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About this product
- Storage Capacity256MB
- Network Generation2G,3G
- Network TechnologyGSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
- BandGSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) HSDPA 1700/2100
- Camera Resolution3.0MP
- Supported Flash Memory CardsMicroSD
- Battery TypeLithium Ion
- Battery Capacity1150 mAh
- Battery Talk TimeUp to 406 min
- Battery Standby TimeUp to 402 hr
- Display TechnologyTFT
- Screen Size3.2"
- Display Resolution320 x 480 pixels
- Height4.65 in.
- Depth0.67 in.
- Width2.2 in.
- Weight5.57 oz
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- crawler9Mar 26, 2011by
T-Mobile G1- The Beginning of Android
I bought the G1 solely because it was the first and least expensive Android phone available to use as a backup device. Compared to my Nexus One, it's incredibly slow, but after rooting it and running a custom ROM, it runs well. It may not be lightning fast, but I can use it to watch videos and to keep connected while my N1 is away for repair. HTC made one horrific mistake when they put out the G1. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack, only a special modified version of a mini USB port. This port must be used for charging and for attaching an adapter to allow headphones to be attached. I have discovered that despite the slightly different design of the port, a regular mini USB cord can be used to charge it and to sync it with my PC. The internal memory is limited on the G1 as well. With the internal memory as short as it is, you can't install many applications before running out of memory. Those willing to modify their software and install custom unsupported software on their device can overcome this by storing the applications on external storage. One complaint I've heard a lot is about the "chin" on the device- the part of the phone that is left in place when the screen slides open. I haven't had a single issue with it and I kind of like the design. A single charge typically gets me through the day even if I use the device heavily (50-100 texts, about 2 hours of video playback, an hour's worth of phone calls, and occasionally a bit of web surfing all while running with an overclocked processor) and leaves me with about 20% battery remaining. On the rare occasion that I do run out of power, changing out the battery is incredibly simple. The keyboard is great! It has a dedicated number row unlike most devices which place the numbers on the same keys as the letters and uses an ALT button. It's easy to type on and nicely spaced out. I can type faster on it than any touchscreen keyboard I've used. Official development for the G1 long ago reached its end, but unofficial development continues on development websites. Ports of Google's latest OS, version 3.0 (Honeycomb) have already begun for the G1, though for my own, I prefer Froyo. I love my G1. I wouldn't choose it over a newer, more powerful Android device (like my own Nexus One), but I'd take it over an iPhone or blackberry any day. It does everything I need it to do and is able to do just about anything I'd want to do as well.Read full review
- crystalstar14Feb 09, 2011by
Great for Prepaid on T-Mobile.
The HTC G1, while not in the latest generation of smartphones, is actually a good purchase for someone like me. To explain, I have a prepaid account with T-Mobile. I would drool over smartphones and all their nifty capabilities, but I couldn't justify the added cost of a contract plan with data. Thankfully, you can take your T-Mobile prepaid sim chip, and put it into another phone, like the HTC G1. T-Mobile even has a Web Daypass that you can purchase through the browser, allowing you to have unlimited data for 24 hours. So you can get the smartphone, without having the smartphone plan. Now to the features. Having owned an Ipod touch, I felt that the touchscreen required a lot more pressure to register when I had touched something, and sometimes when there are many tiny things on the screen, it confuses which one I want. Thankfully, the trackball helps solve the latter issue. The keyboard is a little awkward, since only the touch screen moves to reveal it, but it is manageable, and a big improvement from trying to text on a numberpad. Regardless of which OS you put on it (I'm running CyanogenMod Android 2.2), it is probably going to run a little slow: there's a delay between when you select something, and when it actually pulls up the screen. Also, the battery life is something to be aware of. My phone can make it through about a day without charging, but that's without making a lot of phone calls, texting, surfing the web, or using the GPS, all of which drain your battery faster. So, if you do by this phone, I recommend also buying a spare battery, and possibly a way to charge that spare battery when it's not in your phone. The battery life is the biggest drawback, but given how old this phone is and what advancements have been made, I think it's a minor one. Overall, I like this phone. It has all the basic smartphone features that you want, as long as you're willing to put up with the few issues. My boyfriend has a Motorola Droid, and I can do almost anything his phone can do on the HTC G1. It might take a little longer to get through the screens, and I have to worry about carrying around a spare battery, and keeping things charged, but I think that's a minor issue for what is essentially a great phone that won't cost you an arm and a leg.Read full review
- 1eskymanNov 15, 2010by
HTC G1 Dream- the Original Android, OS1.6
