AT&T can breath a sigh of relief. The early Android photos to hit the net weeks
ago did not turn out to be decoys after all, meaning that the real-deal lacks the sex appeal to really compete with the iPhone IMO.
After much anticipation of the T-Mobile G1 Android launch, tech editors gave mixed reviews on the phone and its applications. With only one gigabyte of storage and lacking desktop sync, bloggers and their readers expressed hope for future upgrades. Outlook-dependent users like myself will have to hold our breaths for a third-party developer to fill the gap between the phone and Microsoft Exchange compatibility.
The G1 sports a "love it or hate it" pull-out QWERTY keyboard a la Sidekick. In keeping with the desktop computer experience on a mobile device, the G1 also has a touch-screen and trackball for navigation.
The Gphone carries more focus on translating the computer experience onto a mobile, rather than on aesthetics and design as notably as that other 6-letter device. Its functions are not as intuitive as that other recently-unveiled phone, but early adopters will manage unfazed. Maybe T-Mobile will want to re-enlist Catherine Zeta Jones to lend the G1 beauty.
In spite of its design (or lack of it), Google apparently is thinking long-term, launching a mobile device with a telescopic view into mobile advertising. The open operating system is a huge boon compared to the closed iPhone, and over time will likely evolve into a real iPhone competitor as Google releases updated software and third-party developers fill in for improvements.
If you are a shopping for a smartphone, the Gphone is available for purchase in October.