Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why I'm Excited About the G1

 Last week, T-Mobile and Google announced the much anticipated G1, the world's first Android powered phone. Android, for those who don't know, is the mobile phone operating system developed by Google. We will be seeing many phones running the Android OS over the next year. But the G1 is the first, and it goes on sale October 22.

I will definitely be getting one. I'm already figuring out how to get the money to pay for it. :-) A lot of people share my excitement, but there are just as many who don't. So I thought I'd take a moment to explain why I am very much looking forward to the G1.

First of all, is's got a solid hardware set. Sure, the 1GB of internal memory is fairly puny, but the keyboard, GPS, digital compass, etc. all add up for a very quality piece of hardware. Secondly, the Android OS itself qualifies as a killer app. Being truly open source allows program writers to take advantage of even the core features of the OS. This will give way to programs that can build upon each other and upon the phone features like nothing we've ever seen. I fully expect super quality programs within the first few months.

All in all, I can honestly say that I haven't been this excited about a phone in a long time. Which is good, because I haven't upgraded my phone in over 2 years, meaning I qualify for the best upgrade price from T-Mobile. :-)

I will definitely be talking about the G1 more in the next month, and I will certainly share first impressions and photos when I finally get the thing. In the meantime, check out this official video:




You can view more walkthrough videos, demo videos, etc. at the Android Developers YouTube channel.

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