Sending My Google T-Mobile Android G1 Phone Back to Google

For the past couple years, I’ve had the T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile phone.  It’s been a nice phone but not great.  It’s broken a couple times, crashes too often, requires me to carry an extra battery around just to get through the day and gives me an inadequate browsing experience based on the IE4 browser it is running.  It also only has Edge so it’s pretty slow.  On the plus side, it does a great job with Exchange and IMAP email which is 90% of what I do with it so I’m pretty happy.  The keyboard works, the form factor is good and, not to mention, it works very well as a phone.

I’ve been envious of my friends with their 3G IPhones.  They can browse any where on the internet they want at reasonable speeds, seems that anything they want they tell me there is an app for that, they say the lack of a keyboard is not much of a problem (they lie), and the fact that it does crash and it is not a very good phone, also doesn’t seem to bother them.

As a “what the hec” type decision, I stopped by a t-mobile store and bought a new Android G1.  they come with a 30 day return policy so I figured I could see if I would fall in love with it.  After all, it’s made by HTC who makes great phones, has a full keyboard, a nice form factor, 3G, wifi, GPS, tilt, etc.

Well, back it goes tomorrow.

Bottom line, the keyboard is awkward, it has no auto completion so typing is really slow on the awkward keyboard, there is no on screen keyboard (yet) which means to reply to an email to just say OK means you have to open the phone, position your hands perfectly, type the message, then close it again.  It lets you take pictures upside down (what is the good of a title sensor if you can do that) as well as other show stoppers.  Battery life is better than my DASH, but not much.  Bluetooth doesn’t work that well and the most amazing thing is that the gmail reader just totally sucks.  No where can i find a next or previous message button which means reading more than one email at a time is a huge hassle.  You think Google would have at least gotten that right.

Anyhow, I just thought I should share.

Anyone have the perfect phone?  Comment below!

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Comments

  1. I love my iPhone, I just wish sometimes that the battery lasted a little longer. I’m not sure if I’m charging it wrong or what, but I only get a couple hours out of it now.

  2. By and large I don’t comment on a person’s blog, but I would just like to mention that this post really has compelled me to do so! Thanks for your perceptive article.

  3. My iphone is for my best ever phone.

  4. I also own one of this like very much

  5. Love google. I own of this phone . For my is extra.

  6. Nice post. keep posting. 3G phones from HTC and O2 are alse good. I enjoyed the HTC one I had.

  7. Barry de Cartwright says:

    ive had the google g1 phone since about march of this year and to date i cannot send/recieve anything through bluetooth, ive got the other phones paired but dont seem to want to connect, unless im doing something wrong, can you help?

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  11. Don’t know about the Nokia. Been eying the Pre though.

  12. Quite cool blog. Keep on the good work, I will subscribe. How do youthink of the new Nokia N97?

  13. A new version of the Dash with 3G and a faster processor is due out in May.

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  15. Chris Williams says:

    I think you already pointed out the best phone. Why not just get the iPhone and be happy? No point in searching endlessly for alternatives if the best phone available is sitting right there in front of you.

  16. I’ve got the new cupcake release which does improve some things, but the keyboard is still kind of awkward, the hinge mechanism is not so good, the onscreen keyboard is a help but not great and battery life did not seem to get any better.

  17. phat shantz says:

    I’ve had a Dash for a couple of years and you are spot-on in your assessment of it. I might have been a little harsher on the browsing had I not abandoned that as a reason to own a phone.

    It is precisely because you score a perfect 100 percent on the Dash, I know you are accurate and honest about the G1.

    Since I carry a phone so I can make calls (and not the other way around: I have a mobile phone for “MY” convenience, not “YOURS,” as I say), it is easy to forget that a few years ago cell phones were huge, enormously expensive, and never worked. The Dash, as you say, works well as a phone. Getting email is a bonus.

    But like you, I yearn for a good all-purpose communications device. What you have told me is that it still doesn’t exist.

    Pity.

    While we’re being entirely unrealistic, I wish I had a phone that would provide my laptop with high-speed connectivity, too. But I guess the providers who are pillaging the better part of $100/mo from their victims for little USB dongles aren’t going to provide an inexpensive solution until everyone revolts.

    More and more, though, I’m finding reason to leave my laptop and cell phone home. And I’m not spending fifteen percent of my day working around technology’s limitations. It’s quite liberating.

    I might start a movement.

  18. I would have expected more from someone who claims to be a phone enthusiast. I mean, the complaints about the iphone’s keyboard are ten times more prominent. But just like any phone, it takes some time to get used to. I’ve had no trouble typing ridiculously fast on my G1. And literally EVERY problem you have cited on this blog is addressed on cupcake (which I have now had for two weeks), so it’s slightly more than unfair to actually cite them as reasons to not keep the phone. But hey, what do I know? I don’t have a blog.

  19. redkloud says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t like your G1. I got mine in March, and I think it has the potential to be the best phone I’ve ever had once the new software update is released that lets you record video and supports stereo bluetooth. My biggest gripe about it is the battery.

    I have used the Dash before.. I think that might be possibly the worst phone I ever had. I don’t really care for Windows Mobile without a touchscreen. I find it to be an awkward and unpleasant experience.

    If you are sticking with T-mobile, and the G1 doesn’t do it for you… maybe the next step is a blackberry? My best friend has a Pearl with T-mobile, and he hates it tho. He wants a G1 too.

    Good luck finding a good phone!

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