Android Central got their mechanical pincers on a fresh new T-Mobile Android G1 un-boxing today, and what's the first thing they go and do? Measure it up against an iPhone 3G, of course.
Not that we can blame them. While Android's rugged R2D2-esque looks might not make for an obvious point of comparison, they are currently the only two devices on the North American market with capacitive touch screens, and both are game-changers when it comes to the mobile platform space.
For good measure, Dieter throws it up against a bunch of other smartphones as well, including the Windows Mobile Wing and Shadow, Blackberry Pearl Flip, Blackberry Bold, the Palm Treo Pro, and the Instinct.
Unfortunately, there's no OS showdown yet, as the G1 won't work without a data plan, period. [Digg that!]
Still, lots more goodness to come over at Android Central, so keep a feed scanning unit at the ready!
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The G1 isn't going to beat the iPhone in many things. I think the only "must have" about this device, is that they have many Google services like push Gmail and live Google search. I don't think it's a bad device, I have to actually get some hands on with it first to see how it feels and how it performs in everyday situations. My friends all got G1s, so better believe I will be playing with it either tonight or tomorrow. If it's good enough, I might even buy one for a Christmas present LOL.
Good job on the unboxing Android Central...
So all of your friends bought one? Seems you are the odd man out. Blackberry Bold FTW
I really need some hands on time with this device but I just don't see it being able to tan my interest away from the iPhone. I guess only some solid alone time with the G1 will be able to prove me wrong. The Blackbery Bold looks nice though.
Nice reviews on Android Central…I think it's a great innovation
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