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HTC Dream review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The HTC Dream currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 142 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
528 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

here we are at the end of our very first Android-powered review. The T-Mobile G1 made quite a start and had us impressed on quite a few counts. It's far from the perfect package but it gets the things that mater done and gets them done right. The interface is not only up and running, it has purpose...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
CNET

The dimensions of the Dream are 117.7 x 55.7 x 17.1mm with a total weight of 158g including the battery. While this may seem pretty hefty, you do have to bear in mind that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, so it should be compared with devices such as the HTC Touch Pro and i-mate Ultimate 9502 rat...

- John Chan, CNET
Softpedia

The G1 seems solid enough to be a compatible option for those who are looking for an iPhone rival.

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
IntoMobile

The T-Mobile G1 is made by HTC. We’ve been closely following HTC’s rise to fame as the premier Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer on the planet. HTC makes some seriously high-quality hardware that never fails to impress us - with solid build quality and a penchant for the high-tech,...

- Will Park, IntoMobile
Engadget

The G1 isn't going to blow anyone's mind right out of the gate. Looking only at the hardware, there's nothing here that's particularly impressive, yet nothing that's particularly bad (though the GPS needs some work). It's a fine, solidly designed device that has enough style to please most users --...

- Joshua Topolsky, Engadget


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HTC released the Dream on September 23, 2008.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The HTC Dream's screen size is 3.2 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm 7201A 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
71 MB

Internal memory is 71 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time, 406 minutes.

HTC Dream Specs

Overview
Release date September 23, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android

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Processor Qualcomm 7201A 528 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 71 MB
RAM 192 MB
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.84 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 406 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Bronze, White, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 5.6 x 1.7 cm (4.6 x 2.2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile G1

An update for the 1.5 OS is available.
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

It's far from the perfect package but it gets the things that mater done and gets them done right

here we are at the end of our very first Android-powered review. The T-Mobile G1 made quite a start and had us impressed on quite a few counts. It's far from the perfect package but it gets the things that mater done and gets them done right. The interface is not only up and running, it has purpose and direction....

More

here we are at the end of our very first Android-powered review. The T-Mobile G1 made quite a start and had us impressed on quite a few counts. It's far from the perfect package but it gets the things that mater done and gets them done right. The interface is not only up and running, it has purpose and direction.

It maybe a long journey but the first step is daring enough. Instead of trying to expand on an already existing platform Google decided to build a new one from scratch and the effort is well worth it.

The immaturity of the platform has its disadvantages too - the limited third party software and the lack of hardware choices. Those are being addressed as we speak of course and the Android Market will be brimming with software sooner rather than later, while new Android devices should be just around the corner set to launch in 2009.

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CNET

It's still the only handset on the market which runs on the Google Android OS

from CNET

The dimensions of the Dream are 117.7 x 55.7 x 17.1mm with a total weight of 158g including the battery. While this may seem pretty hefty, you do have to bear in mind that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, so it should be compared with devices such as the HTC Touch Pro and i-mate Ultimate 9502 rather than slim lightweights like the iPhone....

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The dimensions of the Dream are 117.7 x 55.7 x 17.1mm with a total weight of 158g including the battery. While this may seem pretty hefty, you do have to bear in mind that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, so it should be compared with devices such as the HTC Touch Pro and i-mate Ultimate 9502 rather than slim lightweights like the iPhone.

The Dream is encased entirely in a matte-black finish. Unlike in the US where it is also offered in white and bronze, this is the only color available in Asia at the moment. The buttons on the front face of the Dream are all located below the screen in a section that's slightly tilted upward. This looks a little strange at first but it does make the device distinct from the wide range of Windows Mobile devices made by HTC. Aside from the Menu, Home and Back buttons which are required to navigate the OS, there are also the Call and Hang Up keys for phone calls. A trackball is found in the center of this entire portion, which allows you to scroll and navigate pages. This is similar to what you will find on most BlackBerry devices starting from the Pearl and Curve series.

