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Published: September 25, 2008 at 8:16 PM
Yesterday I touched on some of the disappointing aspects of the T-Mobile G1. Though the G1 isn't flawless, it does have several key features that will make it a viable competitor in the mobile market. And so I give you the 7 haves of the T-Mobile G1.
- Android: The reason for all the buzz. Because Android is open source, it gives developers unlimited possibilities. This means that, hardware permitting, there really isn't anything the software can't conceivably do.
- Android Market: Yes, the iPhone has its own App Store, but the Cupertino-clan clamps down on the content. T-Mobile and Google have pledged a no-policing policy for the Android Market, so if you want to flash your status by blowing a grand on a real gem of an application, go for it!
- micoSDHC: Equipped with only 1 GB out of the box, the G1's memory is easily upgraded by swapping in a higher capacity microSDHC card. Currently, most 8 GB microSDHC cards run for under $30, 16 GB cards are starting to hit the market at around $70, and higher capacity cards are in the works.
- QWERTY Keyboard: The inclusion of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard frees up on-screen real estate and maximizes the application viewing area. It's also a nice addition for those who prefer the feel of buttons when keying in text.
- Service: When the G1's 1GB, monthly, data-transfer limit raised customer concerns, T-Mobile quickly lifted the cap. When asked about tethering capabilities, T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman didn't encourage the practice, but acknowledged the possibility existed through potential third-party applications. T-Mobile has a track record of great customer service, but they actually seem to understand and embrace the Pandora's Box they're opening with Andriod.
- Accelerometer: The G1's built-in accelerometer gives you more control of your device, literally. In addition to powering the Compass tool in Google Maps' Street View mode by panning the on-screen view of a city street with your physical movements (up, down, right and left), the accelerometer helped Google co-founder Sergey Brin develop an application clocking the time it took him to catch his G1 after tossing it in the air. Laughingly, Brin didn't think throwing the application up on Android Marketplace was a good idea.
- Wi-Fi Connectivity: Having to rely on Wi-Fi for your broadband connectivity negates the mobility of the G1, but T-Mobile's fledgling 3G network isn't available in all areas. In those instances, Wi-Fi broadband connectivity is better than no connectivity. The real benefit of Wi-Fi on the G1 is that it opens the possibility of cross-network communication between itself and other devices, third-party software permitting.