T-Mobile G1 celebrates its 4th birthday on Monday

T-Mobile G1 celebrates its 4th birthday on Monday
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

Related phones

  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7201A, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1150 mAh(5.83h 3G talk time)



1. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

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

14. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

2. redmd

Posts: 1942; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

3. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Still got the best keyboard I've ever used.

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

4. metalpoet unregistered

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

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can't remove innovation.

17. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

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!

5. AlexYouOC

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

6. Aeires unregistered

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

7. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Android!

8. JKING_25

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 12, 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.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

You really aren't techie, are you?

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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)

15. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

my wish was for xperia v :)

16. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

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

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