Product Type: T-Mobile Smartphone
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For a Smart Phone It Can Be A Tad Slow....
Member Name: Antha87
Date: 06/03/11, updated on 07/03/11 (36 review reads)
Advantages: It has a keypad and ouch screen
Disadvantages: It can freeze of you go too fast
I have had the G1 for a while now, it was giving to me from my Dad when he got his new phone. I was quite excited to get it as it seemed really easy to use (the first phone my Dad actually managed to use properly and even send more than one worded texts!) and I must admit I'd been excited to use a phone where I could download games and apps easily.
*The Phone Design*
The phone is actually quite chunky now I look at it compared to all the other slim line phones out these days. My favourite thing about this phone is that it has a touch screen AND a keyboard which is accessible when you slide up the screen. As I think if I had only the touch screen I would break it and would find it hard to send texts as I always end up hitting the wrong letters.
Under the screen, there is the menu button and call, home and back button and the scroller which acts similar to a mouse pad when you are using the phone.
*The Phone Features*
Now I'm admitting here that I have got some of this info from looking up the phone, but this is because I'm not very technical on the details, I pretty much discover things as I go along but I know there will be some people who would like to know the phone's details so to speak.
* 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with HVGA (320 X 480 pixel) resolution.
* Full 5-row QWERTY keyboard.
* One-Touch Google SearchTM.
* Customizable Home screen with instant Email, text message and IM notifications.
* Instant access to mobile Internet services (GmailTM, YouTubeTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, Google CalendarTM).
* High-speed 3.5G network connection.
* Wi-Fi technology with seamless transition to open networks.
* Android MarketTM with access to variety of software and media downloads. (some fees may apply)
* 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus.
* microSDTM (SD 2.0 compatible) expansion slot for all your storage needs.
*Using The Phone*
All in all the phone is pretty simple to use. It takes a while to get used to - took me a whole day to realise when I had new texts as on the very top of your screen you have a Notification bar which tells you when you have missed calls, texts etc...it just took me a while to spot it. But once you get the hang of where everything is you soon start whizzing your way round the menu's and flipping out your screen (to the ooh and ahhs of those who think you have a total 'James Bond' phone) and texting away at 90mph....but that could just be me.
Games are easy to download and use on the phone. There is also a wider range of games you can get as the phone has the touch screen- as with phones like some Blackberry's you miss out on those games.
Going on the internet is really great and easy on the phone as well and it looks almost as you would see it if you were looking on your computer, unless the site has a special mobile version. You can have multiple windows open and flick between them easily.
* My Favourite Features of The Phone*
I really like the screen, as I go on YouTube a lot and the video quality I get on the phone is a lot better than I would have thought. They also load really quickly.
Generally this phone is just really good for the internet! Great for someone on the go who would want to check the e-mails and such things!
The Apps! I know this isn't really the phone but you can get various apps that enhance the phone. My favourite being for the camera, I downloaded a Vignette app which allows me to take photos with different filers and frames etc...
All your texts to one person are in one place. Instead of saving you texts from everyone in the same box by when they are received, its saves texts by contacts so it is easy to see the whole conversation. Also it doesn't take you to a new screen when you text so you can see what you are replying to as you type.
*The Bad Bits*
Now to the but...I have found that doing some very simple things with this phone get really complicated.
Firstly I have yet to find out how you send a contacts detail's to someone else. As with all my previous phone's if I have had to forward a number there has always been a very simple way of doing that either by attaching it via text or going to your contacts book. However, I have tried various ways of looking for this option and still have not found success.
Dialling a number can be annoying sometimes as well, as if you go to you calls list and scroll down to say you 3rd last call and hit the 'call' button it doesn't phone the contact you scrolled onto - it instead calls your last dialled number. Also I find you have to hit too many buttons just to dial a contact. Pressing the call button should be all it takes.
There are various other items that I have problems with, sometimes I go to quick for the touch screen or when texting and it freezes, and when it starts you have to wait ages for it to get back to normal.
It took me so many attempts to copy my contacts on to the phone, and when they finally copied they copied 7 times and now I have every contact saved 7 times on my phone! I jus cannot be bothered to delete them all and start again.
Also! A major downside is the battery dies so quickly! So I would advise buying a lithium battery to replace the one that comes with the phone as it has a lot better lasting power.
*Wear and Tear*
This is a pretty durable phone! I was really scared about having a touch screen but I have not broke it yet! It has been dropped on buses, the street in my house, stood on etc...and the touch screen is yet to break. I did break the little mirror on the back at the camera, but it hasn't fallen out, just cracked. It also gets tossed about my handbag so I am really impressed there are no scratches on the screen or buttons falling out!
So for durability this phone gets 10/10 from me!!
*Would I Recommend This Phone?*
Yes and no. I really like the phone but I do often get frustrated at it! But this could be the way I use the phone(bashing the screen until it does what I want). So I would suggest going for a newer version of the phone. But if you have a little more patience it is a really good phone. The mix of touch screen and keypad means it's adaptable for what you need to use it for, games, texting, pictures etc....
It's also handy to use when on the go if you have the internet set up, google maps, Facebook etc...
Summary: Great phone for busy people on the go who ue the internet alot!
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