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The T-mobile G1 - or HTC Dream- is a phone that was manufactured by HTC in 2006 which was also the very first sm,artphone to use the Android operating system ,and was created to rival the Apple iPhone.The phone came in a cardboard box with headphones,manuals,chargers and an extra Micro SD card for even more storage.The thing that I found the most interesting was the charger worked as both the usb for the computer and the mains charger because the mains plug had a USB port instead of being fixed to a cable.
At first glance the phone is slightly on the large side because of the flip out keyboard stored under the screen for typing long messages.The screen is nice and large too with plenty of room for watching videos or reading e-Books. The battery life is short compared to a normal phone, only lasting one day, but this is because of the fact that the phone is a smart phone which is constantly connected to the Internet.
My experiences with the phone have been quite good. When setting up the phone all you need to do is to put in a G Mail account password , and you don't need to connect it to the computer like with the i Phones. The camera is quite good for a phone but the only feature it lacks is an digital zoom. The menus are easy to navigate and when touching the screen I have never found that it clicks down onto the wrong thing, which is another bonus.The keyboard is good , but the button are very small, the same size as on a Black Berry Curve and if you have large fingers like me you can sometimes find yourself typing different letters than what you intended. Making calls is very simple with this and you are in no danger of ending calls when touching the screen against your face because a proximity sensor will lock the screen. Reception is quite good on this and I can get a full signal almost anywhere apart 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 Android, and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a nice smart phone with a big screen but without the big price tag of Apple's iPhone.
For my first contract phone I did not want something as expensive as an iphone so when I heard T-Mobile were bringing out the G1 to rival the iphone I snapped it up immediately.
The T-Mobile G1 is manufactured by HTC and has a similar look and feel to many original HTC phones. Measuring 117mm tall by 53mm wide by 15mm deep and weighing 159g, the G1 is not the slimmest smartphone on the market. This phone is not sleep and sexy that is certain but it is definitely interesting!
The G1 is a solid robust smartphone with a rubber backing. It is easy to grip although it is slightly on the large side.
There is a good reason for the G1 to be on the slightly larger side - it boasts a full Qwerty keyboard. For all those users that do not like typing on screen this is definitely a phone for you! The screen is a fantastic size for watching videos on youtube etc.
I had this phone for six months and thoroughly enjoyed learning it's settings - best way of using it and seeing all that android had to offer. I absolutely loved this phone and think it was a fantastic bit of kit. If I was to say something negative I have to say that the battery life could be pretty shocking, but I think with all smartphones this is not something unique to the G1.
Personally I found this phone quite big and ended up not being able to fit it in my pocket. This seems quite insignifcant but this ended up with me leaving my phone in a shop as I was always carrying it around in my hand. Bad times.... :( This was where my love affair with my G1 ended!
Great smartphone with many fantastic features but Iphone wins on looks in my opinion.
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...
I have had my g1 for a a well over a year now and I like it a lot. The android OS is a bit daunting at first but once you get to grips with it, its a pleasure to use. It is also extremely customizable and can be tailored to suit the users specific needs. I found the battery life to be pretty poor when I first started using my g1 but once I changed the network setting to 2g networks only it improved the battery life immensely. I am currently running cyanogenmod 6.1 which is a custom build of android 2.1. This vastly improves performance compared to the stock build as this is still on 1.6 for the g1 and Google have shown no interest in officially porting android 2.1 to this phone. In conclusion this is an excellent phone and although it may feel a little behind the curve with the stock rom if you use a custom one it will easily compete with some of the newer android devices.
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.
This is an amazing smartphone, that is let down mostly by its hardware capabilites.
The Tmobile g1 is the first Android powered phone, and features almost everything that the Android system has to offer. Or at least, it did. With the introduction of the new 2.0+ system, the G1 has been left in the dust on 1.6. This is fine, until you realize you can't use features such as installing applications to your SD card.
