Product Type: T-Mobile Smartphone
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Google g1 (aka htc dream) review.
Member Name: gingertilly18
Advantages: Large responsive touch screen, qwerty keypad, android OS
Disadvantages: Lack of multi touch, lack of killer apps, no 3.5mm jack.
The google g1 has quite a striking appearance, it looks huge! When you hold it in your hand it does feel very large and heavy, even more so than the n97.
With the bulk comes a plasticky feel which gives a toy like impression to me. The phone slides up to reveal a full qwerty keyboard to compliment the 3.2" capacitive touch screen.
The g1 sports the android OS which when I used it was in it's first incarnation and everyone was waiting on the "cupcake" 1.6 update. It has general smartphone specs such as 3g wifi and gps as well as an app store and an SD card slot.
The phone has a call and end key on the front alongside a back and home key and a menu key. That's it for buttons on the front as the rest is taken up by the touch screen. The bottom of the phone has a "chin" as everyone has called it which makes the phone closer to your mouth during calls but looks very odd though it did grow on me.
Sliding the phone to a side reveals a qwerty keypad and the sliding mechanism has a nice clunk when it snaps back into place. When it is open it does feel a little wobbley but nothing major unless you try to pry it open.
The keypad itself has an offset layout though keys are a little small with little travel so it takes some getting used to. I wouldn't say this keypad is as good as the n97 or e75 but it is useable but just takes time to get to grips with.
The screen is a pleasure to use as it is very responsive and bright. Most apps work In landscape mode and 3.2" is big enough for a decent media and web browsing experience.
The android music player is very basic but it does the job handling playlists easily. Syncing music is as simple as drag and drop using the SD card as a removable disk. Though you can use media monkey or windows media player to sync also.
Playback sounds ok, the lack of a 3.5mm jack and the inclusion of some of the worst headphones I have ever used means you haveto buy an adapter to use your own headphones. I did this but music sounded even worse!! Certainly not good for music.
Video looks nice on the screen but I found playback to be choppy and sound to be rubbish but YouTube worked well.
The android app Market has a few decent games and apps that you might like. Games wise they are mostly simple games and the Market lacks big developers such as EA and gameloft (at time of owning) apps wise there is all the usual ones like facebook Twitter etc but I recommend ringdroid which allows you to trim your own music into a ringtone!
This is where android comes into it's own, customisation. It has 3 home screens which you can personalise and there are widgets on the market which beats the iPhone though they do eat the battery and data so should be used sparingly.
The web browser is very good and renders pages like you would see on a desktop but it lacks multi-touch like on the iPhone so zooming is done via 2 on screen buttons which ruins the flow some what.
Email is very good especially if you use google products alot. If you get an email it is forwarded to the phone and you get a notification in the notification bar where you swipe down to see notifications, it works really well and is a real time saver.
I would say that if you use google mail, calender etc for work and home then the g1 is a decent work horse but it certainly does not compete with the iPhone in any areas other than email and maybe web browsing if you can get over the lack of multi touch.
Summary: iPhone alternative? Maybe. iPhone killer? Maybe not.