This week Tech Savvy Daddy is reviewing devices by T-Mobile and each day you can enter to win a gift package containing a Sidekick and SkinIt customized cell phone skin. One lucky reader will be notified on Christmas Day.
Here’s the rundown of reviews:
Sunday- Motorola Motozine
Today- T-Mobile G1 with Google Phone
Tuesday, December 23- Sidekick
Wednesday, December 24- T-Mobile Cameo digital picture frame
Thursday, December 25- Winner of Sidekick and SkinIt announced!
Here’s what Tech Savvy Daddy had to say about the G1 Google Phone…
Quick review: Great phone for email, web browsing, watching YouTube videos. So far, the best thing we’ve done with it is show the kids Muppet Videos while waiting at the Doctor’s office. I would never have brought a DVD player to the doctor’s office, but somehow this seems more socially acceptable. What’s the catch? Won’t win Sexiest Phone 2008 contest.
There is no doubt that the iPhone changed the mobile industry forever. Soon after the iPhone came out, the hype spotlight switched over to rumors that Google was working on a phone. Technically, Google wasn’t working on a phone, but an operating system: Android.
In the past, mobile phone applications were simple tools that were written for each specific phone. The phones didn’t have the horsepower for sophisticated tasks, the data speeds weren’t fast enough for media-rich applications, and every phone had its own operating system. Now all that has changed. Google’s Android operating system is the newest entrant in Smart Phone wars.
Google provides the Android operating system to many handset vendors and software developers. With multiple companies building phones that run on the same operating system, it’s easier to justify developing complex applications. This should lead to a large number of mobile applications, giving the phones and the operating system features that aren’t available on other phones. Once there are millions of phones being manufactured by a diverse set of companies, the operating system has the potential to become the de-facto standard for mobile phones.
Enough about Android. What about the phone?
The T-Mobile G1 with Google is the first Android phone to hit the market. The phone is all black with a large touchscreen on the top. The screen slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. I grab the phone with both hands and start typing with my thumbs. The keys feel good. It’s easy to type out email messages and enter contacts. The iPhone keyboard makes me feel like I need to get lipo on my sausage fingers. Not so here.
The right side has a trackball which allows you to move around the screen similar to a Sidekick or a Blackberry. However, if you get tired of the trackball, you can just use your finger and click on what you want to select. That’s nice.
The phone comes with a full set of applications pre-loaded. Gmail, Google Maps, web browser, calendar, MP3 player, instant messaging, contacts, all that stuff. It also has a YouTube player. The back of the phone has a camera which takes average quality pictures, particularly indoors… average for a camera phone. I suppose I’m a little biased, but I’ll say this: After reviewing the Motorola Zine yesterday, I have revised my expectations for a camera phone.
Being the second-born after the iPhone, people have high expectations about the design of phone. Hey, even cheapo phones now come with disco LED lights. The G1 phone doesn’t have any of that. It’s pretty boring. The hardware is from HTC, a Taiwanese company. HTC took an existing phone and put the Android operating system on it. As I stated, the screen and keyboard are great, but the design of the case is just plain with rounded corners. It completely lacks any sex appeal.
With that said, this is the FIRST Android phone on the market. It’s practically a proof of concept… in Google speak, a “public beta.” Big names like Motorola are on-board and have promised additional Google Phones in 2009. Samsung and Sony Ericsson have signed up a well.
If you’re in the market for a SmartPhone, the G1 is definitely worth a look. The beauty of the Android operating system is that it can be enhanced over time by the third-party applications that people are currently developing. You can jump in now and won’t feel left out later. Whatever you do, keep an eye on the Google phones and expect big things from them in 2009.
Enter to win a T-Mobile Sidekick and SkinIt package by:
1. Leaving a comment about what you would do with a SmartPhone like the G1.
2. Write a post linking to my site and giveaway then leave an additional comment with your permalink.
3. Twitter about the contest (I’m @techsavvymama on Twitter) and leave another comment.
4. Add me to your blogroll and leave an additional comment letting me know!
5. Subscribe to my feed through e-mail or a reader and leave a comment for an extra entry!
Thanks to T-Mobile for providing the Sidekick and to SkinIt for our giveaway!
Fine print: To be eligible, enter by completing the above tasks and leaving your comments by Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at Midnight. Commenting, posting, and Twittering about eacy day’s post will earn you up to three entries per day. Blogroll and feed subscriptions will earn you an additional entry each only once throughout the duration of this giveaway. Winner will be chosen at random by random.org and will need to reply with their mailing address 48 hours to claim their prize. T-Mobile Sidekick will only be shipped within the United States.
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