Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - T-Mobile G1

The T-Mobile G1 took the smartphone market by storm when it hit stores in October. The HTC-built smartphone was the first device built on Google Android, the open-source operating system. The touch screen, which features a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, offers 3G support, GPS, Wi-Fi and a host of other features and functions that had the iPhone faithful considering an alternative.

The G1 offers a 3-megapixel camera, access to Amazon's MP3 Store, GoogleMaps, a WebKit browser and support for push Gmail e-mail and integration with other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services. The G1 also offers a host of instant messaging options.

The G1 also features access to the Android Market, which lets users download -- for free in most cases -- applications for everything from sports and entertainment to other lifestyle applications. The G1's big draw was that it marked the inaugural Android device to hit stores. The price also played in its favor, hitting about $180 with a contract.

Release date: October 22 2008

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The good:
The T-Mobile G1 features a full QWERTY keyboard, 3G support, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. The Google Android operating system offers good integration with Google applications as well as access to the Amazon MP3 Store and YouTube. As more applications become available, the G1 will also become a more powerful smartphone for all types of users.

The bad:
The G1 doesn't include a standard headphone jack and lacks stereo Bluetooth and Microsoft Exchange support. There are some annoying design quirks that make the smartphone uncomfortable to hold and difficult to use. The GPS tracking was disappointing, and speakerphone quality wasn't the greatest.

The bottom line:
While we're not in love with the design and would have liked some additional features, the real beauty of the T-Mobile G1 is the Google Android platform, as it has the potential to make smartphones more personal and powerful. That said, it's not quite there yet, so for now, the G1 is best suited for early adopters and gadget hounds, rather than consumers and business users.

Brand / Type
TypeT-Mobile G1
Form factorSlide sideways
ColorBlack, Brown, White
Phone Network3G, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA (3G)
Service850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
Fax / DataN/A
Main displayHVGA Touch
Color display65000 colors
Dimensions3.2 in.
Resolution480x320 pixels
External displayYes
Internal memory256MB
External memory8GB
Memory slotsYes
Storage typesMicroSD
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1150 mAh
Standby time130 hours
Talk time5 hours
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone, WAV, WMA
Megapixels3.1 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution2048x1536 pixels
Digital zoomN/A
Optical zoomN/A
Auto focusN/A
Recording videoN/A
Second (front) cameraN/A
T9 text functionN/A
Internet browsingYes
FM radioN/A
Audio playerMP3
Video playerN/A
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserAgenda, Contacts, Document viewer
Video callN/A
Other featuresBuilt-in handsfree, Digital Kompass, IM, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Google applications, Google Android OS, Street View, Trackball
Weight5.6 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.6x2.2x0.7 in.

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