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Round Robin: Android Casey's Final iPhone Review!

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! More below!]

So, was Android Casey turned to the Apple iPhone side of the Round Robin, or will the Google G1 from T-Mobile forever control his destiny? Jump on over to his full, final iPhone 3G review to see what he loved, what he hated, and how he treated our beloved iPhone. (And every day you tell him just what you think of his review, you get a chance to win AC's signature device, the G1 itself).

Since round 2 is now about to start, and Casey's shipped the iPhone off to WinMo Dieter while Crackberry Kevin has thrown the Palm Treo Pro in my general direction, that's the end of my incredibly strained Star Wars metaphors (for now!) as well.

Wonder what Dieter will have to say about the iPhone? Can't imagine what I'll come up with for the Treo Pro, but remember you can post everyday below to increase your odds of winning an iPhone, and on all the Smartphone Experts sites -- we're giving away 5 different handsets, and accessory packs, this year!

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • "just lacks that sexiness in it" And I laughed, poor G1
  • "I don’t understand the lack of ringer profiles." Sadly one of the things that would drive me nuts with the iphone. My curve has profiles for both in hand and in holster, so handy. Come on Apple... or at least third party app.
  • Poor G1. I'll wait for G5 or G6, but for now, I'll stick with my iPhone. I agree that it "just lacks the sexiness in it (the G1)", hence I'm keeping my iPhone.
  • I know it's still early for the g1 but I don't think it holds a candle to the iPhone. Granted it has a cpl perks but overall iphone wins in my book. And hopefully g1 will start offering upgrades like iPhone and apple will get on the ball to stay ahead of the game!!
  • I definatly like the iphone better the only thing I think the G1 has going for it is the physical keyboard but I don't think it's worth the bulkyness
  • Early or not for the G1 and lack of sexiness, it's still the only device out there that actually puts a comparison to the iPhone, all these Apple/RIM comparisons were getting really, really tired considering the markets for the devices are imo on a totally different level, this was a refeshing look at the two devices which are fighting for the same consumer.
  • I like the design of the G1, but it is not even close to the iPhone. The good thing about the G1 is that it looks nothing like the blackberry iclones.
  • Bla1ze, I agree. The G1 has a desktop quality OS, unlike blackberry. The G1 has a quality browser, unlike blackberry. The blackberry does email the best but the G1 does gmail the best. Android is designed for multimedia users, just like the iPhone. Both apple and google will get better with business, but I don't see rim competing strongy in media.
  • Bla1ze, I agree. The G1 has a desktop quality OS, unlike blackberry. The G1 has a quality browser, unlike blackberry. The blackberry does email the best but the G1 does gmail the best. Android is designed for multimedia users, just like the iPhone. Both apple and google will get better with business, but I don't see rim competing strongly in media.
  • Sorry for the double post.
  • yeah to sum it up iphone needs a few things but still rules the phone world in my book!!
  • yea g1 is good, bit ill probablt wait till the g2, g3
  • Granted the iphone has a few flaws, it still the best phone in my books, and I'm confident that apple will eventually give us cut/paste and MMS, it just might take a little while. Till than there is always jailbreaking :)
  • I went over and read this review just like the g1 review from you guys it was amazingly in depth and probably the best written review of the best mobile device out there. The iPhone 3g=)))
  • I am certainly excited to see the Android gaining some ground though. I'd hate to see Apple rest on their laurels with the iPhone.
  • hahahahahahah Rhys funny
  • Looking at the G1 is like looking back in time to the original iPhone OS. With all it's bugs and awkwardness, it makes you appreciate how far the iPhone has come in such short time. Sure we're still lacking in features, but look at every other cell phone maker and tell me how many years and new handsets we would have seen to get this far.
    Considering the fact that it's a new OS, with previously unheard of challanges, I really can't complain at the pace Apple is moving. Bugs and stability come first to Apple and they deserve that credit. Every new update, combined with new markets and carriers, brings new problems. Not to mention the fun new features they DO add to keep us happy, those don't come without their own problems and tweaks.
    Make no mistakes, the G1 WILL have many of the same hurdles to overcome. But almost every other cell phone maker has attempted an iClone and failed miserably. At least the G1 has made it to the ballpark. But the fact that it still wouldn't beat the original iPhone is a pretty strong message. I just hope apple doesn't get lazy with it and allow anyone to catch up. But considering the fact that they haven't slowed down on the iPod when nobody else even has directions to that ballpark...
  • I am really liking these reviews. They are so in-depth and give you good insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the devices. I wish I had this when I was in the market for one.
    The G1 will catch up to the iPhone. Some of the best apps for the iPhone came straight from Google so you have to think they'll match what they did for the iPhone.
  • You can tell he likes the iPhone more than the G1 :-P
  • the G1 doesn't have to be successful just the OS needs to be since they won't be tied down to one phone brand. interesting is the cost to build the G1 is slightly cheaper and yet they couldn't afford a glass screen, definitly a miss.
  • No glass screen, that would be weird coming from the iPhone. Hmm. But here's hoping for some sweet Google phones in the future.
  • I think the lack of glass screen would feel cheap.
  • The new BB Bold has improved its multimedia abilities. For the record(MATT)the BB Bold renders web pages just as well as the iphone, simply a smaller screen. I have a 3G iPhone and loved it at first, but then I kept yearning for the video recording, mms, and physical keyboard. I have since switched to the Bold. I also havent ran into any problems with programs or the intranet crashing on me, like the iPhone. I won't lie, I find myself itching to go back to the iPhone. I just remind myself of the missing features that are standard on all other phones!
  • The G1 is still fresh and still has time to improve. I think it will create a healthy competitive drive with other phones, but I still think the iPhone is in a class of it's own. It's design, intuitive nature, and the culture that it creates, will keep it on top. Just like all the different mp3 players that are available on the market that can't compare to the iPod.
  • The G1 looks like it has a lot of potential when the time comes, but for now I think the iphone is where it's at.
    Now I just hope I can win it :]
  • Hope I win an iPhone
  • Cool
  • well, I just scratched my plastic screen, hah, now i am envious of the iphone's glass.
  • For a beta version of a phone I think the G1 is pretty good, however the complete lack of intuitive-ness when compared to the iPhone means that Apple has little reason to be worried about it for now. Once the next version comes out, and most of the fatal intuitivity flaws are fixed, Apple will have their work cut out for them because of the potential for developers with so many less hoops to jump through than creating software the iPhone. And thus so many more options...
  • it just doesnt have enough experience
  • "I still think the iPhone 3G is the standard on which design in a smartphone should be judged upon. My G1, though capable and infinitely approachable, just lacks that sexiness in it—it’ll never drop any jaws." Sounds like someone is in love...
  • It should be interesting to see how Dieter's review differs from Casey's
  • Look me in the eye and tell me you don't like the iPhone.
  • Great review I wish the iPhone would support the same type of notification system the g1 does
  • Yea iPhone needs push!
  • I want it so bad.
  • I want itttt
  • I'll kill for this jesusphone
  • Illl die for this
  • Please let me win!!
  • Hmm its interesting how the iPhone started with such a leg up in this new kids on the block competition. It will be interesting to see where competition between these two takes the smartphone world.
  • I love this phone
  • if the iPhone was a girl, I'd to her
  • Do her*
  • yea iphone
  • I deserve to win
  • plzzz godd
  • I wanna wim
  • haha nifty little device right there.
  • please god!!
  • :-)
  • I wanna win.
  • Jordan wants to win pretty badly. Hell if I didn't I would say give it to him.