G1 metareview!

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While we were not fortunate enough to get our hands on a test device we are going to the next best thing and help compile all the G1 reviews you could possibly desire.

**More will be added as they appear

Needless to say the reviews are mixed at best with a number of overlapping opinions and some distinct differences. Some of the reviews are hampered perhaps by a bad handset, bad karma or perhaps just a bad day. There is plenty of praise for the promise of Android which is perhaps the most important aspect to read out of all of these. The G1 is a first attempt at what is hopefully a very successful long line of Android devices for T-mobile. If it takes one handset to work out the kinks and make the next launch the “iPhone killer” T-mobile fans everywhere want then so be it.

Make sure to jump on these links as there are plenty of pictures and videos to satisfy even the most difficult to please.

On another note, has everyone check their tracking numbers?

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  • pdrescher2318

    NO I HAVNT got my tracking number yet!!! Anyone from Michigan get theirs??

  • Madison

    why am i always the 2nd comment?
    [= i need my tracking number, this is getting old.

  • center rep

    mine will arrive tommorow but I won’t be home I wonder if my brother can pick up with my id. anyone have a clue?

  • joshc08

    ok so I HATE THESE RED LETTERS!!!!!!!!!

  • Lance Romance

    nope :(

  • T1 Connect

    i saw some of these already and i dont like the review that the boy genius gave the g1. for hardware and software thats 1.0. they know this is not gonna be perfect and it will be worked on i didn’t like some of the things that were said. tho the did give it its praise i feel they could have given it a better review.

  • Amanda

    I’m a T-mo rep and here is what I know as far as Data Plans/ white G1 and presell numbers go. This comes straight from John Birrer himself (customer support VP). He has the White G1 has been using for a month. T-mo puts all phone through rigorous testing before allowing the, to be sold. the white has yet to pass that testing. It will go through one more test before the 22nd to see if it can pass if it does then white will be sold, if not then no white for a while, but it will come and it will cost more. The phone WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT THE G1 DATA PLAN! If you don’t have a plan you cannot even make a call out. This phone works similar to the Sidekicks where it uses a special server for G1s only. Without a plan you can do nothing and this will never change.
    We have not sold anywhere near 1.5 million. We only have 600,000. There have been 81,000 sold so far in the pre-sell which is totally awesome considering it is just available to existing customers and t-mo has not done any marketing except on the website.

  • T1 Connect

    damn fingers

  • southern bell

    the only opinion that i care about is mine. Nothing is perfect not even icrap eventhough alot of people like to pretend that it is. I just want to play with my phone. I bought a new Juicy Couture purse just to carry it in!!

  • T1 Connect

    thats wicked kid. word f*** what them B****** think the only opinion that matters is ours. we’re gonna be the ones using the phone. we gotta rate it for ourselves. no-one know what we like but us. props! props!

  • pdrescher2318

    ahhh finally i got my tracking number!!!

    And as for others opinions, I am just looking forward to making my own opinion once I get it in my hands.

  • Roll Tide

    Where u live pdrescher?

  • T1 Connect

    damn these critics are all complaining about the same thing the phone is a OPEN PLATFORM people the problems can be addressed, so what if theres no standard earphone jack. get a converter(or a 120gb zune)or use the damn headphones that come with the phone. ive never seen an ipone with headphones and earpiece in one. so what if you cant cut and paste too much at lease we can and video is gonna come, and come harder than the jobsphone. i understand why they compare the two but they keep forgetting that unlike the jobsphone me or you can develop those things and put it on the market so we can share and correct those slight imperfections. im going with southern bell, my opinion is the only one that matters.

  • SiliconAddict

    Ugh….Some of those reviews are pretty damn ugly. I’m esp concerned about multiple comments on GPS issues. Whether that is a hardware problem or a software one remains to be seen. Then there is dropped connections also being mentioned. While this could be attributed to the wet behind the ears 3G network, again we don’t know if this is the handset or the network. Thankfully I have a week to really make a decision and then a generous return policy.
    Hmmm

  • Micah

    Just received tracking nymber for New York, New York! Maybe I’ll get my phone by friday! (probably not)

  • 713 STUNNA

    H-Town shippin already.

