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It feels so good to be home! The Smartphone Round Robin is over and we're all back on our original devices, meaning I'm finally, finally done with Bolds, Fuzes, iPhones, & Treos! No more non touchscreens, closed systems, or resistive touch! I'm back on the most potential packed, exciting smartphone OS and do-it-all hardware available in today's smartphone market.

But like all the other devices in the Smartphone Round Robin, we're going to take a look at the T-Mobile G1 in a Video Review and then follow up with a comprehensive, in-depth written review that'll compare the G1 with the other devices and also examine the status of Android. So stay tuned to Android Central where it's going to be all T-Mobile G1 and Android once again.

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment To Win a T-Mobile G1! – Details Here

Update: The Smartphone Round Robin isn't exactly over (the part where I have to use other phones is done, though). We're in the last round of the Round Robin so we'll be wrapping things up in the next few days, stay tuned!

 
There are 45 comments

MattyFresh says:

anyone else experience lag i never hear anyone talk about this but i have experienced this first hand is this somthing tmobile like to keep under wraps

blackbyrd says:

The G1 is a quality phone. the build feels solid (it is ugggllly though) My co-worker and I(both middle school history teacher) both have smartphones. He has the G1, I have the Storm. We compare phones all the time. As much as I would like to knock his phone, the only things I can find to talk about are the looks(which is not that important), the fact that has no microsoft(which is in the works), and the materials(it’s still too early to tell if the sliding mechanism will hold up over time). So long story short.. if the G1 was on verizon, I probably would consider getting it.

Ralphb says:

once cupcake gets added into the base image of the G1 its gonna rock even more

The G1 has really grown on me during the course of the round robin. Can't wait to see how the platform evolves in 2009.

Chris says:

Great review. I'd like to have a G1 as a secondary phone to play around with. The Android platform is very promising though.

Joanne says:

Just getting in one last post before this contest ends. If I win a G1 I promise to love and cherish it forever. Thanks for all the hard work, Rene!

Snowman81 says:

Great review man, though not as good as your Blackberry Bold review since that one I knew you weren't biased towards the Bold, which I guess can't really be said for the G1.

A lot of people hate on the "chin" but it doesn't bother me at all....what does bother is the look of the device. Not so much the basic look, but more so that it looks very segmented. I think going for a more solid look would have been better.

But that being said, I love the specs of the device and I look Android. To me Android has the power of Windows Mobile, but the slickness of the iPhone....which to me is just awesome.

Can't wait to see the final review comparing the G1 to all the other phones. Looks like a great phone.

Dr. Tyrell says:

I started seeing lag about a month into using the G1. From what I gather it is Android pausing while it opens and closes apps when internal memory is short (check yours in settings). In particular there are some memory hogging apps like the browser, the market and messaging that can take up space. Updates to Android and the browser engine may help although what we really need is more memory and access to the microSD card for app storage. In the meantime you can do things like clear the browser cache and delete the hundreds of stored messages.

MattyFresh says:

hmm thats not suprising my bros phone is full of old messages and hes not a perosn who plays with his phone alot but i do notice the more i use it the slower it goes

Dr. Tyrell says:

Welcome back! Is the Round Robin over? I thought it went to the end of the month. Aren't we still waiting for Dieter's final G1 review?

Jake says:

whoever says this phone is ugly obviously has issues, i'd be more eloquent, but that is nooot happening now, i want an android phone.

Charlotte says:

i would love to have a g1 too (;

i love the way the g1 looks and feels. its simple. and even thought thats apple`s clam to fame...the simple design...the iphone is anything but that. with its gaudy shiny black and chrome.

Alex says:

Even with all these reviews, I'm still not sure on whether the G1 is weak plastic or has excellent build quality. I wish all the reviewers would just be set on this issue.

blackbyrd says:

The G1 is a quality phone. the build feels solid (it ugggllly though) My co-worker and (both middle school history teacher) both have smartphones. He has the G1, I have the Storm. We compare phones all the time. As much as I would like to knock his phone the only things I can find to talk about are the looks(which is not that important), the fact that has no microsoft(which isin the works), and material(it's still too early to tell if the sliding mechanism will holdup over time). So long story short.. if the G1 was on verizon, I probably would consider getting it.