Android 1.6 operating system, 3 inch touchscreen (multi-touch is implemented but not supported), QWERTY keyboard.
The android system is great, and is basically what makes this phone what it is. I could go into detail with how good it is, but basically it is one of the top 3 contenders for smartphone users, the other 2 being blackberry and iPhone.
The phones hardware is what lets it down, with limited phone memory often the system can become laggy and run slowly. Using an app like taskiller can stop this, but then you have to waste time opening the app.
The memory also limits how many apps you can install, and with only 80mb set aside for this, you will soon find that you cannot have every single app installed at once. This is made even worse by the fact that Android 2.0+ has installation to SD card support, but the G1 has not been updated to this yet.
The quality of the speaker and mic is very good, and I have never had any problems with these.
The phone is built like a rock! Mine has been thrown at a fireplace, dropped many times and is still going with only a few scratches to show for it. You will definitely need to buy a screen cover, but then, which touchscreen phone doesn't need one.
The Google G1 phone was a truly revolutionary handset, introducing a new way of using apps, browsing the web and customer centricity.
The G1 was Google's entry into the market and the Android platform taught all other phone manufacturers a valuable lesson. The apps on this phone were novel and captured the imagination of developers and consumers alike. Perhaps the most well-known app was the barcode scanner. I was able to scan any book/electrical product and see where I could buy it locally and at what price.
The styling of the phone is also great. The slide-out keyboard is extremely practical and easy to use. General navigation around the phone is also easy via keys or the screen itself.
In terms of practicality as a phone, this is also a great device. Aside from all the usuals, you can set a personalised picture for the different phone book entries and moreover assign a voice command with which you can dial each person's number. The quality of phone calls is crisp and clear.
The only downside of this phone is its battery life. With so many different apps and things running on the phone, the battery wears out fast and towards the end of the mobile's lifetime hardly lasts a day.
This phone has been my work phone for some months now and and its been very good. After several upgrades to the Android operating system the phone is no longer updated after onesix. The google maps keep getting updated and I find them really useful, the satellite navigation is very good, the standard gps type functions where great in places like london where getting lost is all too easy.
The phone itself is a very good mix of both touch screen and real keyboard for text entry which I find the best mix, I personally hate touch keyboard as I need to check where my fingers are too often. The keys are quite spaced out so its really a thumbboard unless you have it on the desk bouncing around as you type.
The flip action works well, a spring loaded clip in both directions with reassuring click. The few buttons on the outside work well and no build quality issues.
The OS works really well, after all the upgrades the system is stable and very rarely crashes but a reboot normally fixes most problems, even when it plays up for me.
The screen is large and easy to read with clear fonts its a breeze to use, the sound is clear and not too distorted, again the built in earphone and microphone work well.
The missing headphone jack is annoying as you have to an adapter unlike some newer models that do, this has some theories around it but its not a deal breaker.
The charger socket is a bit of a pain but nothing that bad compared to most and the use of the mini usb means loads of cables can charge it.
The phone is supplied with a mains charger and a usb lead for your computer to allow you to transfer music quickly and easily.
It supports 3g and the use of the wifi at home and shops makes for browsing the internet and gtalk very easy indeed. I was surprised that gtalk was available over 3g considering that it replacing text messaging.
Unofficially you can upgrade the phone to android two-one and more recently twotwo which is meant to work really well.
I had this phone for about a year before I received the G2 (HTC Hero) from my husband, who now owns this fantastic phone.
It is quite bulky and that is probably my only negative point about this phone. It does still fit well in your hands, both hands are necessary while the phone is in landscape view. My biggest concern before purchasing this phone on contract was the lip on the bottom of the phone, I was worried this would make holding the phone and typing uncomfortable. This wasn't the case at all and in fact, it helped the phone to fit into the crook in the palm of my hand.
The battery life is fantastic on this phone, although, like most Android phones, I find that a Task-Killer of some sort is necessary to preserve the life a little longer.
