I was all about the new MyTouch 3G Android-based phone coming out for Tmobile, but after reading tons of reviews and looking it over, I have become concerned.
One of the main concerns, for me, is the fact that it uses a SD micro card for the basis of its memory. Currently, it is stocked with a 4GB micro card, which sounds good, but what kind of performance will it have? The other concerns are the reviews about the touch screen keyboard size and functionality as well as the concerns over 3G coverage that Tmobile has.
It’s a mad world in the smart phone game these days. I feel compelled, like many others, to join in the game since I am currently stocked with a cell phone that takes pictures, plays music, etc. but doesn’t have that final bit of smart phone touch – internet usage and storage of media. Then I read about another smart phone coming out for Tmobile – in October.
When the G1 came out, I was hooked. I was intrigued by going the Google OS route because it was open source. This is a shrewd move by Google to get into the ground floor of the smart phone industry – which cost Apple tons to get into, but they have made their mark for sure. The problem with the G1 was its hoky and somewhat rushed design. It has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, sure, but it also has a strange shape. The specs on it are solid, but not sexy. In other words, lots of improvement.
HTC is the manufacturor of the G1 and with Tmobile as the carrier, they have teamed up to refine the G1 to bring out version 2 in what is looking to be a drop date of October. Reports are also saying the price will be $148 (with 2 year contract) and it will be pushed through Walmart in a major holiday marketing campaign.
From the looks of this design, which has been leaked as of May, most of the concerns about the G1 original version are addressed. The QWERTY keyboard is retained, which meets the concerns about the MyTouch 3G. What remains to be seen is if there is a gyroscope in there that allows one to shift from portrait to landscape mode with the simple flip of the wrist, ala the Iphone. I think I am going to hold off on the MyTouch 3G for now and see what other Android phones start hitting the market.