Times Online reviews Google’s T-Mobile G1 Android phone: ‘Apple’s iPhone is better’

“The T-Mobile G1 is great. The iPhone is better,” Murad Ahmed reports for Times Online.

“Google’s problem with its first foray into mobile phones was always going to be that Apple’s iPhone had set the bar impossibly high in terms of design and innovation. The G1 has fast internet access? Old hat. Touchscreen? Been there, done that. You can download hundreds of applications? Already bought the T-shirt,” Ahmed reports.

“This is not a Google phone per se. Google did not make it – it is manufactured by Taiwanese firm HTC, and is available exclusively on the T-Mobile network,” Ahmed reports. “But the branding is clear. Instead of the manufacturer’s name on the back on the phone, it reads ‘with Google.’ It’s also called the G1. It is Google’s brand and reputation that will be enhanced – or dented – by the success of this phone.”

“At first glance, you feel that more could have been done to make this a beautiful looking gadget. It feels and looks plastic and clunky. Choosing the G1 over the iPhone is the equivalent of choosing comfortable slippers over designer shoes,” Ahmed reports.

Full article here.

38 Comments

  1. Just look at the sacrifice the design took by implementing a a huge dinosaur keyboard. The iPhone’s keyboard is accurate and learns as you go and GOES AWAY when you don’t need it, which combined with multi-touch, is alot.

  2. Just returned from Best Buy. They are selling iPhones now and accessories.

    While I was there, I checked out all the other “CUTE” smart phones. OK, they look good on the internet. Sharp features, different features than iPhone, but OK.

    But the way they feel in your hand. Plastic. Cheap, light weight, a toy are some of the thoughts that come to mind.

    Now, if I was a teenager and wanted the latest cheap fashion accessory that was small and light enought to fit in my purse, and I did not have AT&T;, then I would surely consider these other phones.

    That is the key, cheap, fashion acc, not AT&T;customer. Will they sell these phones, I am sure of it.

    Are they a match for the iPhone??? … no way. period.

    Just a thought.
    en

  3. > Google did not make it – it is manufactured by Taiwanese firm HTC

    That’s largely irrelevant. Apple does not “make” the iPhone either; it is also assembled by some Taiwanese firm. But the key difference is that Apple designed the iPhone hardware and software, as one integrated process. That’s something only Apple can do on the global scale…

  4. > Google did not make it – it is manufactured by Taiwanese firm HTC

    That’s largely irrelevant. Apple does not “make” the iPhone either; it is also assembled by some Taiwanese firm. But the key difference is that Apple designed the iPhone hardware and software, as one integrated process. That’s something only Apple can do on the global scale…

    ken1w, you missed the point. Not only does Google not “make” the G1, HTC did the design as well. Go ahead and try to tell us that Apple didn’t do the design on the iPhone. There is a big difference between outsourcing production of a device you spec’ed vs not being the designer and producer of the device.

  5. @Joe the Moderate
    Now when you start off by saying, “ken1w, you missed the point,” and follow it up with, “Go ahead and try to tell us that Apple didn’t do the design on the iPhone” while quoting yourself ken1w where he stated “But the key difference is that Apple designed the iPhone hardware and software, as one integrated process” – makes one wonder exactly who missed the point. And that’s just one point, if you look carefully, maybe you’ll find more where he’s suggesting a similar thought with a touch of insight.

    Seriously, reading comments carefully before criticising can be an asset sometimes.

  6. The plastic is no more Android, than the metal is Mac OS X. Our advanced and WIDE OPEN OS will eventually shine through as the true value of mobile phone using it.

    We are hard at work creating a global googleStructure to support our cloud operations at every corner of the globe. All for free.

    You iPhone zombies can keep paying through the nose for the privilege of being told what you can and cannot do with your phones by Apple, but the truly enlightened will see that ours is the best way. Eventually you’ll come around and we will welcome you with open ams.

    You are after all, the sliver lining in our cloud.

    There can be only one.

    The Goog.


  7. Comment from: Cleetus

    at $179 with only 1G of RAM it is Significantly more expensive than the iPhone. By the time you add the 8G Flash your total cost should be around $300 for this “cheap” knock-off.

    Right now I can get an 8GB micro SD card on amazon for around $20. That makes it pretty much exactly the price of the iPhone.

    – HCE

  8. “Choosing the G1 over the iPhone is the equivalent of choosing comfortable slippers over designer shoes”, Ahmed reports.

    Bad metaphor. Some designer shoes may look good and stylish, but kill your feet. They end up in the closet or trash. The iPhone is, at once, the comfortable slippers, the office dress shoes, and the running shoes all in one well designed package.

  9. This is nothing more than a toy that you would find hanging on a hook at toys r us or inside a cereal box. I think goog should spend more time on their space program or the solar panel thingy. They are making fools out of themselves here.

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