I got hold of a copy of Windows 7 PDC build 6801 (geek!) and installed it on VMWare last night. It’s a bit of a hog on my laptop so I didn’t keep it around for long but compared to vista it seems less intrusive. It’s an early copy so there’s not a great deal visually different from Vista, but from what I did see, it’s just OK at the moment. I’ll wait for another, more mature version before I make a longer evaluation.
It won’t work on VMW v6.0 but will on v6.5 by the way. I heard it also works fine on VirtualBox.
T-Mobile G1 notes
After looking at some of the forums the current major gripes with the product are:
The GMap GPS is not that accurate
The camera quality is terrible
The battery life is pretty awful (some ppl have to charge multiple times a day)
There are rumours and comments that there will be firmware updates to correct some or all of these – I think right now I would not want to own a G1 given all this. I am still reticent about an iPhone too because of the AT&T network.
Just got off the phone with T-Mobile customer service. Asked if the CS-Rep had a G1 and she said no, she was waiting for the white one due out in October.
A quick Google showed what the product will look like. I don’t know if I like the white idea – very iApple-esque idea in some ways. That being said I’ve had a chat with some folks who have the G1 and reports are favourable. There are exceptions but I get the sense this is early days for this product and things will only get better.
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T-Mobile Customer Service Does It (good) Again!
I got stung for $200 for early termination of my contract, even though I had phoned T-mobile earlier in the year to confirm the termination date. My initial call to query it was met with “Meh – you had 60 days to query it and it’s in the contract so suck it up” but I called again 2 days later (after the first supervisor didn’t call me back when he promised to) and spoke to a sympathetic CS Rep (Amanda) and her supervisor (Jimmy) who agreed that being given incorrect information by a CS Rep is not a valid reason to have a refund and gave me the $200 back without question. Now THAT is customer service.
T-Mobile have been good to me – both in the quality of their calls and the customer service. Unfortunately their phones are a little outdated compared to Verizon and AT&T (only cause of the iPhone for the latter). That being said, T-Mobile do offer the G1 which I suspect will be a worthy competitor to the iPhone … I may recind my thoughts about not buying one…. Hmmm…. Contract is up in March 09….
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