The mobile phone company T-Mobile announced that it will release the first ever phone based on Android a few days ago. The T-Mobile G1 smartphone will be the first phone publicly available that is powered by of the Google Android operating system. The G1 will be manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC and hit shelves on October 22 in the United States in colors white, black and brown. Europeans have to wait a little bit longer - as usual - before they can get their hands on the phone that is also known as the gphone.
British citizens will most likely be able to lay their hands on the phone in November while the rest of Europe will have to wait until 2009 to do the same.
The G1 phone has some strong arguments on its side. The phone uses an Open Source operating system which will win the Linux crowd over in no time. The QWERTY keyboard comes in handy for everyone who uses the phone regularly for writing considering that you can use the physical keyboard to type, or use the on-screen keyboard instead to do so.
T-Mobile G1 Specs:
Not everything is that shiny however. One of the main disadvantages of the G1 phone is the missing headphone socket. The only way to connect headphones to the G1 is by using an USB adapter.
Here is a video review of the T-Mobile G1 that provides you with a solid overview of the phone's capabilities.
The T-Mobile G1 does a few things better than Apple's iPhone namely the full QWERTY keyboard and the Open Source operating system. It's not an iPhone killer but a worthy contender. One of the main selling points will be the applications which can be downloaded from the application shop.
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