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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM

First look at T-Mobile’s Google G1 phone?

The Android Guys blog has an image and specs providing the most details yet (if correct …) on the long-awaited GPhone that T-Mobile will begin selling by year-end.

Of course it’s an HTC handset powered by Android operating system initiated by Google.

New details shown in the image include Google’s brand prominently displayed on the back of the handset, similar to the way the iPhone has a big Apple logo on the back. The Gphone, in the rendering, actually says “With Google,” but the with is smaller than the Google.

Other features include a Sidekick-like slide-out keyboard, a 3.1 megapixel camera and a trackball that remains exposed, below the screen. The device has a little bend at the end, like the tail of a skateboard.

It may not be the actual device, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a legitimate, semi-authorized, buzz-building leak from one of the companies involved.

Funny, it appeared the same day as Nokia announced another contender for coolest new phone coming to the U.S. in the fourth quarter – the Nokia N96.

Nokia’s pitching the $895, 3G N96 as a video device, with the capability of playing near-DVD quality movies and storing up to 40 hours of content on its internal 16 gigabytes of memory and a memory card.

It also has the ability to receive and record broadcast TV. It also does instant replays and has a program guide – a pocket Tivo, basically.

The N96 also has navigational tools and services and a 5 megapixel camera.

Video’s also going to be a highlight of the Gphone, which has a dedicated YouTube player. It has far less memory – 64MB RAM plus a 1 gig card – but also supports streaming video, according to the Android Guys.

I won’t steal the Android Guys image, but here’s the Nokia phone – a slider, with a keypad but no QWERTY keyboard:

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