I’ve had my T-Mobile G1 “Google” phone since it’s initial release back in October 2008. Since then, I have received a couple of updates but nothing of real importance from my point of view. Overall I’ve been fairly happy with the phone so far, however, there are a few things that have been on my wish list (besides T-mobile 3g coverage in my area, which still isn’t available).
After living with this phone for over 6 months now, one of my biggest complaints is the camera – granted, I don’t buy a phone for the built-in camera. However, if a company is willing to include one, it should at least be able to perform somewhat reasonable. The G1’s picture taking ability is average at best. It boasts a 3.2mp camera with autofocus, but no manual adjustment settings. The slightest bit of movement with the camera or within the scene will pretty much render the picture a useless blur. After having an iPhone, I would say from a realistic use perspective, the iPhone takes much better pictures.
Well, I’m hoping that’s all about to change. Google has released a new version of Android – 1.5. There is a pretty big list of new features and improvements. A couple of the new features that I’ve been anticipating:
- An on-screen “soft” keyboard. There are many times when I don’t want to slide out the keyboard for a quick sms, so this will be a huge benefit.
- Video recording. It will be very interesting to see how well this works, considering it’s using the built-in camera that has proved to be lacking thus far.
- Batch actions on Gmail messages. There have been many times where I’ve wanted to delete or label multiple messages, but have to go through the process one message at a time.
As for performance improvements, the following were listed having been improved:
- Faster Camera start-up and image capture
- Much faster acquisition of GPS location
- Smoother page scrolling in Browser
- Speedier GMail conversation list scrolling
Now I’m just debating whether to manually update my phone this weekend or wait for T-mobile to push it down sometime in the next couple weeks. It would be nice if T-mobile allowed you to pull down the update rather than pushing it down to customers…maybe when version 2.0 rolls around.