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Most of the several dozen people waiting in line for the T-Mobile G1 gave two reasons for doing so: one, it's from Google; and two, it's not the iPhone. CNET's Kara Tsuboi checked out the scene at the San Francisco store that sold the first G1 in the world and checks to see if it really has the potential to be the "iPhone killer."

[ Music ] [ Background audience cheering ] >>These eager fans couldn't wait to be the first in the country to get their hands on the T-Mobile G1 AKA the iPhone killer. This downtown San Francisco T-Mobile store opened its stores a day earlier than the rest of the country because, well, we're in Google country here. [Background noise] The line never matched the iPhone lines from earlier in the summer but T-Mobile sponsored magicians and jugglers did their best to make the wait feel festive. [Background noise] This man waited 10 hours in line to buy the phone for two primary reasons. One he loves Google and two it's not the iPhone. Even though HTC made the phone it runs on Google android operating system. What's the big deal with that? >>This is developed by Google so there's a lot of money behind it and what open source means is that it's opened to almost all developers to create many kinds of applications for it. >>Here's how it measures up against the iPhone. The G1 is $20 bucks less than the cheapest iPhone. Both require a 2 year contract with either T-Mobile or AT&T. Both phones have Touch Screens but to many users the G1 wins out with its traditional keyboard with buttons versus the iPhone's Touch Screen only option. Neither phone can shoot video but the G1 boasts of 3.2 megapixel camera versus the iPhone's 2 megapixels. So can the G1 really take down the iPhone? >>If someone loves the integrated Google applications on the device they're gonna love this phone. >>If you're a corporate level user I would say hold up on it for the time being. I don't think its iPhone killer yet but, you know, wait and see what happens next year. >>So the bottom line from CNET Editors is that while the android operating system has a ton of potential, this phone is lacking the wow to really take on the iPhone. I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com [ Music ]

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