It may not knock the iPhone off its throne, but the new T-Mobile G1 could finally give the reigning smart phone some much-needed competition.
During a news conference Tuesday, T-Mobile and Google executives unveiled the highly anticipated “Google-powered” phone and revealed that the HTC-manufactured G1 would go on sale Oct. 22 for $179 — $20 less than the Apple favorite.
Die-hard iPhone fans may think that the G1 isn’t as elegant or slick as their beloved smart phone. But, the G1’s full-size keyboard and user-friendly interface could attract those who haven’t yet embraced hand-held computers.
In size and shape, a closed G1 resembles a slightly chubby iPhone. But Google and T-Mobile say it isn’t the phone’s exterior that will give the phone an edge — it’s the operating system underneath.
The G1 is the first phone powered by Android — Google’s open source mobile phone software platform that gives innovative third-party developers the opportunity to create new applications.