Can this get any uglier?

by Volker Weber

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This is it, the first Android phone from T-Mobile, made by HTC. Just for comparison, this is the competition:

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Comments

The phone's a lemon but is the OS?

Kieren Johnson, 2008-09-24

I actually think the phone is trying to compete with the iPhone *AND* the Blackberry. The HTC Android phone has a full keyboard.

Glen Salmon, 2008-09-24

See Besim's comment.

Hanno Zulla, 2008-09-24

I think they should've atleast made it look sleeker. HTC knows how to make good attractive phones, I don't know what was the reason for this. Just look at HTC Diamond etc.

Bilal Jaffery, 2008-09-24

With Apple seriously restricting developers and Google providing a completely open model for software developers, this could get interesting anyway. Regardless of how the Android phone looks.

Pascal Frencken, 2008-09-24

"With Apple seriously restricting developers and Google providing a completely open model for software developers, this could get interesting anyway. Regardless of how the Android phone looks."

Apple already has a considerate number of clients with iPhones. Even with Apple's serious restrictions to developers, at 70% revenue, the AppStore is still the most attractive an easy way of getting a steady cash-flow.

The XCode programming environment is getting rave reviews from every new developer to the platform. Haven't heard the same thing from the Android SDK.


Eric Garneau, 2008-09-24

Certainly not a "dream". It looks as if they needed to get something out of the door, no matter what. But I will be more interested about how the Android OS actually performs, not the phone itself.

Joachim Bode, 2008-09-24

Its not the hardware - its the OS. Lets see what Sony Erikkson do, or if Nokia use it, etc..

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2008-09-24

funny you mention it, but maybe there is a simple reason:
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/24/ex-google-mobile-product-manager-criticizes-android/
:)

Robert "FullNameRequired" Basic, 2008-09-24

Does anybody really believe the O/S is more polished?

Volker Weber, 2008-09-24

Nokia will probably do nothing. They just aquired Symbian. Why should they invest developing time in a different OS tan their own?

Johannes Matzke, 2008-09-24

@Johannes, Nokia invests quite a bunch into Linux for mobile devices. They are not Symbian-only.

Hanno Zulla, 2008-09-24

if it takes care of my needs, is ergonomic and intuitive, I don´t care about looks. I am handsome enough for two ;-)

These are my needs:

writing e-mail (exchange, POP and IMAP in parallel)
checking on my frequently visited websites (vowe.net is a good start) without popping out my eyeballs
sync with my Mac (in particular this means no dupes in contacts or iCal)

If the Android does this, T-Mobile is encouraged to send me one (I will not charge them for this) to see if it is any better than their iPhone with a contract on steroids financially.

Armin Roth, 2008-09-24

I love my Iphone 2G.... This Banana sucks !! The only Reason to have a closer look is the OS. Maybe ;-)

David Justen, 2008-09-24

it might be ugly but can you use inotes/owa on it :)

Flemming Riis, 2008-09-24

A heavy portion of Reality Distortion Field would make the G1 much more appealing to consumers egos, sure.
But I would prefer it over an iPhone anytime, because Android does not reject applications if they are considered redundant, inappropriate or silly by the handset-manufacturer.
For a smartphone, that sounds much more important to me.

Roland Leissl, 2008-09-25

The only way to sync your contacts/calendar etc. seems to be through Google, the phone will come without a desktop app for this. Not a good choice IMHO.

Joachim Bode, 2008-09-25

I'd say this article (in particular the title) 100% covers why vowe doesn't like it:

blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=9267.

Craig Wiseman, 2008-09-26

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