Ending the 2nd Week of the Smartphone Round Robin, Crackberry Kevin delivers his final thoughts on the T-Mobile G1! In his initial Video Review, Crackberry Kevin sounded very excited to be using the G1. And though some of that excitement subsided, he still sees A LOT of potential in Android and is hopeful for a G2, G3, or G4 to be a real game changer.
To give a quick summary: he was initially unsure of Android's market penetration strategy, not the biggest fan of the hardware but loves the home screen experience and Android Market! I'm surprised he didn't mention the notifications system on the G1--but we at Android Central know thats the best in all of smartphones already. Go give Crackberry Kevin a piece of your mind!
Hey, still waiting on that white T-Mobile G1? Concerned about quality issues? Not sure what it really looks like? Android Central has got you covered! We just got a White T-Mobile G1 here at the Android Central headquarters and decided to give you guys what you want: a full on photo gallery!
From our brief time with it, the white T-Mobile G1 looks GOOD. It definitely makes the G1 stand out a lot more than the black or bronze variety and we think HTC nailed the white--it's nearly the perfect hue. Yes, we just complemented a color choice--call us Martha Stewart but we know our spectrum!
Anyway, sometimes white can look yellow or cheap but this white makes the G1 shine without being too shiny--more like polished, catch my drift?. The finish is closer to the bronze glossy than the matte black and though we're still not a big fan of the two tone backing, after seeing it in person, we'll live.
One problem though, when the home and back button are backlit during the daytime, it kind of fades the icons. Not a huge problem, just a little design quip. Other than that, we are HUGE fans of the White G1. So uh, what are you waiting for?
Take a look at the pictures of the White T-Mobile G1 after the break!
If you are Down Under and are anxious to get your Android groove on, you won't have to wait too much longer. Online retailer Kogan will be selling the Android-based "Agora" on January 29, 2009 and is accepting pre-orders NOW right here. There are two versions: the basic model costs $299, while the Pro version (which includes Wi-Fi, a camera and GPS) is $399.
Kogan will sell them contract-free, so some of the network-integration features found on other Android phones may not be available on the Agora. Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, Maps and talk will be included, of course. A special "Thanks!" goes out to Bradley and Daniel!
Christmas is coming early to our friends across the pond. The T-Mobile G1 Android phone is now even more affordable after a discount just in time for the holiday season. Previously, a G1 in the U.K. was £40/mo. for service with a FREE G1. The FREE part catches the eye when you consider the G1 is around $179 here in the States with a contract. Now, our U.K. friends are enjoying a price drop to £30/mo. and the G1 is STILL free. Sweet! So why the discount so soon after release? Is T-Mo not reaching their sales goals for the G1? Did Google and T-Mobile not learn from the hornets nest stirred up when a guy named Steve Jobs enraged early adopters with a slashed iPhone price so soon after release? According to T-Mobile:
“We have chosen to offer the device free with a £30 contract to make the pricing more competitive in light of recent device launches. We are well on track to achieve our sales forecasts”
I guess that settles it, eh? If you are in the U.K. and have been holding out, it looks like a good time to pick up a G1!
Having spent much time with the AT&T Fuze for the 2nd week of the Smartphone Round Robin, it’s time to wind down and give you my final thoughts!
I think above all other platforms, Android and Windows Mobile share the same market penetration strategy. They direct themselves into becoming the OS behind smartphones rather than attempting to create an end all solution. Though philosophically they might remain different, their similarities are more appropriate than say Android with the iPhone or Blackberry.
So is Windows Mobile a more mature version of Android? Or is it completely different? Is the AT&T Fuze a great device? Can the G1 learn from it?
Read on for the rest of the review!
Also, this is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here
Crackberry Kevin is asking for your help! He knows his way around the G1 pretty well but he would love to know everyone's tips and tricks and 3rd party app recommendations. Luckily, we at Android Central got you covered because if you help out Crackberry Kevin on his forum post (which can be found here) you're automatically entered into our Smartphone Round Robin Contest! You can win a T-Mobile G1 and a boatload of goodies!
Also, my device for the past week has been the AT&T Fuze, a Windows Mobile Device, does anyone have any questions that they would like to get answered about the Fuze or Windows Mobile? Leave a line in the comments and I'll do my best to answer it!
This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here
Some hapless soul traveling to the UK with his G1 reports a data roaming bill of $102.85 in spite of jumping into the phone settings and disabling data sync, data roaming and 3G. When pressed, the T-Mobile supervisor "revealed that the G1 always accesses the internet whether you are sending text messages or calls—even when the data roaming features are off." Scary stuff if true.
Read the whole article by Sean Fallon of Gizmodohere. Has anyone else racked up any data roaming charges while traveling abroad with a G1? If so, tell us your tale in Comments. A special thanks to James for sharing his experience!
[Photo and story courtesy of Sean Fallon @ Gizmodo]
Hey what do we have here? Early Christmas Present? Sort of. We have a special edition podcast for the Smartphone Round Robin! We're calling it the Smartphone Experts Round Robin Roundtable because Casey, Kevin, Rene, Jennifer, and Dieter met up to discuss three of the Smartphone Round Robin devices: The iPhone 3G, the Treo Pro, and the Blackberry Bold.
We don't quite have an official Android Central podcast feed yet (though we're working on that!) so we'll give you a link to our sister site The iPhone Blog's feed:
This week in the Smartphone Round Robin, Crackberry Kevin is fighting his Blackberry addiction with the T-Mobile G1. He gives his thoughts in a first impressions video and comes away a bit more impressed than expected. To sum it up, he doesn't find the hardware sexy but he definitely thinks Android is easy to use and easy to like. He even feels a bit familiar with the G1 since it has the good ol' trackball and menu button.
There has been quite a bit of news lately about handset manufacturers developing smartphones running Google's Android OS, but the news ticker has been unusually quiet about enterprising individuals porting or booting up their current devices with Android. The folks over at Android Community have stumbled upon video evidence of Android booting up on a Nokia n810!
It is unknown why we haven't seen more handsets popping up with retrofitted Android, but it's nice to see Android finding it's way onto a Nokia n810. One of the nice things about Android is that, like Windows Mobile, there is no ONE device to accommodate Android and very soon we will have numerous handsets to choose from to run Android. Like the Nokia n810 featured in this video, is there more to come?
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