T-Mobile HTC G1 (Dream) specifications and features – How good is this Google Phone?

T-Mobile G1 looking good

T-Mobile G1 looking good

T-Mobile’s announcement of the Android-powered T-Mobile G1 smartphone (made by HTC – the HTC Dream) has finally given us an outlet for our pent-up anxiety in the form of Android/HTC Dream G1/T-Mobile G1 posts. All the pictures and videos floating around the interwebs paint quite a pretty picture of the T-Mobile G1, but just how good will the T-Mobile G1 prove to be? If our opinion means anything, we think the T-Mobile and HTC have a real winner on their hands.

The oft-cited HTC Dream G1 is now the T-Mobile G1. But, what does this T-Mobile G1 actually bring to the table? Here’s a quick rundown on the T-Mobile G1’s Android-loving feature-set:

•    Qualcomm MSM7210A running @ 528 MHz
•    256MB ROM / 192MB RAM
•    Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE
•    Dual-band (1700/2100Mhz) UMTS/HSDPA (3G)
o    Full HSPA support – 7.2Mbps HSDPA (downstream) and 2Mbps HSUPA (upstream)
•    WiFi 802.11 b/g
•    Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
•    myFaves-enabled
•    GPS capabilities
•    Display: 3.2-inch touchscreen @ 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution
•    Voice recognition, voice dialing and speakerphone
•    Intuitive user interface and hinged touch screen that slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard
•    Full Cut-and-Paste functionality
•    3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing (geo-tagging) capabilities

T-Mobile G1 in Black

T-Mobile G1 in Black

•    Convenient trackball for one-handed navigation
•    Full HTML Web browser (“Chrome Lite”) with zoom function that expands any page section by simply tapping on the screen
•    One-click contextual search to instantly find relevant information with a touch of a finger in any application
•    Rich HTML email client, which seamlessly syncs e-mail from most other POP3 or IMAP mail services, including Gmail; displays photos and graphics right along with the text
•    At-Launch Applications:
o    ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping
o    Ecorio: developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like
o    BreadCrumbz: enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos; customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world
o    Amazon MP3 Store (pre-installed on device): enables people to search DRM-free, full-track MP3 music and download that music from Amazon directly to their device using a Wi-Fi connection
o    Instant messaging application with support for AIM, GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger
o    YouTube video application
•    Google Maps – provides map information, satellite imagery, local business info and driving directions as well as MyLocation to let users know where they are; Google Maps Street View syncs with the built-in compass on the phone – an industry first – to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand
•    Music player supports MP3, M4A (iTunes AAC, DRM-free), AMR, WMA, MIDI, WAV, OGG Vorbis
•    microSD card slot supports up to 8GB microSD cards – 1 GB Micro SD memory included with T-Mobile G1
•    Talk-time: Up to 350 minutes for WCDMA (3G) or up to 406 minutes for GSM; Up to 402 hours for WCDMA (3G) or up to 319 hours for GSM
•    Dimensions: 4.60” x 2.16” x 0.62”
•    Weight: 5.6 ounces
•    Three color options in the U.S. – white, brown and black

T-Mobile G1 keyboard

T-Mobile G1 keyboard

A few things stand out here. Notice that the T-Mobile G1 will be able to support full cut-and-paste functionality courtesy of the Android OS – eat that Apple. The cut/paste functionality, paired with a full QWERTY keyboard makes the T-Mobile G1 a more business-capable and messaging-friendly handset than either the iPhone or iPhone 3G (yes, I just went there). If anything, T-Mobile G1 will hopefully spur Apple to get in gear and incorporate native cut-and-paste functionality into the next iPhone OS update.

And, with high-end mobile phones finally starting to feature higher resolution displays like those in the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch HD, and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 (coincidentally, made by HTC), the mobile world is set undergo a parallel evolution in touchscreen technology and display resolution. To that end, the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 sports a spacious 3.2-inch high-resolution HVGA touchscreen display that boasts an impressive 320 x 480 pixel count. The days of QVGA displays are rapidly coming to a close in the high-end market, and we can’t be happier to see these high-resolution panels starting to hit the mainstream.

T-Mobile G1 profile - Not too shabby

T-Mobile G1 profile - Not too shabby

The speedy 528Mhz processor ensures that all Android features and applications won’t be bogged down, especially while browsing the web with the “Chrome LiteWebKit-based browser on T-Mobile’s 3G network. When T-Mobile’s 3G network isn’t within reach the integrated WiFi radio makes it possible to hit up the nearest WiFi. The GPS receiver means that photos can be tagged with location-data and Google Maps can pin-point your location to meter-scale accuracy.

