Mobile Industry Review Show – The G1 – Week 40

This week, we’ve turned Google.

And courtesy of T-Mobile UK’s branding of their launch event, we’ve — generally — gone pink, too. Yes indeed, last week we were at T-Mobile’s Winter launch, checking out what’s coming for the all-important Christmas period.

The Nokia N96, the LG Renoir, the E71, one of the top Samsungs, as well as T-Mobile’s own USB Mobile Broadband WiFi Hub (that got Dan Lane very hot under the collar. Despite already having a WiFi router at home with USB broadband stick support, I think he wants one!)

Of course, the T-Mobile Google handset, the G1, manufactured by HTC, is the biggie. For that reason we’ve dedicated most of the show to that. Indeed, we bring you the entire walk-through by T-Mobile’s Richard W. Richard was the event’s assigned G1 expert and he showed us a lot of the device features — we’ve brought you that unedited and direct — almost 10 minutes of it.

What does Rafe Blandford of All About Symbian think of the G1? We bring you his view during the episode. (In fact we’ve got a supplemental show coming this week featuring Mr Blandford in more detail on the G1.)

T-Mobile UK’s Winter launch was also a good opportunity to do some normob (relatively) walk-abouts as we haven’t had the opportunity to do many of those recently. Dan Lane takes the camera — as is right and proper — and follows James Whatley on a tour around the room.

* James takes us on a quick introduction to the event ( 00:58 )

* Rafe Blandford on the G1 ( 02:08 )

* Normob Tour ( 04:00 )

* Ben Smith & Dan Lane walk around each stand at the event ( 08:12 )

* We talk to Will McInnes on his views representing T-Mobile and the new G1 ( 09:52 )

* Richard Warmsley of T-Mobile gives us the ‘official’ T-Mobile G1 walk-through (unedited) ( 12:47 )

* The MIR Show team give their view of the G1 ( 29:13 )

* An finally, we have Ben’s facts ( 33:01 )

A bumper show this week — 35:02 minutes.

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  • http://www.kcjhdesign.co.uk Kip Hakes

    Yay! :) Been waiting for this!

  • http://invalid.name DanLane

    I'd happily swap my iPhone 3G with anyone who can give me an unlocked G1 :)

  • http://www.kcjhdesign.co.uk Kip Hakes

    Wow. The G1 is looking VERY nice indeed, love it!

    ROLL CREDITS!!!! :)

  • http://invalid.name DanLane

    I hope someone set the explicit flag on iTunes!

  • http://invalid.name DanLane

    It's surprising how bad it looks in photos compared to how it looks in-person!

  • http://mostlythis.com mostlythis

    i swaped mine for money back after 3 days.

  • http://www.kcjhdesign.co.uk Kip Hakes

    When are you gonna do the winners for the competitions on last weeks podcast???

  • http://intomobile.com constantine

    thanks for this, the red notification LED no one talked about is brilliant in the ear piece. i want to be able to tell from a glance if i have a notification.

    i want it, but it isn't going to come out in Finland, hello grey market!

    by the way, the out takes in this episode are going to be hard to top. “i'm named after the guy who discovered uranus.”

  • http://invalid.name DanLane

    I mentioned it, but it got cut due to time issues :(

  • http://www.carsonified.com Dominic

    Great show, I can’t it to get my hands on a G1.
    The unanimous MIR seal of approval is a rare event and a joy to see.
    Roll Credits.

  • joshr

    it's true, i am named after the guy who discovered Uranus. what's so funny?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Herschel

  • http://twitter.com/EricE51/ EricE51

    The platform looks a little more portrait oriented even though most people prefer landscape. Any talk of how we'll do firmware updates? Free on contract?!? Why is it closer to 211$ in the states?

    Brilliant episode.

  • http://invalid.name DanLane

    Actually it's the other way around, a few of the apps will even refuse to work unless the screen is opened and in landscape mode, although that's mainly about keyboard access. The rule is (and, without a accelerometer assisted flip it IS a rule) that if it requires the keyboard, it can only be done in landscape, if it doesn't require the keyboard it can be done in either mode.

    Firmware updates will be pushed out via the operator, which concerns me somewhat as operators are often less than speedy in pushing out updates… but we'll see how we get on with the new and improved “open” t-mobile… don't hold your breath though ;)

  • http://www.rickyc.co.uk Ricky Chotai

    My upgrade is due on Dec 25th, I am very tempted!!!

