Hey guys Jon Rettinger with Jon4lakers.com here with another review for you of the T-Mobile G1.
You may remember or you may not they reviewed this device when it first came out a few months ago but I only had the phone for just a couple of days so I couldn’t really put together a comprehensive of reviews that I would have like. So, the folks of T-Mobile were nice enough to let me play around with this one for little longer period of time so let me give you my updated that’s on it.
So, the first thing I want to say is that I've been very happy with the phone but the thing is that it’s a phone first, its got to have a good call quality and I can say that I've been extremely impressed with T-Mobile call blocking. Well, they certainly may vary by your location. Where I am right now I get five bars of 3G and call quality has been fantastic.
I don’t hear any jumbling or noise or any echo and when you start hearing things twice. Things have been very clear. People on the other end haven’t heard of any white noise or any certain garbled so it has been very clear so I definitely give an A plus for call quality.
Some of the things that I like about the phone, I really like the navigation on it. I think having the scroll ball makes the navigation much easier. At times when you’re using your finger, it isn't the best way to go.
In previous videos, I walked you through the operating system. I have shown you the browser. I'm not going to show you guys too much about the device during this review so I think this is going to be me talking about it. Just give me a heads-up.
So, navigation is actually very easy to do. The scroll ball is nice and easy and using the screen has been absolutely a piece of cake.
Android has really been pleasure to use. I've enjoyed it. I've also liked getting to know how to use the operating system. You can see the power and potential that it has but I don’t think it’s where—it needs to be completive in the market place right now.
So the best example I can give you, there is a lot of times when I just want to look something up real quickly or go to a web site and I got to take out the keyboard, slide it up wait for it to rotate and then type.
The G1 is severely suffering from a lack of an on-screen keyboard, something that will be fixed in probably imminently with I believe what’s called a cupcake update. It’s actually that going to give a keyboard. It looks like a really nice keyboard so I will look for that soon. So my grips about the phone are things that I think can be fixed very easily with software patches. On screen keyboard is certainly one of them.
One thing that I know with me about the phone is it’s the only way to switch profiles and meaning going from ringer to vibrate. So you have to hit the volume button to go all the way down, all the way down.
So fortunately, there is an application in the entering market place. It actually lets you control the ring volume in the ring profiles. It’s called Ring Toggle. That really is a must have. It is something great to have with the phone actually were rectified by programs. I was able to find it by entering market place. Things like Quote Pro for tracking my stocks made life much easier for me and Tweak Droid which is a twitter program use for the G1.
So the stock programs and Quote Pro—I don’t think are as good as the built-in programs on other mobile devices for instance in TouchFLO 3D. On some HTC devices, they’ve got a stocks little window there and on the iPhone the stocks program that comes on there—a little more full featured. But Quote Pro was just getting your quotes. You know, it is relativity nice.
So onto the hardware on the device, this is the first time that Andriod has been released. HTC made the software or the hardware for the G1 and it is a little bit on the bulky side. It is a little bit thick and oftentimes that I felt like it is not a generation on one device.
It starts to creek a little bit when you open it up. Even just a few weeks that I've had it, the spring mechanism that opened and closed the devices isn’t as crisp as it used to be. And you can see that overtime; the device is probably going to wear. But that sometimes can be expected and some of the price you pay for being an earlier adopter.
This is actually the first phone that I've used that I've tested in quite a while that I can say I could use this in place of my iPhone as my daily driver. I could use this phone. The browser is full-featured. There is a very nice YouTube client on it. There is Maps, there's GPS. I have a nice keyboard on here granted that it’s tactile keyboard. This is really the first device that I can say it on and say that whole-heartedly and actually recommend to people who are looking for a full experience.
If you use a G-mail as your primary e-mail browser, the G1 is going to be fantastic for you. G-mail is integrated so nicely with the device. You swipe your finger down, you get all your G-mails—Swipe it back up and you’re done. If you use another e-mail server, you’re going got to have some difficulty.
The built-in just pop e-mail client is not so good. Again, I think that’s something that will be fixed and rectified with software updates and applications in entering the market place, just something to bare my edge while going through this.
Also if your company or work or wherever you’re with uses the exchange server, right now there’s a support for exchange server which is a little bit on the annoying side. It’s the only way to get your contacts since Android is where it actually uploads your contacts to Google and then let Google download them for you. It is a little bit on the annoying side.
But all those little in like the —aside, the G1 is a fantastic phone and again one that I can recommend to you. If you’re looking for ultimate web browsing experience, a great keyboard, e-mail, MMS, all that stuff really, the G1 brings it all to the table and it is impressive how much they brought with their first generation device. So, that’s some certainly some neat picky things. But overall, I've been very pleased with the G1 and I think you guys will too.
The question I get quite a lot is should I get a G1 or an iPhone, I can't answer that question for you. It depends on whether you like AT&T service or T-Mobile service whether you prefer one device over another, that’s a personal preference.
For me, I'm sticking with my iPhone. I've been very happy with the G1. And if this was my phone, it will be fantastic but I got to send it back to T-Mobile. I don’t have an account with them.
So guys, Jon Rettinger with Jon4lakers.com with my occasionally rumbled thoughts on T-Mobile G1. Hope you guys enjoyed. Be sure to check out the web site at www.Jon4lakers.com. Its 100% generated content generated by people like you. And for some exclusive content, be sure to follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/Jon4lakers. See you guys in next video. Bye for now.