Texting is a pleasure with the slide out QWERTY keyboard, which has a nice snap to it when it clicks into place. The keys are well spaced out and slightly raised to help with quick typing. If you're in too much of a hurry to use the QWERTY keyboard, or only have one hand free, there is a touch screen keyboard also available with predictive text.
The phone has an LED at the top which, with some applications, can be customised to flash certain colours depending on whether you have a text or a call and even which contact has text you.
The Google G1 has a large screen that doesn't seem cramped, it's large enough to view most websites and has a touchscreen. The brightness can be altered to your specific needs but is often difficult to view on bright days.
It has a trackball for easy navigation if you do not wish to use the touchscreen, it can be a little over/under sensitive but is useful for the most part. There are call keys, a home key, back key and menu key to the side of the trackball for quick shortcuts. They are placed so that your thumb can easily reach them without having to strain too much.
The phone reacts relatively quickly to commands, although is slower compared to most newer phones. It is the first Android phone and it does well to handle the way it does. Android is a beautiful OS and looks great on this phone, applications are easily downloaded and installed - most of them for free.
A wonderful phone from Google, it's a shame that they have now stopped producing it. The QWERTY keyboard was a brilliant touch and I wish more of the newer Android phones were build like this.
I just simply love mobile phones and every year I try to get a new one. I just getting my new phone the Sony Ericson Vivaz as a gift (mucho thanks!!) but before I'm getting that one I still have to reply on my old phone The Google G1. I had this phone for over a year now and used with much pleasure but sometimes it's time to move on.
The G1 is the first phone from Google and that runs on the Android system. It's one of the few phones that combine a touch screen with a physical keyboard and for me that was the main reason I choice for the G1 because I didn't feel ready yet to only rely on the touch screen. I just couldn't see myself texting or being on the Internet with only the use of the touch screen. Now with my new phone I'm ready for this challenge but I'm glad I made the decision for the G1 first.
The applications are really what this phone make unique. It is a real Google phone and you can find a lot of Google applications. The phone is ideal if you are a user of Gmail and other Google programs. Standard among the applications are:
Gmail: This is the email program from Google which you can easily send and receive emails. With the application on your phone you can do basically anything you normally do with a normal computer. It is more compact. One advantage is that you see on your phone an '@' that will let you know when you have a new e-mail. Basically the same principle as an text.
Google Maps: Another program is known Google Maps. This program lets you view the world but also functions as a navigation tool. Ideal if you get lost or simply want to know where you are at that moment because it can determine your location. You get so never be lost again.
Google Search: The search engine. This is available on the home screen when you slide to the left with your finger. Here you can quickly type in a word or phrase and start searching through the Internet.
Youtube: Allows Free Online Videos. It's a more compact version that you see normally via the Internet but also with an easy way to use search function.
Market: Market is an application which you can find other applications and download them to your phone. These are free applications but also against payment. At the market you can find anything from applications to games.
The phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera which isn't the best but I have to say the pictures where ok. It's only in movement that the pictures get un sharp and unclear but further on the quality is fine. You have the option to download an free application through the android market where you also can record video's. It might not be the best quality video's you have seen but I was satisfied with the quality.
I use my phone on a daily basis as mp3 player and put my favorite music on it. With an 8Gb SD card you certainly have more than enough space to put music on the phone. This is just easy done by connecting the phone trough the computer with the included USB cable. The music is basically like a normal music player where you can create different playlists. Very easy to use. The volume of the music is also very good.
I think the T-Mobile G1 is a very good phone, which is very easy to use. There are some things that I found important with a phone. Of course texting and calling need to be easy and good but I also love to be on the internet and taking pictures. Although this phone only has a 3.2 megapixels it still takes good pictures. I love the applications on this phone and email has never been easier. The only real negative about this phone is the battery. You are lucky if you make 24hours but normally I need to charge it up every night. Which is really irritating especially if you forget one night. It also makes me more carefull using the phone during the day when I know I would be home early just to make sure the battery doesn't run out before I get home. You can understand that it's a real negative about this phone. A real shame.
