I'm not going to bother comparing the T-mobile G phone
to any other smart phones because I feel that a comparison is a waste of your reading time. The only comparison I would be able to make is between the G1 and a Blackberry
, not an iphone
or a Windows mobile
since I do not have hands on experience with either one of those phones.
Here's the short version:
I love it as much, if not more, than a Blackberry
The long version:Screen
The screen is just big enough for me to read an average webpage. Text displays well at a good readable size and is not fuzzy. Zooming in to get a bigger version is really simple too - a touch based magnifying glass appears whenever you move around on screen in an application.
The pictures are clear and the desktop is nicely arranged and configurable by the user.
You do need a screen protector, though. I got a pretty stout one - the invisible shield
. It works well and doesn't interfere with the touch screen capabilities.
My only complaint is that sometimes the touch screen is a little slow to respond, but I think that has to do with how cold my hands generally are. The colder your hands, the more difficult it is to get the screen to react.Keyboard
The keyboard is a little small - I have fairly big hands for a woman, though totally proportional for someone my size and height. The bottom section of the phone where the roller ball and buttons are located does stick out from the phone but it is easy to type around.
I love that the keys have a click to them - you know for sure that you have pressed a button. The developer has smartly given you some pretty standard web and email keys like @, €, £, /.Camera
The camera is not great. It takes pictures but is slow to focus and has a distinctly blue tinge
. The blue could be taken out with some playing around in Photoshop
but that sort of defeats the purpose of taking a picture with your camera phone. It takes decent pictures if you ignore the blue. It works well enough for better than average facebook
update pictures but don't expect works of art.Applications
I smoothly integrated my google apps for domains
in place of gmail
. However - your phone is locked to gmail
if you log in the first time with it, so you need to choose before hand if you want to do apps for domains or gmail.
The calendar is fabulous - I have not had such easy calendar sharing in any other application. I allow a gmail
or apps for domains user to see my calendar and it just shows up. Husband and I are linked up this way, so he sees all my appointments and I see all of his. It cuts out a lot of confusion when trying to plan the weekend or evening.
IM is great if you are using google talk
suck the battery dry in a few hours of use. I recommend carrying your charger if AIM
is your favorite IM client.
Overall the interface is familiar if you have used any smart phone and any google application. You will understand how it works intuitively.
Some big complaints I have are that there is no spell checker or integrated note pad though. While note pads are available in the app store, I can't find a decent spell checker.
The android marketplace has a ton of free or low cost applications for download to make your phone even more customizable. Some of the same apps are also available for iphone
.I personally like:
* Fbook - direct facebook interface
* Abook - book reader
* World Clock - customizable app that will show you city times (VERY helpful for my job)
* YellowBook - phone book app based on your location
* Mahjong - everyone needs a game :)
* Compare Anywhere and Shop Savy - barcode scanner shopping programs. (Scan the barcode and your handheld searches online for better prices)
I also have the constitution, a calculator and few other weirdo apps (like bubblewrap - all it is is a screen with fake bubble wrap).
I will say - while I can't compare the devices - more than one person has told me or my husband that they ditched their iphone
for a G1
Love this phone