Ten years ago they were smart phones, not just phones. And the T-Mobile G1 wasn’t just the world’s first Android smartphone. It was my first smartphone, too. But the reason I chose a “Google” phone over Apple’s gen-1 iPhone probably wasn’t all that smart. I wanted my phone to be different. Different from Apple and its iPhone, that is. As an employee at CNET I was bound to get a smartphone early-on, and the fact that I loved computers and gadgets in general speeded my adoption. The iPhone was the first modern smartphone, and a year and change after its release, I began to feel the inevitable pull toward buying one for myself. But I never loved Apple. Now playing: Watch this: Android turns 10: Google’s first Android phone was ugly,… 3:46 Apple is into walled gardens, and I wanted freedom to tinker, the way I did on my Windows PC. AT&T had the iPhone exclusive, and I was a longtime T-Mobile subscriber, back in the days when phone contracts still mattered. With the cost of the required two-year contract from each carrier factored in, the G1 on T-Mobile was a lot less expensive than the iPhone on AT&T. I also preferred Google’s software. I was one of the first people I know to make the switch to Gmail for my personal email, and I grew to love it. I also remember the wonder of Google Maps and especially Google Earth, zooming around the virtual globe to find a familiar… [Read full story]
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