This tilted part is the only front portion of the Dream that does not move when pushing up the slider to expose the QWERTY keyboard. This blocks the right thumb and takes some getting used to. The layout of the keyboard is a five-row one with dedicated number keys at the top. The keys are small but distinct and make for good typing. Keyboards hidden under sliding screens are usually too flat for comfort but HTC has managed to make those on the Dream sufficiently tactile and we were able to type pretty well on them.

Like many of HTC's touchscreen products, the Dream comes with only a single mini-USB port. This is meant for charging, syncing and connecting a wired headset, which means you need an adapter to plug in your favorite 3.5mm audio headphones. A microSD card slot is available on the bottom left side of the device. This is cleverly hidden and can be accessed only when the keyboard is exposed.

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Softpedia

Google, a major player on the e-commerce market, has decided to also get involved in the communications market

from Softpedia

Even if it's the first device to feature the new Android operating system, G1 seems solid enough to be a compatible option for those who are looking for an iPhone rival. After 2 hours of use, I realized that the G1 was only a shell that kept in the real “pearl,” more specifically Andr...More

Even if it's the first device to feature the new Android operating system, G1 seems solid enough to be a compatible option for those who are looking for an iPhone rival. After 2 hours of use, I realized that the G1 was only a shell that kept in the real “pearl,” more specifically Android. It's like you get a PC that has the Windows operating system installed, but if you really want to do something with it you must start installing the applications you need. This is also the case with G1. You'll hardly have time to get bored with the device, as you can do just about anything with it, provided you find the right third-party application.

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IntoMobile

T-Mobile G1 hands-on review - Life with the Android OS

from IntoMobile

The T-Mobile G1 is made by HTC. We’ve been closely following HTC’s rise to fame as the premier Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer on the planet. HTC makes some seriously high-quality hardware that never fails to impress us - with solid build quality and a penchant for the high-tech, HTC devices deliver on sensory and practical aspects. As such, we expected the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 to be a robust handset packed with the latest mobile technology....

More

The T-Mobile G1 is made by HTC. We’ve been closely following HTC’s rise to fame as the premier Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer on the planet. HTC makes some seriously high-quality hardware that never fails to impress us - with solid build quality and a penchant for the high-tech, HTC devices deliver on sensory and practical aspects. As such, we expected the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 to be a robust handset packed with the latest mobile technology.

Did the T-Mobile G1 live up to the high standards that we’ve set for HTC smartphones?

Keep reading to find out.

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Engadget

While there's plenty to praise in this phone, there's a lot more that's missing

from Engadget

The G1 isn't going to blow anyone's mind right out of the gate. Looking only at the hardware, there's nothing here that's particularly impressive, yet nothing that's particularly bad (though the GPS needs some work). It's a fine, solidly designed device that has enough style to please most users -- but it won't win a ton of beauty pageants. Think of it this way: if it were running Windows Mobile, it'd be a footnote in HTC's history....

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The G1 isn't going to blow anyone's mind right out of the gate. Looking only at the hardware, there's nothing here that's particularly impressive, yet nothing that's particularly bad (though the GPS needs some work). It's a fine, solidly designed device that has enough style to please most users -- but it won't win a ton of beauty pageants. Think of it this way: if it were running Windows Mobile, it'd be a footnote in HTC's history.

At the end of the day, however, this isn't about the hardware, and really never was. The story here is Android and what it promises... though doesn't necessarily deliver on at first. Like any paradigm shift, it's going to take time. There is tremendous potential for this OS on mobile devices -- it truly realizes the open ideals laid out by Google when they announced this project. The only problem seems to be the stuff they either left on the back burner, cutting room floor, or hoped would come from that exciting, untapped world of open source developers. While there's plenty to praise in this phone, there's a lot more that's missing -- and some of those missing elements are what we consider to be core components of a device in the G1's class.

