Review: HTC G1
Oct 16, 2008, 7:40 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Here it is. The "GPhone". The Google Phone. The HTC G1 is the first phone running Google's Android platform. Does it pass muster?
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G1 RATE PLANS
$24.99 > Unlimited data/web browsing and
$34.99 > unlimited data/web browsing and
access plus unlitimed messages
$24.99 > unlimited data/we browsing and access plus 400 messages
fun to play with, but taking it back
For one, the battery life is horrible esp. for a phone that is DESIGNED to be played with a lot. Another design flaw is for all its media features, it lacks stereo bluetooth capability!! That right there is a complete deal breaker for me, I always use my phone as an mp3 player with my S9- and with built in youtube as well you'd think that'd be included- that was really unexpected from HTC. Speaking of youtube - some basic searches yield the dumbest, most obscure results instead of the common one you're looking for ( that comes up 1st on a normal youtube search).
The interface is mostly intuitive, MOSTLY...
G1 issues / Questions
1) can the size on the text for emails be adjusted? on some messages the type is quite small. Also can the text on attachments be enlarged? ( YES I KNOW WEB PAGES & MAPS CAN BE ADJUSTED)
2) is there a way to transfer all contacts and addresses from my outlook / blackberry contacts to the G1. The tmobile store at first said no problem then once I bought it OOPS sorry>>>>>
i dont think you can change the text size yet.. i looked everywh...
G1 is the best HANDS DOWN
Browser: Super Fast
Menu Style: Easy
Qwerty Keypad: is a must have when using a touch screen. Although I must say its very flat and will take some time to get used to.
Applications: Are free and you do not hav...
No Video Recording.
No Camera ...
is the phone shipped unlocked?
I'm also finding that the phone is $399 to buy. But if I sign up and pay $179, cancel, and pay the $150, and than signup with AT&T with the $35 activation, It would still be less than $399.
for anyone who does have the G1, try the AT&T chip and see if you can make a call.
it looked horrible
Specs from HTC
Hopefully the 528 mhz processor isn't only on the unlocked HTC version they'll sell over seas. We all know that's been one of the let downs with TMO's previous HTC phones.
Rich: Slow web?
Dont think you can pull the track ball to clean it.
I love the full keyboard and trackball set up.
But as a BB user...i am scared to death of a trackball i cant pull out to clean.
i would want to see the survival rate of this phone in the real world with out an easily servicable trackball.