Product Type: T-Mobile Smartphone
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An excellent Android phone from Google
Member Name: JustmeGemmy
Advantages: Slide out QWERTY keyboard, easy to set-up & use, long battery life
Disadvantages: Quite bulky
I had this phone for about a year before I received the G2 (HTC Hero) from my husband, who now owns this fantastic phone.
It is quite bulky and that is probably my only negative point about this phone. It does still fit well in your hands, both hands are necessary while the phone is in landscape view. My biggest concern before purchasing this phone on contract was the lip on the bottom of the phone, I was worried this would make holding the phone and typing uncomfortable. This wasn't the case at all and in fact, it helped the phone to fit into the crook in the palm of my hand.
The battery life is fantastic on this phone, although, like most Android phones, I find that a Task-Killer of some sort is necessary to preserve the life a little longer.
Texting is a pleasure with the slide out QWERTY keyboard, which has a nice snap to it when it clicks into place. The keys are well spaced out and slightly raised to help with quick typing. If you're in too much of a hurry to use the QWERTY keyboard, or only have one hand free, there is a touch screen keyboard also available with predictive text.
The phone has an LED at the top which, with some applications, can be customised to flash certain colours depending on whether you have a text or a call and even which contact has text you.
The Google G1 has a large screen that doesn't seem cramped, it's large enough to view most websites and has a touchscreen. The brightness can be altered to your specific needs but is often difficult to view on bright days.
It has a trackball for easy navigation if you do not wish to use the touchscreen, it can be a little over/under sensitive but is useful for the most part. There are call keys, a home key, back key and menu key to the side of the trackball for quick shortcuts. They are placed so that your thumb can easily reach them without having to strain too much.
The phone reacts relatively quickly to commands, although is slower compared to most newer phones. It is the first Android phone and it does well to handle the way it does. Android is a beautiful OS and looks great on this phone, applications are easily downloaded and installed - most of them for free.
A wonderful phone from Google, it's a shame that they have now stopped producing it. The QWERTY keyboard was a brilliant touch and I wish more of the newer Android phones were build like this.
Summary: A truly remarkable phone from Google, no real drawbacks to it.
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