Unkle Grouch says:

Great review. Welcome back.

inportb says:

Hm... weak plastic? It might be plastic but it's pretty solid. You gotta hold it in your hand to know for sure if it's solid enough for you.

MattyFresh says:

G1 is ugly and that chin i know they could have designed it better it does feel solid though i just think the design sucks

Randy says:

Watching Dieter's review of the G1 makes me want to go buy one, or at least play with one. Can't decide what color I like though.

Ralphb says:

G1 is ugly, still have one though what im really waiting for is for real G2 pics

Bill Andrews says:

I love the G1. I bought my kids one each and I am jealous. Now I want one!!!!!

yoyobo says:

wouldn't mind getting my hands on a G1 here in canada

Excellent video review! The G1 does seem much easier to use than windows mobile. I like it! I guess the only problem is that you wouldn't be able to type one handed. Sure would like to win one of these!!!

Ernesto says:

Good review. Seems like there are a lot of mixed signals between the plastic being weak or it being solid. G1 isnt the best looking phone but I think it's something you can get used to quickly.

Roy says:

I've gotta say, I've been liking the G1 more and more since I've been able to actually get my hands on one. I wouldn't necessarily say that the iphone design isn't simple, but I do appreciate the sleekness and uncluttered look of the G1.

MattyFresh says:

LOL the iphone design isnt simple thats laughable but for anyone whos sayin this phone is good looking is insane the phone itself is a brick witha chin if this phone had a diffrent os you people would be bashing it i mean this sights name is android central not g1 central think about that

anyone else notice the lag issue? is this a software issue as i don't see as the cpu being too slow...

MattyFresh says:

my brother has a g1 and ill be the first to say i alyways play with it and oddly enough his also has lag to it iam very intrested if anyone else has experienced this

pinguino1 says:

Casey,

Where were you? None of the previous reviewers changed my feelings toward the G1. Thanks to you I'm looking at the ducky in a more positive way.

Most people said the iPhone interface is a killer BUT if the iPhones got "this", or "that" it would be real phone.

Well... the G1 got the interface and also have "this" and "that". It's a real phone!!!

Alan says:

Here's my entry!

s_mamdani says:

Cool vid

SomeAudioGuy says:

It really is an incredible first device.

It's most certainly a game changer.

I can't wait to get my hands on one!

Nick says:

Welcome back to the "chin"-1 ;)

s_mamdani says:

nice vid

Kindy says:

Wow thats cool I dont know which one to buy though the Storm or the G1 but I might just get me a few pairs of Nike Dunks sneakers and save money while sticking with my Sidekick LX. I saw some great deals at www.nikedunks.org

Ryan says:

Man my battery cover does NOT come off that easily. I damn near break my fingers trying to get the thing open sometimes.

Tim says:

wow completely missed this review! glad to see it!

Scotty says:

Nice review as this is my first time really seeing much about the device...

bsebll15 says:

Someone should really review the G1 with all of the third party apps already installed, the first impression reviews really don't do the G1 justice.

inportb says:

@Bill: You're like my dad. lol.

Joanne says:

I was really impressed with how fast those apps downloaded and installed themselves in the video. And it is cool how easily customizable it all is. You might make an android lover out of me yet!

Joanne says:

I also like the satisfyingly crisp "snap" of the slider when you open it, but I still think the slanted way it opens plus that chin make the whole thing seem a bit off-kilter.

pinguino1 says:

Will it be a G1 final review for the Round Robin?

Billiam says:

I hate my G1. It's clunky, ugly and no really amazing apps. Open source ISN'T that cool because nobody cares about writing apps for the G1 or any other open source platforms. They're all over the iPhone and going crazy trying to write the best apps for Apple. My girlfriend has the 3G iphone and I'm pretty jealous. The average user doesn't care about open source. There's a reason Photoshop is better than it's open source rival, Gimp. Simply more people use Adobe products which helps the software advance very rapidly. Just watch........- and while you watch, I'll switch to the clearly better iPhone.