this morning google and t-mobile launched the first android-powered handset manufactured by htc. this largely anticipated device comes with a big touchscreen and a slide-open full keyboard. it's a 3g phone, wifi enabled, built-in gps, drm-free amazon mp3 music store, android market app store, 1gb storage, copy and paste and a chrome-lite browser. it will be available october 22, 2008 at $179.

i had the chance to play around with it for a while and i have to say it is better than i expected. the touchscreen functionality competes with the apple iphone, design and look and feel are pretty good (despite what i expected from google), the htc device itself is bulkier, thicker and heavier than the iphone but still competes in a market where blackberry's and sidekicks are popular devices. there are already tons of fun and helpful applications available and based on it's open google android platform i'm sure there is way more to come. congrats to t-mobile and google, great move.



for more information check out walt mossberg's first impressions or simply techmeme.

[tags: google, android, t-mobile, htc, g1, apple, iphone, sidekick, platform, amazon mp3]