- Size (LWH): 4.66 inches, 2.2 inches, 0.6 inches
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Network Compatibility: GSM
A Note About 3G Phones and Internet Usage
3G phones are optimized for use with T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network, but many of these phones' functions will also work well on the T-Mobile EDGE network. If you plan to access the Internet extensively on your phone, 3G network coverage may serve you best.
The long-awaited T-Mobile G1 smartphone combines full touchscreen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes many Google tools you've come to rely on with your PC, including Google Maps Street View Gmail, and one-touch Google search. It's also the first phone to be powered by Google's new open-source Android operating system, which offers an intuitive interface easily customizable home screen. You can also purchase optional software via the Android Market to personalize your G1 with a variety of software applications like games, social networking, and on-the-go shopping.
Just tap the screen and go with access to all your favorite Google tools.
The T-Mobile G1 features the Android 1.5 (Cupcake) operating system update, which includes support for Bluetooth stereo music streaming, video recordign and playback, multiple message editing in Gmail, and more (see details below).
The T-Mobile G1 operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and is compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. T-Mobile is currently rolling out its 3G network, and it expects by year's end that its high-speed data network will be available in those cities where a majority of its subscribers currently use data services. In those areas where 3G is not available, the phone will access data using T-Mobile's EDGE network, which is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps). This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web or downloading content from the T-Mobile t-zones content portal.
Android OS and Market
The T-Mobile G1 with Google is the first phone to run on the Android operating system, which provides easy access to a wide assortment of messaging tools and Google apps. Additionally, this open source OS empowers developers to to create and offer applications that add value to the G1. The G1's Home screen (seen at right) is your starting point for using all the applications on your phone. You can customize your Home screen to display applications, shortcuts, and widgets.
Just drag and drop any of your favorite applications, photos, or folders onto your home screen for quick access to what you use all the time (see larger version).
- With the comparative shopping ShopSavvy application, you can scan the UPC code of a product with your phone's camera while shopping, and instantly compare prices from online merchants and nearby local stores.
- Ecorio was developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like. With access to tips and tricks, Ecorio allows you to record the steps you take throughout their day to help offset your impact on the environment.
- BreadCrumbz enables you to create a step-by-step visual map using photos. Create your own routes, share them with friends or with the world.
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The T-Mobile G1's vibrant, high-quality screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone's e-mail, IM and mobile messaging capabilities. As another option for accessing the device, the T-Mobile G1 comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation. The 3.2-inch touchscreen has a 320 x 480-pixel resolution and a 65K color depth. The T-Mobile G1's touchscreen interface is unique, providing you with a more customizable, interactive touch experience. For example, you can set a signature gesture to unlock the screen (there are 30 million possible combinations). There are also different taps for different types of commands--for example, you can use a short touch to launch an application, or a long press on any screen will give you additional options, similar to that of a right click on a mouse.
The phone has an internal 192 MB RAM/256 MB ROM memory, and it's expandable via optional microSD memory cards up to 8 GB in size (a 1 GB microSD card comes with the phone).
The hinged screen slides open to reveal keypad and closes to prevent accidental dialing.
With Google Maps, Google's groundbreaking maps service, you can instantly view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and get driving directions, all from the phone's easy-to-use touch interface. The T-Mobile G1 also includes Google Maps Street View, enabling you to explore cities at street-level virtually while on the go. Without taking a step, you can tour a far-away place as if they were there--standing on the street corner. Even better, the Google Maps feature syncs with a built-in compass on the phone--an industry first--to allow you to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with your hand.
Use the G1's 3G and Wi-Fi connection to attach and share pictures over e-mail and MMS or download music from your favorite web sites, as well as upload and post pictures to your personal blog.
The G1 features a rich HTML e-mail client, which seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The Gmail application provides features such as conversation view, spam filtering, search, and labels that Gmail users enjoy on their computer while offering new features such as integration with the phone's contact list. And it multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background.
It also combines Instant Messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger in the U.S., and IM presence allows you to see whether your friends are online, offline, away. The G1 also supports advanced text messaging features, enabling you to easily flag, delete or move groups of messages and keep track of group conversations through threaded text messaging. The Google Calendar app on the G1 syncs with the Web-based version, so any event that you add to your phone will show up on the Web-based Google Calendar (and vice versa).
Other features include:
- 3-megapixel camera with autofocus for still photos
- Video recording and playback
- Digital audio player with four categories (Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists) and support for MP3, M4A (iTunes AAC, DRM-free), AMR, WMA (8), WAF, and OGG Vorbis
- Use digital audio songs as ringtone
- Bluetooth version 2.0+EDR with the following profiles: HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control)
- Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g)
- Messaging: e-mail (IMAP/POP3/SMTP), instant messaging, SMS text, MMS photo
- USB 2.0 connectivity with USB mass storage capability
The T-Mobile G1 with Google weighs 5.6 ounces and measures 4.6 x 2.2 x 0.7 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time, and up to 130 hours (5+ days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as the 1700/2100 MHz HSDPA 3G frequencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you have to have a Google account to use T-Mobile G1?
A: Yes, customers must log into the phone using a Google account login when they first use the device. Once you do log into T-Mobile G1 using a Google account, your Gmail and Google Calendar will all sync to your phone providing secure, up-to-date access to your personal information. If you don't already have an account, the startup process will walk you through creating one. Creating a Google account is free.
Q: Do customers need a voice and/or data plan to use T-Mobile G1?
A: Yes, when you purchase T-Mobile G1, you must add one of two T-Mobile G1-specific data plans to their account. This is similar to other all-in-one devices we offer like the T-Mobile Sidekick or the T-Mobile Shadow. Customers must also have a voice plan.
Q: Is the G1 compatible with your HotSpot @Home service?
