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    Switching to the G1 Wednesday, 07 July 2010 19:39

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    Switching to the G1 Saturday, 08 May 2010 21:01

    So I've had the G1 since Monday, but I haven't had a lot of time to play around with it yet. I did manage to damage the OS within an hour of getting it though (what a dork!). The phone is rooted (jailbroken/hacked) and had a custom ROM (firmware/OS) installed, and the way it was set up part of the OS was on the SD card. I didn't realize this, and formatted the card to install some video files on it. Result=hang on boot! Fortunately the guy that sold it to me told me how to restore it.

    The battery is pretty much toast which was not unexpected, so I ordered 2 new ones on ebay, will be interesting to see what the battery life is like when I get them.

    I'm getting used to the interface, and I think it actually can replace my Treo. The screen is gorgeous. The hardware keyboard is a bit awkward to type on, but I do appreciate having it since I still find onscreen keyboards incredibly annoying to use. There is an onscreen keyboard replacement out there called Swype (where you slide to select letters instead of tapping) which is supposed to be very fast though, so I'll have to check that out. The teeny trackball is great, you can scroll and select with precision (always an issue for me with tiny items on a touch screen, and also avoids selecting an item when you wanted to scroll).

    I'm definitely glad to be moving to the Android OS, I love the Android community--the openness of the OS encourages some great development/apps. Although there is some 'RTFM'-ness, it seems that everyone is very very helpful if you ask nicely.

    One thing that blows though is on T-Mobile branded Android phones, you're forced to switch to their $30 Android data plan. I have a $20 data plan now that *includes* access to hotspots (that's now an additional $10 addon). Although, I found out from howardforums.com that there is a special $20 version of the Android data plan for loyal customers (I've been with t-mo since it was Voicestream so I think I qualify!). So then I would just lose hotspots, but the 2 hrs./day with the Starbucks card should suffice (I know, ugh, Starbucks, but it's a nice perk). I'm just concerned that the Android data plan won't work on the Treo (just in case). I asked t-mo and the rep said it "may not" work, but she didn't seem to be all that clued in, just going by a sheet. Howardforums and @cosmi on Twitter say it should work though, and I trust those guys.

    So I haven't really fully evaluated it yet, but will report back when I do.

    Next step is to upgrade to Cyanogen's Android version 2.1 ROM, woohoo!