Already in the street the first mobile phone with Android, it’s the T-Mobile G1 which many baptized as “Google G1″, not without reason. This is a hardware created by HTC, with the use of mobile operating system sponsored by Google and released under the control of the operator T-Mobile, which will market in the U.S. for the price of $ 200 in a two-year contract.
As for the terminal itself, just to note. Not particularly attractive, but makes an interesting bet for combining the touch screen with full keyboard, seeking to combine the productivity of the Blackberry with the latest trends in the iPhone user interface. In connectivity, no surprises, HSDPA / UMTS, 802.11b WiFi GPS. As noted software Webkit-based browser and developed in parallel with Chrome, the Android Market and come with an application to purchase songs without DRM on Amazon. To go deeper into these aspects, Engadget Mobile makes a thorough analysis, with criticism of his poor memory and a camera quite loose.
And most interesting is that this first Android mobile phone is in the integration with Google services. In fact, this is where I agree with those who speak of “Google G1 “to activate your phone you need a Google Account. Mail, calendar, contacts are synchronized with those offered by the search engine company, no desktop application to do with Thunderbird or Outlook, nor support for Microsoft Exchange. Allows, yes, use third-party mail and instant messaging beyond Google Talk. Of course the maps and location comes with Google Maps, but the application “Compass View”, which allows access to Street View as walking, can see photos of the streets where we must go to reach our location.
T-Mobile G1 looks like a good end, nothing spectacular, but at least solvent. As the first Android device support will be very interesting to try and see how far we have managed to take in the battle for the user experience. Where if you think you have to put the accent is on the value of the proposal, specifically on the issue of integration with the Google universe. Often interpret their latest moves as an attempt to take the user to use over the web, with Chrome as the prime example. This first Android phone search belies this indirect benefit is shown as a terminal connected to the universe from the mail to Google searches.
Of course not being a closed platform can, in theory, install alternative applications … while bearing solutions preinstalled what percentage of users to search, download and install other to do the same? With the market share expected for the next few months their influence on the use of certain services will be irrelevant, but it is still worrying that what makes us bring her hands to her head on the PC (preinstalled software creator of operating integrated services), cheerfully accept it on your mobile.