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Title: Google Phone!
Post by: Xepher on October 24, 2008, 05:47:09 pm
I'm in a parking lot... on a phone... on the INTERNET!!!
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: JM on October 24, 2008, 11:15:23 pm
Google phone? The only phone out with Android is the T-Mobile G1, right?  ???
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Xepher on October 25, 2008, 02:47:38 pm
Yep! Got one for my upcoming trip to Ireland and the UK next week. I really wanted a portable web/email thingy, and this was *slightly* cheaper than buying a mini-laptop like an EEE PC. So far, it's pretty cool, but a lot of that is "potential" and there's a bunch of bugs in some of the things. An amusing one was the AIM client... if you login with a space or upper case letter in your username, all incoming messages will magically appear as though you're sending them to yourself, but when you reply, they actually DO go back to yourself, instead of the actual sender. And you can't just edit your login info... you have to go into some deep dark corner and delete all the data for the IM app, then you can change your login info. Seeing GPS views and Street View in google maps is really awesome though, and the browser is actually quite functional.
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Databits on October 25, 2008, 05:52:48 pm
But can it SSH?
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Xepher on October 25, 2008, 06:12:05 pm
No... and don't think I don't miss that. But if there's not an SSH app to do that by the time I get back from england, I'll be quite surprised.
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: sagebrush on October 27, 2008, 04:21:28 am
How long is your trip?
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Xepher on October 27, 2008, 02:15:49 pm
Going for about 12 days, leaving next sunday (11-02) and coming back 11-14. A friend of mine from college is getting married to a british girl, and I'm gonna be the best man at the wedding. On the way, I've decides to do a whirlwind tour of the british isles though, with my flight going to/from Dublin. I'm excited. :-)
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Miluette on October 28, 2008, 07:21:26 pm
Oh maaan. That sounds nice.
One of these days I'm going to go to Ireland with my college group. They go every year.

Re: Google Phone: One day I'll own something cool like that. :(
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: JM on October 30, 2008, 04:02:12 pm
Did you get a new plan with it or just buy the phone? How much did it set you back? :\
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Xepher on October 30, 2008, 04:31:38 pm
Kept the same minutes plan I have for voice... $39/month for 600 anytime minutes, and unlimited nights and weekends. Added $35 for unlimited data and messaging. (It's $25 without messaging) Phone itself is what screwed me. If you're a new customer, they'll give you the phone for $199. But I get screwed for being a loyal customer, and had to pay $350. Still though, I bought a Razr for $199 a couple years ago, and this is WAY cooler. :-)
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Munerift on December 27, 2008, 08:49:34 pm
I paid full retail for the LG Voyager back when it came out... $550 I think... then promptly returned it to Verizon within a month after my daughter (3 yrs old) found it quite handy to call up people & access the internet because everything was right at her fingertips...

Like I said... it was a neat phone but it had to go back... instead I took the EnVy2 for $250 & suffered months without a cell bill until I ran out of credit for returning the Voyager. hehe. I love this one... but I'll always aspire for a better cam on board!
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Pedes on March 25, 2009, 10:45:48 pm
I hope you don't mind necro here, but the forum is so slow anyway I hope it won't bother anyone, but I NEED to ask...


Are you still satisfied with the phone? They only got here and you need to pay arm and leg, but they seem neat.
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Databits on March 26, 2009, 12:35:34 am
I've never got one, but to be honest the only appeal it'd have to me is if it could do SSH due to all the web work I do. Otherwise I'd lean more towards the iPhone than the Google Phone.
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Xepher on March 26, 2009, 02:10:15 am
There's a free SSH client for the Google phone... there's one for $5 for the iPhone. The physical keyboard on the Google one really makes SSH easier though.

Overall, I'm satisfied with it. I wish it had a regular headphone port, then I might actually use it for music, but neither phone holds much of that, so just keep your iPod around for that for the next few years. The battery life isn't too great if you do a lot of the web stuff. Without getting online, and just making occasional calls, it lasts about 2 days though, and I charge it every night, so it hasn't been a problem except on vacation. My only other complaint is that it's fairly bulky... but that's just not avoidable when you have a physical keyboard and trackball, etc. which are features that I really prefer over the iPhone.
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: griever on March 27, 2009, 06:36:46 am
Isn't Cupcake supposed to fix some of the battery life stuff?  I have to charge mine every night, which isn't really inconvenient, but it could be better.  The mail sync could also be be better...I'm not sure if mine works all the time anyway.
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Miluette on March 28, 2009, 08:56:43 am
When I tried the iPhone after it came out, I kept mashing the wrong "keys".

Took me like 5 minutes to type "senshuu.com" and then all my sites looked horrible to boot!
Title: Re: Google Phone!
Post by: Pedes on March 29, 2009, 07:19:23 pm
Well, to be honest, what I'm really interested in is the keyboard :D (and some software where you can write).
My problem is that I commute a lot and I think up a lot of stuff while not at home. As long as it's just an idea it doesn't matter, but for dialogs, scenes etc. it's better to write them down. Only a notebook is really not a good solution for that, as I need to re-type everything and can't edit freely, so I most often end up not writing anything down D:
I was quite thrilled for iPod touch/iPhone for that, but the keyboard of Google Phone leaves no competition of cramped touch-screen.
Or so I think.