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Scumbag Blues Sep 30, 2008, 01:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Another competitor has arrived to the mobile phone market, called the G1 from, (surprise!) Google.

http://blog.mlive.com/geek_guide/2008/09/getting_to_know_the_g...e_pho.html

What do you guys think?


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Sean Costello Sep 30, 2008, 01:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The Google G1
yeah this has been all over tech sites for about a month now, i personally wont buy a thing from google. I have a bad feeling about them <.<

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A_Pickle Sep 30, 2008, 03:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It's pretty cool, and I'm glad there's another player on the smartphone market (Palm isn't doing any serious innovating really). The phone itself seems useful and innovative, with a nice design (and a big, physical keyboard) and clever. That said, Android doesn't seem at all revolutionary -- I'm running Windows Mobile 6.1 and I can do everything I need and want with it (and with one hand).

That said, I'm with Sean -- Google controlling all of this information is just... frightening (says I with an iGoogle desktop & mobile homepage with Gmail).

BoT May 20, 2009, 01:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i just got it. it's awesome. i renewed my contract and they send me the phone to try for a couple of weeks.
i think i keep it ... i think i can't give it back. i thought about the iphone but dropped that quickly, just can't jump on the apple band wagon.
i was looking at the HTC touch and in particular the HTC Touch HD. this is an awesome phone but wayyyyy to expensve.
so now with this in my hands, i am very happy.
anybody else had experience with this or has it?

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Scumbag Blues May 20, 2009, 05:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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BoT said:
i just got it. it's awesome. i renewed my contract and they send me the phone to try for a couple of weeks.
i think i keep it ... i think i can't give it back. i thought about the iphone but dropped that quickly, just can't jump on the apple band wagon.
i was looking at the HTC touch and in particular the HTC Touch HD. this is an awesome phone but wayyyyy to expensve.
so now with this in my hands, i am very happy.
anybody else had experience with this or has it?


How well does it run? Is there any visual lag or buggy software? My cell phone now, the Samsung Instinct, is a solid phone overall, but its web browser is BUGGY as hell and it's irksome at times.

Also, are any of the cool features listed in the link above in place and/or working well?

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BoT May 20, 2009, 06:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok, writing this reply from the G1. The browser works great. Slimed down versions of java and flash but I can see most of the stuff. Opera mini works on it too and they have other browsers for download. The touch screen has a lil studder if the phone is otherwise busy, like downloads or playing music in the background. Other then that,flawless. Not a single freeze yet. Best thing, SDK is open to the public and free.

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Scumbag Blues May 20, 2009, 09:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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BoT said:
Ok, writing this reply from the G1. The browser works great. Slimed down versions of java and flash but I can see most of the stuff. Opera mini works on it too and they have other browsers for download. The touch screen has a lil studder if the phone is otherwise busy, like downloads or playing music in the background. Other then that,flawless. Not a single freeze yet. Best thing, SDK is open to the public and free.


Damn, makes me wish I got the G1 instead. The Instinct is nice, but I like to browse on it a lot and its flash support is crap at times, javascript is just weird since it pick and chooses what it runs and what it ignores, and it crashes at random times.

Ah well. Sounds like you got a good with the G1 Bot.

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A_Pickle May 21, 2009, 02:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Man, the Instinct? I'm sorry to hear that...

...and I'm not trying to be mean, but... that's just a dumbphone in smartphone's clothing. It sounds nice, but when it really comes to the tasks that make a smartphone a smartphone, the Instinct doesn't succeed.

I guess the definition of "smartphone" isn't really set in stone, but I'd say a smartphone is a phone which can synchronize data (contacts, notes, pictures, music, etc.) with your desktop apps. It also has to be able to surf the internet and play media, and it has to have a good and open SDK.

The Instinct uses... Java, pretty much through and through... and sadly, this makes just about ALL of the Instinct apps largely un-advantageous over apps for a Motorola Razr, or any of the billions of epic stupidphones out there. In addition, it has no means of syncing information with a desktop - and that alone kills it's "smartphone" status, IMO.

Now, the T-Mobile G1 is a pretty cool phone. I was considering it VERY seriously, especially after seeing some of it's applications demonstrated to me. I liked the GPS feature (in Google Maps it would show your current position as a blinking dot - like on the iPhone) and all of the apps would work just perfectly with my Google Account and what-have-you.

Unfortunately, I have a Sprint PPC-6700 (HTC Apache), and I hate horizontal slide-out keyboards. Being that the PPC-6700 is an OLD WinMo device (it's about two years old), I've been in the market for a new smartphone which I'd like to have a full, front-facing, vertical QWERTY keyboard.

I briefly flirted with the Palm Treo Pro, and I have to say, that is hands-down the best Windows Mobile smartphone I have ever seen, done, or imagined. It's got some nice software on it, for example, Palm licensed the HTC task manager which replaces the moronic "OK" button (the button in Windows Mobile which you use to close programs, only it doesn't actually close them, it leaves them running in the background - yes, Microsoft, that was a brilliant idea for a mobile device with extremely limited CPU and memory*) with a drop-down that allows you to FULLY EXIT running applications. It also came with a tabbed, multi-protocol IM client, Live Search from Microsoft, and Windows Live from Microsoft (it synced your contacts and calendar with your Windows Live stuff online).

Despite the neat bundle of software, the thing that attracted me to the Treo Pro was it's speed and responsiveness. Beyond the few and useful bundled applications, the Treo Pro was bare. It had no bloatware, and (other than the HTC task manager) had no "shell improvements" to Windows Mobile, like the unresponsive TouchFLO 3D interface from HTC or the Tiles interface from Sony Ericsson.

It's also sexy as balls. It's almost exactly the same size as the iPhone, but actually has a smaller footprint (the iPhone is more exactly rectangular, while the Treo Pro kinda shaves the corners off just a bit). It's shiny black, the (touch sensitive!) screen is flush with the sides, making it sexier and easier to clean. It's got WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, 320x320 pixel touchscreen... I mean, the thing is feature packed, dead sexy, and it's fast. When do those qualities ever align in a phone running Windows Mobile? Not often, I can tell you... :D

I'm enduring with a Sanyo SCP-200 (a dumbphone of epic proportions) for the time being. :)

Scumbag Blues May 22, 2009, 04:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No offence taken at all. The Instinct is a nice PHONE but not a SMARTphone.

I only got it because I was going on a three year plan anyway, and it was dirt cheap otherwise, I would have seriously considered something else.

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