My new G1 Android based phone - Journal of Omnifarious
Oct. 27th, 2008
09:45 am - My new G1 Android based phone
My HTC "G1" Android based phone is a nice gadget. I've discovered in doing some searching for a nice LJ client for it that other people have expressed my worries, complaints and hopes about the gadget already and so I can best say what I want to say right now by pointing at what others have said.
- bradfitz expresses very clearly my hopes for an extremely portable Open Source personal communications device by talking about what he's developed.
- I've encountered license agreements I'm definitely not happy about, and robilad talks about how Google Android is not so Open Source.
- The G1 has some pretty big issues and trippedbreaker writes about how the G1 is not really the best piece of hardware out there. I agree with the thrust of his opinions, but I don't feel it's quite as bad as he does. I, for example, feel that the user interface issues can be worked out on this phone in a way that they haven't been for any other. This is all software (except that perhaps the alarm function requires hardware support that isn't there to get it to the level he's seen on other phones) and it can be fixed without having to get a new phone.
Overall I'm pleased with it. It's better put together than the Treo I lost a couple of years ago and it has a much brighter potential for more useful software. The battery life issue is a problem, but for me it's not a huge deal, and I think there are some ways that can be fixed with better software.
But I think I may also get a FreeRunner in a couple of months and compare. I think the FreeRunner is more in the Open Source spirit than the G1 is, and this makes me sad. I was so hoping that maybe Google actually got it. :-(