I’ve now had the G1 for a few weeks and wanted to write a little about some of my experience so far. Previous to getting the G1 I had started to carry my iPod Touch with me on a regular basis, I still use the iPod Touch but I can imagine living without it.
Let’s talk about some of the basics. I wanted to carry some photos of my family around – this was super easy to do and very Linux friendly. Simply connect the phone to the Linux machine via USB, then on the phone choose to mount as a USB device. The PC will now detect a USB drive and hook you up. Copying photos into a sub-folder of /DCIM was all I needed to have them appear in the gallery. To disconnect, umount on your PC first – then on the phone. Moving music is similarly easy.
If you’re willing to “go Google” then your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Contacts will all sync to the device. I’ve previously talked about the state of Linux address books, and the calendar situation seems to be similarly dire. Email I’m still holding out on probably more because I’m stubborn.
A few tips on configuring your Android phone. If you want to exclusively use wifi (as I do, since I’m not using a data plan) then you’ll want fiddle with the advanced wifi menu. You certainly want to run CyanogenMod or similar, and when you do that you’ll want to consider using the spare parts option to keep the “Home app in memory” which for me seems to improve overall responsiveness.
Moving from the iPod Touch to the G1 I gained a camera, GPS, a built in microphone and phone functionality. In general the same types of apps are available, so you aren’t missing out on any function. The iPod is much slicker than the G1, the browser is faster the gestures and general UI experience is more uniform. I’m still completely sold on the Android path, the ability to tinker with the device is greater and it is possible to use it with a Linux based desktop without standing on your head.
Read on for a comparison between the apps I have on my iPod Touch vs. what is on my Android phone.