Shortcomings aside, though, you're still buying into one of the most exciting developments in the mobile world in recent memory. When you put the G1 up against, say, a Sidekick LX, it seems like a no-brainer for T-Mobile customers looking for a powerful QWERTY device -- especially at $20 less. You don't need to be a cutting-edge mobile geek or a pundit to do that math. When facing off with platforms like the iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, it holds its own, but has a lot of ground to cover before it's really making the competition sweat. Still, if you're just excited to be a part of a platform that's likely going to be around for a very, very long time, the G1's a totally reasonable day-to-day device to make it happen, and we expect some pretty great things from this corner of the market down the road.

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TechCrunch

If you’ve been waiting for Android then I suggest you keep waiting

from TechCrunch

If you’ve been waiting for Android then I suggest you keep waiting. The overall OS seems to be held together by duct tape and needs a lot of work. Apple focuses on the minute details to enrich the overall experience for iPhone users and Android could learn a lesson or ten from it.

T...More

If you’ve been waiting for Android then I suggest you keep waiting. The overall OS seems to be held together by duct tape and needs a lot of work. Apple focuses on the minute details to enrich the overall experience for iPhone users and Android could learn a lesson or ten from it.

The hardware design is dated and while the touch-screen and keyboard are great you can’t just forget about the wretched battery life, horrible GPS and the overall ergonomics of it. I wish the G1 were better in every respect because I don’t think the iPhone is that great, but I find myself wishing it were more like it. It’s the best alternative to the iPhone, but it’s just not there yet.

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Tech FAQ

Unique appearance, abundant internal memory, powerful processor

from Tech FAQ

The long-awaited HTC G1 (also called the "HTC Dream") smartphone with Google's Android operating system is finally available on the T-Mobile network. Aided by a unique appearance, abundant internal memory, and a powerful processor, the G1 is designed to appeal to smartphone users who demand dependable and constant online access....

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The long-awaited HTC G1 (also called the "HTC Dream") smartphone with Google's Android operating system is finally available on the T-Mobile network. Aided by a unique appearance, abundant internal memory, and a powerful processor, the G1 is designed to appeal to smartphone users who demand dependable and constant online access.

The HTC G1 sports a tremendous leap in user-friendliness of smartphones with the help of the Android operating system from Google. If you're looking for an awesome, fast smartphone, the HTC G1 won't leave you disappointed.

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BGR

How in the world could someone perfect the Android experience across that broad range of hardware when even the first unit doesn’t do that?

from BGR

Sure, we hit up the press event and got some early hands on action, but there’s nothing like a really solid review, right? We’ve been using the T-Mobile G1 for around a week and we’ve literally combed through the entire device. So much so that we split up the sections piece by piece and separated it into hardware and software....

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Sure, we hit up the press event and got some early hands on action, but there’s nothing like a really solid review, right? We’ve been using the T-Mobile G1 for around a week and we’ve literally combed through the entire device. So much so that we split up the sections piece by piece and separated it into hardware and software.

Hardware:

The hardware part is a little tricky. The phone has supposedly been in development for years, yet we can’t get beyond the feeling that this device is a little bit too prematurely at the prime-time stage. The black model especially just looks like a prototype in a couple areas. One being the four physical buttons on the banana end of the handset. Those are send, home, back and end/power. While the tactile feedback of those buttons is fine, you often times try and select one, and it doesn’t register anything. That’s because of the small size and physical surroundings if you will. They are basically flush with the case, thus making it difficult sometimes to accurately push one of them.

The screen is very crisp and actually offers the second best touch-screen experience ever, yes, compared to the iPhone at number one. For all you Storm lovers, we haven’t officially reviewed the Storm yet so that is why it’s not in this list if it did in fact make it on. It’s a capacitive screen which means that force isn’t necessary. Essentially the touch panel registers the minute electrical pulses in your fingers instead of looking for an actual physical touch input. That works great and we’re happy to say the screen has a high-quality feel all around. It’s not glass, rather a very hard plastic which we love using.

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MobileBurn

Offers good calling and mobile internet access

from MobileBurn

Whether you view the T-Mobile G1 as a success or not will depend largely on your expectations. If you are a hard core smartphone user that travels in enterprise circles and expects to find a huge assortment of software available for your device, the G1 will not be for you. At least not yet. But if you are more of a T-Mobile Sidekick type person that is just looking for a fun phone that offers good calling and mobile internet access, then the G1 could well be the perfect cell phone for you...

