OK. So I forgot to tell you yesterday that the Google's T-Mobile G1 phone launched.
It costs $179.
For that price, service contract not included, the NYTime's says you get a "large color touch screen that slides out to expose a full keyboard, as well as a 3-megapixel camera. The phone's software provides an Internet browser and easy access to many of Google's services, including search, Gmail and YouTube. Although several applications come preloaded on the phone, the G1 is also designed to encourage third-party developers to create programs to run on it."
It will be available here in the U.S. on Oct. 22.
I know most people who seem to be in love with their iPhones or Blackberrys. (Seriously, I worry about all those people constantly whipping out their smart phones, touching it, playing with it, obsessing over it all day long.)
Me? I just want to be able to make calls on my phone, send a text message once in awhile and take pictures of my dog occasionally. I don't really need anything fancy. But I thought for the non-cave dwellers out there, there would be more excitement over the Google phone.
But I haven't heard heard a peep in these here parts from real consumers.
Is it because people like PC Mag's Ed-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff says you should "prepare to be underwhelmed" by the Google phone? Or that InformationWeek already issued a list of five things to dislike about the G1?
Perhaps, but from the reports out there, the G1 seems to offer some pretty nifty features. As the NYTimes says, "The G1, which will run on both high-speed 3G networks and older cellular networks, also has Wi-Fi access, GPS navigation and Bluetooth connections. T-Mobile said the batteries will support five hours of talk time and 130 hours of standby time."
Sounds good, but will it be enough to sell the G1 as well as the iPhone or Blackberry has sold? You tell me. It's more competition so that's always good, I say, but does anyone care? Anyone planning on buying it?