Dibbler's Net

Sunday, November 30, 2008

30 Days with the G1

So about a month ago I upgraded from a T-Mobile wing to the G1. Somehow in the process I missed the requirement for a voice plan as I previously had data only for the wing. So now it’s been about 30 days that I have had the G1 and I wanted to share my personal views on this new phone. Now this is based on both the HTC G1 phone and the android software together. I do look forward to other vendors putting Android on their hardware to see how the platform grows.

The Cons: Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first.
No real headphone jack. I still haven’t plugged in the headphones that came with the phone because the whole usb to headphone idea bothers me. I have heard rumors this will change in the next revision.
No real belt clip. Since I don’t use this as my primary cell phone this hasn’t been a real issue yet. The phone comes with a soft protector but that does not make it very convenient to use as a phone when walking around as it spends time either on the desk or in a pocket.
The mail app. I really thought the Android folks would get email right but not yet. I installed k9 on day one as it supports real delete for imap mailboxes. Hope to see the bundled app improve in this area.

The Pros:
3G service. I have had really no issues receiving 3G service and the speed on the lower edge network works well when 3G is out of range. The auto switching to Wireless Lan’s works really well and I have been impressed with the data services overall.
The browser is much better than the pocketPC version on the wing. While there is room for improvement I find it to be useful and non-frustrating.
The Android Market: I simply love this part. I check it every 1-2 days and browse by date to see what new apps are out there.
Google apps: The Gmail and maps and searching work as advertised and I haven’t had any real issues.
The whole keyboard experience: I need a real keyboard. It’s why I bought the wing and why I waited for this G1. The keyboard works well and doesn’t take from my screen space. A set of keys for arrows would be nice as sometimes I need those and not every app supports the stick. I don’t find an issue with the bump on the right when typing unless I have the power cord plugged in. Then my hands have to conform a bit.
The Touchscreen: It works. Sometimes it has issues where you see that you clicked something but it doesn’t respond. I expect this is just software and will be fixed soon.
The Battery Life: Twice I have had to stop using it because the battery was low. However I really should turn wifi and gps off when I am not using them as I know these are power sinks.

Overall the device is nice. I added in additional memory and I like how everything is setup. I prefer a physical switch for keyboard lockout but the two button combo is a good second place.
The software has performed very well. Much faster than the wing and I don’t spend time waiting. I have had good impressions of the apps I have downloaded and very few have crashed or made the phone unstable. I would and have recommended this device to others especially since it is very usable for remote SSH.

Applications: I have found a lot of cool apps and really good apps. Still need a slingbox player and a few other items but I know those should be coming soon.

Next up. I have installed the SDK and associated software. I know 2 applications that I want to write. Now I just need to find time to actually write them. Once I do I will post the details and my experience with the software side of Android.


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