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T-Mobile G1 Review: Introduction

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102_0479-desktop-resolutionThe mobile industry welcomed a new operating system last year, the Google Android. The Android was announced back in early 2007 and ever since, it looked promising, because it was a brand new coded OS, but most importantly because it was an open source platform.

This operating system was big news since it was announced, but there was no information about the device that was supposed to bring Android to the market. No one knew specifications or if it was going to be a humble mid-end device, or a high-end device to compete against champions such as the Samsung Omnia. There was much speculation, but finally the release date in Q4 of 2008 arrived and the world saw the first Android-based device.

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October of 2008 was the month in which the first device running Android was announced, it was the product of almost two and half years of work between Google and the Taiwanese High Tech Computer corporation, the result of their work was the T-Mobile G1, also known as the HTC Dream.

This interesting handset was launched as an exclusive T-Mobile device and offered for a relative low price (US$179) on a two year contract with T-Mobile. This low price could only mean one thing, that the first Android device is more of a mid-end device that a high-end device

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But even though being a mid-end device, the G1 packed interesting features such as a 3.2 megapixel camera and GPS with magnetic compass, not to say that it also packed a full QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2” touch screen with a good resolution and a trackball. The price does sound mid-end but the specifications don’t agree with the price, or do they?

Google and HTC managed to produce a great spec’d handset but for a low price to compete with other manufacturers. A great example is the iPhone. The Apple iPhone and the G1 are somehow rivals, but the G1 has slightly better specifications because of the better camera and the built-in compass, but still, the price of the G1 is lower that the iPhone’s.

The G1 is definitively a handset that deserves attention, the price/specification ratio is spectacular. The specifications don’t always mean that the handset is a great handset, this is why here at PhoneReport we will bring you a full review about one of the most interesting devices ever, the T-Mobile G1.

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By , International Correspondent on Jan 25th, 2009 GMT +2

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