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MIR Show – Week 44 – T-Mobile UK G1 Android launch

We’re at the T-Mobile UK launch of the G1 Android device. We’ve interviews with some of the operator’s executives at the launch — and, guest host, Ed Hodges, tackles James Whatley. T-Mobile were kind enough to send us a G1 to review and, since I’d already purchased one (and spent the weekend playing), we were able to use the other test device for a very special project.

Oh yes… we’ve converted James Whatley.

If you’ve been watching the MIR Shows — or reading any of James’ content, you’ll know what a huge Nokia fan he is. He lives and breathes their handsets and services.

Or did.

We simply charged up the demo G1 and placed it into the hands of Mr Whatley to see what he’d make of it. (Apart from Whatley’s reaction, I thought this would be rather useful for those thinking about buying a G1 as it shows the steps required to setup the device.)

We’ll have more from James and Ed across this week.

(No Ben Smith and Dan Lane in Week 44 — they were both away.)

17 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Whatley, you are such a traitor! I don't know who you are anymore! πŸ˜‰

    Seriously, though, I hope my cohorts at Nokia are taking notes. We could learn a couple of things from the experience.

  2. Some questions for your review:
    Camera performance (wot, no video??)
    Camera integration with GPS, Picasa etc – how easy is it to get photos off the camera and onto PC, and are they Geo-tagged automatically?
    Google Earth?
    Multiple IM clients/accounts.
    Integration with Google Docs.
    Email integration other than Gmail (Yahoo, Hotmail, Pop3 etc)

    Looking forward to your findings James!

  3. I had a play on a G1 today at my local T-Mobile shop.

    Very impressed with the device. Really nice screen, nice web browsing experience. Unfortunatley T Mobile have blocked a lot of content, in store, so I could not test you tube through the dedicated app or through the website.

    Also tested google maps. Works nice and fast.

    I didn't like the keyboard much though. But i'm sure you would get used to it.

    I'm so tempted to get one as I use google's services so much (gmail, reader, calendar) I think I will wait to see what whatley makes of it!

    Look forward to reading your review on wednesday James.

    Ross

  4. mobile phones and steamy showers – not a good combination!
    mind you terry wogan may be more offensive?

    have you tried calling andrew sachs from the shower?

    πŸ™‚

  5. Android – it's all about openess – EXCLUSIVE to T-Mobile!

    Whilst the Apple iPhone stirred the handset market up with FUNCTIONALITY, I suspect that the area in which Android handsets will score highly will be in VALUE FOR MONEY. We are going to see lots and lots of Android phones coming on to the market over the next 6 months; some will be rubbish, some will be good, but inevitably hey will cost far less than the iPhone (and the T-Mobile G1!)

    Roll on the arrival of truckloads of cheap and cheerful Android handsets from the Peoples Republic of somewhere Far Eastern!

  6. That's a bit of a low shot… Android is open. The T-Mobile G1 is SIM locked as it's subsidised (the rights and wrongs of that are not Android or T-mobile specific) but the HTC version isn't and will be available soon.

  7. That's a bit of a low shot… Android is open. The T-Mobile G1 is SIM locked as it's subsidised (the rights and wrongs of that are not Android or T-mobile specific) but the HTC version isn't and will be available soon.

  8. That's a bit of a low shot… Android is open. The T-Mobile G1 is SIM locked as it's subsidised (the rights and wrongs of that are not Android or T-mobile specific) but the HTC version isn't and will be available soon.

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