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October 15, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Review roundup: Early G1 testers mixed, cool to frosty

Walt Mossberg still loves his iPhone, but praised the G1 even though he found it an “inferior multimedia device”:

“Overall, the G1 is a very good first effort, and a godsend for people who prefer physical keyboards or T-Mobile but want to be part of the new world of powerful pocket computers.”

CrunchGear called it another “beta” special from Google and ripped the battery life, saying it pooped out after six hours of medium-heavy use (Walt didn’t mind the battery – his lasted all day, or five hours in his heavy-talk test). CG also hated the G1’s look:

“Seriously, who gave this design the green light? It reminds of the Wing and Tilt, but a fugly mishmash of the two.”

David Pogue panned it. Actually he liked the software, but not the network or the phone so much. He wasn’t a fan of the keyboard, and burned through the battery in 3.5 hours.

“Unfortunately, the keyboard and the removable battery make the phone a lot thicker, heavier and homelier than the iPhone. Nobody looks at G1 and says, “Ooooh, I gotta have that.”

(Maybe I should have been more focused in battery tests. It lasted through the day for me when casually using the phone, browsing now and then, and not using it to play much music.

On Sunday morning, I threw it in the car for a road trip. I let my daughter browse and play with it while we drove, searched multiple times for various services, made a bunch of calls and still had juice Monday morning …)

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