The google g1 has quite a striking appearance, it looks huge! When you hold it in your hand it does feel very large and heavy, even more so than the n97.
With the bulk comes a plasticky feel which gives a toy like impression to me. The phone slides up to reveal a full qwerty keyboard to compliment the 3.2" capacitive touch screen.
The g1 sports the android OS which when I used it was in it's first incarnation and everyone was waiting on the "cupcake" 1.6 update. It has general smartphone specs such as 3g wifi and gps as well as an app store and an SD card slot.
The phone has a call and end key on the front alongside a back and home key and a menu key. That's it for buttons on the front as the rest is taken up by the touch screen. The bottom of the phone has a "chin" as everyone has called it which makes the phone closer to your mouth during calls but looks very odd though it did grow on me.
Sliding the phone to a side reveals a qwerty keypad and the sliding mechanism has a nice clunk when it snaps back into place. When it is open it does feel a little wobbley but nothing major unless you try to pry it open.
The keypad itself has an offset layout though keys are a little small with little travel so it takes some getting used to. I wouldn't say this keypad is as good as the n97 or e75 but it is useable but just takes time to get to grips with.
The screen is a pleasure to use as it is very responsive and bright. Most apps work In landscape mode and 3.2" is big enough for a decent media and web browsing experience.
The android music player is very basic but it does the job handling playlists easily. Syncing music is as simple as drag and drop using the SD card as a removable disk. Though you can use media monkey or windows media player to sync also.
Playback sounds ok, the lack of a 3.5mm jack and the inclusion of some of the worst headphones I have ever used means you haveto buy an adapter to use your own headphones. I did this but music sounded even worse!! Certainly not good for music.
Video looks nice on the screen but I found playback to be choppy and sound to be rubbish but YouTube worked well.
The android app Market has a few decent games and apps that you might like. Games wise they are mostly simple games and the Market lacks big developers such as EA and gameloft (at time of owning) apps wise there is all the usual ones like facebook Twitter etc but I recommend ringdroid which allows you to trim your own music into a ringtone!
This is where android comes into it's own, customisation. It has 3 home screens which you can personalise and there are widgets on the market which beats the iPhone though they do eat the battery and data so should be used sparingly.
The web browser is very good and renders pages like you would see on a desktop but it lacks multi-touch like on the iPhone so zooming is done via 2 on screen buttons which ruins the flow some what.
Email is very good especially if you use google products alot. If you get an email it is forwarded to the phone and you get a notification in the notification bar where you swipe down to see notifications, it works really well and is a real time saver.
I would say that if you use google mail, calender etc for work and home then the g1 is a decent work horse but it certainly does not compete with the iPhone in any areas other than email and maybe web browsing if you can get over the lack of multi touch.
I got this phone for Christmas last year and I've had a very mixed experience with it. Many good and bad points, I will go through all the major points, in my opinion, on the G1.
First and foremost, the battery life is pretty terrible - even for a smartphone. Sometimes you struggle to even get a full day out of the battery with light usage (no Wi-fi, no GPS, little app usage). This could be amended by purchasing a bigger or spare battery, but ofcourse that costs money.
Fantastic applications available on android, however, can make the phone quite slow to boot up and sometimes prone to freezing/crashing.
The camera is not great, but it will do. With only something like 1.3mp, you need to be incredibly still whilst taking the image or it will come out too blurry to make out. The video camera is nearly unusable.
Extremely good. Most sites can be browsed no problem - but complex sites (flash etc.) will not run. However, can drain the battery very quickly.
The speaker is very weak on the G1, and you nearly need headphones just to make it audible.
