Andriod G1 or iPhone? 7 Questions to help you decide

I was at the T-Mobile store checking out the G1. As I was experimenting, and comparing my iPhone next to the G1, someone came up and asked me; ’should I get this or the iPhone?’

Not a simple answer.

So clearly, time to post the list of questions to help people out:

1) How important is the phone ‘as a phone’ to you?  If you use it for business, I would get neither.  Instead, focus on which phone ‘and service’ that is most stable for your area.

2) How often do you text?  The person I was talking with uses text A LOT!  In this case, I would get the G1.  Although I did not like the keyboard as much as the Treo or Blackberry, it is still FAR better then trying to type on the iPhone.

3) Listen to a lot of music on the go?  You may prefer the iPhone in this case.  The iPhone has a dedicated headphone jack and more memory.  With the G1 you need to use an extUSB adapter.  And as my new friend pointed out; then I cannot listen to music and have the phone plugged in at the same time? Weak.

4) Does size matter?  The iphone is a bit smaller.

5) Battery life.  Iphone wins here.  300 hours vs. 130. Side note though, you could by 2 extra batteries to catch up. :)

6) Games.  IPhone again.  With superior graphic capabilities, its hands down.

7) Camera.  G1 here.  3MP vs. 2MP. From a few test pics, neither is great for photos, but OK.

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I received my Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Architecture. My focus was on Collaboration in Virtual Environments delving into methods that facilitate designers and engineers to improve communication.
I have an interest in and have worked on rich media web based applications (RIA) since 1995. The last six years has been based in the startup world with less a focus on code and more on strategic direction, company structure and management.