Let's hope so, 'cause otherwise the G1 seems pretty cool. I just can't wait to actually get my hands on one to see if it can match the appeal of Apple iPhone. (The G1 measures 4.6 x 2.1 x .6 inches, compared to 4.5 x 2.4 x .48 for the iPhone. Weight is 5.6 oz versus 4.7 oz for the iPhone. For a G1-iPhone comparison table, check out Harry McCracken's Technologizer)
The specs certainly sound good. Built by Taiwan's HTC, it's got just about every gew-gaw you could ask for:
* Touch screen that flips out to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard * Integrated Wi-Fi * Support for T-Mobile's expanding 3G network * Built-in GPS chip * Bluetooth * 3 megapixel camera (no video) * Accelerometer and compass * Dedicated search button * Micro SD slot * Removable battery * Headphone jack (recessed)
On the software side, there's * Wireless syncing with Google calendar * Support for YouTube * Support for Google Talk instant messaging * Syncs with most POP3 or IMAP e-mails systems * Free push GMail * Full HTML browser based on Google's Chrome browser * Access to the Android Market for applications * Access to Amazon for music downloads
The G1 will cost $179 with a two-year contract, and an unlimited data adds $25/mo to your voice plan. (The cheapest iPhone plan costs $70/mo for 450 voice minutes and unlimited data.)
We shall see whether the G1 becomes a worthy competitor to the almighty iPhone -- for growing businesses as well as the tech-hungry hordes.
UPDATE: More on G1 as a business device from InformationWeek's Marin Perez