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  1. Jennifer Chappell#CB's Avatar
    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 05:16 PM
  2. blueline's Avatar
    Sorry gadget girl, I whish icould help but I'm a deditcated iPhone user right now. Oh as well as a huge SPE Round Robin fan as well.
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    12-04-2008 08:12 PM
  3. NPR_Aficionado's Avatar
    I have to say...the Android Central forums are pretty sparse, very little help to most on the RoundRobin. Are there that few G1 users out there, or are they just at other sites?
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    12-04-2008 10:53 PM
  4. rjgonza's Avatar
    I was feeling the same way. I am trying to decide whether or not I wanna try out the G1 but I am not finding the people very active here. Then again this seems to be a new site, or just a well kept secret.
    12-05-2008 09:34 AM
  5. cjdaniel's Avatar
    umust have bronze or white? The T-Mobile sales person told me to get black because of the keyboard.
    12-06-2008 02:36 AM
  6. devonair's Avatar
    @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 04:56 AM
  7. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    The G1 is very impressive so far! I'm already liking it better than the Fuze.
    I have really high hopes for Android OS.
    12-06-2008 10:27 PM
  8. Dr. Tyrell's Avatar
    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.
    Welcome! Glad you're off to a good start. Fire away! I'll help where I can.

    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?
    That is a common complaint with the light-colored keys on the bronze and white G1's. Touch typists adapt quickly but others have to (ugh) angle the keyboard to catch the light right. I am surprised no one has yet developed a software fix. The black units do not have this problem.

    What are some good apps to download on the G1? I'll need a good screen capture app for sure.
    Not yet but there is a way. See my response to Kevin.

    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.
    Not yet--is there an echo here?--because the widget SDK (software development kit) has not been released. The possibilities are intriguing.
    12-06-2008 11:12 PM
  9. dannzeman's Avatar
    I wish I could my hands on a G1 for a little test drive. Haven't been able to track one down yet.
    12-07-2008 12:36 AM
  10. Jennifer Chappell#CB's Avatar
    @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?
    As far as I know, you can't install to the memory card. Each time I've installed an app, I see no option to install to the card. When you click to install, the app immediately starts downloading to the G1 and you see a notification at the top left of the screen letting you know that it's downloading, and then lets you know when the download is complete. After the app has been installed, I see no option to move to the card either.
    12-07-2008 09:39 PM
  11. Jennifer Chappell#CB's Avatar
    Welcome! Glad you're off to a good start. Fire away! I'll help where I can.


    That is a common complaint with the light-colored keys on the bronze and white G1's. Touch typists adapt quickly but others have to (ugh) angle the keyboard to catch the light right. I am surprised no one has yet developed a software fix. The black units do not have this problem.


    Not yet but there is a way. See my response to Kevin.


    Not yet--is there an echo here?--because the widget SDK (software development kit) has not been released. The possibilities are intriguing.
    Thanks Dr. Tyrell! I'll check out your response to Kevin!
    12-07-2008 09:41 PM
  12. Dr. Tyrell's Avatar
    As far as I know, you can't install to the memory card. Each time I've installed an app, I see no option to install to the card. When you click to install, the app immediately starts downloading to the G1 and you see a notification at the top left of the screen letting you know that it's downloading, and then lets you know when the download is complete. After the app has been installed, I see no option to move to the card either.
    One of the most requested--the most requested?--features is the ability to store apps on the microSD card. People are downloading the (temporarily) free apps with abandon and quickly filling the 256MB internal storage. Speculation is that Google will fix this by the time the Market starts charging for apps. For now the card is useful mainly for media and some data that apps can write there.
    12-07-2008 11:02 PM
  13. chuazy's Avatar
    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 04:53 AM
  14. lilmissq's Avatar
    I'm using the iPod Touch and loving it! But, i feel that the G1 would be absolutely yummilicous! Just wondering when is it officially coming to Singapore????
    12-08-2008 05:03 AM
  15. rjgonza's Avatar
    I'm using the iPod Touch and loving it! But, i feel that the G1 would be absolutely yummilicous! Just wondering when is it officially coming to Singapore????
    Sorry I dont know that information, but you could always just grab the developer version its a little more expensive, but worth it
    12-08-2008 03:03 PM
  16. chodaboy's Avatar
    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 06:20 PM
  17. rjgonza's Avatar
    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.
    I could not agree more. That is why I am getting behind android. I believe that java is easier than objective c, and that it is so much nice to have the freedom that android grants you.

    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 06:39 PM
  18. amistry's Avatar
    Hey, how good or efficient is the sliding kb compared to fuze or tilt? Atleast there aren't as many menu or tiny scroll bars as compared to wm!
    12-08-2008 07:08 PM
  19. Dr. Tyrell's Avatar
    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!
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    12-09-2008 01:13 AM
  20. chuazy's Avatar
    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 01:18 AM
  21. Dr. Tyrell's Avatar
    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.
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    12-09-2008 10:52 AM
  22. jaytee's Avatar
    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 03:15 PM
  23. blueline's Avatar
    I wish I could help but I am currently rocking the iPhone 3g. However I am really interested in th g1and the new android is. Keep up the good work and don't worry you are doing fine on the videos.
    12-09-2008 08:37 PM
  24. Jesse Potter's Avatar
    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 ;-)
    Do it! I would be psyched if my parents got me a G1 for Christmas. Only reason they won't be, is because I'm buying it in a couple weeks.
    12-09-2008 08:45 PM
  25. Duvi's Avatar
    This is good info I can pass on to some coworkers with g1s.
    12-10-2008 03:03 AM
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