iPhone or the Android G1

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We all know and have heard about the Apple iPhone. But how good is the T-Mobile G1 against the iPhone. Lets have a look.

Google has forayed into the mobile phone industry with its Open Source Android Mobile device Operating System. . The Android is based on Open Linux Kernel and was developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance. G1 previously known as G-Phone is officially manufactured by HTC (HTC Dream) for T-Mobile.

The phone is touted to be a competitor for the iPhone, which we think is mostly because of its touch functionality and the market power due to its immense popularity. But when looked upon closely, both phones have serious issues which cannot be overlooked for daily use. Of course, Hardware specs are directly dependent on your wallets weight.

The phone specs are pretty standard. It is a Quad band 3G phone weighing 158g. It runs on a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528Mhz processor (ARM11/ARM9) with 192MB RAM, 256MB ROM. It also has 3.2” TFT-LCD Touch sensitive display, 3.2MP Auto Focus Camera, Assisted-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. The display is 320x240 capable, a MicroSD slot and uses trackball with enter function for navigation. These features are little more advanced and feasible than the iPhone at 20$ less.

But speaking of competition, iPhone has better interface with slightly larger display, more internal storage and way better looks. But both are Network locked, cannot record videos and are much hyped phones. But G1 can prove this wrong as it can have a number of applications written for it. Thanks to the detailed specifications, we know the phone’s hardware is capable of video recording/playback. And Beta versions of video players are available for free in the Android Market. Whereas the iPhone cannot do this, until and unless Apple releases an update. But what G1 really misses is a standard 3.5mm Headphone jack like the iPhone and integrated memory. Speaking about dimensions, the QWERTY keypad does justice than the iPhone screen taps.

The Android software package has all the standard Google applications – Maps, Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, and Instant Messenger. Standard Text/IM/Email is available. It features a Music player with the Amazon Music store. Full rich content web browsing is possible with the WebKit based browser. The Androids flashy interface is handled by OpenGL ES 1.0. The Android Market will be a boon for G1 Users.When it comes to iPhone or G1, I would choose iPhone for its looks, trademark interface and music capabilities. I would choose G1 for being Open Source (means millions of free apps), better specs at lower price and a Large Display coupled with a QWERTY Keyboard. Looks wise G1 does not look bad; it is just not that slick. While G1 has several features to run over the iPhone, iPhone has only very few to match the G1. My preferred choice will be the G1.


kannan said...

hi shyam ur post on the comparison of G1 and iphone mobiles was great.....i forgot u and read it...it was like a post of a journal of a newspaper...was technical as well as a global post useful over the universe...

fahad waraich said...

No doubt G1 or the new Google phone competes iPhone in terms of looks, performance etc. But iPhone excels when we talk about its app store. Now they have over millions applications and that's something really attractive to customers. I have heard about Android market and visited it too. It does have applications but far less than Apple's app store. But you said in your blog,'(means millions of free apps).' Can you please refer me to websites that offer Android applications?


Shyam said...

Hello Fahad,
No offense, but this is the effect of mass popularity. When the platform you are using is closed source you don't have several areas to look at (excluding hacked iPhones).
But in the case of Android you can surf sites and find many APK (android package) files. You can download and install them using the SDK or the App Store. Also the Android is fresh and new, many are experimenting rather than marketing their software. Its Linux, anyone who does programming can write their apps.
The case here with Open Source is tweakability, iPhone takes a hit on that big time.

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