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Google Android Based T-Mobile G1 Launches In UK

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Second Android story of the day, well it's a rather predictable one of course... the T-Mobile G1 is upon us!

At 7am this morning the doors opened in the brand spanking new flagship T-Mobile Regent Street store and the Android based G1 went on sale to punters. Available for free on a choice of £40pm Flext and Combi contracts, the open source handset matches the inevitably - if unfairly - compared to Apple iPhone 3G.

What do we think of the G1? A full review will be winging its way to you shortly, but in the meantime I'd advise you take a look at my fairly extensive T-Mobile G1 First Impressions which I made after about an hour's hands-on time with the device.

In terms of raw specs, highlights include an accelerometer equipped wide and touchscreen display, 7.2Mbit HSDPA, 3.2MP fixed focus camera, integrated Google Maps and Gmail and a responsive (if I feel, a little cramped) Qwerty sliding physical keyboard. Major omissions for third party developers to fill include no desktop syncing, no Exchange support, no video recording and extremely limited native multimedia playback.

So Android Market has its work cut out, though I'd expect programmers to go about it with relish.

In related (and extremely timely) news the G1 has also just been unlocked by the aptly named 'Unlock-TmobileG1.com' (not much of a chicken and the egg question there). Failing completely to embrace the open source nature of the software, the site is charging $23 a shot to supply codes which it says will do this for you. A video has been posted on the company's site however to backup the claim, so it looks like we have a winner here.

That said, expect a free variant to be released within days.

Happy coding and customising...

Links:
T-Mobile G1
UnlockTmobile61.com

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