So this week brings a new phone at PureMobile for us to test out and give our opinion on what we think. The phone we get to test is Google’s G1 Android Phone. It’s been a long time coming and the wait has been worth it.
The phone is sleek and slim weighing in at around 5.6 ounces and measuring approximately 4.6 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches. The good thing about this small package is that it packs a 3.2 inch touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard that slides out for easier typing. The screen is bright and easy to see which is definitely a good thing. The G1 also supports the 3G network for high speed downloads on your phone and can be connected to a local Wi-Fi network also.
Coming with a 3MP camera the photos look nice but we were disappointed with the lack of options they gave us. We couldn’t figure out how to lower the quality of the images or resolution so we could save on space. The phone comes with 60MB of internal memory and a microSD slot to put a card into. We had no problem using a 16GB card microSD memory card for storage space.
You also get all the standard things like the ability to use Gmail, Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger, which means that we at PureMobile will be able to continue our excellent customer service.
As for a few downsides we have to say the lack of A2DP or Stereo Bluetooth and a standard 3.5mm head phone jack (why a USB jack?) makes us think that even though the phone has a lot of potential the music capabilities could definitely use some improvements.
Now for the App Market, which is Google’s store to get new applications to increase the usefulness of your phone, is a good thing. At the time of writing there are plenty of apps available and more being added all the time. It leaves a lot of growth for your new phone. You can download new apps and games all the time.
From our in-house tests the edge network is faster then it is on the iPhone.
So overall we are impressed. It’s a good phone and, being an open platform it looks like, it will only get better. We would definitely recommend it and can’t wait for the next version of the phone to see what upgrades are included