So, just how good will the T-Mobile G1 prove to be? Only time will tell, but we’re betting it’ll be a huge hit. Too bad the T-Mobile G1 doesn’t have a standard headphone jack

  • Grr…

    Where the fuck is UMA?!

  • Sven7

    Are you serious? “spacious 3.2-inch high-resolution HVGA touchscreen display that boasts an IMPRESSIVE 320 x 480 pixel count” Impressive?

    You do know that the other (in part older) Smartphones you mentioned have screens with higer resolution? HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro 640×480 (2x), Touch HD und Xperia X1 800×480 (2,5x). Even new Blackberrys have 480×320 or 360×480.

    The G1 hardware is pretty unimpressive, even disappointing for a flagship device. It uses Touch Pro Hardware with a low res display. Google should have spent a few more dollars and invested in a Touch HD Android clone as flagship device to start Android. It would have delayed the device for a month but it would have been worth it.

  • Will Park

    Right, the new BlackBerry Bold and Javelin have the HVGA resolutions I’m referring to. Just because the Diamond, HD, and X1 have higher resolutions doesn’t make the G1’s HVGA display any less impressive.

  • Sven7

    Ok, i can accept hat. It just depends on ones definition of impressive. For me something is impressive if it is out of the ordinary, significantly better than the average. And for new smartphones in Q4/08 HVGA ist pretty much average for upper class touchscreen devices. QVGA is low end and VGA is high end. WVGA is state of the art. Of course, HVGA displays can be impressive if for example combined with best-in-class sunlight readability and a capacitative touchscreen with multitouch (iPhone).

    btt: all in all i’m looking forward to the G1. But mostly because of the software, not the hardware.

  • anónimo

    I don’t think T-Mobile/Google/HTC are trying to compete with the Touch Diamond/HD and/or X1 – the price point seems to suggest that (barring whatever additional cost WinMo may incur); it’s clear that the iPhone is the target, and in that sense it’s marginally up to par (HVGA, capacitive, larger but no multi-touch); for me, the pressure-sensitive screens on the other devices are the biggest drawback. But I agree… I would’ve preferred higher-res and ~$230 – comparable to the Diamond on Sprint with a 2yr contract minus the (ballpark) cost of WinMo.

    I’m happy to see “Voice recognition, voice dialing;” I just hope it’s speaker-independent and actually functional (like Microsoft Voice Command, not like RIM’s implementation of VoiceSignal).

    But I’ll echo the disdain over the lack of UMA support… probably the best feature any carrier has ever introduced to their networks, and T-Mobile treats it like the bastard, red-headed stepchild of their marketing strategy. *sigh* Guess I’ll be going with the Shadow II…

    • Donna

      G1 is awesome, except that it does not have voice recognition..I use a blue tooth and with my samsung rose I don’t even touch my phone and it says, “Say a command”..I then say , “call home”, and it says, “calling home”. So I get the G1, and I turn on my bluetooth, and it does nothing. I have to touch the voice dialing, then say call whomever, then it gives me a selection on my phone that I have to touch again. Help..I think that is called voice recognition???? Can you get an app for that?

  • Steve

    Does anyone know whether or not the G1 qwerty keyboard is lit so night time use when you are out it available?

  • master

    I read a backlight on keyboard is an $ 18.00 option but have not confirmed this, also Gmail may be offered free in some plan/ package to encourage ship jumping,again not confirmed

    Thanks for the specs/processor on the phone intomobile!

  • bob

    Keyboard is backlit. At least on the one I received Monday morning 10-20-08

  • ryan

    Has anyone had problems with the street view camera…?
    The camera wont move anymore when i scroll on the ball

  • HARRY !!

    every1 the G1 is mint i shall be gettin one 4 my b-day !! 😀

  • HARRY !!

    can you change the message tone to one of your MP3’s ??

  • sindex

    Yes Harry, there are many apps to edit/use any mp3 as a ringtone. Ringdroid is probably the best.

    • JUSTIN


  • Emily Sanchez

    I have recently traded a BlackBerry Curve for an unlocked G1. I still have the data plan for the bb, and im not planning to change it anytime soon, so I have a couple of questions I was hoping you guys could answer.

    Does using AIM,Google Talk, Yahoo Meseenger, or Youtube cost me more than what I am paying for internet and data?

    How do you make it vibrate when you receive a new message?

    On the bb, you have to close a window from the menu, or else it would stay open. DOes that happen with the G1 too? If so, how do I close it completely?

    Thanks A MIliion.


  • Emily Sanchez

    Im on ATT, by the way

  • Sudhakarrossi

    nic phone buddyyyyssss…….:P

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