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T-mobile G1 Google Phone vs. AT&T iPhone 3G

Posted in Electronics Gear, Mobile Phones, Opinion by Jason Mitchell - 10.03.2008

Looks like T-mobile will be carrying google’s new “Android” phone, the G1. I just checked out the rock-and-roll demo of the phone and at this point it looks ho-hum. I mean, the music is hot, but the phone looks clunky.

Admittedly, I’m a huge Apple fan, but I haven’t yet jumped on the iPhone 3G bandwagon. My biggest reason is AT&T… their lackluster customer service and expensive services plans have soured my drive for the iPhone. I do have an iPod Touch and completely enjoy the interface and user-experience. It’s so easy to use that I find my 3-year-old writing email and browsing YouTube or watching The Incredibles on it all the time.

Her favorite YouTube video to watch is Crazy Horses by the Osmonds (it’s bookmarked as it should be). Thanks to the new iPhone/iPod 2.1 software update, I’ve now disabled YouTube so she can’t happen upon someone’s soft porn unknowingly… phew!

I digress… back to the T-mobile G1. I think it misses the mark and definitely will not be an iPhone killer. I venture that this particular version with be a flop and here’s why:

    • The form-factor looks HUGE
    • Where’s the bling? Nothing on this phone breaks new ground
    • The design looks like it was built by the miltary
    • The upturned button area adds to the awkward form-factor
    • Google is not know for their interfaces… these guys are engineering-driven and we all know how well engineers design interfaces

      There are some nice things about the T-mobile G1 though:

        • Full QWERTY keyboard, but the slide-out design may be problematic
        • It’s not on AT&T
        • T-mobile’s customer service is great

          Here’s the rest of the T-mobile G1 features so you can make your own decision. I still need to see and try one in person, but if I’m Apple, I’m not concerned at this point.

          As mentioned above, the iPhone 3G hasn’t come without some hiccups, and it’s only available on AT&T (arguably the worst cell phone provider in my mind), but it’s still tops in the smartphone market.

          More Info: Visit T-mobile to see the new G1



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          1. Brig Graff

            I have T-Mobile for my Blackberry Pearl and their coverage is much improved over just 3-4 years ago. So I was very stoked to hear about the G1. However, there are still a couple of things that hold me back:

            1) No solid support for Exchange and corporate email —- that is a deal-killer for me;
            2) Even if you can get email working on it, you can’t open Microsoft documents & browse/edit effectively;
            3) Form factor can’t compare with the slim & small Blackberry Pearl;
            4) What size megapixel camera does it have? Does it have video messaging?

            In addition to corporate mail and attachments support, my ideal device would have a 5+ megapixel camera, excellent video capture, and you’d be able to upload those jpegs and movie files directly from my phone to facebook or to my blog, etc.

          2. Jason Mitchell

            It does sport a 3 megapixel camera on it… guess I forgot to add that to the pluses, but a picture on a cell phone is always going to look like crapola.

          3. Adam Buchanan

            iphone user myself, 2G, hacked for tmobile…oops can i say that?

            nothing is going to trump the iphone. hands down best in the west. i just can’t leave tmobile, their CS is to die for.

            Exchange on the iphone is stellar and the camera on the iphone is great also. I actually run a blog for just cell phone pictures and the iphone kills it. (cellphonefstop.blogspot.com)

            i had the pearl for a long time and i loved it but for note taking, emails, typing in general, iphone is so easy to get use to and has the full qwerty (qwerty is really fun to type, try it!)

            im waiting on the 3G to get dialed. so if this is called the G1, so when they start calling it the G3 apple will be at the 6G, hop along hop along.

          4. David Dockstader

            Well i have played with the G1 for a bit here at a tmobile shop and honestly it does take the blackberry hands down for a non business user. But of course the Android software will take its note when it has been fully developed. The third party software options for the G1 are enourmous. The Iphone honestly looks pretty and has a headphone jack but besides that I think the G1 may have it beat. The G1 does have a 3G network for T-mobile. And yes, T-mobile does have the best customer service there is to offer. The blackberry pearl, which is what I have now, has its pearks, but is more business related and not super fun like these two phones. Yet my personal opinion is that the Pearl beats the Iphone cause of its thirdparty and other app configurations you can get for it. But still I honestly think the G1 will take the gold until something new comes out.

          5. Brig Graff

            Once the G1 can get the corporate email thing dialed smoothly, I will be all over it. I’m squarely a business user — but it’s my only phone, so I want to enjoy it to.

            Anyone know if the iPhone or the G1 come pre-packaged with a semacode reader?

          6. Brig Graff

            Okay — answered my own question. Not semacode reader, an actual bar code reader! See here: http://www.t-mobileg1.com/ Then click on the link in the bottom-right called “shop savvy” and listen to the demo. That is VERY cool.

          7. Jason Mitchell

            Well, it’s like any other onboard camera. They can read barcodes, but they aren’t all that efficient at it. It’s fine for this application, because nothing is that urgent. Should it take you 5 seconds to scan a SKU at Wal-Mart… no biggie.

            For business applications where scanning speed is key, that solution simply won’t work as it’s not a true optical scanner.

            I’m sure there’s a similar application already built for the iPhone too.

          8. Brig Graff

            Yeah, I’m thinking of it from the consumer-perspective. You know, wanting to find out more about a TV in the store rather than trying to track down a salesperson and hope they know everything about that particular product.

          9. Tasja

            i have just learned that the instinct is WAAAAAAAY better than the i-phone..it actually states it on the internet but i 4got the website..i will ask my brother and will post it back.!..But n e way,i luv the instinct but i LUV the i phone 2..but i say the instinct is still better..from my experiences nd the internet.!

          10. Brig

            I wish I could get my hands on a BlackBerry Storm, which I haven’t tried out yet. For business email using Exchange, I just can’t see anything working as smoothly as a BlackBerry. But I heard the Storm needs more processor power, because it may be a little delayed when you click…but I don’t know if that’s actually true or not, so I want to test it out.

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