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T-Mobile makes waves with its new G1

It's been nearly a year since Google first officially announced its plans to develop an operating system for mobile phones and today we see the launch of the first phone using Android. The T-Mobile G1 was launched today at a press event in New York City.

Starting with the hardware, the phone itself measures 4.60" x 2.16" x 0.62" and weighs in at 5.6 ounces. The device features a 3.17" touchscreen with a 480x320 resolution. The G1 supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA and of course GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

For those that aren't quite sold on the Apple iPhone's touchscreen-based "soft" keyboard, the T-Mobile G1 features a qwerty keyboard which is revealed by turning the device on its side and sliding the keyboard upward. Other niceties include a built-in 3.1MP camera and a microSD slot (a 1GB microSD comes pre-installed).

The T-Mobile G1 will be available at launch in black, brown, and white.

Microsoft has already announced that it is developing an applications store similar in concept to Apple's iTunes App Store called "Skymarket". Google will launch what it calls Android Market. Given that the T-Mobile G1 uses a Google-based operating system, Google Maps (complete with Street View and Traffic View) and YouTube applications are pre-installed on the device. Google’s newly launched Chrome web browser will also make an appearance on the G1 in the form of “Chrome Lite”.

Another direct shot is taken at Apple in the form of a dedicated Amazon MP3 Music Store application designed for Android. Customers will have access to over six million DRM free songs starting at just $0.89 each. Customers will be able to download the songs directly to the G1, but a WiFi connection is required for over the air downloads.

"Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be--whether sitting at their computer or on the go," said Bill Carr, Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3's vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places."

The T-Mobile G1 will be available October 22 for $179 with a two-year contract. Data plans will start at $25 for unlimited data and limited messaging; while unlimited data and messaging will set you back $35.

According to BusinessWeek, T-Mobile is expected to sell 200,000 to 400,000 of the phones before the end of 2008. Analysts for iSuppli expect that figure to grow to as many as 9 million units globally for all of 2009.

You can catch Walt Mossberg's first impressions of the device here.

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By PCXLFan on 9/23/2008 12:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
Just out of curiousity what are the specs on this baby? Is it more powerful and does it have more than the 128mb ram on the iphone?

RE: Specs?
By mellomonk on 9/23/2008 3:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
G1 has a microSD slot with a 1GB card installed. iPhone has two models 8GB and 16GB with no expansion slot. Within a few months the iPhone is going to 16GB and 32GB at the same price point. Out of the box the G1 lacks, but microSD cards are pretty cheap nowadays.

G1 is a nice phone though on the thick and thugly side. Good start for the Android devices. It will be interesting to see how much app support they ultimately get. But at this point it sure isn't the iPhone killer some had hoped for.

RE: Specs?
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/23/2008 3:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
I like that it has expanable memory, but I wonder if there is going to be a performance lag due to access times. From what I understood, the iPhone memory was like an SSD drive, whereas microSD (at least in my experience) has even slower transfer speeds than old SD cards.

RE: Specs?
By PCXLFan on 9/23/2008 11:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
All that data is in the article itself. I was asking about the ram, not the nonvolatile storage space. ;)

I'm asking about things like what is the processor, what is its clock speed. The real nitty gritty technical details of the phone. Not what you copy paste from the article above.

RE: Specs?
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/24/2008 12:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
dual core 586mhz, i believe

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