The first device to run on the Android platform - the HTC-manufactured T-mobile G1 has officially started shipping today in the US. T-Mobile customers that have pre-ordered the most anticipated handset of the season (okay, that and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic) should be seeing more of it pretty soon. The UK branch of T-Mobile is the next to make its subscribers happy.
The UK customers are expected to receive the units of the Google-inside-QWERTY-outside G1 as early as the end of this month. The phone will initially be only available on a contract with T-mobile, much like in the US.
Availability across T-Mobile's European markets (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands) is to follow at the beginning of next year. There is no information just yet at what point (if at all) a SIM-free version will become available.
Meanwhile the media embargo was lifted and quite a lot of G1 reviews saw daylight today. It does look a bit better on those live photos than it used to on the product shots but still qualifies as one of the worst looking handsets we have ever seen.
In case you need a quick memory refresh here is what the G1 specs sheet was mostly about. The handset sports a 3.2-inch display touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band UMTS (with HSPDA) support, GPS, Wi-Fi and a built-in accelerometer. The 3 megapixel autofocus camera won't support video recording and the Bluetooth support will be limited to mono headset use only (no stereo and no file transfers). While promises for enhancing the Bluetooth functionality have been made we are somewhat skeptical about it happening soon.
Its started it all, greatest smartphone os ever (for now) :) well first pancake was burned, but after that Google even the game :)
the features and design of G1 is really not satisfied to peoples who have ever expecting a existing phone and sth new in the mobile market; but I will still hope the new OS platform will bringing us revolution in mobile phones in the sooner furture.
Why does Gsmarena team keep telling that G1 is a worst looking ugly phone? Its not like that. Has Nokia given you money to say its a ugly phone? No foul comments please.