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TmoNews has yet again succeeded in getting something we love. The Glorious Unboxing shots of the upcoming T-Mobile G1, scheduled to hit the shelves on 22nd October.
The unboxing pics are pretty much self explainable. The thing I was interested in was the headphones. The ear buds are pretty much like what I anticipated from all other HTC phones, they suck!! not comfortable at all.
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Thats right, According to John Wang, CMO, High Tech Computer (HTC), Android and Windows Mobile are no foes, but friends! He re-iterated that Windows Mobile smartphones will continue to be HTC’s priority.
We can kinda agree with that to an extent. Android didnt kinda pull anything from a win mobile junkie. Its first target will be the wide casual consumers which Nokia-Symbian dominate overwhelmingly.
HTC is the winner here.. with both Windows mobile and Android under its belly. But is it realistically sustainable? We’ll find out only after G1 hits the shelves.
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Okay, so we’ve all seen the launch, we’ve waited for that moment for months. We watched every webcast that went live at the New York T-Mobile Launch of Android G1. We replayed every video showing the device in action and finally we’ve read every piece of news artical floating around.
Its safe to assume that we have a pretty good idea of what G1 is all about. Its all great selling points, targets, T-Mobile data plans etc..
In this artical lets highlight some issues or potential troubling factors about this HTC manufactured Device. In other words, lets have some criticism! There can never be a perfect device and there better not be one!
We’ll list out the cons spread from superficial to deep.
Device I guess its Okay, that wer getting this HTC phone that we saw many many months ago when android was a neonate and the device was a prototype. And after its launch, little has changed in the device or nothing has changed in the device. I wonder what HTC did other than having it out in 3 colors: black, white and dark brown. Still I CAN LIVE WITH THIS
SCREEN: is no multitouch screen. Its been what? maybe two years since Apple iPhone’s out with its multitouch screen? And a year later, that tech is incorporated into its MacBook line ups (MBP and MBA). One would have certainly expected some similar technology. Still I CAN LIVE WITH THIS
Aesthetics: Yea, we’ve been over this again and agan that HTC could’ve made a better looking device bla bla etc.. etc.. iPhone takes a bigger lead here. Phandroid.com says that device is actually alot nicer hands-on. But its a very lazy attempt at what could have been a powerful selling point being the _F_I_R_S_T_ ever Android Device. To a broader audience, organics are counted. STILL I CAN LIVE WITH THIS
HTC Propriety Jack. Lets face the truth here, HTC’s proprieties have been a mess, faced strong criticism from across the board. Uncountable complains. They call it HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one) [ source ]. My last worst experience with these proprieties was in HTC StrTrek which had all-in-one socket after 5months of use got loose and detached. BUT the name HTC ExtUSB seems new, maybe they’ve got something more stable here.. ( I dont know yet ) I CANNOT LIVE WITH THIS
3.5mm AudioJack. Absence of which would be a problem for music lovers. However, there will be converters. Their function eventually goes back to patency of HTC Propriety Jack. STILL I CAN LIVE WITH THIS
ANDROID software problems I CAN LIVE WITH only because PlayStation 2 did what it did not because of Sony but because of third-party developers. Similar terms i stated earlier, android’s basic principles are what developers dream of.
- No Video Player except YouTube. Is this simply to promote youtube? I dont know what you call a smartphone that lacks a First-party video playback app in 2008. Ofcourse developers are there to save us. But I rather have them not fill in the blanks, but create their own better space.
- Locked to T-Mobile. It will be locked for 90 days after which customers will receive their unlocking code. This is clever on T-Mobile’s part. They realised that with an operating system like android, they dont wana provoke developers. They’ll probably unlock it in weeks of its launch.
- Sync Appz: None from the production house. But some are developing it. One of the problems ppl are gonna face is tethering it to your laptop to use internet. People in subways might need emergencies, like work on their ssh apps etc.. They’ll miss being able to use their mobiles as modems. ( DEPENDS ON YOUR JOB. Its a Problem You can/cannot live with!
Mats Lindoff, Sony Ericsson’s chief technology architect, said that the firm had been testing Android with prototype devices, and that Google’s was a ” holistic” approach.
“[But] to go with mass production and working with prototypes are two different things,” he explained. “If you want to give every service away to Google, then Android is the perfect solution.”
That statement [ via Yahoo News ] says it all in one line. Yess, Android is Open, but whats this about google trying to lock us into all its services. Appearently, any new gmail account login would require hard-reset. This will be strongly retaliated by coding community and chances are, they’ll win!
