Product Type: T-Mobile Smartphone
Newest Review: ... from my local secondary school due to the metal framework. All in all the T-Mobile G1 is a very good phone for being the first to use And... more
Member Name: ghoti
Advantages: It works wewll as a phone and for mobile internet
Disadvantages: Crashes when there isn't enough memory
I've had my G1 phone for just over a year now, and it's starting to creak, but I do love it.
Firstly, I have the white version, which also comes with white accessories (case, plug etc). For some reason there are stickers too, I never used them. Perhaps the idea is personalisation, but I don't know anyone else with the same phone so it seems a little childish to me.
It has a big touch screen, and on the front it has five buttons, one for the menu, a call button, hang-up button, home, back and a trackball. On sliding, a full five row keybard is revealed, complete with another menu button. The keys themselves are quite small but the space between them is generous, so it's easy to type.
The touch screen does not respond to stylus, only fingers, so there's no stylus to lose or break, and it does respond quite easily. However, when it needs cleaning, a quick wipe with a tissue or screen wipe doesn't seem to mess anything up.
There is a camera, but mine always seems to turn pictures orange unless it's very bright daylight, so not useful as a primary camera. Similarly, headphones are provided, but you can't use your own, as there isn't a 3.5mm headdphone jack, the headphones go through the mini-usb socket.
In use, there are three home screens that can be used for photos, widgets, or shortcuts to applications. There are a lot of applications to be had from the marktplace, as the Android operating system is open source, and it's easy to
install or uninstall applications. The ease of use of applications depends on the writer.
When making phonecalls, the address book and call list is all kept together, which makes life a bit easier, and the dialer is easy to use, including a menu of its own for ease of turning on speaker phone, making conference calls, and all the little things you only want during a phone call.
Internet wise, it's pretty good too... it often finds me wireless networks and seems to connect on quite weak connections.
The main problem I have had with it is frequent crashing. I've been told that this is due to not having enough memory. It comes with 2gb, and I've just installed 16gb so hopefully that problem will be resolved. My other bugbear is that the trackball started sticking when I'd had it about a year. As I love my touchscreen/keyboard combo and I've not seen any other phone with as good a keyboard and a trackball, especially not all three, that seems like a minor issue. The paint has started to chip too, probably because I should keep it in a case more.
Summary: It's not perfect, but for me it's the best I've seen.
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