The world’s first Android died today of old age, the T-Mobile G1, (aka HTC Dream) has sadly been put out to pasture by T-Mobile. Although it was only a few years old, the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 just didn’t have what it took to keep up with the likes of the Samsung Captivate and the Nexus One. Some say the G1 committed suicide when it was announced that it would not be receiving an official update to Android 2.2 Froyo. Likely, T-Mobile pulled the G1 off the shelves so it could continue with its “no phone left behind” act.
I remember when the Dream was the coolest device throughout the entire mobile geek kingdom. I pre-ordered my black G1 the minute the site went live, and loved it to no end. When all the hacks and mods started coming in for the thing, my love for the Android OS grew even more. That said, if we flash forward to today, I couldn’t recommend it as a good buy to friends or family. The hardware is too far behind virtually any smartphone competition, which is why the handset was pulled in the first place.
T-Mobile now has the MyTouch Slide, with an improved keyboard and uprated internals. With new devices like the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile’s Galaxy S variant) hitting Magenta, who’d pick the aging device over anything else? It’s kind of funny to look at the HTC Dream with the same glowing opinion of it, what with all the advanced “superphones” coming out nowadays. Android has come such a long way since the G1, it’s hard to believe that it started with such a handset.
You’ll always have a special place in our hearts, Dream, but I’d say your end of life date is past due. I’m surprised that T-Mobile actually kept selling you for so long when each new handset launched on Magenta just made you look older and older. We had some good times G1, but it’s time to be laid down to rest.
How many of you are still rocking G1’s? Hit us up in the comments, and tell us what phones you’re thinking of upgrading to! Consider you comment an homage to the G1.