Google's Android smartphone has finally hit the streets-here's how it, and other top networks, will take on the iPhone.
With Google’s new Android software under the hood, T-Mobile’s G1 has an unbeatable price-to-features ratio. It packs both a touch screen and slide-out Qwerty keypad and keeps you connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or T-Mobile’s newly introduced 3G network. The G1 makes it simple to take your Gmail and Google Talk contacts on the road, and thanks to the phone’s built-in compass and GPS, you’ll also be able to use Google Maps’ Street View to pan across street-level images in real time. A 3-megapixel camera allows you to snap pictures on the fly, and music fans will be able to purchase cheap, DRM-free tunes directly from Amazon’s MP3 store. Lastly, the Android Market, Google’s answer to Apple’s App Store, will let you download applications for your phone directly from your handset. $179 at tmobile.com.