Welcome to the era of the Android Phone! As its name implies, it is a phone with human capabilities – the latest breed of cell phone to hit the market owing to a successful collaboration between corporation giants Google and T-Mobile. Manufactured by the HTC Corporation of Taiwan, it is priced at $179 ($20 less than the Apple iPhone). Other names you might have heard for this phone are the T-Mobile G1 Android, Android Phone, G1 Phone and Google Phone. It comes in your choice of black, brown or white.The G1 Android Phone is perhaps only comparable to the Apple iPhone and uses an Android operating system. Its cutting-edge web browser and Wi-Fi connectivity affords it the upmost operating flexibility. It’s greatly enhanced capabilities allow you to download programs as well as gain easy access to your favorite websites and online services like YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Instant Messaging, Calendar and Contacts.
The Google GI employs touchscreen technology and almost conceals a Qwerty slide-out keyboard (in contrast to the virtual keyboards utilized by Apple iPhones). Data entry is a breeze for traditional keyboard users with only 6 keys, including a centered trackball which simulates mouse functions as well as five other keys for making/receiving calls and navigation.
With its touchscreen interface, you can perform almost any function possible with a conventional computer such as browsing the net and the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously. In addition it provides alerts to notify you immediately of any changes occurring in any running application such as an incoming mail, a contact coming online, a chat session being initiated or requested etc. In addition the Android Phone saves all your personal preferences across multiple web sites, online services and applications such as Yahoo Messenger and Google Talk. These saved settings then become available to you whenever you access these accounts from any computer anywhere in the world.
You can never get lost with a Google G1 phone in your possession. Its GPS service can be used in Street View mode to display high precision Google maps to guide you to any location with pinpoint accuracy, made possible by combining an accelerometer with a digital compass that orients the screen according to your directional movements.
Its camera is 3-megapixels (compared to 2-megapixels in iPhones) however the Android Phone is sadly lacking in video capability which is a definitely a plus with the iPhone. It can nevertheless play YouTube clips; and download music from Amazon’s MP3 service. SMS with threaded text messaging and MMS are also available. Shopping is a delight with its camera being able to read barcodes enabling you to compare prices in advance.
Even if you lose or break your Android Phone you will never lose any valuable information since everything is already saved in your actual Google Account and can be re-accessed from anywhere in the world using any computer or another G1 phone.
You get 5 hours of talk time or 130 hours in standby mode with a freshly charged battery which although significant is considerably less than what is available with an iPhone. The 8GB expanded memory capacity of the Android Phone also lags behind the iPhone’s 16GB capacity. However the normal 1GB storage capacity of a Google Phone can be increased up to 8 GB with a microSD slot.
Having just been released into the market in October 2008 speculation is rife that the Google Android Phone is destined to surpass all records set by its predecessor the Apple iPhone. Only time will tell if this will be the case!