This morning, T-Mobile and Google held the press conference to announce the first phone to officially launch with the Android OS, the T-Mobile G1. You are going to hear a lot of people comparing this one to the iPhone, so let’s jump in to the feature set. The G1 sports 3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, a 3-megapixel camera, is based on a fully open-source OS. The Android OS gives you access to the Android Market (think of that as being similar to the App Store), as well as built-in support for Amazon’s MP3 store, for downloading music on the go. Even cooler, in our opinion, are the things that are real firsts in the mobile phone space - Push Gmail, and Google Maps with Street View.
You can pick up the T-Mobile G1 on October 22, at a nice price of $179.99 with a 2-year agreement. If you can’t wait to spend the cash, you can even pre-order one now at the G1 website. If you are over in the UK, it’s yours in November, while the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic will have to wait until sometime in the first quarter of 2009.
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Thank goodness companies are finally starting to make cell phones that are not only functional, but look modern, too. HTC’s Touch 3G comes with TouchFLO 3D GUI. The 3G has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, a 3.2M camera, and supports Bluetooth and Windows 6.1OS. At a size of 102 x 53.6 x 14.5mm and a weight of 96g, it should be available next month in your choice of 4 colors.
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HTC’s Touch Diamond is the latest smartphone to join the pack. It features a 2.8-inch touch screen, TouchFLO 3D for images, a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus cam for stills and video, HSDPA connectivity, 4 GB memory, 256MB ROM, and 192 MB DDR SDRAM. There is GPS, HTC Weather reporting, and it has both Wifi and Bluetooth capability. At a size of 102 X 51 X 11.5mm and a weight of 110g, look for the Touch Diamond to come out for play in June.
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HTC has unveiled its new Shift mobile computer at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Equipped with Windows Vista and Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0, it also features an RSS reader, media player, and one-touch to e-mail, weather, and more. At a weight of only 800g and a size of 207 x 129 x 25mm, it has a 7-inch slide and tilt touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi capability, and GPS. Toss in a fingerprint sensor, a CMOS VGA cam, and a built-in mic and dual speakers, and you have a product for €1199 (~$1,750.00.) Now available in Spain and the UK, it is next traveling to Italy and other parts of Europe. Maybe it will find its way stateside this holiday season.
The folks at HTC Smart Mobility have some new cell phones to talk about, such as the Verizon 5800, with its easy-to-use, layout and interface with QWERTY keyboard, perfect for both the corporate exec—and the soccer mom. And we loved the HTC Touch, HTC’s entry in the iPhone-killer wars. The Touch has a touch screen (duh), utilizes Windows Mobile 6, and has an interface with impressive 3D elements. To learn more about both phones, and HTC’s new TouchFLO technology, check out the video.