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Comparo: T-Mobile G1 Android v. Apple iPhone 3G

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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

T-Mobile G1
Apple iPhone 3G
Price
$179
$199
Weight
5.6 ounces
4.7 ounces
Data Plans
$25/mo Unlimited Web + 400 msgs;
$35/mo Unlimited Web & msgs
$30/mo unlimited data
Width
(at thickest)
15.7 mm
12.3 mm
Screen
3.17" 480x320
3.5" 480x320
Camera
3MP
2MP
Audio/Video/Photo
MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis
AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, WAV, H.264, MP4, JPEG
Wireless
802.11g, 3G
802.11g, 3G
Web Browser
Chrome Lite
Safari
Storage
1GB (via bundled microSD card)
8GB (built-in)
Expandability
Up to 8GB (via microSD)
None
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
QWERTY Keyboard
Slide-out
On-screen
Headphone Jack
No
Yes
Stores Supported
Android Market,
Amazon MP3
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.

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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