T-mobile has finally launched its foray into the smartphone market-Gphone or G1 or T-mobile G1.Gphone will officially hit the market next month 22th.
Starting at a subsidized $180 through T-Mobile (with a two-year contract), the new device is certainly priced competitively relative to Apple's iPhone 3G.
The Gphone strongest selling point will be its retractable keyboard.A nifty keyboard isn't enough to slay Apple, though. If anything, it positions the Gphone against the texting-friendly BlackBerry from Research In Motion.
Google apparently has a winner with its Android operating system. Taking a page out of the Apple playbook, the phone even has access to a Google-fied App Store. That's certainly nice, but program developers will want to see whether the public takes to the new phones before committing resources to it.
That point may become moot as other phones launch around the Android platform. The Gphone may -- or may not -- sell briskly next month, but Google's in this for far more than just this one handset. That's important, because cell-phone owners can be fickle.
The market is changing so quickly that even those two-year contracts may seem like prison sentences compared to the cool smartphones we'll be buying come 2010.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Posted by Baktou at 9:58 AM