Many of the ZDNet tech bloggers have been writing about their Dead Finger Tech for a special August feature. I have owned over 100 mobile devices, most of them phones, and thus you would think I have one or two favorites that I could consider as DFT devices. My iPhone 3GS is getting more and more useful as applications like Quickoffice improve functionality for me and my Nokia E71x is my top Nokia star. However, my T-Mobile G1 is the device I consider as my DFT mobile phone for a few reasons I will explain below.
I posted my most extensive review ever of a mobile phone when the G1 was launched last October and even flew from Washington State to New York for a single day for the G1 launch event. I switch phones quite often, but my T-Mobile SIM has spent at least 90% of the time over the last 9-1/2 months in the T-Mobile G1 and that is saying a lot for a device in my collection. I have since dropped T-Mobile, but unlocked the device first (via legal T-Mobile contract terms) and continue to use it with AT&T.
The T-Mobile G1 is my Dead Finger Tech pick because of the following:
- Capacitive display with full QWERTY keyboard
- Highly functional 5-row QWERTY with custom shortcuts
- Good selection of apps with excellent trial policy
- Easy upgrade of firmware OTA
- Full Google experience with Gmail, Google Voice, and more
- Made by HTC so supportive of extreme customizability from XDA Developers community
The T-Mobile G1 is not perfect (no mobile phone is IMHO) with the lame battery life, rather clunky hardware, and a bit of lagging at times. As a mobile phone geek I actually like the geekiness of the hardware and find the QWERTY keyboard to be one of the best I have ever used so am a bit forgiving of the hardware. I also bought a huge 2300 mAh replacement battery so battery life isn't an issue for me either.
I enjoy the Android OS and am waiting for another device with QWERTY keyboard that runs the OS so I can upgrade my G1, but for now you will have to pry it from my hand.