Our good friend Dieter Bohn over at WMExperts has finally finished off his full review of the T-Mobile G1! Dieter is no stranger to the Android platform, but is a die-hard Windows Mobile guy, so his perspective is unique and definitely worthy of a read. Because of my personal belief that Android is going to take a lot of Windows Mobile's marketshare, it's interesting to see how Android and Windows Mobile measure up.

In all, this is the last review of the T-Mobile G1 from another editor, which means, expect Android Central's own take of the T-Mobile G1 very, very soon!

Head over to WMExperts to see Dieter's Final Thoughts! 


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Round Robin: WMExpert Dieter Bohn's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1


Great review Dieter! Thanks. I'm a fellow windows mobile user and appreciated the comparisons. Personally, I preferred the old Palm OS, so what would a Palm person think of the G1? Sure would like to try a G1. Thanks again.

Yes, I agree that Android has GREAT potential and I am certainly excited to see how the next generation will improve. It can only go up from here! I've read so many articles and blogs about the G1 and many people have expressed all the things that it DOESN'T do. I for one am blown away by what it CAN do and I think those things are being overlooked. I've had this phone for about 2 months now and I'm constantly surprised (pleasantly I might add) by its functionality. Not trying to sell the G1 to anyone because basically, it boils down to preference...I just prefer the G1. :)

The G1 definitely seemed to be a good "first draft". Android shows tons of potential, but I am a bit surprised that it hasn't grown faster than this. It still feels to bit too much like a slightly-grown-up sidekick right now... but I have high hopes for the platform.

Using a WinMo phone as my daily driver, I thought this was a pretty good look at Android in general and the G1 specifically.

Considering how brief a time it's been on the scene, it's incredible how quickly it's developed into a legitimate phone OS. Just look at how long it took the original iPhone to get basic smartphone features.

WinMo is still the bee's knees when it comes to office and productivity apps, but the Android Cupcake update is looking really tempting.

Any word on a good stylus solution for capacitive screens?

Very good review. At this point, it's hard to judge the OS independently of the unit because there's only one unit available. I'm really looking forward to more phones that will exploit other areas of the OS that aren't entirely utilized in the G1. (Plus, the G1 just doesn't look that good. I'd love to see the Android OS in a much sexier body.)

Dieter has much hands-on with the G1 and gives us a fair, in-depth look at Android today through several referenced articles. Although his Windows Mobile perspective is not useful to everyone, there is enough general info in the review for would-be G1 owners to get a good idea of what they are getting into. It is worth pointing out that the October article is already somewhat dated just as the current article will be in 2 months--Android is evolving rapidly! And I must poke fun at Dieter for having such a jumbled contact list; I wonder what his closet at home looks like? ;')

windows mobile is too business-like, if i needed a business phone then maybe, but i just want a phone for me that has good functionality, i feel like android delivers that much better than WinMo


A Palm person as in a user of Palm OS? I've used many Palm OS devices and my TX's still working reasonably well (the hardware's starting to deteriorate, but I've given this thing a lot of use anyway).

The OS itself is getting old. Sure it's simple to navigate and easy to use, but the design is a bit weird. For one, there's no true on-board filesystem. There's supposed to be a Linux-based ACCESS system in the future for Palm devices, but I haven't heard anything solid about it yet and I don't know if it'd even run on the TX.

So... I've been experimenting with the hackndev kernels, which have been awesome.

That post was getting long... so:

In comparison with Palm OS, Android is a fresh perspective. It has all the features of a modern OS, and is optimized for mobile devices. The G1 has twice the computational power as the Palm TX and the capacitive touchscreen is great.

But one drawback of using a capacitive screen is the loss of precision-tapping. Fingers aren't exactly precise, so these screens do not have much touch resolution. Still, I'm loving it.

Palm devices have traditionally looked professional and solid. The G1 doesn't look ugly imo, but it appears to appeal to a different crowd. I like it just fine.

Good review. The Android software is so promising they just need to get some better hardware to go with that OS.

He has some good points on android. I really can't wait for the second generation of device from HTC. really proves that there are limitless possibilities for such a young OS. the future of android is bright and i'm glad to soon be a part of it!

I learned from Dieter's article that I must get my contacts into google/gmail. I knew that G1 couldn't do enterprise contacts or whatever. I thought that meant I couldn't do business contacts from my work computer. Didn't know it wouldn't sync with outlook at all. Is that right? Anyway, I'm going to get my stuff in google in case I win a G1. he he. :)

Great review and insights from the man who defended the hardware. Never would've thought of it if he hadn't pointed it out.

It is noteworthy that every reviewer found things in Android that they wish their favored OS provided: friendly, open, Google integration, great home screen, great browser, notification bar, app store, etc. I didn't see that so much in the other OSs.

"It is noteworthy that every reviewer found things in Android that they wish their favored OS provided: friendly, open, Google integration, great home screen, great browser, notification bar, app store, etc."

Good point, Dr. Tyrell. And the openness of Android only leaves room for it to grow so no Android users can say the same about any other OS. The future is looking very promising.

Like Dieter, I am amazed that Google has not incorporated their Notebook and To-Do List--or iGoogle for that matter--into Android. Maybe Apple's increased presence in the "cloud" will get Google moving.