This year Google handed out limited-edition unlocked G1’s to employees as christmas presents. I picked mine up a few hours ago.
Although I’ve been carrying various versions of the handset for over a year now, it was a new experience to open one of my own from a real consumer box.
The G1 is very close to a post I wrote 3 years ago on the missing disruptive mobile device. (Thank you, Matt Jones, for reminding me about it. I hope the day comes when you emerge from behind the camouflage and return to blog for us once more).
While the power of the G1 in terms of features and functionality is unparalleled, the basic user experience is still a bit stuttery and not yet as velvet-smooth as flow on the iPhone.
If they were Argentine tango dancers, switching from the iPhone to the G1 would be the equivalent of pairing up with a beginner after coasting smoothly with a top dame or don.
This particular beginner is a fast learner though. It also has social object-producing capabilities none of the others have.
The top Android app lists by Gizmodo and TechCrunch seem a bit dated. If you’re an Android user or following the developer circuit, let’s hear from you! What apps should I be installing?