[clug] Android developer phones?

jm jeffm at ghostgun.com
Thu Apr 9 06:49:35 GMT 2009

Arjen Lentz wrote:
> Hi Jeff
> On 09/04/2009, at 3:23 PM, jm wrote:
>> Starting to look seriously at getting a Andriod based phone, but 
>> prefer to see one in the flesh first. Anyone with an Andriod based 
>> phone going to tonight's psig talk?
>> To any andriod based phone owners in general:
>> * Where did you buy your phone from?
>> * Is it the Dev version?
>> * Had any problems with it?
>> * How much did it end up costing you (in AUD please)?
>> * Over all impression?
>> * Anything else?
>> Trying to find firm pricing for the developer version but don't have 
>> a android market place login and don't wish to pay $US25 to join just 
>> to get a price.
> I got a G1 last week, through smoothmobiles.com.au which was just over 
> AUD 600 including postage.
> They ship it from Hong Kong and it's essentially a T-Mobile G1, with 
> an AU adapter, a plug adapter (yes both) and a very nice screen 
> protector added in.
> It can also be recharged through the included USB cable, so I tend to 
> not travel with the power adapter (a car with USB adaptor sockets or a 
> laptop always being nearby).
> Comes with a 1GB microSD, so you may want to get a bigger one (I got a 
> 16GB).


Seems prices have gone up thanks to the aussie dollar going the other 
way. Now  $735.00 before adding the memory card ($19 for 1GB).
> It's not a dev version, so if I'd want root on the OS I'd have more 
> hacking to do (haven't looked into it yet). Wouldn't need it for apps 
> writing I would think.

Thought it was necessary to run unsigned apps. I'll have to double check.
> I'm pretty happy with it so far.
> The "locked down" quirks (like you can't switch off 3G data without 
> switching off the 3G voice too) already has workarounds, I installed 
> the "APNdroid" tool from the Google Market which tweaks the APN name 
> with a string so it becomes invalid, thereby disabling the 3G data. 
> Brilliant!

Interesting. Hopefully, these phones will have a long life and once the 
quirks are ironed out there will still be some useful life left in them.


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