T-Mobile G1 First Google Android Phone

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 28, 2008
Updated • Apr 11, 2013
Google Android

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:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz
  • Operating System: Android
  • Memory: ROM: 256 MB, RAM: 192 MB
  • Dimensions (LxWxT): 117.7 mm x 55.7 mm x 17.1 mm (4.60 in x 2.16 in x 0.62 in)
  • Weight: 158 grams (5.57 ounces) with battery
  • Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution
  • Network: HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe: 2100 MHz US:1700/2100 MHz Up to 7.2 Mbps down-link (HSDPA) and 2 Mbps up-link (HSUPA) speeds. Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Keyboard: Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS: GPS navigation capability with built-in GPS receiver and map software
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g, HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus
  • Audio: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WMV
  • Battery: 1150 mAh
  • Special Features: Digital Compass, Motion Sensor

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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  1. Rarst said on September 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I am really considering this one depending on price we get around here. It may or may not work dedending on price Nokia sets on its first phone with touch screen.

    iPhone is out of equation here – overpriced, crappy features, no infrastructure available.

  2. Rico said on September 29, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Considering you need a Google account to even use the device, i’ll pass. Granted, i’ve got two, but i really don’t care to give Google even more information about me without the capability of even signing out.

    It’s a pity too, because the basic UI shows a lot of promise and seems to work very well. The included apps seem to integrate very intuitively, and there’s already quite a few nifty apps available for it.

  3. Anabelle Almonte said on December 22, 2009 at 3:44 am

    i’m going to have my g1 this thursday!!!!!!!!111 i’m sooooo happyyy about itttt!!!!!!!!!11111 ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!111
    i dont now how more to sayyyyy!!!!!!!!1

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  4. Tj said on March 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I love this phone but ma problem i must pray 4 all services(browsing)

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