G-1 Review - Part 1: Introduction

by G 14. January 2010 07:36
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First post here. I'm following Android and mobile os development in general. I'm primarily a .net developer and love to see cool stuff - also in code :)

I have been using G-1/Android 1.6 for about the last 6 months and, although I am less than impressed with it for daily use, still recommend it for any one of its outstanding qualities as a smartphone development platform.

Hardware: check
I'm not sure where this phone stands out against the rest with respect to its hardware features, but it has a trackball, a color touch screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a physical slide-out keyboard, a gyrometer or something of that sort that lets you tilt the phone to get a reading, and a GPS receiver.

Operating System and SDK: check
Android Cupcake Donut (1.6) is a cool platform for smarthphone applications.

The SDK for Android was easy to install. It is a plugin for Eclipse. For more info check out:

Using this phone every day is kind of a pain in the ass! I mean that the more I use it, the more that its hardware and developer shortcomings become evident.  The OS can't handle that much stuff going on, but (i need to drive an iPhone this year) if you keep your desktop free of network calls (see apps reviews), the phone will pretty much be great. It is defiinitely not as great as the old blackberry (i need to drive a newer blackberry this year) for contact management and calls, but i think that it would fill in everything that the Blackberry wants with a killer phone app - and a scroll wheel it needs a scroll-wheel and cursor arrow keys (edited to complete thought; etf) :)

In G-1 Review - Part 2: Everyday usage, i will cover everyday usage of the G-1/1.6 like a phone and a connected desktop on-the-go.

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