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 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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