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Whether you view the T-Mobile G1 as a success or not will depend largely on your expectations. If you are a hard core smartphone user that travels in enterprise circles and expects to find a huge assortment of software available for your device, the G1 will not be for you. At least not yet. But if you are more of a T-Mobile Sidekick type person that is just looking for a fun phone that offers good calling and mobile internet access, then the G1 could well be the perfect cell phone for you.

This is especially true if you are one of the Google faithful that uses that company's services for things like mail, calendaring, IM, and maps. The G1 ties in tightly with these Google services, and will likely support others in the future.

The G1 hardware might not be as slick looking as an iPhone, but the UI has that same kind of look and responsive feel that will please users. And if you are heavy into messaging, nothing beats a hardware keyboard. Even the G1's average QWERTY keyboard puts any on-screen virtual keyboard we've used to shame.

Even though we love the new OS and are pleased that there are no real deal breakers in the G1, there are enough small issues and 1.0 type features that keep us from giving the G1 our highest rating. But with that said, the G1 is certainly a device that deserves your consideration, especially if you are in the market for a mobile internet device that also happens to be a very solid phone.

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Wired

Tons of apps that will keep you entertained for the duration of your 2-year contract

from Wired

Between the Youtube videos, fan sites, and ever-cranking rumormills, it's like we knew all about the first Googlephone before we ever got our mitts on one: a boatload of apps available through the Market, built-in Amazon music store, 3G, Wi-Fi, Google Maps with Street View, that crazy shape-driven lock code, and so on. Sure enough, all those message board stars are present and accounted for on the G1, but don't worry: There are still plenty of surprises to keep you entertained...

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Between the Youtube videos, fan sites, and ever-cranking rumormills, it's like we knew all about the first Googlephone before we ever got our mitts on one: a boatload of apps available through the Market, built-in Amazon music store, 3G, Wi-Fi, Google Maps with Street View, that crazy shape-driven lock code, and so on. Sure enough, all those message board stars are present and accounted for on the G1, but don't worry: There are still plenty of surprises to keep you entertained.

Google4 Surprise #1: Android is pretty freaking on-point for a first-gen software release. Sure, it has bugsWeb pages don't automatically re-size and the zoom feature blowsbut it's also remarkably polished, bristling with nifty tricks. Take the long touch: Not unlike the windows-born right-click, it brings up useful contextual menus. Long touch a field of text, for example, and you get the option to select it, copy it, or paste something in (take that, Jobs!). And though Android's first home is a touchscreen phone, you can tell that the OS was designed to work with hard-buttons as well.

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User Reviews


Very unhappy with the phone

Let me say up front that when the phone works the way it is suppose to, I love it. However, I went through 3 of these phones and still have serious issues with the one I ended up with (I'm with Rogers BTW). - The phone will shut off or freeze up unpredictably and the only answer is to remove and re-...More
Let me say up front that when the phone works the way it is suppose to, I love it. However, I went through 3 of these phones and still have serious issues with the one I ended up with (I'm with Rogers BTW). - The phone will shut off or freeze up unpredictably and the only answer is to remove and re-install the battery. - Sometimes when I try to place a call i can enter the number and get to the 'Dialing' message, but the call never goes through. Turn the phone off/on and calls can be placed. - Battery life is absolutely horrible. If 3G and wifi turned I can't get through a day even if I don't use the phone. - I tried to do the Magics exchange through Rogers way back when these problems first manifested but the program was suspended and they never followed up (as they indicated they would) if the program was re-instated. Unhappy with the phone. Unhappy with Rogers. I finally gave up, dropped my data plan and went back to a simpler phone. Less

