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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jmar, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Truth be told, this purchase is purely for throwback purposes. I started Android using 2.1
     


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  2. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    I've wanted to drop some money on an ancient phone myself (usually eyeing an HTC HD2). Have fun! :)
     
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  3. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Isn't that the device that runs every OS?
     
  4. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    A friend's G1 convinced me to go with Android. :)
     
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  5. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Doooooooooooo it!
    I have goosebumps just thinking about owning the G1! It hasn't come yet but I've already bookmarked the Wiki pages to root and ROM it. I may even try to coax a data-only SIM out of T-Mobile for it. I have to say that I am glad I couldn't afford the iPhone back in the day...not sure I would be here; also, I wouldn't be running the best mobile OS out!

    Thanks be to Google!

    N4 and G1 FTW!

    jmar

    P.S. My grouper is lonely! She plays bedtime music for el ni
     
  6. bfldworker

    bfldworker Android Enthusiast

    If you are talking about the HD2, Pretty much, I have seen the HD2 run Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Android 1.5-4.1 and even say FirefoxOS on it.

    If you are talking about the G1, I have seen Android 1.0-4.1 on it. 4.1 is PAINFULLY slow because the G1 lacks a GPU that can deal with the GUI.
     
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  7. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Yeah, I was talking about the HD2. Crazy phone!
     
  8. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    There's a contractor at work on my team that still uses his G1 as his daily phone :eek:!

    It's a little worn. And slow. But it works and just keeps ticking!

    I've also got my HTC Droid Eris that's pretty much in pristine condition...started-out with 1.5 Cupcake. Followed shortly by 1.6 Donut. Followed interminably by 2.1 (ask Frisco how long we waited ;) :)).

    I've heard the Eris is very similar hardware-wise to the G1.

    Anyway, great acquisition, jmar! :thumbup:
     
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  9. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Thanks scary,

    I'm excited to use it on and off as a Daily Driver. Give my N4 a break to increase its longevity, perhaps.

    Also, I want to see what it was like to tinker on the very first Android phone.

    I'm also interested to see how Android behaved before multi-touch was implemented (apparently the G1 was capable of it but was software disabled at release. ROMing apparently sorted that all out...yeah, did some reading last night after I bought it).

    I always wanted the G1 ever since I started on Android back in the Ally days but was on Verizon.

    Gonna be fun!

    jmar
     
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  10. bfldworker

    bfldworker Android Enthusiast

    I have recently played with the G1. It took a bit to get use to because of have feature naked it is compared to my daily driver (GS3). But even with out the features that in am afforded by ICS and JB it is a durable phone. People complained about how unwieldy it is. And yes it was a small brick. But, you could kick the hell out of it and it would keep going.
     
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  11. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    It's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiive!
    [​IMG]
    Feels weird owning a phone running the oldest commercially available Android OS version while also owning one running the newest commercially available Android OS version.
     
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  12. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    If I remember correctly, the G1 was the HTC Magic, while the G2 was the Hero/Desire Z/Eris.

    I've often though about seeking out a Nexus One and Nexus S to complete my collection.
     
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  13. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    Ah, yes! I keep getting the G1 mixed-up with the Hero...thanks for that clarification, jhawkkw :).

    The Hero does look very much like the Eris. I should load-up 1.5 on it again just for grins, but I'm not sure I've got enough time to wait for it to boot-up ;) :).
     
  14. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    T-Mobile G1 is the dream y'all.
     
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  15. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Ah yeah, that's it. I thought the magic didn't sound right. The magic was the mytouch.
     
  16. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    I just learned that the dream and magic were devices in which one ROM would flash on either due their similarities.

    I'm in the process of getting the correct radio/bootloader combo so I can do just that.

    Earlier today I thought I bricked this G1! Turns out I didn't have an OS loaded. Crazy tinkering took place back in the day! I've been so spoiled by these Nexi over the last two years.
     
  17. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Man!

    First time I followed this crazy guide to get the latest bootloader/radio combo the ROM install bootlooped. Trying it again from the beginning. Grrrrrrrrr.
     
  18. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Booting up...Developing...
     
  19. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    Bootloop! Dang it! I followed the guide to a T!
     
  20. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    HTC has made a number of great qwerty models. I'm sorry they stopped.
     
  21. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    And now she is truly aliiiiiiiiive!
    [​IMG]
    CM6.
     
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  22. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    So I learned that certain ROMs can only boot on certain bootloader/radio combos. I finally was finally able to flash the latest bootloader/radio combo in conjunction with a ROM made for that combo. Crazy G1! Who knew that flashing could be so specific?

    I soft bricked this phone four times before finally flashing the correct ROM for said bootloader/radio combo. The G1 is truly nuts. Gonna try some Gingerbread ROMs soon!

    I should totally be sleeping right now, BTW!

    I feel like I've never been more addicted to Android than tonight!

    jmar
     
  23. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    I could be wrong, but I think that might be an HTC thing regarding specific bootloaders and radios. Never really had that issue on the Samsung or Nexus devices I've owned. I've seen Scotty mention needing specific hboots and what not for specific roms, so that's how I'm drawing my conclusion.
     
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  24. jmar

    jmar Nexican
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    You are spot on. Seems like this was something that ROM flashers dealt with back in the day. I soft bricked this thing so many times last night trying to figure it all out.
     
  25. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    Yeah, but what was the first rootable Samsung, and what roms were available for it? How often was the firmware updated? And the first HTC was a Nexus.

    Just saying. :)
     
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The T-Mobile G1 release date was October 2008. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 3MP camera, 192GB RAM, MSM7201A processor, and 1150mAh battery.

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