  • Kevman420

    Shipped To: NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/15/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

  • T1 Connect

    Shipped To: BRONX, NY, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/15/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Special Instructions: SIGNATURE REQUIRED
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

  • incrediboi

    I just received my shipment info…it says I have multiple package of 2…did this happen to anybody else??

  • Macho

    Why would the white g1 cost more?

  • Kevman420

    @ T1
    You cracking me up T

    @Southern Bell

    Your my kinda woman!!!

  • Kevman420

    @ T1
    Yea man I checked after watching President Obama last night and nothing.
    Then I woke up in middle of night with G1 on the brain and checked and man was I happy.. Fell back a sleep but had to post it…

    Gonna check these reviews out but I will make mmy own review after I get it… :-)

  • WheresMyG1

    Is it possible phones will be shipped, but can’t be tracked by reference number? I was among the first to order the LX from Tmobile and it just popped up at my door one day. I was never able to track by my phone number like Tmobile said I could. My phone number wasn’t even used as the ref. number.

    There were a lot of sidekick users that happened to. So maybe we’ll get surprised with the G1 as well???

  • Will

    @ T1
    your lucky man lol. No philly Love yet for our orders.

  • Kevman420

    Well I agree, they are not shipped yet but have been scanned at TMO.
    Cause I just called the 611 number to check order status and its says its on backorder. No worries,,, They are coming by wednesday…

  • T1 Connect

    if you have a ups account it gives u more info that what normal tracking gives you if shipped from nj we get by friday if from ga we get our phones monday its a weeked thing.

  • Kevman420

    T-Mobile just sent me a letter in the mail with information Thanking me for re-newing my 2 yr. contract with them. Thats it no other info…

  • T1 Connect

    now i got two packages on di way one raas claat 16gb micro sd from jp. and one bombo claat g1 commin from tmobile. hurry up nuh man.

  • Timmydale

    @ pdrescher2318 I am in Detroit area and I got my tracking info

  • Kenji138

    UPS said my G1 was shipped on the 15th, but it didn’t show a delivery date. I’m in Austin, Texas.

  • Kevman420

    @T1
    Today is good day…
    I just got offer letter to go back to WORK…

    Obama gonna be next President…
    G1 on the way…

    Today is a good day!!!

  • Timmydale

    Shipped To: OAKLAND, MI, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/15/2008
    Reference Number(s): 12, 248-xxx-xxxx —What is this 12? did they send me 12? lol j/k
    Service: GROUND
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

    How long is ground shipping … :( I thought I selected faster shipping.

  • kimberly

    Ok, So I went to a t-mobile store yesterday in hopes that they could get my phone to work since it is on it’s last leg and I don’t get my G1 until november. Well I ask her when they’re getting a phone in store to look at since I live in a non 3g area and they’re not keeping any in the stores. She winks at me and pulls one out from under the counter. Needless to say I spend 45 minutes on the G1 playing around with it and trying to figure it out. I was like a kid in a candy store!
    OK, 1st off if you have never had a pda (this is my situation) you will need to sit down with the owners manual and figure it out. I sat there for a few minutes trying to figure out how to get the screen to turn on and then figure out where the apps were. Once I found the internet I fell in love. The internet is amazing even in a non 3g area. It loaded decently and I was able to go to quite a few sites.
    I played with the scanner app but did not get far. Again I need to sit down and read the manual.
    The google maps was great the rep helped me pull up an address and we could see a picture of the building and view the surrounding area. That is something I could really use.
    They had a few games on it already but I didn’t get to play. People started noticing what I had in my hands and saw the look of pure glee on my face and the rep had to hide the G1.
    It does have some weight to it. I usually keep my phone on my hip but I may have to keep it in my purse. It’s not as ugly in person as it is in pics on the web. It’s curvy and it does not lay flat on a surface. I opened and closed the screen and I did it pretty rough a few times so it can take a beating. It feels like it was built well.
    The screen does turn sideways and the touch screen was responsive. I will have to figure out how to navigate better on the touch screen though cause it is not completly like the iphone but it is close. This thing does get fingerprints so keep a cleaning cloth.
    I know I’m forgetting other things and I’m sure I will remember them later. I’m glad that I pre ordered the G1 this phone is amazing.

