If you’re like me you don’t tend to jump on the technology bandwagon with new gadgets and gizmos until they’ve had a chance to establish themselves, shrug off the quirks and bugs, etc.
At the launch of the original Apple iPhone I recognised a product which looked great, had a great user interface and potential to be the phone to end all phones (well, it’s more of a PDA). However it didn’t have several features I thought were essential – most notably 3G and the lack of Outlook/Exchange integration. Yes, whether you’re Gates Hater or not, Microsoft Exchange is essental to most businesse and so integration is a must.
Then comes the iPhone 3G and all the necessaries are in place – but wait! There’s a rumour that Google have developed an iPhone killer using their “Android” platform… Enter T-Mobile with the G1 product.
The one thing I don’t like about Apple is their proprietary platforms – try getting a 3rd party battery for your iPod, etc. Ain’t gonna happen. With other vendors such as T-Mobile (and Google) we have hope of extending and supporting the product with 3rd party products – meaning a cheaper proposition to the consumer. At least that’s the theory.
So now T-Mobile have released the G1 – is it as good or better than the iPhone? Will I buy one? Probably not. Will I buy an iPhone. Probably. Why? Here’s my take:
Everyone has their own set of criteria for what makes an great phone experience. Aside from the usual phone features, mine is the ability to integrate with Outlook/Exchange, reliable 3G GPS maps – and looks cool! If Apple have done one thing right, it’s their products look sexy – and they have the marketing right too! Who can resist? That being said, the G1 has the potential to grow up quickly – it’s got all the right ingredients, but they’re not yet quite there – is it worth the wait? We’ll see.
There are a ton of articles on comparing the phones -here’s a couple to help