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Here are my first impressions of using an Android G1 mobile in the UK.

  • `sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/android` works. Yay, sanity at last.
  • How do I browse my memory card on the mobile? Oh there is some crappy file browser in the market.
  • Want to easily see how much disk space etc. is on the SD…
  • The magnify glass symbol on the keyboard is bound to search, not zoom. Zooming on screen often obstructs links in the bottom middle of the page. Awful not to pinch like you do on the Ipod touch.
  • When the disk is mounted on my Thinkpad, Android can’t seem to access the memory card. I guess that’s the consequence of using USB block device. Pretty sucky. NFS exports please?
  • How do I get my contacts from my Nokia E65 or Zyb into my Google addressbook? Eventually, I took the T-mobile SIM and put it in my unlock Nokia E65 to copy the contacts to the SIM. Then returning the SIM to Android and using the “SIM contacts importer”.
  • If both mobiles were locked this would have been really hard!
  • I can’t merge my now duplicate Google contacts, so Google’s claim of being in sync is not accurate.
  • Be cool if my friends could maintain their own contact, keeping their numbers and photos up to date. It’s really pointless that I have to maintain all my friend’s contact details.
  • Discovered holding down HOME you can get a task manager. Silly how the home screen obviously conflicts with the browser home button.
  • I wonder how I enable more debug and get a proper task manager. I want to see how everything works. I need details.
  • Battery life sucks. Lucky I had my Nokia E65 as backup last night. Many people seem to suggest using 2G instead. I feel sorry for people who paid for those 3G license fees.
  • Not sure how to delete stuff
  • Apple Iphone UI is much better designed
  • I wonder if I can play back videos from the tiny SD.
  • No weather widget? I want a weather widget on my home screen
  • Hard to edit URLs. Hiding URLs is a huge UI mistake. Keep the full URL in clear view!
  • Menu+z is really hard to type. Camera button is also poorly placed with the slider is up.
  • Going back (Menu+J) is often just really slow. As if it’s actually reloading the page and using some previous cache.
  • Did I mention how much Google reader sucks on Android? It doesn’t seem have any offline support which is needed desperately on train journeys with intermittent T-mobile connectivity.
  • The sliding menu from the right is such a gimmick. I really do not see the point. Why not just have all the icons on the “home screen”?
  • Love the slide down notification menu mind. Though how do I activate it from the keyboard?
  • Closing browser window prompt is annoying. But it’s easy to incorrectly hit the X.
  • G1 screen seems smaller than that an Ipod Touch/Iphone. It’s like I’m looking at the Internet through a keyhole.
  • I see a lot opportunity in push XMPP Gtalk applications, for example.
  • There is no notepad is there? I see there is Notepad sample
  • Great that Geolocation API is working via Gears. No need to write Android dalvik applications!
  • Bit unwieldy on BBC News, though thankfully there is a sane lighter version which rocks.
  • I think Google’s mobile page should be called “Classic”. “Classic” has far too much cruft and should be called “Bloated”, “Desktop” or “Standard” instead.
  • Does not seem to auto-connect to my home WIFI like my Ipod touch does. :/
  • Battery is bad. It just about survived a 2 hour train journey where I was struggling with Google Reader.
  • Be cool if I could make “keyword” type smart bookmark like I can do in Firefox on the home screen. Ideally I could just edit the home screen in HTML.
  • Itunes is seriously kicking some Android market ass. I’m sorry.
  • Carphone Warehouse display of the new G1 was a tad sad.
  • Sometimes I would loose data connectivity all together on T-mobile, even though I would have a GSM connection. My Nokia E65 with Three would be always be able to get a data connection, even on GSM.
  • I was half expecting that “Compare Everywhere” application to be a “killer application” for the Android/Dalvik platform. After scanning about 20 different I items, about half the time it correctly identifies the object. Never has it given me an alternative price comparison. Perhaps it needs a certain critical mass…
  • Namco Pacman is really disappointing due to it’s crap inputs.
  • There is a lot of background “magic” going on. I’m uneasy about this. I want to see what’s being transferred and when. Need visibility.
  • I wonder if I can dial out to 3G Internet via bluetooth from my Thinkpad. I found this very useful with my Nokia E65.
  • I notice tel: and sms: schemes work (when marked up), though I’m a bit nervous about putting this information on my homepage. Ideally I would like to share this information, including my Geolocation with my friends, with some sort of notification mechanism. For example I get a Gtalk message notification saying: “Tom wants to know where you are and he’s lost your number. Let him know?”
  • T-mobile’s image proxy does a really terrible job.
  • I don’t understand how I might incur charges for roaming with data. Can anyone care to clarify? I wonder how much the G1 will cost me when I’m in Berlin later this year.
  • Having trouble connecting to a hidden network.

Android is playing catchup to Apple. Google has tripped up by thinking development is happening in Java. Though with “Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 1.0; en-gb; dream) AppleWebKit/525.10+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0.4 Mobile Safari/523.12.2” simply being the first mobile to ship with Geolocation for Web applications is a great start.

Update: I’m taking more notes down at Life with a T-mobile G1 in the UK.

Still no decent data plan offer from Vodafone

Rang up Vodafone UK to be sure. She was not sure how much it was per megabyte(!). Eventually she said she “thinks it’s 2.50GBP per megabyte”.

Of course she recommended the 7.50GBP Web “bolt on”. So that’s 27.50GBP a month for the ‘fair’ usage of 500M per month.

I think the mobile Web will have a hard time to prosper with these current super offers.

Pantone sucks


Couldn’t help but notice the London design fan boys & girls with Pantone. Must be the excellent universal system for addressing colours I thought.

So I was reading the “brand identity” guide of my employers Aplix Japan and we use Pantone 293 for our logo. Cool, I thought. I’ll go to the Pantone Website and look up the corresponding Web colour.

Then the farce begins with a barely usable dialog asking me whether the colour standard is European or North American.

Umm… Japanese?

Product type? Erm… Web? Enter colour, ok 293 and submit… Hmm is it colour 293 C or 293 H C or 293 M or 293 PC or 293 U or WHAT THE FUCK? Please explain how this works!

Ok… start again. Google for “pantone to web color” and Pantone ColorWeb presents itself as 30USD service to seemingly get what I need.

I’m sorry this is just ridiculous. There must be a better way that this patented bullshit.

One day I’ll meet a designer with some sense who doesn’t buy into this proprietary Adobe & Pantone world. I hope. :)