Looks/Ease of Use
It looks a nice phone, with a useful slide out QWERTY keyboard which is much easier to use than an on-screen ('soft') keyboard, but it throws in a couple soft keyboards if you would prefer to use them. You can call quickly and easily using a screen similar to the iPhone's calling screen, and texting is abreeze with the QWERTY keyboard. The touch screen requires more of a press with a finger, than a tap (styluses won't work) to function - but it is accurate and easy to use. Enough buttons to have ease of use, without confusing the user and customisable short cuts make nagivation easy. Uses a
All in all, a good phone. A bit old now, and hopefully the G2 will have solved some of the problems. But with some of the bargains going now on it now, it may be worth the £100-£150 price tag.
I have owned my G1 now for over a year, and I really like it- it was my first real smartphone that I have ever used and I would say that this phone is very smart indeed- many of its features are greatly enhanced with their web-interactivity, such as with maps, or the android market.
The market is android's answer to the iPhone's "App Store" with many quality, free or low-priced apps- my favourites are GameBoid, a GameBoy Advance emulator, Musical Pro, a virtual piano/keyboard/drums, and Picsay Pro, an advanced mobile photo editor. The "stock apps" (i.e. the apps found on a new phone providing its basic functions) are a little underwhelming, such as with the basic music player and the clumsy media gallery, but thankfully replacements can be downloaded. For example, TuneWiki is a very well featured music player. The user interface is effective- a status bar is always shown at the top of the screen, and this can be pulled down like a "blind" to give easy access to text/email alerts, and messages from other apps. The home screen can be populated with icons to open apps, or with widgets, which can be compared to gadgets found on a computer desktop- although I find some of these useful (to provide headlines for example), many will slow the phone's operation.
The hardware is generally good, as I find the keyboard a huge advantage over other touchphones (even though it could be a little more comfortable to use), and the screen itself is quite responsive. The trackball is a little fiddly to use however. The indicator light is very convenient, as you can choose how you want it to be used within various apps. The wifi works well, as does the GPS, which usually finds a satellite quickly, but this does run the battery down very quickly (and can make the phone become very hot). This is a problem, as the phone's battery is already very easy to flatten- with moderate use, I consistently need to recharge every night. I will finally mention the camera- its reasonably good quality, with not much noise, but it can't really handle low-light (especially with the lack of flash). Outdoors though, its colours and white-balance are generally very good.
For me, I thought that this phone looked brilliant, and when I was due my upgrade from t-mobile i decided that i was going to get this phone, as it seemed stylish and modern, and the smartphones seemed to be all the rage... When it turned up I was actually surprised as to how heavy it felt, it actually felt like quite a bulky phone, but it seemed nice. Everything about looked good, and it was simple to use, but after a couple of months it started crashing, and I had a problem with sending text messages... sometimes i thought they had been sent and it turned out that they hadn't, and sometimes it just would not let me send a text, and everytime i had to shut the phone down and re- start it again, this went on a for another couple of months, and in the end I went out and bought a cheap nokia, and began using that instead. I know that since the g1 came out t-mobile have brought out the g2, which is supposed to be a lot better, but to be honest I dont think i would get it... as much as I liked the design and the touchscreen of the g1, I did not really get on with the keyboard for texting, and since I use my phone for texting more than calling, it seemed to take me longer to write out a text message, than using the normal phone. At the moment in my eyes the best smart phone is the apple i phone, but again I dont like to use this for text messages, as I dont like the keyboard.
I love the keyboard and the free internet in the phone. I got my contract on a family & friends plan so it's only £20 a month. I think i would have been upset if I had been paying £40 as I seem to have to charge it up every single day. that said there is plenty of credit included in my contract and free internet has been very handy as I commute and it helps me check train times and keep me entertained. I have also found that if you download the Advanced Task Killer app the battery lasts a lot longer as you can shut down the apps that are running on your handset. It seems to have lots of technical problems, however for me the functionality and free internet balance out the other faults, particularly for £20 a month. On balance, good phone, but i'll probably switch when I have to pay full price.