Thursday, February 05, 2009

T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone Gets Vocal

You've been thinking about a smartphone upgrade for your next cell phone, but which one? Can't decide if you want a touchscreen phone like the Apple iPhone, the BlackBerry Bold, or the Samsung Delve? Or perhaps you'd really rather have a hidden full QWERTY keyboard for those heavy texting times. How about a trackball for navigation like the BlackBerry Pearl? Then there's the matter of connectivity. You'd really like 3G, but you know it isn't always available. Sure would be nice to have WiFi capability to surf the Web fast when you need that broadband capability.

T-Mobile G1 Google Android phone built by HTCHow can you decide what to buy when you want it all? Well, why not get it all with the HTC-built G1 for T-Mobile? Yes, this is the famous "Android Phone" that marked Google's entry into the mobile wireless field. It runs on the T-Mobile network for quad band cellphone service. Plus it has an excellent array of data capabilities. Within the T-Mobile G3 network footprint, the G1 uses HSDPA for up to 7.2 Mbps download speeds. Outside the range of those towers, it defaults to the T-Mobile EDGE network for up to 120 Kbps download speed. That's still good enough for email, text messaging and casual Web browsing. Want even faster speed? The G1 has built-in WiFi b/g capability for broadband performance up to 24 Mbps through you wireless router or at a WiFi hotspot.

But how about the user interface? Once again, the T-Mobile G1 has it all. With the phone closed in its normal configuration, you can use the 3.2 inch color touchscreen, just like you would on those other advanced smartphones. But slide out the hidden keyboard and you have a small computer form factor with a full QWERTY keyboard just below the large landscape mode display. There's even a little trackball off to the side in landscape mode or below the display in the portrait mode. Don't worry about how to switch modes. The G1's accelerometer knows how you are holding the phone and will adjust the display accordingly.

The Google Android operating system running on a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor provides easy access to Google applications such as Google, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Calendar and Google Talk. Now there's a software upgrade that will be pushed over the air to G1 users to add Google's Voice Search application. It gives text search results to voice queries and can tap into the A-GPS capability in the phone to help you find the nearest gas station, restaurant or other area of interest. That's coming in the next couple of weeks.

The G1 can easily be called a multimedia phone. It sports a 3.2 Megapixel auto-focus camera/camcorder, an MP3 player, expandable memory up to 8 GB, multimedia messaging, and support for streaming video and music.

Does this PDA smartphone look like just the one you've been wanting? If so, check the 3G coverage available in your area, learn more and order your T-Mobile G1 w/Google in Bronze or G1 Black with T-Mobile wireless service. You'll get a special discount price by ordering online plus free shipping. Order a shared minutes "family" plan and get TWO G1s on the same service.

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