I’m sorry I didn’t come up with a more catchy title and hopefully this won’t be another plan ol’ comparison between these two phones. What, you say? Why would this one be different? Well, I own both phones. More specifically, I got my G1 on launch day and have loved it ever since. At the beginning of April, we were on family vacation and I dropped my G1 with such force, I broke it. I had the G1 BEFORE the iPhone…
I found myself going through the “Seven Stages of Grief” over the phone. This was the first smartphone I had bought myself and my first phone with a real dataplan.
Typically, the seven (7) stages of grief are described as:
– Shock or Disbelief
– Acceptance and Hope
Sometimes, people speak of five (5) stages of grieving, putting together:
– Shock/Disbelief and Denial
– Bargaining and Guilt
I was using a crappy Samsung phone during my “depression” phase. I then learned that the G2 might be coming out this summer so I didn’t want to spend over $200+ for a new G1.
Acceptance and Hope
I began my search for a 1st gen / 2g iPhone. I wanted to jailbreak and unlock it so I can use it on T-Mobile’s network. I was able to find via Facebook from a friend and we struck a deal and I got a new (used) iPhone.
It’s been about a week and I have been playing around with the iPhone a lot. It is jailbroken and unlocked and I am able to use it with my T-Mobile G1 account just fine.
Now that I have both, I feel that I can give a good comparison between the two. Furthermore, I had my G1 first, before I had any iPhone experience.
I loved this phone. Here’s a list in particular order of things I really liked:
- Sliding Menus
- Run multiple apps
- Google Gmail/Calendar/Contacts Syncing
- Online community
- Google Maps, Tracks, and Latitude
- Could use most web-based iPhone apps.
- More utility based apps in market
- Cool GPS apps
And here’s some things I did not like about it:
- It would “hang” switching back from using the web browser.
- Too many “Tip Calculators” in the market.
- No way to see if an upgrade to an once free app now costs money
- Battery life, battery life.
- No Exchange support.
- Did I mention Battery life?
- Not able to integrate with iTunes
- Wouldn’t work with my office’s Corporate Wifi, (could only get Edge in the building).
The G1 was otherwise a killer phone, in my opinion. The sound quality was good. There were plenty of apps that changed default behavior. I liked the keyboard a lot, but I wish it did have an iPhone like keyboard; it was somewhat cumbersome to slide the keyboard open and wait for the screen to refresh with the new orientation. There were plenty of fitness-type apps, too. Each one improved upon the previous.
To be clear, I now think the iPhone is also a killer phone. A list of my likes:
- Seems much faster than the G1
- The internal memory is shared between apps, iTunes, photos, etc
- All my iPod accessories work!
- The store is easy to navigate and sort between free and paid apps
- Supports Microsoft Exchange via OWA
- WiFi works great.
And my list of dislikes:
- Only one Exchange account can be configured.
- Browser doesn’t default to “mobile” site
I originally had some apps on my list of “likes” that I removed since it is only a matter of time before the Android version of the apps start showing up.
And that’s about it. I realize it looks like I like the iPhone better than the G1, but that isn’t the case. The way I see it, the iPhone has been out way longer and has way more exsposure than the G1 and Google Android in general.
Both phones are killer in my opinion. But I do like Android bettern than the iPhone OS. And that might be since it’s linux based and just sort of feels right. But I am enjoying my iPhone and I do plan on getting a G2 but I may not be in as big as a hurry as I was before.