  • edgar1013

    you guys were cracker jacked by the end of the show!! awesome!
    the girls at the party were preety awesome too. blondes brunettes and redheads!
    Jimmy was like a kid in the candy sotre doing the normob hahaha.
    how come the 6650 didn't make an appearance in the show? i saw the poster for it in the background.

  • http://whatleydude.vox.com James Whatley

    You make a good point about the 6650. I think it's a really interesting device and want to have a play with one…

    We'll see what we can do.

    ..and glad you enjoyed the 'Walking with Normobs' section this week – a bit of MIR trivia for you: Ewan does ALL the camera work except for this one section. Dan Lane does it… and has done it for as long as we've been doing it.

    What does that tell you ;)

  • danielhunt

    I'm *far* from a regular on this site, and this is only the second of the Mobile Industry Review videos I've watched, but I really did enjoy this episode.

    The lack of formality and political correctness is refreshing, even if it is a tad ott. I wonder if a more tech-centric, rather than a jump-around-the-room-centric review style would prove to be more popular, but hey, I'm just one person. :)

    I'll certainly be looking out for more of your reviews

  • jamesbody

    I have messaged Will McInnes to invite him to the next iteration of the London Android Developers Group which is scheduled to take place on Monday 20th October. If he turns up with REAL Android hardware he could be a hero for the night (at least)!

    Details of the event may be found at http://java.meetup.com/170/

    The venue is the Monument pub – which provides us with power, WiFi, leather sofas and reasonably priced refreshments served by very friendly bar staff.

  • jamesbody

    Oh – and you must really STOP describing a show which is so blatently RECORDED as LIVE from London. In my book LIVE means in REAL TIME, not half a week after the event!

    I may sound a bit grumpy – but it is probably because I do not seem to be invited to handset launch parties (even though I have considerable more handsets about my person than most indivduals would deem feasible…….

  • http://www.smstextnews.com/author/Ben.Smith Ben Smith

    James, It's live as in a recording produced live at the event… unscripted and as it happens during the evening.

  • edgar1013

    even tho my grail device is a N85, i may have to renew my contract with at&t and acquire the subsidized 6650 for 129.99 – a 50 dollar rebate for 6 months, or even a year and wait for the N85 to come down a bit and still pawn my 6650 for what i paid.
    from what i've read in HOFO, it's supposed to be a solid device.

  • edgar1013

    click the tv link and catch up!
    best mobile comm video podcast on the web! i wont mention other bloggers, i know how Dan feels about them. ha ha ha

  • http://invalid.name DanLane

    We actually have a couple of 6650's… I haven't been very impressed TBH.

    It's a reasonably well built handset, a bit rough around the edges (literally, the metal corners are sharp!) and the external screen is nifty if not gimmicky. Software-wise, it's just your bog standard S60, no wifi makes it a bit frustrating at times and the camera is awful.

    I don't know where it's aimed in the market… S60 seems a bit much for a low end handset like this.

    … it's a confusing one!

  • http://whatleydude.vox.com James Whatley

    It's LIVE I tell you …. LIVE!

  • http://twitter.com/EricE51/ EricE51

    Thanks Dan. That's what I'd prefer. Now if they'd only get the price down on Tmobile USA.

    I hope the XDA people will get this device hackable soon as it's launched.

  • edgar1013

    hey guys thanks for featuring the 6650 on the latest show, week 41.
    eh i'm a xroads with this phone. since the phone selection sucks for at&t, there are only a few phones to choose from. either get the w760, razr v9x, 6650, or the htc touch pro.
    seems like i will have to drop the 300 and get the htc since the other ones are nothing to brag about.

  • edgar1013

    hey guys thanks for featuring the 6650 on the latest show, week 41.
    eh i'm a xroads with this phone. since the phone selection sucks for at&t, there are only a few phones to choose from. either get the w760, razr v9x, 6650, or the htc touch pro.
    seems like i will have to drop the 300 and get the htc since the other ones are nothing to brag about.

  • edgar1013

    hey guys thanks for featuring the 6650 on the latest show, week 41.
    eh i'm a xroads with this phone. since the phone selection sucks for at&t, there are only a few phones to choose from. either get the w760, razr v9x, 6650, or the htc touch pro.
    seems like i will have to drop the 300 and get the htc since the other ones are nothing to brag about.

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