The Android, aka G1 or HTC Dream, is available now in a couple of countries like Germany, Singapore, France,.. I use the phone (the development version) on a day to day basis since a couple of weeks, the same time I am getting up to speed developing applications for it. The first impressions from a consumer prospective:
- Simple design, but not as sleek as an iPhone.
- The screen touch feature is less responsive than the iPhone.
- The battery runtime is not practical. Using applications regularly and the GPS feature makes you hunt for an energy source after 1 day of use.
- The built-in applications are very simplistic and you rather start looking for some with more features to download.
This review does not reflect the technical background or quality of the Android. I am still convinced of the platform, just the first available hardware release is not optimum.
I am sure there will be an updated new version of the phone, other manufacturers will follow to produce devices using the Android platform and the number of available applications will increase, eventually reach the iPhone level. Stay tuned for more hands-on developing of the Android.