It's the end of an era, but honestly, it's not an end that we're going
to be tearing up about. T-Mobile's G1
has just left the building, which
is somewhat sad to hardcore Android
lovers, but it's a great sign of
forward progress for everyone else. The HTC
-built G1 is largely
remembered as the world's first Android phone, and the design at the
time was something of a novelty. Today, hundreds of Android phones
exist, but none were as old, sluggish and limited as the G1.
At the time of its birth, the G1 was a huge hit, and it meant that the
iPhone finally had some decent competition. But the G1 was limited by a
528MHz processor and a 480x320 resolution display, not to mention the
tiny amount of internal storage. But the G1 started a revolution that
has eventually led to the Nexus One, DROID
Incredible, HTC EVO 4G and
As of today, the G1 doesn't appear to be available for sale as a new
unit from any of the usual suspects, including T-Mobile USA and Amazon.
But be sure to take a moment and thank the now-dead G1 for what it did
for the smartphone industry.