Mobile Commerce – iPhone Or T-Mobile G1?


Google Android Phone G1
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As you probably know, gentle reader, over whether to get the iPhone to replace my current Windows Mobile phone . The deal-killer for the iPhone thus far has been its .

Well, it appears it’s crunch time. With the announcement of Google/Android phone, I will now have to choose.

The G1 include a 320×480 TFT-LCD touch screen, broadband Internet access, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a motion sensor, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a removable battery, 1GB (up to 8GB) microSD card, a slide-out five row QWERTY keyboard, and a trackball.

The G1 has its own media player, integration with Amazon’s MP3 store, Google Apps and Maps integration and it uses Google’s new Chrome browser. AND there is !

T-Mobile G1 Features

T-Mobile G1/iPhone Comparison

At $179, the G1 is less expensive than the iPhone and the data plan through T-Mobile is less expensive than iPhone’s AT&T plan. The G1 matches all the features that are important to me, and it has copy and paste functionality so I can be far more productive with it than I would on an iPhone.

I have had a Sidekick and now have my HTC Wizard, so I’m used to and very fond of actual QWERTY keyboards. By contrast, I do not like the iPhone’s virtual keyboard.

The only drawbacks to the G1 are the lack of Microsoft Exchange support and it’s just not as pretty a phone as the iPhone. But functionality is more important to me than aesthetics, so I can live with that.

As you can see, I’m leaning toward the G1.

Open Source Mobile

What really has me intrigued and sells me on the G1 is the Android open source operating system and the fact that the Android Marketplace for downloadable applications will be open to all developers. Unlike Apple’s iTunes, anyone can offer their application through the store and there is no application process.

That combination means that over time there will be far more options, features, and functionality for the G1 than for the iPhone. It also means someone (i.e. Microsoft) is likely to quickly develop an app that adds Microsoft Exchange functionality to the phone.

In the end, open systems always beat closed systems: AOL vs. The Internet, Encyclopedia Brittanica vs. Wikipedia, iTunes vs. Android Marketplace.

The Advent Of Mobile Commerce?

Today that Google and Visa are partnering to attempt to make mobile commerce a reality:

Visa is going mobile, striking a deal with Google and its new Android
mobile operating platform that incorporates not only innovative mobile
payment methods but takes advantage of new marketing technologies.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to turn your phone into your credit card. Throw in camera phones with , and apps that read barcodes to compare prices among merchants or to , and you’ve got a revolution in both commerce and consumer choice.

Welcome to the brave new world of mobile marketing!

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David Erickson is principal of e-Strategy Media, a digital marketing consultancy based in Minnesota. David has extensive experience in digital marketing and is often used as an expert source by media and asked to speak on the topic before organizations and to sit on panel discussions.

2 Comments

  1. Martin Hill on September 27, 2008 at 7:36 00 pm CDT

    It is a good thing to have some competition to the iPhone to try and keep Apple honest. However, there are quite a few concerns about the T-Mobile G1 that should be mentioned:

    – T-Mobile 3G coverage only available in 13 cities currently and only 27 by end of year (and yet the press has complained about AT&T; “only” having 3G in 13,000 cities and 40,000 miles of highway)
    – G1 only comes with only 1GB of storage for $179 vs 8GB or 16GB in iPhone
    – G1 maxes out at 8GB of storage for extra cash (compared to 16GB option for iPhone)
    – Android marketplace has no security or anti-malware provisions in place, no code-signing, no sandbox in phone etc (a bad app could rack up a terrible phone bill given an hour or so)
    – no remote kill of malicious app if discovered to be nefarious
    – No headphone socket
    – Smaller 3.2″ screen (iPhone 3.5″)
    – No Multi-Touch capability
    – 40% thicker, 20% heavier than the iPhone
    – No Exchange Support
    – Physical keyboard can’t show other languages or characters or symbols like .com depending on context

    Hopefully the G1 will still be enough competition to get Apple to ease up with the NDA and App Store nonsense and address a few of the other chestnuts like Copy and Paste.

    -Mart



  2. Martin Hill on September 27, 2008 at 12:36 31 pm CDT

    It is a good thing to have some competition to the iPhone to try and keep Apple honest. However, there are quite a few concerns about the T-Mobile G1 that should be mentioned:

    – T-Mobile 3G coverage only available in 13 cities currently and only 27 by end of year (and yet the press has complained about AT&T “only” having 3G in 13,000 cities and 40,000 miles of highway)
    – G1 only comes with only 1GB of storage for $179 vs 8GB or 16GB in iPhone
    – G1 maxes out at 8GB of storage for extra cash (compared to 16GB option for iPhone)
    – Android marketplace has no security or anti-malware provisions in place, no code-signing, no sandbox in phone etc (a bad app could rack up a terrible phone bill given an hour or so)
    – no remote kill of malicious app if discovered to be nefarious
    – No headphone socket
    – Smaller 3.2″ screen (iPhone 3.5″)
    – No Multi-Touch capability
    – 40% thicker, 20% heavier than the iPhone
    – No Exchange Support
    – Physical keyboard can’t show other languages or characters or symbols like .com depending on context

    Hopefully the G1 will still be enough competition to get Apple to ease up with the NDA and App Store nonsense and address a few of the other chestnuts like Copy and Paste.

    -Mart