Problems Emerge

This phone was great at first, but recently has had serious problems. We are experiencing a problem that some other users are having too. The phone will often lose signal, but still indicate full bars. The 3G service does the same thing. This indicates either a serious software problem or some kind of...More
This phone was great at first, but recently has had serious problems. We are experiencing a problem that some other users are having too. The phone will often lose signal, but still indicate full bars. The 3G service does the same thing. This indicates either a serious software problem or some kind of hardware issue. Do not purchase this phone if you want to use the services you're paying for. Less
Amazon

great device

from Amazon
this device set the standards for android devices. for its 1st attempt it was bad. when they designed this they made it completely updateable. really good buy for me kept me entertain for months on in.
Amazon

Dissapointing battery life and software performance

from Amazon
As a management consultant who travels almost weekly, I was eagerly looking forward to having mobile email and internet and urged by my wife to get this phone when it came out. However, after nearly two years with this phone, I can't wait for my contract to be up. As an early adopter of the T-mobile G1...More
As a management consultant who travels almost weekly, I was eagerly looking forward to having mobile email and internet and urged by my wife to get this phone when it came out. However, after nearly two years with this phone, I can't wait for my contract to be up. As an early adopter of the T-mobile G1, I have definitely felt all the downsides of a first generation product. Pros - Physical keyboard is handy for texting and surfing the web. - GPS and turn-by-turn navigation is free and helpful. - Phone has good integration with Google email, calendar and other apps. Cons: - Everything (startup time, apps, navigation, camera) on this phone is extremely sloooooow. - Software is buggy and phone shuts down unexpectedly at times. - Battery life is abysmal, the worst on any phone ever. You will need to charge several times per day, particularly if you use Bluetooth or surf the web. - Syncing of music and other files is primitive compared to iphone/ipod and itunes. - Lack of standard headphone jack is really annoying when traveling (and you want to listen to music and charge the phone at the same time). I have a long-time friend who I met recently after many months and lo and behold he had only recently gotten his first smart phone, also a T-mobile G1, and it had even worse problems than mine. After asking him what he was thinking (he definitely should have asked me for my opinion!), I told him to make sure the software was at least up-to-date and that I wished him luck. My friend has a pretty laid-back lifestyle so he likes to crack jokes about the phone matching his pace. He is also more likely to see the phone's flaws as endearing "idiosyncrasies". I still have a few months left on my contract but given how slow and buggy this phone is, I took out the SIM card and put it in one of the T-mobile "to-go" phones from Walmart. I am paying an extra $25 per month for the G1 service, but anything at this point is better than using this phone. Recommendation: Don't Buy! Get a smartphone that works or a regular phone and 3G ipad (for mobile email and internet). Less
Amazon

An awesome phone but...

from Amazon
I REALLY LOVED THIS phone...the apps, email, internet, even the text messaging layout is soooooo awesome. The one problem I have with this phone is that I've had it replaced already and it hadn't even been a year. It has a problem with shutting off by itself. I don't get calls sometimes even tho i h...More
I REALLY LOVED THIS phone...the apps, email, internet, even the text messaging layout is soooooo awesome. The one problem I have with this phone is that I've had it replaced already and it hadn't even been a year. It has a problem with shutting off by itself. I don't get calls sometimes even tho i have a decent battery life and signal. Also, my calls will just drop and not because of signal because the phone freezes up or shuts off by itself. This is a constant frustration with this phone. I love everything about it except for this major problem. :-( I've had a couple friends who also have this phone and they've had to replace it a couple times. I'm seriously considering going back to a normal phone even though I know I will suffer from serious withdrawel from all the awesome features...but I just can't deal with this constant shutting off and having people call me 20 times even though it says I haven't received a call but they are getting frustrated by not getting through to me. Sorry, can't deal with it anymore. OMG no joke, my phone just restarted itself. GRRRRRR Less
Amazon

A great phone that get ahead of itself.

