WIRED’s Gadget Lab is Kinda Hatin’ on the G1

An article went up on Gadget Lab just before the weekend arrived called “Top 5 Cellphone Letdowns of 2008” and the G1 landed at number 2, right behind the iPhone 3G.

What’s the big letdown?

“The handset poised to out-iPhone the iPhone had a laundry list of hardware letdowns: bulky, unattractive, and saddled with yet another proprietary headphone jack.”

Let’s be careful not to confuse reviews of the G1 with Android in general.  That’s a common problem and it looks like Terrence Russell knows the difference between the two.  “Updates to Google’s Android OS could salvage the device (à la the iPhone 3G).”   The bigger complaints of Android are almost all addressable.  The stuff about the G1 however might not be as easy.  There’s not much one can do to “un-bulky” a phone.

The other phones to make the list are Palm Treo Pro, LG Dare, and Motorola Z10.

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  1. yawn. So he doesn’t like the way it looks. Good thing I don’t care what he thinks is attractive or not

  2. If i were you Scot i’d ignore that article.That guy is just seeking to increase the traffic on that site,and i think he has succeded..Very boring article.

  3. Yeah it’s a long article about the most hyped phones and why they aren’t super-duper-complete perfection.

  4. I’m really getting tired of people “hating on” Android while citing problems they have with the G1. I too feel the G1 is a little under ambitious (what? No OLED screen?) but you won’t hear me complaining. I’d rather go for a first generation, kind of not so awesome piece of hardware (like the G1) and use Android than buy a tenth generation smart phone running Windows mobile. I think we all agree that Android is the focus here, not the G1.

    Granted, most reviewers I have read have done a good job separating Android from the hardware of the G1. It’s those rotten few that go around talking about the two like they’re one in the same that really get my goat.

  5. may be he is irritated that APPL or T-Mobile didn’t give him a phone for review (a la ‘Goatberg!’)!
    Poor dog…

  6. I’m annoyed that I keep seeing the USB mini port on the G1 described as “proprietary”. Did I miss something? Did HTC invent USB Mini ports? They must be rolling in it because there’s an USB Mini port on my camera, all my mp3 players, my card reader, all my USB hubs use it.

    Proprietary ports are created by the hardware manufacturer either to provide special features that no other manufactured port can provide, or just be jerks and keep you from buying something somewhere else. Neither is the case with the G1. Lots of people make adapters, and there are several headphone sets already availabe for USB mini ports. I like having one port, it makes the device sleeker.

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