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Old September 16th, 2010, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys and guyesses,
I was to cheap to buy a G1 when they first came out and things like an iPhone are still beyond my reach but I was able to buy this one on eBay (UK) for 44 which I still think was a good deal even though it only came with the wall charger. First impression after taking it out of the 2 tons of bubblewrap that had kept it safe from seller to me was that it looked bigger and heavier than the pictures that I had seen of it on the web, not just from the seller but from Google Images as well. But I have big hands so no real problems there.
One of the first things that I noticed when turning the G1 "on" was that there was nothing to tell me that I had done it. Nothing happened at all. The screen remained blank and there were no beep sounds. I almost got to the stage of trying the button again with maybe a longer press this time when there was a tiny little "buzz", almost like the phone was on Vibrate and the the screen showed a G1 logo for maybe 20 seconds before changing to an Android icon for another 30 seconds before showing the Home screen. To me, that is just to long. I mean, is there another phone out there that takes between 40 seconds and a minute between switching on and being able to make a call?
Don't get me wrong. That's not really a gripe. I understand that maybe it takes longer to fire up all the apps and PDA stuff that this device does but let's not forget that this is a PHONE. It should start up the phone side first and then fire up the other stuff once the phone side is up and running. Maybe my feelings on this are prompted by my work area which demands that mobile phones be switched off in certain areas. I'm in and out of there all day long and when I exit the area I have to phone another guy to let him know that I am out of there.
OK, yeah. It's just me, lol.
As regards the keyboard, I hear what other folk say about the keys being to flat with not enough travel to register and that the "chin" intrudes, etc. I hear it all but I have to say that I find none of the above to be a problem. I'm not a typist and my speed is measured in letters per hour rather than words per minute but having said that, holding the G1 with 2 hands and using the thumbs to type gives a reasonable speed once you teach yourself not to hit "Menu" instead of "Shift" and it's not as if I would be writing a novel, is it?
So, after fitting a T-mobile SIM card in place (Better instructions for removing the back cover are needed) I connected my G1 to my Home network. Now, I'll apologise here because I have no idea how internet connections work in the US but here is how they work over here in Englandistan. For the general home user there are 2 ways to connect to the internet. One is called "Dial-up" and one is called "Broadband". Dial-up is an older, slower system using a modem and Broadband is a system whereby the user's router is constantly connected to the internet by means of wires and majic and is much quicker than dial-up. The router can usually connect either via an ethernet cable or wirelessly to computers, laptops and phones with internet capabilities.
OK, not that that is out of the way, I found setting up my G1 to access the internet via my home network was a simple task. All I had to do was follow the instructions in "Setup" and touch my network name on screen, add my security key and that was it. It only got tricky when I tried to use my Home network to access web pages on the internet.
I could access them alright. The problem was that I was accessing them through 3G and not via my wi-fi. In other words, it cost a small fortune rather than being free.
I took the G1 down to the store the next day and asked them how to disable the 3G option but they couldn't find such a thing without going to Marketplace and browsing for an App to do the job. They did not KNOW of one up front and these are folk trained on using these things. The problem there is that I would need to add more funds to the phone SIM in order to browse through the marketplace to find the app that would turn off the device that is letting me browse the marketplace to ..... You get the idea, lol

Do I like it? ..... Yes.
Is there anything that I have found so far that makes me wish that I had got a different phone .... No.

More reviews on different aspects to follow as I get the time.
Cheers, m'dears,
Steve

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Old September 17th, 2010, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi guys and guyesses,
First impression after taking it out of the 2 tons of bubblewrap that had kept it safe from seller to me was that it looked bigger and heavier than the pictures that I had seen of it on the web,
My first impression was that it was plain but not nearly as ugly as it looks in pictures.

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To me, that is just to long. I mean, is there another phone out there that takes between 40 seconds and a minute between switching on and being able to make a call?
Ever used a Windows Mobile phone? Boot times were similarly long. Now the old PalmOS phones would boot in 15 seconds or something. Great stuff.

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As regards the keyboard, I hear what other folk say about the keys being to flat with not enough travel to register and that the "chin" intrudes, etc. I hear it all but I have to say that I find none of the above to be a problem.
KB doesn't bother me, either.



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I could access them alright. The problem was that I was accessing them through 3G and not via my wi-fi. In other words, it cost a small fortune rather than being free.
Easiest way is likely to turn off the phone radio in Settings. Second easiest would be to munge the APN name in Settings. Either will force the phone to use WIFI as the mobile data connection will be unavailable. There's an app called WeSync (I think) that will cause data to sync only over wifi. APNdroid may or may not munge the APN for you. Tasker can turn off 3G when connected to wifi.
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