  • Macho
  • T1 Connect

    thats nice kimberly sounds like you had a lot of fun by the wa people how about we stop comparing this phone to the iphone and compare the iphone to the g1 instead. yanno the g1 has groundbreaking features too.

  • T1 Connect

    @timmydale i got the whold 12 thing too

  • Kevman420

    @ kimberly

    nice review
    you should write for gizmodo.com
    YOUR LUCKY,, SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS COOL!!!

  • WuddaCutie

    So many G1 pics.. my eyes are glazed over. >_<

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/cell-phones/?p=179

  • Kevman420

    @kimberly

    after reading my post i hope i did not sound stupid
    i meant i liked your review and that gizmodo stinks..
    thank you!!!

  • G1 Lover

    I get my G1 today 10/16/2008…. I am hiding in thr bushes waiting ……

  • Lucky

    I played with one yesterday!!!!!! Its AWESOME!!!! Jealous?

  • kimberly

    I’m not really comparing it to the iphone but since I work for the competition that is the only touch screen phone that I’ve had experience with. I think the open platform thing is cool and I can’t wait to see what I can get. I don’t care about the headset jack because I probably will not use it for music much and if I do I’m sure the headset that comes with it will be sufficient. I thought about skipping out on this phone and getting something more basic but now that I’ve played with it the G1 is worth it. Again. I’m comming from the samsung blast to the G1 so this will be something completly new to me and like many others out there I will probably be hiding in a room for a few days skipping work to try and make sure everything is working properly before I show it off. I don’t want to look like an idiot in the end.

  • Kevman420

    @G1 Lover
    LMAO in the bushes…

  • Caseybea

    The amount of detail in those reviews is staggering. There’s of course a bit of bias– but that’s OK. Typical.

    The cool thing is, with the exception of the missing audio jack, any “well it doesn’t have this” or “the interface doesn’t do that” kind of comments are those I am sure that will get addressed in future updates, future apps, etc. SO cool.

    One thing I am wondering about– is whether or not Google will ever provide an official feedback forum or location or….? I imagine the “G1 team” is scouring the forums like this already– would be nice if we had a place to go.

  • Wes Preston

    The Star Tribune in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota published the following:
    http://www.startribune.com/science/31083724.html

  • Kevman420

    @T1 ;-)

  • SoSassy

    The economy is bad. I broke up with my boyfriend. And I feel like slapping my boss. The only silver lining in it all is that my G1 is coming next week. But I feel like a straight crackhead. I keep checking UPS only to see RED letters and I keep coming to tmonews for my next G1 info hit. Dang it I want my phone!!!

    In my best Dave Chappelle/Rick James voice…G1 is a helluva drug :)

  • Joey

    @ T1 connect: thank you! well said at post # 13

  • Joey

    Please please please don’t bother watching the AndroidCommunity movie review. The 2 guys are the worst 2 guys to pick to do this thing. Guy without glasses: controls the other guy like a puppet. Guy with glasses: “nothing too exciting”

  • John

    I live In Ohio and about 5 miles from the Michigan border. And I still haven’t got any UPS info. Any Ohioians have info yet? My luck I will get my G1 Tuesday while I’m at work. :( Plus no one at home to sign for it. double :( :(

  • Kevman420

    @ Joey
    Whats with that site? First a totally false review then this? They suck…

  • Kevman420

    Read this on another blog. Sounded good so I copied it…
    ————————————————————-
    My phone not extension of my ummm errr – arm.
    The G1 is open source. That does not sound sexy – understood – but it means everything.
    Android will change the game… and the G1 is my first chance to get my hands on it.
    As for standing out in the crowd ???
    I’m not looking for a fashion accessory nor am I looking for an extension.

