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G1 Gphone Reviews Are In: As Good As the iPhone, Or Not Quite Ready?

t-mobile g1 gphoneThe first reviews of T-Mobile’s new G1 “Gphone” are in—and it’s at least as good as the iPhone, if the initial reviewers are to be believed. And considering who some of these reviewers are, it’s probably true.

What’s the consensus? While it’s not a bad little device, T-Mobile’s 3G coverage sucks (20, soon to be 30 cities), the phone should have a better media player and a standard headphone jack, the keyboard is a nice feature but not the easiest to use, not enough built in storage. But Android appears to be pretty solid as a mobile OS, and if the G1 isn’t the most impressive premiere ever, it’s probably a harbinger of good things to come.

Here are some of the bottom lines of the reviews from around the Internet:

Exclusive: Leaked Photos of Google GPhone?

We just received an email–from what appears to be a reliable source–with an exclusive photo of what could be the new Google GPhone.

Eric Dytzel says, “Source in Tawain close to GPhoneLife.com has leaked a prototype of the rumored GPhone. Definitely a mobile version and appears to have all the bells and whistles.”

We’re not even sure if we can display the image, so you’ll have to check it out here.

When you’re done, leave a comment and let us know if you think it’s legit. ;-)

First Apple’s iPhone, Next Google’s GPhone

France Telecom’s mobile phone unit, Orange, reportedly sent executives to the Googleplex to discuss a potential partnership. The discussions could lead to Google’s search technology powering a new “Google phone”, which would make using cell phones as easy as the world’s most popular search engine.

Their plans centre on a branded Google phone…it might have a screen similar to a video iPod. But it would have built-in Google software which would dramatically improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset.

If you think you don’t need a Gphone, you may want to consider the features a Google-powered phone will bring…

Among the potential benefits are location-based searches: aware of your handset’s geographical position, Google could offer a tailored list of local cinemas, restaurants and other amenities, and maps and images from Google Earth.

The Google Loophole: They’ve Used it Before, Now They’re Using it for the GPhone

We’ve found the Google Loophole for their denials they’re building a Google branded mobile phone. What’s the Google Loophole? It’s when Google makes a precisely worded statement denying a rumor, but then turns around and does a variation on it. For example, “we have no plans for an IPO” – at the time they didn’t, but then look what happened.

Anyway, the Google Loophole for the much rumored GPhone is explained by the WSJ. You see, Google’s efforts to get the FCC to allow the connection of any phone to the new 700mhz spectrum, is likely based on its plans to launch a phone. Ah, but they’ve said they’re not interested in building a mobile phone, I hear you cry. Google Loophole!

No Gphone Coming; Expect Windows Mobile Alternative Instead

imageThe IHT is pretty convinced we won’t see mobile phone from Google–yeah, we know that already. However, they’ve shed some light on what exactly Google is working on.

It appears the Mountain View search giant is putting together an operating system for mobile phones based on Linux. The open-source software is designed to go head-to-head with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

Really? Google launching a Microsoft competitor? How novel!

…unlike Microsoft, Google is not expected to charge phone makers a licensing fee for the software.

“The essential point is that Google’s strategy is to lead the creation of an open-source competitor to Windows Mobile,” said an industry executive, who did not want his name used because his company has had contacts with Google. “They will put it in the open-source world and take the economics out of the Windows Mobile business.”

Googly Goodness

Several new features for Google have gotten publicity today:

Linky Goodness, September 23

The G1 Gphone will probably dominate the news today, but Google has made a few other interesting announcements (plus one from Hulu).