Tuesday, 23 September 2008

The G1 (Google Phone) Is released...

So... Google officially announced the TMobile G1 Today. The first Handset to use Android.

My initial reaction? Ugly.

But does the Inside make up for the Outside?

Well what i've read so far seems to be exciting. The easiest thing in the world would be for me to rehash the various reviews already available online. Kind of lame in my opinion. So I think I will post links to the articles that I have checked out so far and you guys can guess as much as I can from them.

Mashables Overview

Engadgets Coverage (expect this to be updated very quickly)

My opinion? I am a big fan of design both aesthetically and ergonomically. So Naturally I am an I phone user and I love it. That doesn't mean I don't have gripes with it. But maybe I am seduced by Steve Jobs...

However I love how Google are attempting to rock the boat with the G1. They are going for substance over style here and without handling the G1 I cant comment on its ergonomics. I have heard the sweeping motion of the flip Keyboard to be like "butter" which sounds nice in itself.

The big point to take away from this for me is the open source platform of Android. However without stringent regulation could this prove to be a problem? too many chefs ???

On the other hand the inclusion of a level playing field for developers could be huge. Either way, it will be interesting finding out.

The second biggest point for me is the Qwerty Keyboard. The idea of a touch screen has to be the biggest gripe (or fear) i've heard from non I phone users and Crackberry addicts since Apple tackled the Price Issue on the release of Iphone 2.0.

Google will definitely stir interest on this point alone if nothing else.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how the G1 is received in the UK and I will be watching closely to see if it goes mainstream or Cult. Furthermore I will be watching to see how this affects the type of Apps that will subsequently be developed for each model....

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