Hands-on with the T-Mobile G1 from HTC, the first phone to run Google's Android smartphone platform. Plus hands-on with 3rd-party applications.
Today HTC, T-Mobile and Google announced the first phone running the Android platform, the G1. The G1 has a touch screen that swivels out to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The G1 is highly integrated with Google's services, and includes one-touch access to Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others. It has a track ball for navigation, a full HTML browser, an HTML email client, and a beta client for the Android Market with several applications pre-installed. Other hardware features include support for T-Mobile's 3G network, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It can fall back to quad-band GSM/EDGE networks for roaming. It has a 3 megapixel camera with photo sharing capabilities, and Bluetooth. It supports a lot of instant messaging services, such as Google Talk and Yahoo Instant Messenger. It will be boxed with a 1GB microSD card, but the device supports cards up to 8GB. It comes in white, brown and black.