Google Android and T-Mobile G1 Launch Roundup

T-Mobile G1

As much hope as we may hold for Android, the latest player in the mobile game, the hardware of T-Mobile’s G1 has left plenty of folks underwhelmed, while others are just hankering to dive into the super-open development platform. Good press or bad, the blogosphere is abuzz about Android, and there’s plenty to read before you take the $179 plunge and pick up the G1 on October 22nd. Below we have the full specifications, the big pros and cons, videos (both first-hand from the launch as well as from Android developers), and all the juiciest pics we could dig up. Oh, and be sure to hit up www.t-mobileg1.com for all the official info and mailing lists.

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T-Mobile G1 Specifications

  • 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)
  • Full HSPA support – 7.2Mbps HSDPA (downstream) and 2Mbps HSUPA (upstream)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), no A2DP
  • 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 (no video or flash)
  • 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:
    • ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping
    • Ecorio: developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like
    • 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
    • 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
      Instant messaging application with support for AIM, GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger
    • 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

Quick pros and cons of the T-Mobile G1 on page 2…

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