R.I.P., G1, it was good knowing you

R.I.P., G1, it was good knowing you
When the G1 appeared on T-Mobile, it had a hefty amount of curiosity factor built-in, being the first device with Google's own mobile OS since they bought the Android startup. The interface wasn't that polished and functional, and there weren't much, if any, apps behind it, so the year-old iPhone felt it had nothing to worry about.

With a swarm of dedicated owners and developers, though, the G1 outgrew its purpose and became a hardware platform for all kinds of Android ROM cooking, skinning, and application efforts. It even got graced with Android 2.2 lately, but after two years in existence, T-Mobile pulled the plug on the handset sales yesterday, and from now on it will only be a collector's item. Don't throw your bricked G1s yet, they might be worth a fortune when the little green robot conquers the world.

T-Mobile G1 Specifications | Review

source: AndroidCentral

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16 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

well i'm surprised it lasted as long as it did!

2. ilia1986 unregistered

I am surprised that a handset with a capacitive touch-screen display and a very content-rich platform gets axed, while the world is still constantly bombed by the constant stream of crappy Samsung (Non-android), Sony Ericsson and Nokia phones on a daily basis. Perhaps someone could explain that..

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If a phone is good enough T-Mobile tends to keep selling it long after another carrier would drop it in favor of a newer, shinier handset. My first phone was a Moto V195s. It was already an old model when I bought it in 2007, and was still being sold online when I last looked for it last year. I would have loved to get my paws on a G1 just to see how it compares to my Cliq.

4. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

SSDD Again! LOL

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh yeah, and Ilia: Samsung Intensity: great phone, very reliable. My mom's old Nokia: great phone, never an issue on it. My Sony Ericsson: great phone, still worked after skittering down a sidewalk and getting dropped in the snow three times. Oops.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Thats not the point. The point is that a company axes a very good smartphone - while continuing to offer other phones which pale in comparison. I am not saying that the phones you listed are bad. Almost no phone is really bad without comparing it to others. I am saying that in comparison to the G1 - these phones obviously pale in functionality and comfort. And without actual in-depth research I am pretty sure than a smartphone from 2008 - like the G1 - is probably at the same price range as today's non smartphones (or non android smartphones) which are still produced - if not actually cheaper.

7. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

People who want a high end phone aren't going to go for the G1 anymore. There are more up to the minute phones available on subsidized prices People who want a non- smartphone usually want one because.....1. They don't need a smartphone. 2. They don't want to pay for a MANDATORY data plan that is required on smartphones when contracted. Kind of leaves the G1 in cell phone purgatory.

8. ilia1986 unregistered

Hmm... well if there are many other Android-based phones at similar prices - and every contract involving a smartphone requires the consumer to sign to a data plan - this makes sense. Still it is pity to see a phone which was released at about the same time as my phone - but that is infinitely better - get axed. At the time it symbolized the beginning of the resistance to the iPhone. Dare I say - the very first true contender for the term "iPhone killer".

10. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

Every new phone that comes out is an iPhone Killer. You haven't figured that out yet? The G1 came about as close to killing the iPhone as the Japanese Army did in killing Godzilla.

11. ilia1986 unregistered

Well iirc it was the first non-iPhone phone to have a capacitive touch-screen display. And of course if we look at Android now - it has quite a lot of different apps for it.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

while thats true Illly.. like always u miss the point. 1)your comparison holds no weight, your comparing a smartphone vs regular phones. The same type of people dont buy both phones. Not everyone wants a data plan. Most of this people on the site might,but thats not "everyone". Overall smartphone mix on carriers is still less than 50% total. 2)Its called evolution. The G1 started the current Android craze. By your logic we should all still be using first generation smart phones. Would you rather have the original blackberry or a new one? A moto Q or an HD2? the G1 or the GalaxyS/N1/Evo/ect? Iphone2g or iphone4? (wait.. the 2g can hold a call right? LOL). 3) And no, before the G1 was pulled from the store shelves, it was still 100 bux on contract or like 329 full out. That is way more expencive than a regular phone and 30 a month for data. An average regular/keyboard phone is 20-60 bux after rebates and less than 200 full out for a nice regular phone... and no data plan.

14. ilia1986 unregistered

Well - as I said - if indeed every smartphone contract requires a data plan - and as you added - the G1's price is significantly higher than that of a regular phone - and there are other - newer Android phones at similar prices - the decision to stop marketing the G1 makes sense.

9. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

Who knows! Maybe the G1 can enjoy a long, fruitful & uber successful life unlocked like the inferior phone you love to hate.

13. spiceguy

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 09, 2010

I was first in line at my local T-mobile store the day the G-1 was realeased. I was first in line at the same store July 15th to get the Samsung Vibrant. For 2 plus years my G-1 has been my best friend. Clipped on my belt every single day doing business and impressing a thousand other people that I showed it off to. Add a new app here and uninstall an old app there, I was in smartphone heaven. I knew the iphone was better but only because it had better apps. BUT! Most all of my apps were free and my monthly bill was half the price and I rarely dropped calls. I also had a slide out keyboard! After the cupcake update I was on top of the smartphone world and said my G-1 was as good as any iphone. The biggest problem with the G-1 is the battery life. Everyone knows it. My car charger worked for me cause I'm on the road all day. I miss my G-1 but my Vibrant is taking me to new galaxy's faster and brighter with way less charges per day. I will keep my G-1 for the rest of my life. Thank you my obsolete best friend and long live Android.

15. ilia1986 unregistered

+1 to you Sir. Long live Android Long live iOS Screw everything else.

16. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

...and fanboys :]

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