A: No. Unlimited HotSpot Calling (formerly named T-Mobile HotSpot @Home) is not included in the T-Mobile G1, although the device can browse the Web over high-speed wireless connections including Wi-Fi and our 3G network.
Q: Are there any advantages to using Gmail on the device versus another type of personal (POP3 or IMAP) account?
A: Yes. After first logging into their Google account, you will have all your Gmail, Google Contacts, Calendar and Talk data automatically synchronize with the phone. Anything you do on the phone with these products will seconds later become available on the computer and vice versa. If you were to ever lose their phone, their information will still be available and seamlessly synchronize with a replacement G1. You will also benefit from push e-mail and calendar alerts (this is also available for the multi-headed e-mail client). Finally, Gmail's contacts are synchronized automatically with the phone's contact list.
Q: What is the "search from everywhere" feature?
A: "Search from everywhere" provides customers the ability to do contextual searches. T-Mobile G1 has a hard key on the QWERTY keyboard that you can touch in order to start a search within any application you are in. For example, if you are in your contact list and hit the search key, the device will search your contact list. If you are in your e-mail and you hit the search key, the device will search your e-mail. You can also start a search within each application through a search option within the application.
Top Customer Reviews
Instead of replacing the battery in my Motorola Rizr, they offered me a free device to hold me over until I wanted to use my upgrade for the G2. So not only did I get a free G1, they also let me keep my upgrade so that when the G2 is released, I get to use my upgrade for that. hahah how great is that? On top of that, I asked them if I needed to return the G1 when I got my G2. She said no and that I could keep it. This is why T-mobile is awesome. Seniority with them takes you a long way.
ok onto the device.....
(There aren't many bad things to say about it so I'll get those out first)
-No video camera?
Eh? I could be wrong but I cant find it.How can Youtube be a feature of the phone, but the phone NOT have a video camera to record movies? Just seems silly to me.
-A little bulky
But not too bad like I was thinking (I think this is because of the keyboard which the G2 will not have btw)
-Camera not so good
Only 3 megapixels? C'mon now! We can do better than that.
(Theres actually so many I can only highlight a few)
-Youtube & Google Features are great
They are pretty much the only websites i ever use on my computer at home anyways. Having them "specially featured" on my handheld makes me a happy camper.
-The Android Market
Brilliant. absolutely amazing concept. Endless applications. Anyone can put something on the market so there is also junk to weed through! Which is expected. But I personally like the liberal approach to it.Read more ›
The built in MP3 store is good for Amazon users, and doesn't tie your purchases to the device with DRM like iTunes does. My only warning is that like most HTC phones, using headphones requires an tiny adapter.
I am a former iPhone user, turned Blackberry, and now the G1. I have been drooling over the G1 for quite sometime. I think its internet, menu system, and qwerty keyboard make it a worthwhile investment. It's definitely for any cell phone crowd that's heavy into texting and emailing. I held off on buying a G1 because of the physical design. I found the bottom chin of the phone to be a massive turn off. Plus, everyone that I knew who had the G1 kept telling me how horrid the battery life was. From that comment, I figured out why they were always carrying their charger with them.
Here we are, almost a year later and the G2 has been released. Known as the HTC Magic in Europe and the MyTouch 3G here in the US on T-Mobile. I was so excited to get this phone & as soon as I got home & fiddled around with it - I immediately lost interest after 10 mins. I thought the integration with the Gmail address was great. I sent my Gmail address an email from my AOL account to see how long it would be before I received the email & needless to say, it took over 30 mins. Even when I went into the account and clicked REFRESH, it still wouldn't come through. I added in my AOL account & it was the same. You can set the phone to check for emails every five mins, ten mins, fifteen mins, and so forth. Certain emails took a whole day before I even received it. This was not a good sign.
So i exchanged it for the G1 so in order to have a real keyboard.
The camera is only 3.2 megapixel and it's not the best, but it does the trick. The camcorder is really lacking features. It's simple & there are no options or settings changes allowed. The battery leaves little to be desired.Read more ›
overall im extremely happy that i got tis phone. you wont be dissapointed if you get this phone
I would give it 5!! I used to be a Blackberry user and I won't go back unless T-Mobile eliminates the full, slide out qwerty keyboard on the next version of this phone, which I have heard they are going to do.
BROWSER! Awesome, quick, faster than my friends' blackberry 8900 when performing the same search.
Touchscreen. I had a Samsung Behold for two days before I returned it and went for the G1. The G1 screen is SO much more responsive and so easy to use.
Scroll Ball. SOOOO much better than my Curve's scroll bar. And it doesn't get dirty so easily.
Notification bar. I love this feature--it's a great place for consolidated information on what you missed while in a meeting, etc.
Speakerphone. This is great, compared to other phones I've had.
Android Market. Super easy.
Gmail. This makes keeping my calendar, email and address book together SO easy.
Cons: It's a little large, but I guess that's needed as it's the first model of this phone and is pretty much a small computer.
The camera sucks, but I only need it for basic picture taking. I have a digital camera for taking quality pictures, so this doesn't bother me.
Battery life--a LOT of people have complained about this, but I regularly get two whole days out of it before it needs to charge. I just keep the 3g turned off unless I know I'm in a 3g area (I don't live in one) and this seems to keep the battery life up.
I definitely recommend this phone! It's made on the go searches and emails SO easy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The phone came in a timely manner it was great for a replacement device but since the phone is a older phone it was like using a flip phone for internet so i sold it after a month... Read morePublished 23 months ago by siccminded tattooz
I REALLY LOVED THIS phone...the apps, email, internet, even the text messaging layout is soooooo awesome. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by E. Gordon
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I was very excited to get this phone at first. Here are some problems:
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