Can we stop talking about the T-Mobile G1?

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As I have said in the past, I love me some competition. I want nothing more than for the iPhone to be just one of many devices that can allow me to not carry around a laptop. Full internet, email, video, music, gps/location and a unified clean experience. Blackberry just released their best phone ever (The Blackberry Bold) and some half-thought out device that kind of does everything but doesnt (The Blackberry Storm). Where is the wi-fi. No, seriously. Where? This is fine however because I believe that Blackberry can get their house in order and make the Storm a way better device through software updates. At the end of the day, it is a Blackberry, It will still have that following and RIM will do whatever it takes for it to succeed. The T-Mobile G1 however... is a disaster of epic proportions. The first thing I talked about was how I really thought it was a bad idea that the phone did not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Not only that but it apparently did not even ship with the adapter until recently, it just shipped with headphones that used the proprietary jack. Which is fine, unless you have $100 headphones you want to use, in which case, you'd have to purchase the adapter separately. This seemed to be a bad decision, and then the first reviews started coming out and it was shown that the G1 has no native video support. Yes. The T-Mobile G1, has no native video player. The phone's hardware can handle multi-touch but it was apparently disabled. The phone has an on-screen keyboard but was also, apparently disabled. Then there's the abysmal battery life, typing anything anywhere getting executed, and the fact that turning off data roaming, seems to be a vestigial switch, since applications can turn it on by themselves. (Links to these are after the post) It just makes me want to stop talking about the T-Mobile G1. It's true, all the rumors. All of the reports that claimed that Android was not ready for the prime-time. All true. What's worse, Android is buggy because they tried to do too much. Instead of limiting the functions to a specific set of them and polishing them to no end like Apple did. Apple's phone is missing a lot of features. When they add them you'll be thankful they did. The T-Mobile G1 can do pretty much anything, and you pay for it. The most interesting application I have seen for the G1 was one where it would know where you are, and if  you were close to your house it would respond in a way and differently if you were away. It was so inventive. It was such a great idea. They then said 'This can ONLY be done on Android'. They were half-right. They were talking to Mobile OS X not being able to do it, because you cant have background applications running on it. But then they didn't explain that the application pings the GPS servers every few seconds. Making it a huge resource hog. Let's stop talking about the T-Mobile G1. Let's stop talking about Android. Let's give Google some time to get their act together on what seems to be a great idea that somehow did not translate to a great device. They can take their findings from their phone which has sold a lot of units, and make some updates that can really matter, make the G2 or whatever the next device will be called, what the G1 should have been. If we keep mentioning the G1 and Android, people will get curious, and they will see a product that is honestly flawed. Google needs to get Android more resources and try and get the handset manufacturers to understand the spirit of openness that's inherent in the OS. Let's reboot Android and for those of you with G1s, thanks for beta testing. Battery Life? What Battery Life? Type Reboot, I dare you!,39029453,49299782,00.htm All your data are belong to us and it's follow up: