When Google, T-Mobile, and HTC unveiled the first smartphone running Android last month, Google’s many fans were excited by the idea of a mobile phone tied to the online services they enjoy. Other were less enthusiastic, pointing out that Android is an untried operating system and the T-Mobile G1 is only going to be available from a single, relatively small wireless provider in the United States.
Nevertheless, there are enough optimists that 1.5 million G1’s have already been pre-ordered, sight unseen. And this number would be higher, except that T-Mobile has sold all the devices it has available to ship by October 22, the launch day.
It had initially put in an order for 500 thousand units from the G1’s manufacturer, HTC, for this purpose, but when those quickly sold out the order was tripped. This enlarged order has also already sold out.
As they are both aimed at consumers, many people are eagerly watching to see how Android is going to do against Apple’s iPhone. So far, Google’s offering seems to be holding its own.
Having 1.5 million people pre-order the T-Mobile G1 stands up well against the one million iPhone 3Gs sold during the launch weekend.
But the competition has just barely gotten started, and only time will tell how these two will do against each other and the other mobile operating systems, like Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Palm OS.
Don’t Despair, Android Fans
There are two options available for those who want a T-Mobile G1 as soon as possible but who haven’t already pre-ordered one.
When this smartphone launches later this month, there will be about 2 million units in T-Mobile stores across the U.S. Details on where to to find a store are available at www.T-MobileG1.com.
Those not interesting to braving the crowds can put in a pre-order for a unit now, but these won’t be delivered until some time after the launch day.
More About the T-Mobile G1
The T-Mobile G1 will be a consumer-oriented smartphone with support for this carrier’s new 3G network.
It will include an 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It will also sport a microSD card slot and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
The G1 will have a highly functional web browser, and will support many of Google’s services, like Gmail and Google Maps.
Overall, it will be 4.60 inches by 2.2 inches by 0.60 inches, and weigh 5.6 ounces.
It costs $180 with a two-year voice and data agreement.
The G1 will be released in the United Kingdom in November.
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