Gphone Reviews

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The first phones running on Google's links based Android platform are officially available. And the reviews are out as well. Right out of the gate, both professional reviewers, and the people who actually buy this stuff (people like you) are giving nothing but top ratings.

Let's begin with, the end user reviews at newegg. Comments include: "this thing is incredibly small and skinny. A true touchscreen!" Another reviewer states, "The first and most noticeable thing about this phone is its looks, very sexy." In comparison to the iPhone. The reviewer continues, "smaller than the iPhone is still has all the features I need and more."

The reviewers also debunked reports floating around that the gPhone is slow. Furthermore, smiles about the performance of the camera (3.2 megapixel CMOS VGA), and call clarity. The only one comment comparing different browsers, Opera came out over Safari.

Moving onto the dark side as seen by real users, having music on keeps the screen known and drains the battery. Contrast this to another user saying, that is very annoying that the screen turns off when making call.

The rest of the comments reveal the old saying, "one man's treasure is another man's trash." The gPhone gets a knock for no expandable memory, while another says enough memory. A ding for no GPS, however, Google maps will give you a GPS along with your current travel direction.

At introduction, at $500 for an unlocked phone, at first glance it seems pricey. And as I have stated elsewhere, the gPhone isn't really a phone. It is a very small portable computer, that happens to let you make phone calls. It supports the GSM frequencies at 900, 1800 and 1900 megahertz. The UMTS operation is at 900 or 2100 MHz.

Data transfer options include GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, and good old-fashioned WiFi (802.11 b/g).

Internal storage is 4 GB, with 192 megs of DDR SDRAM. Processor comes from QUALCOMM, coming in at a shade over 1/2 GHz performance.

Audio is well supported with MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB ringtone. Bluetooth support is version 2.0 with EDR.

Talk time battery life between chargings, ranges from 145 minutes with video to 330 minutes under GSM.

Weight is 3.88 ounces

Over at InfoWorld, Tom Yager calls the gPhone, Google's iPhone killer. And right off the bat, he calls it Christmas time for geeks. This is because it is a computer, and it's pretty exciting to be walking around with a sub quarter pound touchscreen computer capable of broadband speeds, and even gives a command prompt, if desired.

Thrilling to all, is the concealed QWERTY keyboard. Terms like, "patients", "widely spaced keys" and "even row of number keys".

Contradicting a consumer review, Mr. Yager points out that the battery, SIM card, and micro SD flash memory are all removable. So it is unclear why one end-user would say, the memory is not upgradable (removable micro SD). GPhone gets superior marks a number of other areas such as improved thoughtfulness in little areas. Things like when the switch from horizontal to landscape mode, disabling images on browser pages for overcoming slow connections,

As I reported earlier, program developers will find developing applications for the gPhone a breeze (and without additional investment).

The unit gets knocks for no VPN or MS exchange support. I suspect a third-party, will have a VPN wrapper out in no time. As Exchange can deliver to POP3/SMTP clients, and gPhone handles that exceptionally well, I don't see huge issues here.

If you're going to buy the gPhone with a PCS plan, T-Mobile is already coming in. Better than $100 less than AT&T. Look for a price war, or just buy an unlocked version and be done.

Tcat Houser is a trainer in Information Technology as well as assisting people understand the most complex computer all, the human brain. This necessitates his being a professional Road warrior.

As A Certified Technical Trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) @ TRCB.com it can be difficult to figure out what Tcat is currently researching.

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