It recently occurred to me that I let the whole internet know when I got a Black(crack)berry, but I failed to alert the masses about my new phone. Which isn't exactly new anymore. Earlier this year (January! Eep!) I was gifted with an Android G1 (aka, "The Google Phone"). I thought I loved my Blackberry, but I had no idea what love was. My heart EXPLODES for The Google Phone! Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a teeny tiny bit. But seriously, I adore this phone.
Everyone's first question is, "Do you like it better than the iPhone?" Having never used an iPhone for more than 2 minutes, I can't honestly make that comparison. I can tell you that it blows my old Blackberry out of the water and to the FREAKING MOON. It has a touch screen and a real keyboard (though I think the new models will only have the "soft" keyboard). It syncs up with all my Google stuff automatically. I'm finding that most of the iPhone apps are also available in an Android version (I was especially excited to find the Lightsaber app which is totally pointless, but fun). The mapping capabilities are awesome (and there's all sorts of apps that work with the mapping/gps functions), and what actually reminded me that I wanted to write this post in the first place was the toy camera/polaroid/fisheye app I just found! Endless fun! Also, if you use Google chat, you can chat via the phone and it counts as data, not text messages! I've had an unlimited text plan on my phone for a while, but I may actually cut that back because I hardly ever text anymore thanks to the chat capabilities. The only downside I've found is that the battery life isn't that great, but after 8 months, I'm kind of used to it now.
I know lots of other companies are coming out with touchscreen phones to compete with the iPhone and the G1, but if you use Google stuff (e-mail, gchat, docs, calendar, etc.), I can't recommend this phone enough. It's only available through T-Mobile right now, but maybe that will change at some point (and I really hope it does, because it sucks that you might have to switch plans to get an awesome phone).