The T-Mobile G1, Definitely a [G]reat [1]!

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I thought it would take me a few days of playing with my new G1 before writing a review due to so many comments about it being too much technology for most to handle. But I got the phone just yesterday and already I feel completely comfortable with it! The device is VERY user-friendly, there have been no noticeable glitches or failures so far and it feels rather sturdy, even with it’s somewhat sliding form factor.

For a while, T-Mobile was really lacking on the technology end and the main attraction for the longest time was their Sidekick franchise. This drew a lot of consumers away from this provider and towards AT&T for its iPhone and Verizon for its usual mimics. But what the public didn’t know is that T-Mobile was using this valuable time to kick back and watch the rate at which other companies were advancing in their technical aspect; then it happened… I knew that Google was cooking up some ideas for a phone but little did I know that T-Mobile obtained the sale rights.

I heard about the idea about a year and a half ago then as the time of production came closer I learned that Google teamed up with a mobile software entity called Android. Which might I add is the best thing to happen to mobile devices EVER. Period. So yes, Android is an operating system for handsets, so what? It’s more than that. This phone features a “market” icon in the menu with the cute little Andriod logo. I click on it expecting a few free applications to spark my interest with the phone and instead I find multiple categories of applications including communication, entertainment, finance, shopping, travel, and so much more. This was great already but then I decide to scroll through the games section, and there’s tons of downloadable content there as well. I go crazy installing programs, games, little things here and there and I suddenly realize the best part… ALL OF THIS IS FREE. Sure, you’re paying $35 for unlimited internet and texting but EVERY other aspect of this phone’s capabilities are absolutely free. So the marketplace and endless usability of the phone more than make up for the pricey plan. What’s more, you’ll never pay for wallpaper, ringtones, or games again!

New items in the Android market are added every day, and there’s always something for every user. I found tons of music related apps, even some including a drumset and a cowbell [yes it's directly related to the Bruce Dickenson skit from SNL played by Will Ferell]. Also a barscanner which uses the camera to scan any barcode, it tells you the product and its pricing in and town as well as online so you save more money… I mean, you DID just buy this expensive phone! I was also particularly happy about T-Mobile finally featuring a phone with GPS capabilities. It was a bit of a pain to set up at first so my best advice is to read the instructions thoroughly and carefully. Of course, since this is a Google based phone, it HAS to have Google maps but you can now download an application to search as close as “Street View”. You zoom until it appears as if you’re standing in the middle of the street you’re searching. Move the device left, you see the left side of the street, move it right, same thing. It doesn’t get much better, or does it?!

There’s tons of other free goodies I can’t even begin to speak about. You’ll just have to find out for yourself. This phone was absolutely perfect for me with all the music applications, even one that included a piano with a metronome and pitch pipe, and the “Bartender” app. which was a bit lacking, but you can always bookmark a good drink website. Since I’m a bartender and Mondays are always slow, I spent most of my shift editing and adding drinks to the application so they’re easily accessible. Trust me when I say this phone is for EVERYONE. There’s even plenty of fun for the sports fans in the market as well as your news and weather nerds.

Now, the security. This handset by far surpasses the rest with its innovative way of locking the screen. You are presented a block of nine dots [three across, three down] and you are to make a pattern by dragging your finger across four or more dots; for example, starting from the top left, down, down, right, up, right, up. You can make the pattern as simple or complex as you like or even completely disable the feature. The camera is a three megapixel and it looks damn good. The vibrant screen helps I’m sure. Many compare this phone to the recently released Samsung Behold, which I believe has a 5 megapixel camera, features a small flash, and digital zoom, which the G1 unfortunately does not. But that’s not what I bought the phone for and I really don’t think I ever saw the Behold on back-order ;)

In closing, this phone rocks so bend over and love it, iPhone!

-Miss Genocide, your multi-functional Gamette ♥

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