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T-Mobile G1: Specs, pricing breakdown

With all of the hooplah surrounding T-Mobile's announcement of the G1, I thought it useful to lay out the details of the phone:T-Mobile G1Fact: First phone using Google Android platformLooks like: A SidekickPrice: $179Manufacturer: HTC of TaiwanService: T-Mobile (SIM-locked)Network: both high-speed 3G networks and older cellular networks, as well as Wi-Fi.Availability: Oct.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

T-Mobile G1With all of the hooplah surrounding T-Mobile's announcement of the G1, I thought it useful to lay out the details of the phone:

T-Mobile G1

Fact: First phone using Google Android platform

Looks like: A Sidekick

Price: $179

Manufacturer: HTC of Taiwan

Service: T-Mobile (SIM-locked)

Network: both high-speed 3G networks and older cellular networks, as well as Wi-Fi.

Availability: Oct. 22 (U.S.); early November (U.K.); early next year (Europe). T-Mobile customers can order now from the website and receive the unit when it hits store shelves in October. Available outside T-Mobile's 3G markets, which expand to 22 by the end of the year.

Hardware: Large color touch screen that slides out to expose a full keyboard; a 3-megapixel camera that does not zoom nor shoot video. Accelerometer.

Software: Internet browser ("Chrome lite") with easy access to many of Google’s services, including search, Gmail and YouTube.

More Features: GPS navigation and Bluetooth connections. Drag and drop with finger. "Clicks" and "long presses" with finger; left and right finger "swipe" allows access to the full "desktop." Music player with "related songs" support. Notifications. One-click hyperlinks for Google map (with Street View support). "Compass mode" shows a screen that moves with you. Dedicated search button on keyboard.

Battery Life: Five hours of talk time and 130 hours of standby time.

Third party development: Several applications come preloaded on the phone, but the G1 is designed to encourage third-party developers to create programs to run on it. (See below, "Android Market")

Primary aim: Consumers and families

App Store: "Android Market," with access to Amazon.com’s MP3 store preloaded on the device. Apps featured at launch: Ecorio, which tracks your carbon footprint; ShopSavvy, which turns the G1 into a barcode scanner and lets you compare product pricing online. Apps also available at launch: Enkin, which visualizes map info on your camera's visual; Locale, which lets you define your most frequented places on a map and set your phone to respond to those places (example: switching to silent when you're in the office or at a movie theater); GeoLife, a location-aware to-do list; Cab4Me, which lets you order a cab from where you are (and find where cabs frequently travel); BioWallet, which uses the camera as an iris scanner for security; CompareEverywhere and GoCart, which are similar to ShopSavvy; TuneWiki, which grabs art and info for your music; and TeraDesk e-Storage, which integrates with Google Docs.

Plans: The $179 price in the U.S. requires a two-year voice and data plan (in other words, $20 cheaper than the iPhone). Data plans come in two flavors: $25 and $35 a month (the former with unlimited data, the latter with unlimited data and messaging). Pricing for Europe still unknown.

Support: Will read Microsoft Word, Excel files; Adobe PDF. No Microsoft Exchange compatibility at this time. Gmail push, IMAP pull system. No QuickTime or Flash support at launch. Google Talk support. Supports DRM-free music, but not iTunes encoded music. Dual-band UMTS, quad-band GSM.

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