…personally in the hand
Last night I had the first personal opportunity to stop the G1 in the hand and the Android-equipped “iPhone killer”. Together with my colleagues from the store and product management, I was at a T-Mobile sales training to said smartphone. The course of such a training follows a strict pattern, most of the time you spend with the consideration of informative Powerpoint slides and interactive group games, in the context of which the product to be advertised can also be tested. Before, in between and afterwards you get small appetizers and drinks to increase the concentration. As far as the supporting program, now to the details.
In the first half we were able to deal with the new tariff model of the pink giant. This wasalready known in the run-up here and there. In the future, T-Mobile will no longer make a distinction between special iPhone tariffs and other contract structures. The complete tariffs fall away and are replaced first in February by CombiFlats, in March follow then the Combi Relax tariffs, which are most comparable with the previous iPhone tariffs, since here corresponding Minutschontingente are available.
As already known, it is now only allowed to use these tariffs with a mobile phone, the multisim use on the UMTS stick falls away, the data volume is limited to a maximum of 1 GB per month, then the speed is mercilessly throttled. Why is T-Mobile taking this step? The reasons for the use of iPhone customers were used as reasons. According to the statement, 5% of the users used the Multisim with a notebook, causing 95% of the traffic of all iPhones in the T-Mobile network. In other words, the network structure was affected by the power users, and you were forced to pull the brake. Sounds logical, right? In my opinion, only a small beauty error. The customer is, of course, free to complete an additional data tariff for his mobile computer. In the maximum case you get 5 GB traffic before this is throttled. Now, however, it is so that the UMTS cell does not distinguish between data traffic of a mobile phone and that of a pure UMTS stick, in other words, both share the provided network structure. If future customers opt out of this two-way tariff system (ie mobile phone contract plus data contract for the notebook), T-Mobile has won nothing to relieve the infrastructure.Of course the sales increase;-).
Let us now come to the actual star of the event, the Google Handy G1. Unfortunately, I was forbidden to make detail pictures, since it was probably still pre-series devices. But nothing works, since yesterday we have received the first batches for our store, but they may only issue from Monday. We will use the opportunity to create a CyberBloc TV contribution next week.But now to my personal first impression, a full test was not possible due to the limited time of course.
Certainly, the G1 misses the grace of an iPhone, the quite useful sliding keyboard, prevents a narrow design. As a result, the G1 looks rather rather clumsy. In contrast, the software architecture is. Android leaves a consistently good impression with me, the control is half-intuitive, leaving competing products like Windows Mobile far behind. In the overall package, however, is still not approaching the iPhone. Why? Unfortunately, the G1 did not rely on a “one-button” operation, I do not mean the keyboard. If the iPhone has only one home button, the G1 hits the customer with 5 buttons plus a trackball. This one for the control now and then also actually required, makes it unnecessarily complicated. A pure touchscreen control like the iPhone would be much more consistent here.
Basically, the G1 leaves with me however a positive impression, in my opinion it will first position between Windows Mobile and the iPhone. T-Mobile itself sees this similarly, within the event it was stressed that the iPhone still has the highest priority in the sales, the G1 one sees rather as an addition to additional buyer stories.
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