To summerise, G1 couldve been a better device. We dont expect android to have every tiny feature but we do desire some native first-party apps that are necessary like an independent video player. Keep in mind, Google will keep something for a future update. I’ve deliberatly not included things like dataplan criticisms cuz this artical is more abt HTC-Android than T-Mobile.
One things sure though, Android WILL Indeed Conquer a huge chuck out of the Nokia-Symbian combination. Nokia is known for its Non-touchscreen smartphones dominate in numbers around the world. Once other Device manufacturers tap into that space, we’ll see our android blazing through…. unless ofcourse Symbian-foundation does something even more radical 😉
All websites supporting or talking Android Mobile Operating system witnessed huge webhits on 23rd September 2008. For IMAndroid, it was 9 fold increase in webtraffic. That was the impact of the Launch of T-Mobile’s G1 powered by android. Clearly Anticiptaion and Expectations are all there. I’d like here to focus on the G1 Device itself more than Android as the secrets out. We havent had the chance to play with it, but we’ll quote some people who did and we’ll examine what we thought of the videos.
HARDWARE: initial thoughts
A device as big as this, first thing you’ll obviously notice is the screen.
3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution
Lets Trust Phandroid.com here who say
The resolution and quality on the screen seemed pretty amazing. From the default G1home screens to web browsing, the screen was very crisp and clear… a HUGE plus. This will be even more important when you’re using games, maps and applications on a daily basis. But my first experience with the screen was that it ROCKED
Touch Screen: I’ve watching the Browsing experience on “Chrome Lite”, I have to say that the response isnt as brisk as the iPhone’s, its certainly lagging behind a milisecond. This is in now way a reflection on the touch screen, its just a measure of backend response time. And bear in mind, i could be completely wrong here! Cuz i’ve had no hands-on experience.
Keyboard: Full Qwerty Slide out? T-Mobile/HTC have fulfilled our desires to continue to have some tactile sensation. However, phandroid says its not the best keyboard. And we’ll take their word for it!
RoundUP: Device looks a lot slick. Alot better than those glorious spy shots/videos we’ve been living on. Black color looks ok, equally the white one.
We’ll lay more stress in this section later.
AmazonMP3 takes on iTunes. Its a challenge that Apple shouldnt ignore.
- Why do we gotta have a gmail account signed in? Critics call it yet another step by google to get personal with us.
- No Bluetooth stereo support. Theres no excuse for this. I cant believe why wouldnt HTC put it in. Its not like G1 is a record breaking tiny smartphone.
- Device Organics. HTC made touch diamond. I think its focus group is to be blamed here! 😉 But other sites seem to suggest it aint as bad as it looks.
- No 3.5mm Jack. Yet another blow…. I used HTC StrTrek windows smartphone. It also had a propriety all in one socket, lasted for abt 7 months, and collapsed completely. Hence this HTC propriety input sock scares me.
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T-Mobile updated its website by adding a page for “G1” and a Picture of the phone that should leave no doubt that its our most anticipated G1 Android Device!
Yes baby, its finally here!..
As i’ve stated earlier, this is in direct competition with the iPhone and poses a stiff challenge. However, T-Mobile has to come clean on the pricing of this gphone. Is it subsidized or ..? I think all Android Phones shouldnt be expensive, thats one of the goals of OHA, to bring down mobile costs. And for us, we should be spending less in return for Google Advertising ( on Android). I guess thats a small catch we can live with!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
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Wall Street Journal reports that the first Android Powered Mobile phone brought out by T-Mobile is going for $199. Its appearently in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone interms of contract.
T-Mobile will be announcing officially on 23rd September.
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Whats really to point out here is if the device has been subsidized by carrier?
HTC, the Taiwanese device manufacturer, will set the price tag at its release in Gulf, Asia. An iPhone in India 8GB costs 31,000 RS. It is incredibly overpriced. Vodafone and Airtel, carriers, probably wanted to sweep the creamy layer first followed by real market value price cuts. Price cuts arent announced yet, but we should see some change in Q1 2009.
Android would enter India as well as Gulf countries as a GSM mobile device, unlocked! ( this is just speculation by me based on market trends here)
Android Phones should be less expensive than Windows Mobile Devices and Symbian due to the very nature of open free software. How big will be the difference? We should know when other OHA members release their tigers!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Gizmodo says T-Mobile Confirms the rumor, 23rd September will be the day when Google and T-Mobile will reveal Android OS 1.0 Platform and the HTC Device ( Dream/G1). Make schedules, plans and let the world know that
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