I've come up from an LG Env2, which has some features that I like better than this, my first Android phone. The LG has stereo speakers, and is much better as a speakerphone & music phone. The LG's camera is also better; works faster and pics aren't as blurry as with the G1. Also I sure miss the 3.5mm earphone plug, even though I do have the G1's adapter for the USB port. The tilt of the LG's screen is also easier to use when the phone's on a desk or table; the G1's screen isn't tilted at all, & so I end up having to hold it in my hands. With all that said, I LOVE this G1! Where I could, well, kinda-sorta surf the web with the LG, with the G1 I'm actually DOING it. It's EASY. There are tons of free apps, I'm still finding out about them- but already I've got a quick settings gadget, so that I can turn the screen brightness, sound volume, wi-fi, etc. all on/off or up/down with one touch of my finger. Also a dual time app, handy with my family in Australia (I'm in SoCal myself.) And several apps that give me one-touch connections to some of my favorite websites. Everything automatically syncs with Google apps such as Gmail/Calendar etc, so now I've got access to my stuff wherever I go. In short, there's little that this phone can't do, once I discover how to set it up to do what I want it to. Next I plan to 'root' the phone, which will give me access to the latest Android OS and even more functionality. Not too shabby for costing me only around $100! Ebay's got accessories galore, most of them cheap since this phone's been around for a while; and I do plan to get a spare battery & charger (yes, sadly it does eat up the battery, but then I've been having a hard time putting it down long enough to charge up!) Also, T-Mobile's got a plan for around $70/mo that gives me 'unlimited' (actually around 9GB, I've been told) of data- where my Verizon LG cost me around $55 just for the phone plan and they wanted another $30/mo for data. So this is cheaper too! All in all, I'm just delighted with this phone. Sure I'll upgrade to a newer model someday, but for right now, things are GREAT! --EskymanRead full review
- avanien5Nov 30, 2010by
Amazing features, but a little boxy.
The good: Supports 3g and wifi, fairly large and vibrant screen, touchpad(capacitive) as well as physical keyboard, great keyboard design, fairly good call quality/speaker, very durable, gps function with Google support. The bad: Not a very attractive phone, hard to fit into pockets, picks up background noise very easily, trackball is tiny, can be laggy sometimes, text messages will randomly not send, voice dialer is buggy, wish it supported .pdf format. This phone (of the ones I have owned) is VERY nice. I love it...for the features. The design is, let's face it, unattractive. It's also quite a thick phone, so ladies with small pants/purse pockets beware. The android OS is amazing, hands down. Easy to learn, easy to use. The only problem I have is that it can sometimes be very slow when trying to view webpages (especially if 3g is not available). Another thing about being slow: be sure to keep your text inbox clean, because those all those texts sitting there will really slow it down. The texting interface reads like instant messages all on one screen--no more going from text to text to read a conversation because they are all right there. The capacitive touchscreen is pretty accurate if you use the keypad, but I prefer the keyboard. The spacing of the keys is ideal and the buttons are raised slightly so texting by feel is a snap. There are so many apps for this phone it's rediculous and they can all be downloaded for free on the android market. Some of the apps cost money, but I usually don't use those anyways :). The gps saves my life. It comes installed out of the box with Google maps that makes navigating a breeze. Just turn on your phone's gps and go wherever. Overall: If you want a phone for the looks, I would choose something else, but this a great smartphone for the price. Overall a fantastic phone.Read full review
- sir_dork-a-lotOct 01, 2010by
HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1
The Good: The G1 has an excellent physical keyboard and a unique sliding mechanism that allows for a much larger keyboard than most other sliders. Capacitive touch screen is very responsive. Uses a standard mini USB port to charge. MicroSD card allows for expandable memory. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G & GPS capable. Runs Android! The Bad: No 3.5mm headphone jack, Android 1.6 is the highest supported firmware version, needs to be charged every day with moderate use Other thoughts: More recent versions of Android (up to 2.2 using Cyanogen at time of writing) can be used with the G1 if you're willing to put forth the time and effort to learn how to root your phone. Rooting also provides many other benefits, such as the ability to take screenshots, use your phone as a WiFi hotspot, use custom boot logos... Rooting gives you complete access to your phone, so the possibilities are endless. The Bottom Line: The HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 is the best device I have owned thus far. It's a great smartphone and is far less expensive than some of the newer ones. It's specs are lacking in terms of RAM and CPU, but it's 3 years old, so I can't complain too much. In the future I plan on trying out the G2 (not released for another four days) or another higher end Android device. If you're thinking about getting an Android phone, but don't want to spend $200+ for a nice one, this would be a great starter phone.Read full review