such as Diamond. Why did the choose this kind of design? Also, they should have added video-capture (which is a typical feature in other cheap phones too) and FM radio. These two features, I can live with but the bulkiness of the phone, emmmm. I haven’t decided completely but I am thinking about waiting for Samsung Omnia with AT&T. Anyway, let me wait and hear from professional independent reviews (phonearena.com and gsmarena.com). Since it is the first generation device, there is also a chance of being a test-customer. Anyway, time will tell, but good job T-Mobile, the first true smart phone device. Also, thumbs up for Google for its first mobile OS. Let me hear what you have to say fellows.
I don't see what the big deal is with this phone. The most important thing for me is to be able to run certain programs, which unfortunately are only available for Windows Mobile. So, to me, this is sort of like another iPhone. To be fair, though, I suspect that Google will be more lenient with allowing 3rd party software, but it's just going to take a long time.
I just ordered a brown one from tmo's site (I wonder if I can call tmo and tell them to send me a white one). This phone is awesome. I think it's dumb that it doesn't come with video capture but I am confident an app will be available to fix that. I would actually prefer to NOT have a physical keyboard, but this will be okay. I reckon some third party virtual keyboards could be downloaded.
not too mention it has a terrible network and they limit the data usage to 1 gig I will get right on it to may that much .. Thank god sprint is part of the Open handset alliance and plans to launch a google phone. Nothing beats simply everything for 99 bucks plus a 3.5 g technology with a data limit of 5 gig.
Haha have fun tmobile.....
Really excited about this platform but I think this phone is extremely ugly. That chin at the bottom is really awkward looking... I dunno, I wouldn't buy it. But glad the platform is out and can't wait to see some more appealing handsets for it.