MWC08: Hands-on with a working Google Android device

MWC08: Hands-on with a working Google Android device

Summary: I have seen the photos and videos of the Google Android device online, but just had the chance to get my own hands-on time with device here at the Mobile World Congress event. An ARM representative had one for demonstration and one in a sealed plastic display case (the display one was gray). I shot the video below using the Nokia N95 NAM as we walked through some of the basic functionality of the Android device.

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I have seen the photos and videos of the Google Android device online, but just had the chance to get my own hands-on time with device here at the Mobile World Congress event. An ARM representative had one for demonstration and one in a sealed plastic display case (the display one was gray). I shot the video below using the Nokia N95 NAM as we walked through some of the basic functionality of the Android device.

Hands-on with a Google Android device

Android keyboard

Close-up of Android keyboard

This specific model was manufactured by HTC and felt great in my hand. It was solid and was actually quite light. The OS seemed very snappy in switching applications and running applications. The web browser launched with a bit of fade-in too. Apps like the Calendar had the look and feel of Google Calendar and as a consumer of Google products this device appeals to me. We didn't see any lock ups or other bugs on this device either. It definitely had an HTC feel to it with the button placement and keyboard design, but was also thinner than I though it would be.

Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware

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  • Looks even cheaper...

    ..close up. Nice job! :-(
    IT_Guy_z
  • Better Yet, Its Not Running Windows Mobile

    That should be enough to encourage anyone to try it.
    itanalyst
    • thats good "it analysis"

      yep yep

      Good to see such a non-biased perspective from an "it analyst" or does "it" refer to "underground bunker of 1337 Linux geer"?
      mlambert890@...
  • RE: MWC08: Hands-on with a working Google Android device

    Looks OK, need to get Tom Tom on board for some SatNav though - one of the 'killer apps' missing from the iPhone.
    neil.postlethwaite
  • RE: MWC08: Hands-on with a working Google Android device

    I must say that next to my BlackBerry 8830, this phone looks cheaply made with inferior materials and the keys on the keyboard look a bit too bulky. However, I would imagine that some refinements in hardware design and function will be forthcoming. It looks promising for an early Alpha/Beta device. I'm very interested to see how this develops.
    themidastouch
  • RE: MWC08: Hands-on with a working Google Android device

    It looks like what a tri-corder should have looked like in the first Star Trek movie. Then all they would have to do was google "voyger" to find out it became a spaceship devouring cloud.Baaaaa-Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Baaa-Baaa.
    KrUshPruF
  • RE: MWC08: Hands-on with a working Google Android device

    It is so ugly
    hhasbini@...
    • Not ugly in person

      The T-Mobile Dash looked quite ugly in photos too, but it actually is quite an attractive device. I think the Google Android device looks good in person and felt quite solid.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)