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October 2008
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T-Mobile’s ‘Google phone’ – wait before getting one

For ages we’ve been banging on about how the iPhone will change – not because of its tech wizardry (it remains a far from perfect device) but because of what it will make Apple’s competitors do. Lo and behold, the UK is about to receive the first commercial phone that runs Google’s much talked about Android operating system. However, the T-Mobile G1 is not a Google Phone. The hardware has nothing to do with Google. The operating system happens to be Android. There are two drawbacks to this. 1) The hardware is nothing like as downright lovely as the iPhone – both in terms of looks and usability. (Fold-out keyboards are sooooooooo 2005.) 2) The exciting thing about Android is that it is designed to be used as a platform for other people to create cool applications for. This has not happened yet and the smart money says we won’t see the jaw-dropping functionality being developed on the Android platform for at least a year. Our verdict: Android will soon be available on better phones than the G1. Also, wait 12 months before getting an Android phone and you’ll see it loaded with some truly amazing gizmos. In the meantime, stick to the iPhone.

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