Calvin is my new phone. It's a T-Mobile G1, made by Google, and it's one of the most amazing devices I have ever seen.
A note about the naming of this device: I have a recent weird thing where I like to name things after Presidents. My laptop is named Millard, and my sister's guitar (which I named) is Franklin. As in Franklin Pierce. Also, my future puppy will be named Fillmore.
I got it yesterday, and I've been playing with it (AND studying histology, don't worry) since I got it. Those pictures I took of it are not that great; the G1 has an amazing camera, but ironically it does not have a feature where it can take pictures of itself. Bummer. So those were taken with my old camera. Anyways, I don't know how much you can see, but it has Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and everything fully integrated. I already was obsessed with all those things in the first place, so really it's perfect. I'm still playing with a few things and I don't completely understand how everything works, but it's pretty simple to use.
I've never had a fancy phone that had e-mail and Internet on it before; I've spent the last four years with two different Motorola Razrs, which I loved dearly but they were very simple. So this is a huge step for me. When my phone started fizzling out, I did a little research on what type to get. I knew I wanted something with more capabilities, and I could have gotten a Blackberry for a lot cheaper, but this just seemed like the most logical choice. It has a touch screen and a slide-out keyboard (as you can see in the pictures) and supports a whole lot of really amazing apps, iPhone style. If anyone's interested, I'm going to run through some of my favorite and not-so-favorite things about the phone.
Apps. The G1 is pretty much only as functional as the apps you download for it. I'm still playing around with them and there are probably some more I need to get. I only know one other person with this phone and he's been helping me out by recommending some. (thanks Gerrit, I knew you were in my life for a reason. Well, other than that whole marrying-my-best-friend thing.) So far, my favorites are:
- Locale. The idea of this one is phenomenal. Execution - not so much. I think I may take it off, actually. But the premise is that it uses the phone's GPS capability and the availability of Wi-Fi networks to determine where you are at any moment. It then uses this data to change your phone settings. For example, I have it set to automatically be on silent mode whenever I'm at school, and on "loud" when I'm at home. I also have different wallpapers set for each place. The problems with it are that it requires GPS be on at all times, which eats up your battery, and even so it still sometimes doesn't pick up location changes, which could be really bad.
- Shazam. Liz has had this on her iPhone for awhile, so most people probably know about it - but you can just hold the phone up to a source of music and it'll tell you what song is playing. Pretty straight.
- ShopSavvy. I haven't actually used this one yet, but it uses the phone's camera to scan barcodes and shows you prices of that item in different stores near you.
- WikiMobile. Wikipedia. On the phone. Can you GET any more useful than that?
- Gmail. This one comes with the phone, but it synchronizes PERFECTLY with my Gmail, which I am 100% addicted to already.
The keyboard is the one thing that's kinda annoying at this point. It is still really difficult for me to use, but I'm so glad it has a QWERTY keyboard. I'm sure once I use it a little bit I'll get quicker at typing. Also, the Chat application is being annoying today and not letting me sign on. I'm sure I'll get the kinks worked out once I really know how to use it though. I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone who is considering it.