So let me fill you in with how the Smartphone Round Robin works: Every editor of the SPE network sites trade in their phones for a spin with another smartphone. So not only will you be able to see my Androidified opinion about the iPhone 3G, AT&T Fuze, Blackberry Bold, and Palm Treo Pro -- you'll be able to see what everyone else thinks about our beloved G1 and the exciting Android OS!

Since Android is the newest kid on the block and essentially non-existent outside the US and UK, you'll definitely see some mix ups and false starts from the get go. Our good friend Rene takes the first crack at the T-Mobile G1 and comes away...confused. To give you a preview, the plethora of input options is too much for him to handle!

Go on over to The iPhone Blog to check out Rene's thoughts and see his video on Android and the T-Mobile G1. I agree with a lot of what he's saying but believe after a few more days he'll see that though the Android way is different, it is also a great way to go. Head on over to give him a piece of your mind!

Ed. note: Rene's video is hilarious. Make sure you're not eating lunch or reading in a meeting because food pieces will fly and hooting & hollering will surely occur. Just warning ya!

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Round Robin: Rene's Video Review of the T-Mobile G1


Thats an interesting point, I would be worried it would be biased seeing as it isn't available outside the US/K. Oh well hopefully it gets the respect it deserves.

Part of me wishes my Wing would break so I could get a G1... BTW, my friend says a TMo rep offered him a G1 on a ONE year contract because he tried to cancel his service ;)

definitely shows the awesome features of the device. all sides can learn from the others concerning features and useability. iphone has tons of great apps and features, and it's taken this long for them to get there. android has only been here a short time, and will definitely catch up to the same feature set in a fraction of the time.

Agreed, great video displaying what Android is capable of at this point, I just hope they are quick to get it out onto other devices...thing with Android at this point is the G1 IMO, is not a pretty device, sure the OS may be good and will only get better, but the device...C'mon, it has no sexyness appeal imo! I'm sure others will disagree, and defend the look of the device, but it don't rock my socks.

Dude, video to beat at the moment! Sampled pop-song intro theme, 'NO-FLASH-NO-FLASH!'/'UI-FAILURE-uhhh,' and Taylor Swift?? Time to step up your video review game, Casey!

In Deiter's Blackberry Bold video review, he mentioned that he found himself adapting to the BB UI more than he made it adapt to his previous WinMo style. I think that says something about the intuitiveness of the BB UI.

That said, the Android UI experience just doesn't look like it's there yet. Even though Rene is coming from an iPhone, a consistent UI would have been easy to adapt to, even if he had to change his way of approaching the device. But Android doesn't have the consistent UI yet.

I know, I know, it's new - BB and iPhone have been around longer (even if Apple did get it pretty much right the first time) - but let's wait and see what happens in the future for Android. I'm still hopeful.