T-Mobile G1: What we didn't get

The T-Mobile G1 offers some promising features, but it misses some important features as well.

The T-Mobile G1 doesn't give us everything that we wanted. T-Mobile

With the new T-Mobile G1, aka the HTC Dream, the Google Android OS is now a reality . The touch-screen device with the QWERTY keyboard offers a host of intriguing features but there a few things left off the list, some of which are surprising. Here's what we noticed so far.

Exchange server support
Sure, this may come later, but this is a glaring omission on any handset that's hoping for a slice of the smartphone pie. Of course, that also means there's no Outlook calendar and contacts syncing, either.

Video recording
We've raked Apple over the coals for not including this on the iPhone, so we'll have to to the same for the G1. Video should just be standard on a phone with a 3-megapixel camera.

Stereo Bluetooth
The support for the new Amazon MP3 Store shows that the T-Mobile G1 is not taking its music player lightly. Stereo Bluetooth is a common feature these days, and the G1 should have it, particularly since there's no 3.5mm headset jack (that's next).

3.5mm headset jack
Seriously, HTC and T-Mobile, no 3.5mm headset jack? The port uses a proprietary connection? Wow...that's just wrong. Even if you can use your own headset with an adapter, you shouldn't have to.

The G1 won't have Apple's multitouch interface either, but that's something we can live without.

No tethered modem
Apparently, the G1 will not offer modem capability. That's pretty low on our list, but it's worth noting just the same.

What else were you hoping for? Is there anything that you think that the G1 should have?

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).


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