Round Robin: Help Jennifer with the G1!
Hey! This is Jennifer, aka GadgetGirl. The G1 is very impressive so far! I'm already liking it better than the Fuze. Moving around on the touch screen seems much smoother to me.
I'm not too crazy about the keyboard letters though. I'm having trouble reading the letters. Is there a way to make the keyboard backlight brighter?
What are some good apps to download on the G1? I'll need a good screen capture app for sure.
Are there any cool widgets that we can download and add to the home screen besides what is listed on the G1? I think all it lists are Clock, Picture Frame, and Search. A weather widget would be nice.
Thanks in advance for any help! And Good Luck Everyone!!
This is an Official Round Robin Contest Thread!
- 12-04-2008, 07:12 PM #2
- 12-04-2008, 09:53 PM #3
- 12-05-2008, 08:34 AM #4
- 12-06-2008, 01:36 AM #5
- 12-06-2008, 03:56 AM #6
@GadgetGirl ...can you try something for us, though? I think that I read somewhere that you can't run apps off of memory card on the G1. Since you have to install an app as one of your tasks, can you try installing to the memory card to see if this is true?
- 12-06-2008, 09:27 PM #7
- 12-06-2008, 10:12 PM #8
Re: Round Robin: Help Jennifer with the G1!
response to Kevin.
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- 12-06-2008, 11:36 PM #9
- 12-07-2008, 10:02 PM #12
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- 12-08-2008, 03:53 AM #13
some of the apps i really loved in my G1, that you may want to try.
Anycut- you can add any shortcut on your desktop which is really useful (for speeddial, websites etc)
ToggleSettings - a quick way to manage the settings in 1 click
DroidSans Tweak Lite - you can add transition to the screen when you enter/exit apps, its very cool and it doesnt lag the system
Imeem - Streaming music for free!
Streamfurious - streaming radio on the internet, free as well!
AK Notepad - a quick way to take notes
Enjoy the G1, I love it alots... and hopefully i can get another one for my girlfriend =)
- 12-08-2008, 04:03 AM #14
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- 12-08-2008, 05:20 PM #16
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For me, the promise of Android is in the future applications. Hopefully, Google can ignite a firestorm of development and support for Android. Without good applications, a smartphone will have limited success. A smartphone with "killer apps", will get customers easily. IMHO.
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- 12-08-2008, 05:39 PM #17
I believe that i few big name developers need to have some run ins with apple removing the apps from the store and they will quickly migrate over to android. However, it will not be that easy. No matter how awesome android is we need more people using it, remember this is linux on the mobile. If there is a user base then there is a demand for apps, otherwise people will just put up with apple and their tyrannical ways
Basically, I love android and open platforms, but we need more people on them
- 12-08-2008, 06:08 PM #18
- 12-09-2008, 12:13 AM #19
Keep your chin up, G1!
Frankly I'm baffled by the derogatory and even mocking comments about the G1's slanted control buttons or "chin" as critics call it. Kevin mentioned it no less than eight times in his final review and Jennifer called it "strange looking." How so? A strong chin shows character in people. A slanted control pad on a handheld device shows that the engineers were thinking about how the device is used.
For me the chin is one of the best features of the body design because it cradles in my hand naturally and guides my fingers from the screen to the buttons in both portrait and landscape modes. It just feels right. Because of the chin I can quickly tell which end of the phone is up without looking at it, and yet the subtle slant does not interfere with cases or pockets. Are the expert reviewers so used to handling standard "brick" phones that they cannot grasp the ergonomic advantages of that modest but purposeful chin? Vive le difference, I say!More Human Than Human
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- 12-09-2008, 12:18 AM #20
I must say first impression is always subjective.. initially i also felt that the G1 looked like the toy.. but after using for weeks now, I really "grow" into the design and find it very cool. the arc slider is a real charm and I like to play with it (though i am worry it may break one day like any sliding qwerty). the spring feels strong and solid so the snapping action was a nice.
start using G1 as your default phone and you will love it in no time.
- 12-09-2008, 09:52 AM #21
Jennifer slammed the G1's camera: "I was very disappointed with the quality of the photos. No matter what type of lighting I was in, the photos always came out grainy and washed out. I was very surprised since the G1 has a 3.2 megapixel camera. I saw no options to change, so I don't know what the problem is. My Centro takes better pictures than what I've been getting with the G1. I also find the camera button on the right side of the G1 to be difficult to press."
The camera is fairly typical for smartphones and is the same one used in the HTC Touch series sans flash and software controls--sure would like to have had a flash! Careful photography produces pretty good photos given the limitations. The JPG images are a generous 2048 x 1536 pixels at 72 dpi and roughly 500 KB in size. There is auto-focus but no zoom, quality or exposure controls. The camera software will be improved in a future build but for now we can at least do some in-camera processing with the nifty PicSay app available in the Market.
I have taken hundreds of photos (see a few shrunken examples below) and find the quality to be reasonable if I pay attention to four things: keep the lens clean, avoid dim or contrasty scenes, set the focus by pushing the button half way before shooting, and hold very steady until the "click" sound.
Cameras this light are hard to keep steady by nature, so where possible I brace the G1 against something. I also check the image before taking the shot to verify that the exposure is as expected, and I recenter the image to control exposure (can always crop later). Scenics generally work best with a dominant sky in the frame. The camera button works fine for me when holding the G1 in both hands and squeezing gently.
Hope that helps. Try first outside in the best light. If you still get bad photos I suspect the camera is broken. Note that you can transfer images (or any files such as music) by mounting the G1 on your computer desktop thru USB. For photos look in the dcim folder.
Last edited by Dr. Tyrell; 12-09-2008 at 09:59 AM.More Human Than Human
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- 12-09-2008, 02:15 PM #22
thanks for the nice review over at treocentral! It seems like an interesting device. My son, the computer hacker (in the true sense of hacking), wants one for Christmas. We are leaning towards it so maybe I will soon be able to add my impressions. ...I'll try it on weekend mornings when the teenager is sleeping ;-)
- 12-09-2008, 07:37 PM #23
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