So I have no hesitation in recommending this device.
I had been an htc win mobile user for quite a while, I loved the full qwerty keyboards and the ease of synchronisation with exchange. However when I came to upgrade this time round there wasn't anything that fitted the bill on my network. So I took the plunge, changed networks and got a G1 about 6 months ago.
It hasn't been without its teething problems and I'm still looking for decent, cheap exchange support. I currently use TouchDown
, it does the job but the interface doesn't feel as slick as it could. It just seems out of place. I only use it for the email side of exchange, I synchronise my gmail/outlook calendar and contacts using a cheap little program called gSyncit
it has the advantage of handling multiple gmail calendars and linking them to categories on the outlook one. Again, a program not without its teething problems but the guy who makes it is quick to respond to support requests. As with all sync programs I would advise making backups before using it and double checking all the settings the first time round. Unlike some I've tried, this one manages to get the birthday format the right way round and I didn't have to go through re-adjusting birthdays eg 09/01/1980 to 01/09/1980.SMS Backup
is neat, it backs up your sms messages to to your gmail account. It's an open source project and will probably extend to other things being backed up to gmail at a later date.
There are some neat little apps to make use of the GPS and there's a barcode scanner for if you're out shopping!
But that's all about the apps and not about the system...
Android is easy to use and the switch from winMo wasn't as difficult as I expected. The buttons are all easily tap-able and everything is easy to get at. I would question the lack of folders on the menu as once you've installed a few apps it becomes more difficult to organise but I think that might just be me liking folders!
I like the multiple desktops and the ease of switching between them.
It would have been nice for exchange support to have been inherent, it would have made everything a lot easier. I'm obliged to use it for work so I can't just switch to gmail (which I already use for my personal email). However I also see the point that it shouldn't necessarily be Google's job to make their phone microsoft compliant. Trouble is Microsoft are never going to do it and the 3rd party apps leave a little to be desired at the moment.
As previously mentioned the browser is faster and sleeker, as is the general interface, the background tasks thing is brilliant as is problem/crash recovery. I don't think I've ever had to pull the battery out in anger.
So for everyday ease of use it gets better marks than winMo, for expandability it gets better marks, in fact the only thing it falls down on is the exchange support... oh and the volume but I think that's a hardware thing!