The HTC Dream, aka T-mobile G1, was the world’s first android phone and my very first Android smartphone. What was it like?
With Android clearly the world’s leading and most advanced smartphone platform, that’s where all the hype is these days. It is amazing how far Android OS has come in such a short period of time since the first device hit the market in October 2008. I thought it would be interesting to have Android fans and users sound out here and share with us what their first Android smartphone was and if possible, when it was acquired.
The World’s First Android Phone was also my first Android Smartphone
To kick off the proceedings, my first Android smartphone was the original ancestor, the progenitor of the Android race, HTC Dream AKA T-mobile G1. I purchased a second-hand unit in May 2009. Oh, I actually drove to Ibadan to make the purchase too. I wanted to try out Android that bad. It had a sliding physical keyboard, was clunky, and was almost ugly. There was no built-in Documents viewer/editor in it, which was an issue for me then, as my smartphone was my primary business tool then. One of my gripes about the G1 was: “Battery life is frustrating! The G1 simply burns fuel like a race car.” Yes; it did. Buhahaha!
But I loved that baby. On my list of likes was this: “Touch, swipe, and tap, and with a responsiveness that’s rarely seen in touchscreen devices.” I also said in a G1 review back then that it was my firm belief that Android was on its way to giving Symbian a run for their money in terms of market share. Oh well, that is already history. Let’s look at some key specs of the HTC Dream.
HTC Dream Specs
The first Android phone in the world was developed and built by HTC. Here are the key specs. You will find some of them hilarious by today’s standards.
- Display: 3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels, capacitive touchscreen.
- Operating System: Android v1
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11 clocked at 528 MHz.
- RAM: 192 MB
- Storage: 256MB with microSD crad support for up to 16GB cards.
- Camera: 3.15 megapixel
- Battery: 1150mAh
- Announced: 23rd September 2008
- Released: 20th October 2008
The first Android phone in the world was not a hit like that. It arrived at a time that Symbian smartphones ruled the world, and BlackBerry smartphones were cool and hip. But Android OS has grown big since then and now dominates the smartphone world.
Incidentally, the first Android smartphone in the world arrived the same year that MobilityArena was started – 2008. I had been blogging about mobile phones for 4 years before that though – on a different blog that no longer exists.
It is a nice thing that I got to experience the first iteration of Android OS and have followed its development all the way till now. I wish I still had the HTC Dream locked away in a drawer somewhere. That would be something. The world’s first Android phone might not have been a hit, but it kickstarted this wave that has taken over the world of mobile.
Okay, guys: your turn. Tell us what your first Android smartphone was, when you purchased it, and what you thought of it back then.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.