Google's first smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, made its official debut Tuesday morning in New York. The $179 device, which is manufactured by HTC, is the first phone to use Google's open source Android operating system. Like Apple's iPhone 3G, the G1 has full touch-screen functionality and works on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. But does this new smartphone pack enough muscle to topple Apple's iPhone? Below is a rundown of the G1's specs and how they compare to the iPhone 3G.
T-Mobile G1 vs iPhone 3G, winning feature in BOLD
||Apple iPhone 3G
||$25/mo Unlimited Web + 400 msgs;
$35/mo Unlimited Web & msgs
|$30/mo unlimited data
||MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis
||AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, WAV, H.264, MP4, JPEG
||1GB (via bundled microSD card)
||Up to 8GB (via microSD)
|Apple iTunes Store
|Rated Battery Life
||5 hours talk,
130 hours standby
|5 hours talk,
300 hours standby
On the hardware front, the G1 lacks some of the iPhone's sophistication. It has a bulkier footprint, weighs more, and packs a smaller screen than its competition. In addition, the G1 only comes with a paltry 1GB of memory (although you can expand it). Fortunately, the phone makes up for those shortcomings with a built-in five-row QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the device's touch screen.
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