  • USCmed

    my g1 is chilling now in hodgkin illinois???? it went north four hours instead of west???? why????? california is west, manifest destiny is west! come on ups, come out towards LA, not frickin hodgkin illinois. killin me smallz. in retrospect it left hodgkin at 430 am ET so we will see where its at tonight.

  • D

    Shipped To: BRONX, NY, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/15/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Special Instructions: SIGNATURE REQUIRED
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

  • Armytank

    Anyone in a close state have a tracking #??????????????? because i live in Ohio and still no #

  • G1 Lover

    UPS finally showed up. I’m unboxing now…….. yea!!!

  • I see a lot of anxious T-Mobile customers here! I wonder what is so special about the famous G1. Is the G1 better than Blackberry? or Palm or any other smart phone? What I can tell all the buzz is because is from Google.

  • Don

    does anyone have a delivery date on ups.com yet? mine has said billing info recieved for 2 days :(

  • USCmed

    @Don my date was rescheduled for delivery on the 21st.

  • Galen

    Shipped To: LIVONIA, MI, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/15/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

  • center rep

    Yeah just got out of work thought id chk in with you all while on my g1 which arrived today. Just now I started to dwnld from mrtkt place .hommie had his coming sucker package ways more than 3 lbs do you all think there’s 2 g1s in there

  • G1chick

    G1 lover, did you really get yours today??? OMG!!! I hope I get mine tomorrow!!!! What if I’m not home at the time??? will they just leave it??? I live in a back house so it’s not like it would get stolen….Omg!! I want mine already…my current phone is 2 yrs old and cracking in half!!! It always shuts off on me!!! =/

  • POP

    Really what phone is going to be better the G1 or the Samsung T919 ? And why ?

  • e.con

    Hello all. I am new to post to this site but have been reading as much as I can bear. I too have been going completely nuts waiting for this freakin phone!!!! However, God has shined upon me and given me:

    Shipped To: Tulsa, OK, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/16/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

  • WheresMyG1

    Here comes my G1! No more red letters!

    Shipped/Billed On: 10/16/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs

  • Rafiki

    I really wanted the turn by turn directions.. I guess it does not come with it out the box… DEVELOPERS: your next task is to build an application for turn-by-turn GPS directions!

  • bigmike

    Mine says is comin on the 21st is their anyway I can just go pick it up from ups

  • Kevman420

    HEY MAN I WILL BE ABLE TO TEST THE 3G SPEEDS ON MONDAY AS UPS JUST UPDATED AND I AM PICKING UP MY G1 ON MONDAY MORNING!!!

    THEY ARE HERE!!! AND WE CAN NOW TEST OUR 3G SPEED!!!!!!!!!

    THE G1’s WITH 3G HAVE ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

  • Fatal

    I have personally had quite a bit of hands on with the device. I think i had it built up in my head a little bit too much though. It is a great phone and the functions are easy. As far as the open network EHHHH. So far i have seen a barcode scanner which is pretty good and of all things a seismograph. The one pun that i do have is it does not have an onscreen keypad, which im sure someone will make soon. and trying to type on the keypad is horrid due to the shape. On the plus side it has a great web browser and the maps are crazy i love the compass mode even though you have to download t he extras from the google market. Overall i give the phone a 8 of 10

  • D

    Type: Package
    Status: In Transit – On Time
    Scheduled Delivery: 10/20/2008
    Shipped To: BRONX, NY, US
    Shipped/Billed On: 10/15/2008
    Service: GROUND
    Special Instructions: SIGNATURE REQUIRED
    Weight: 1.50 Lbs
    YEAAAA IT’S IN SECAUCUS, NJ AS WE SPEAK

  • Armytank

    Finally got my tracking #.It is resceduled for the 21st.
    FINALLY NO RED LETTERS!!!!!!!!