It’s unfortunate, but I’ve decided to ditch the Sidekick line of phone. The Sidekick was a great product nerfed and squashed by T-Mobile making it popular for the 13yr old Paris Hilton’s out there. All apps and ringtones were on lock down. How disappointing. On the Dev Forum many asked why ringtones were locked down and had to be purchased. The devs claimed it was some sort of copyright protection, RIAA, yadda yadda. This held some merit until the SK3 came out with it’s own MP3 Media Player app. So what about ripping songs now? huh? But by now, I’m over it. I’ve hung on to the SK3 for as long as I could. I had my own dev-key so I could technically load anything I wanted on the device. I did write my own app to write out my entire contact list to the MiniSD since there’s absolutely no way to get your contacts out of the device. So anyhow.. On to bigger and better things.
The T-Mobile G1 powered by Google’s Android OS. I’ve read a lot of pre-release reviews and everyone was trying to compare the HTC produced device with the Apple iPhone. The phones aren’t even in the same class. The G1 is for nerds. The iPhone is for ‘Trendy’ people who want to be ‘different’. Ok ok ok, so maybe that’s not entirely true, but I’ve never been a fan of Apple and really didn’t care for the iPhone. I admit, I have an iPod Nano (Gen 1) and I really don’t even use it. So anyhow, back to the G1. I absolutely LOVE the REAL keyboard. Not some junky wanna-be keyboard like on Crackberries. How can anyone type on those things is beyond me. I have my doubts people are able to actually touch type at any notable rate on one of those things. Even the HTC based slider phones that run Windows Mobile. I could never type on the square layout of those keyboards either. Yuck!
This phone is pretty slick. The display is something to brag about. My eyes don’t quite understand what they’re looking at– it’s so clear! The phone is rather responsive unlike a lot of the YouTube videos you may have seen. It’s taking me a little to get used to the keyboard which doesn’t provide much feedback and the keys are velvet soft so it’s hard to tell just what’s going on when you’re mashing the keys. I’m used to having a few extra buttons for navigating the OS and inside the apps, so initially I’m sort of lost when trying to move around. The track-ball is great, with exception that it might be a little too sensitive, but I’m sure I’ll get used to that as well. The track-ball on my SK3 was going dead ( I think ) so it required a bit more movement to make it ‘go’.
I really don’t understand where the negative reviews are coming from. Maybe people have higher expectations than I do? I must admit (sadly) that I felt the G1 wouldn’t be any worse than my SK3. So far, I’ve been right. I’ve tinkered with just about every aspect of the phone but not with much detail. So maybe later this week I’ll discovery more things I like or dislike about it. Over all, I don’t feel like I’ve made a huge mistake in this purchase. I hope this feeling holds true down the road.