We’ve spent a LOT of time with the G1, so taking 10 minutes to go over the User Interface, Display and Customizations seemed like no time at all. There are certain nuances and details you sometimes don’t notice until you’ve spent a decent amount of time with a device and I now that I’m comfortably familiar with Android/G1 UI I can safely say that I love it.
That’s not to say there aren’t flaws and factors that can and should be improved, but as the first ever Android enabled device the G1 makes a great showing across the board and gives those that come after a great stepping stone to work from:
All In All a pretty darn good device. Many people have also complained that the icons graphically lacking, an issue I didn’t address in this video. I agree that the icons could be a little more sharp and attractive, but for the most part that seems like another “preference” issue. It will be interesting to see if developers are able to implement “icon sets” that replace these existing icons. And if not possible now, perhaps with future phones?
Attention to detail is certainly important when developing the UI. The Android/G1 User Interface gets most of it right with a few obvious shortcomings that seem rather difficult to address considering their nature. Regardless, the touch screen is quick and enjoyable and there are a TON of customization options and features that will make using the G1 a greater experience than the vast majority of alternatives. And even still – again – that is merely a matter of preference and opinion.
Bottom Line: The Android/G1 UI passes with flying colors.