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Google G1 - Great touchscreen phone will put out QWERTY keyboard!
Member Name: bjs2010uk
Advantages: QWERTY Keyboard, Android Marketplace, High Quality Screen, Number of Accessories Included,
Disadvantages: Battery Life, Hard to handle with one hand when keyboard pulled out
I owned the Google G1 phone in white for 2 weeks before sending it back to T-mobile.
My first impressions of this phone were that it looked very stylish and quirky in white. Also the size of the handset was perfect for a touch screen phone.
The phone came with everything you needed and more - charger, white pouch, screen protector, screen cleaning cloth, USB cable and handsfree kit!!! I was a bit disappointed with the handsfree kit as it was black, I would have been more happy if this was white, to match the colour of the handset.
Upon charging the phone for the first time I did notice that the batter got very warm when charging but this is pretty normal for a phone with this amount of features etc. At the top of the handset there is a LED light that lights up red and green, this is something similar to what most Blackberry handsets have.
The G1 felt quite robust and had a nice curved design towards the bottom of the handset. Also at the bottom of the handset is a trackerball, similar to what is on an old style mouse, this allowed ease of navigation around webpages and menus when using the phone.
The Google G1 was the first android handset so I was a bit sceptical about the ease of use and reliability. However I was very surprised to find the software better than most other manufacturers and I never had a problem with the phone crashing etc. The only thing I didn't like with the menu system was the process of reading new text messages and emails; these were accessed by pulling down a thin bar at the top of the screen to reveal the status of the phone and any new messages etc. This proved difficult to do sometimes.
The main feature of the G1 that makes it different to most other touch screen handsets was that it has a full qwerty keypad, which is well spaced out and works really well when texting, writing emails and browsing the net. The keypad fully lights up with a white backlight, which looked cool. The main reason I chose the G1 was because it had the full keyboard as I found most other touchscreen phones difficult to use when texting etc. The only bad thing I would say is that when the keyboard is pulled out the phone has to be handled with two hands as it is impossible to type otherwise.
The Google G1 handset has a 3.2 megapixels camera with no flash, which is built into the back. I found the camera quite disappointing to be honest as pictures were of a average quality when viewed on the phone. I had seen 2 megapixels cameras produce just as good photos. With the update to the G1 came video recording, which I did not use, so can not comment further on this.
The G1 supports the Android marketplace, which offers lots of free applications and games for free, very similar to the app store on iPhones. I found this very useful and most of the applications on there were free, which made it even more appealing to try different ones. The Android marketplace is easy to navigate around and prices for applications etc are clearly listed.
The main thing that let me down with this handset and resulted in me sending it back to T-mobile was the battery life. I used the phone moderately and it only lasted about 1.5 days. I understand that it has an always on internet connection and a large, bright screen, which will obviously drain the battery significantly. However it started to come to the point where I may as well have just left the phone plugged into the mains socket all the time, which sort of defeats the point of a mobile phone. With me being tied into an 18 month contract with this phone I decided to send it back whilst I could, as I think this would have irritated me a lot. I do slightly regret sending the phone back as I thought it was very cool and had loads of features that I would of used.
I dont want to go into every feature in too much detail in this review as most people who are interested in purchasing will have looked into a full list of features. I have tried to cover the most important aspects of the phone.
Overall I would recommend this phone to people that would like a touch screen phone but want the option to use a good old keypad/keyboard. However I would definitely ask yourself if you could put up with the short battery life. It may be worthwhile looking into a newer Google handset to check if battery life has been improved on these.
Summary: Great alternative touchscreen phone that offers a full QWERTY keypad.
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