T-Mobile G1: Sharp LCD, Synaptics Touch

T-Mobile G1 Specifications

Display: 3.1″ Sharp TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 320 x 480
Touch: Capacitive technology by Synaptics

T-Mobile G1: Sharp LCD, Synaptics Touch

High Tech Computer or better known as HTC is the company that manufactured T-Mobile‘s G1. The G1 is the first Android smartphone and I must admit HTC as well as T-Mobile did a decent job of putting it all together. The T-Mobile G1 is actually the HTC Dream and incorporates a beautiful 3.1″ TFT LCD with a pixel format of 320 x 480 (portrait) from Sharp. The LCD is touch enabled and uses capacitive technology from Synaptics. Taiwan’s TPK Touch Solutions is the company that brough the Sharp LCD panel and Synaptics capacity touch technology together. TPK also does the same thing for the iPhone 3G but with Wintek supplying the touch layer. It is also rumored that the touch LCD modules for the HTC Dream a.k.a T-Mobile G1 costs a bit less than the ones for the iPhone.

T-Mobile’s G1 is the first Android smartphone. There has been a LOT of press about it. My initial reaction wasn’t too positive but maybe that’s because I biased. I used to own an iPhone (G1 and 3G) and will be owning a Moto Q Global smartphone very soon. Despite my less-than-enthusiastic response, I do hope that many developers sign on to Android. I have a feeling that we will be seeing a repeat of history where the open platform of hardware makers and software developers center around Android and bring about a global transition toward true mobile computing. I think Android has a long ways to go to catch up to the iPhone’s early start. The area that is most in need of enhancement is of fit and finish both in the OS and in the hardware. One particularly glaring problem, to me at least, is that when you slide the display out to expose the QWERTY keyboard, the display does not seem to be straight and a bit tilted. But maybe that’s not that important where even today we see some disparity between regular PCs and beautiful Macs. Of course there are beautiful PCs too, but that’s more the exception than the rule. So maybe Android hardware and software need not be polished to be successful if the PC industry’s history is any indication.

Source: DigiTimes

[tags]High Tech Computer, HTC, HTC Dream, T-Mobile, T-Mobile G1, Android, Android Smartphone, Smartphone, 3.1″, 320 x 480, Synaptics, Wintek, TPK, iPhone, Apple[/tags]

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