from Amazon
-Pros- + Many Cool Apps (for free) + Decent Keyboard + Glass Screen (very scratch resistant) + Good Camera -Cons- - Terrible Battery Life - Slide mechanism feels flimsy - Phone freezes a lot - Not very stylish I'll keep this simple, the G1 is a great phone. The Android Market is awesome, and...More
-Pros- + Many Cool Apps (for free) + Decent Keyboard + Glass Screen (very scratch resistant) + Good Camera -Cons- - Terrible Battery Life - Slide mechanism feels flimsy - Phone freezes a lot - Not very stylish I'll keep this simple, the G1 is a great phone. The Android Market is awesome, and there are many free games and apps that will keep you entertained for a long time. But that's about the only good thing I can say about this phone. If you try and navigate through menus too fast or have too many widgets on the screen, the phone will slow down to a crawl. Sometime it will take 10-15 seconds to load the home screen. Also the physical design of the phone is terrible, when you slide open the phone the top half feels flimsy and loose. It's not very sturdy. Also, the battery life is TERRIBLE. You will be charging this phone every day, even if you don't use it much. There's also a long delay when you take pictures. In closing, the Android OS is very good, but this phone can't run it very well, it just doesn't feel powerful enough. And the design needs work. Less
Amazon

A great phone that gets ahead of itself.

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-Pros- + Many Cool Apps (for free) + Decent Keyboard + Glass Screen (very scratch resistant) + Good Camera -Cons- - Terrible Battery Life - Slide mechanism feels flimsy - Phone freezes a lot - Not very stylish - Terrible Speaker I'll keep this simple, the G1 is a great phone. The Android Mar...More
-Pros- + Many Cool Apps (for free) + Decent Keyboard + Glass Screen (very scratch resistant) + Good Camera -Cons- - Terrible Battery Life - Slide mechanism feels flimsy - Phone freezes a lot - Not very stylish - Terrible Speaker I'll keep this simple, the G1 is a great phone. The Android Market is awesome, and there are many free games and apps that will keep you entertained for a long time. But that's about the only good thing I can say about this phone. If you try and navigate through menus too fast or have too many widgets on the screen, the phone will slow down to a crawl. Sometime it will take 10-15 seconds to load the home screen. Also the physical design of the phone is terrible, when you slide open the phone the top half feels flimsy and loose. It's not very sturdy. Also, the battery life is TERRIBLE. You will be charging this phone every day, even if you don't use it much. There's also a long delay when you take pictures. In closing, the Android OS is very good, but this phone can't run it very well, it just doesn't feel powerful enough. And the design needs work. Less
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Could not live without it... and it's keyboard!

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On my previous cell phone I used the calendar feature to send me reminders for every little thing as I forget EVERYTHING. Since this syncs with Google Calendar, I can now update my calendar on the computer and on the phone. Very nice! After some update, touch-screen keyboard came out. There is just no...More
On my previous cell phone I used the calendar feature to send me reminders for every little thing as I forget EVERYTHING. Since this syncs with Google Calendar, I can now update my calendar on the computer and on the phone. Very nice! After some update, touch-screen keyboard came out. There is just no comparison with the hard keyboard: the TS keyboard is WAY too slow compared to the hard one. That is probably the one reason I would not upgrade to a new Android for a long time, despite the fact that this phones majorly lags in Browser. Less
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Terrible keyboard problems

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I've owned this phone for about 4 months and I like it less and less every day. The simple fact of the matter is, in certain lighting conditions the keyboard is completely unreadable. I'm looking to replace it ASAP but don't want a black g1 as newer, better options are becoming available. I actually s...More
I've owned this phone for about 4 months and I like it less and less every day. The simple fact of the matter is, in certain lighting conditions the keyboard is completely unreadable. I'm looking to replace it ASAP but don't want a black g1 as newer, better options are becoming available. I actually switched to tmobile just for the g1. The phone itself is fine, just this particular model (along with white) has terrible backlighting issues with the keyboard - there is no fix. I've researched it extensively. If you are looking at getting a G1, do yourself a favor and get the (ugly) black model. It might look clunkier but at least it is usable. Less
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Poor quality hardware

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Awesome phone, but 4 days after the warranty expired one of the boards fried. Now my phone can not charge my battery. Making my phone a brick. Replacing the whole phone is a $400 dollar affair. I will not shell out $400 a year even for this phone.

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