I resisted buying an iPhone because I thought it was too expensive and I would have to switch from T-mobile to AT&T. I thought for a while that maybe Apple would bring a better business model to the wireless business, but quite the opposite happened. the same old evil stupid way of ripping off consumers prevailed. Don’t get me wrong I am still an Apple fan boy abiet a cheap one.
I had the very cheapest cell plan I could find, which was T-Mobiles basic family plan for $60 a month with “free” phones between me and my wife. I was thinking of getting an iPod touch and keeping my crappy free phone. Since I’m doing what I call forced entrepreneurship now, I felt a need for a smart phone, if for nothing else, being able to get my e-mail on the road.
I did a rough feature and price comparison with the iPhone and for my particular situation The Google Phone ends up being about $560 less expensive over the two year plan. So I got the new G1 Phone. and I haven’t been able to put it down for the two days that I’ve had it. Pretty darn cool, with a few caveats.
here are a few cool things:
- Qwerty keyboard
- Voice dialing (Beam me up, Scotty)
- cut and paste!!!
- G-Mail and Google contact syncing
- Google Maps with street view (Look a topless beach!)
- Touch screen AND track ball
- Active developer community ( lots of new apps)
- Easy ringtones
here are a few lame things:
- No Adobe Flash (why???)
- No Microsoft Exchange ( no big deal for me)
- No iTunes (obviously)
- No standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, must use G1 headset or adapter( O-o)
- No stereo Bluetooth A2DP ( C’mon)
- No multi-touch (Zooming is a PITA)
- No desktop synching with PCs or Macs (It’s all about the Cloud)
- No video recording (hoping for a third party to step up on this)
- No built-in video player, must download from third-party (no big deal)
- No camera flash (Battery life is bad enough)
- No proximity sensor
- Limited to 1GB bandwidth cap, speed down to 50kbps after 1GB (Sleazy)
- Limited 3G coverage (pedal faster T-Mobile)
- Limited to Google email, contacts, calendar,and chat for free, POP email is charged per message
- Limited to maximum 8GB memory, with additional microSD card purchase (I’m going to test whether this is true)
I think of it as a poor man’s iPhone rather than an iPhone killer. Nobody has made the perfect phone yet.