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Google Android GPhone #2

Thursday, December 4th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

With all the “hype” around the T-Mobile G1, what did we get?

Certainly not enough.  

Now we are waiting to see what happens with the – Agora.  

The Kogan Agora, powered by the Android Operating System will be the first phone in Australia powered by the Android software.

That’s right, Australia.  Will it get to the states?  It looks cool enough, but what about the specs?

 

  • 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 262k QVGA (320 X 240 pixel) resolution
  • 5-Way Central Navigation Key
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Built in Mic and Speaker
  • Headphone output
  • Video: JPEG2, H263, H264, MPEG4, AVI
  • HxWxD – 108mm x 64mm x 14.8mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 400 minutes Talk Time
  • Up to 300 hours Standby Time
  • 624 MHz processor
  • 256 MB On-board + 128 MB Flash
  • microSD card expansion slot
  • VERY IMPORTANT: UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Features available:
  • Handsfree
  • FM Radio
  • SMS
  • Email
  • MMS 1.0
  • Video Recording
  • IM
  • Phone Book
  • Ring Silencer/Quick Silent
  • Mini-USB Connectivity (Charging, headset)
The cost?  $299  according to the site.  Other news reports prices as $193 for a basic unit, and $258 for the “pro” unit.  These prices are prior to any subsidies being applied.  

 

Silicon Alley Insider reports on the release as well, Another Google Android GPhone On The Way (GOOG).

Dan Frommer, of Silicon Alley Insider, says that this phone woudl work better with AT&T than T-Mobile, as it doesn’t support the 1700 MHz frequency that T-Mobile uses for 3G.

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Finally, the new T-Mobile G1 at Engadget

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

Engadget has posted some hands-on coverage of the T-Mobile G1.

Can this device rival the iPhone?  

Based on the pure specs, yes:

  • WiFi
  • 3G
  • 3 Megapixel Camera (iPhone’s still stuck at 2)
  • Android Market
  • Amazon’s mobile MP3 store
  • Google Maps
  • Over the Air synchronization! (this is a big deal for me, I’m not sure how well it works, but why can’t my iPhone with WiFi access at least, synchronize over the air?)
  • PUSH Gmail support
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
However, there are some problems:
  • All plastic
  • Screen doesn’t look as nice (my own personal opinion)
  • Just doesn’t look as nice overall
It’s important to note the differences, technically, it is a better phone.  Visually, the Android phones have always had image problems.  Something has to be said about the way Apple can make something that everyone else makes, look good.

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