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T-Mobile G1 smartphone, sliced and diced

CNET Reviews takes a hands-on look at the T-Mobile G1, the first Google Android smartphone.

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It's been a little more than a year since Google Android was announced and rumors of a little device called the HTC Dream started to leak onto the Web. We think it's fair to say that the Dream stirred up as much anticipation and hype as the Apple iPhone, not only because it would be the first smartphone to run Google's mobile platform but also because of the potential to overtake Apple's darling. (Hey, like it or not, the iPhone set a new bar for handset design and convergence, and serves as a sort of benchmark for touch-screen smartphones these days.)

On September 23, the world was officially introduced to the HTC Dream, now known as the T-Mobile G1, and the initial reaction ranged from "That's it?" to "I have to have it!" Which category does the G1 actually fall into? Check out our hands-on photo gallery and read our T-Mobile G1 review to find out and see whether you should run out to get one when it hits store shelves on October 22.