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CNET News Video: Daily Debrief: G1 soon to hit stores
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CNET News Video: Daily Debrief: G1 soon to hit stores

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On Wednesday, October 22, American consumers will be able to get their hands on the G1, the smartphone that runs the Google Android operating system. On this edition of the Daily Debrief, CNET's Kara Tsuboi talks with CNET Reviews Associate Editor Nicole Lee to find out if we can expect the same kind of fanfare at T-Mobile stores that we saw for the iPhone releases.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> Kara: Welcome to the Daily Debrief, I'm CNET's Kara Tsuboi here with CNET Review's Associate Editor, Nicole Lee [assumed spelling] and we are talking about the G1 the Android phone, which goes on sale Wednesday, October 22nd. What kind of lines are you expecting? What kind of fan-fare to you think will be out there? >> Nicole: There may be some lines but I do not expect it to be as big as the iPhone line, it just doesn't seem to be as widely popular as the iPhone, but I could be proven wrong so, who knows. >> Kara: Yeah, we'll see, okay, so, speaking of the iPhone, for people who don't have the iPhone yet, there holding out for some other type of smart-phone, is this the solution? >> Nicole: It depends on what you want out of the phone, like, the G1 offers a few things the iPhone doesn't, it has multi media messaging, it has a full cordia keyboard, which a lot of people complain about the touch-screen on the iPhone, -- >> Kara: Sure >> Nicole: so it all depends on what you want out of a phone, really. And then, ya know, it's a little bit bulkier so some people don't like the little bulkiness of the G1, but the touch-screen's really good, it takes a little getting used to but that's the way it is with most smart-phones. >> Kara: What are the real selling points for this, why would people want to wait in line for this phone? >> Nicole: I think the big thing is definitely, it has the Android OS and that is the Google open source operating system and the good thing about the Android OS is it gives you a gateway to the Android Market, and that is sort of an iTunes type application store but for the Android operating system. And this may seem a little bit geeky or nerdy but it honestly offers so much more functionality to the phone than what it already is, like it has all these applications access too, so. >> Kara: But right now there's only several dozen applications, I mean, -- >> Nicole: Yes, that's right. >> Kara: developers haven't really gotten their hands on this yet. >> Nicole: Yes, but because it's so easy, well theoretically it's so easy to develop for the Android as compared to the iPhone as some people have said, then because I think it's so easy to develop for the Android there's not much of a [inaudible] process involved, 'cause Apple has to approve everything on the iTunes side of it, and with Android there's no approval process so you just go out there. Ya know, I think that's the big solid point, in my opinion, but some people have said the cordia keyboard is really attractive to them, they liked having the, sort of the pearl like track ball, they like having the multi media messaging, the voice dialing, which the iPhone does not have, so. >> Kara: Of course. Talk to me about pricing, when people show up at the stores tomorrow. >> Nicole: Right, this is $179.99 -- >> Kara: Okay >> Nicole: for a 2 year service agreement, it doesn't have much storage in it, like you have to buy like an 8 Gigabyte, it comes with an 8 Gigabyte MicroSD card so you put in the phone. The iPhone comparatively is $199 for 8 Gigabytes internal, so it's about $20.00 cheaper, more or less, so. >> Kara: Sure, okay, and 2 year service plan for both. >> Nicole: Yes >> Kara: Okay, so, is this really gonna be the iPhone killer? >> Nicole: I would say not yet -- >> Kara: Okay >> Nicole: I would say not yet just because of the size, it's a little bit clunky, ya know, the swivel mechanism takes a little bit getting used to, but overall if you're a T-Mobile customer though and you don't want to switch to AT&T this is the obvious choice. If you want like an iPhone alternative, if you're a T-Mobile customer, so. >> Kara: Okay, so, the obvious choice. >> Nicole: If you're a T-Mobile customer. >> Kara: If, yeah, of course there's [inaudible] out there, terrific. Well, today, Tuesday, October 21st, -- >> Nicole: Yes >> Kara: 6 O'clock PM, San Francisco consumers are the first to get their hands on the phone. >> Nicole: Yeah, it's sort of an unusual thing that they're promoting here, I think at 6 PM today they'll open the stores and start selling G1's to whoever's in line, if there is a line. >> Kara: Well, we're gonna be there -- >> Nicole: Yeah >> Kara: to check it out, we'll see what kind of craziness is out there. Terrific, thank you so much, Nicole Lee for CNET Reviews, I'm Kara Tsuboi; we'll see you on the next Daily Debrief. ^M00:03:51 [ Music ]

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