The shop's seem to have about 70-100 G1's ready for customers, so as you read this, it is probably to late
The device itself was $399,99 (would have been $179 with a 2year-contract) + I decided for FlexPay which is monthly $29,99 for Voice and $34,99 for unlimited data and messaging.
I made my G1 crash on the very first start when one has to put the Google-Account. The reason for that was probably because I did that 1 minute after I left the store. Arriving home about 30 mins later it worked like a charm.
The HOME-Screen is awesome. (Grats to romainguy here ) It can be slided once to the right and to the left. It is highly customizable and has the Google-Search-Widget which supports Google-Suggest.
The accelerometer is awesome and almost realtime.
No direct ICQ , but AIM, GoogleTalk, WindowsLive, Yahoo! Messenger
Videos can be watched well, even via EDGE. The videos load at about 2x speed than they can be actually watched. The Video-Quality on EDGE is obviously not the best, but via WiFi you'll get HD-Videos. I'm really fine with the sound quality. The loudness is great
Could not install apps (via EDGE), where it should work. Downloading Apps remained in state "Starting download..."
The G1 comes preloaded with a couple of songs and of course can run the songs in background, while running any other Activity. So listening to your favorite music, while broswing the web is easily possible.
Could not install apps properly via the Browser, where it should work. The (signed) apks asked for every existing permission where they should not.
romainguy_ plusminus_: for your browser install issue, it seems like you have an early 1.0 build that contained this bug
romainguy_ we fixed it since then
The display is sharp and bright. The capacitive touchscreen works amazing and is incredibly responsive
Even I with my big fingers I can easily press all the keys.
What is nice is the full number row, the two Shift/ALT-Keys and the Menu-Button.
One can assign shortcut-keys to almost every of the keys to open various applications.
In the very beginning I was very skeptic about the trackball, but from the point, where I actually started using it I loved it immediately. It might cost some days to make usage perfect as for now I use to jump always one item to far
System Updates will be done over the air, but only on reasonable bugs/new features as it costs a lot of bandwidth.
GPS needs to be turned on manually and took some seconds to go hot and it worked about 1 meter from a window at my house. See it determine the Position better, as more satellites come into 'sight'.
/plusminus for anddev.org