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Nexus One Upgrade from T-Mobile G1 on AT&T

Brady said it's time I wrote about my Nexus One, so here it is.   It hasn't even been a year since I got my G1 but it was still time to upgrade.

The primary reason I wanted to upgrade was because my G1 just didn't work anymore.  I've been running the CyanogenMod on my phone for some time which seemed to help initially, but lately I had been having tremendous problems just answering my phone.  Let that sink in - I couldn't answer calls on my phone.  That was unacceptable.

The Google Nexus One came out in January and was very interesting to me but I had two percieved problems with it: no 3G on AT&T and no keyboard.

Since getting it I will say that the performance of the phone is outstanding. I have it loaded with everything I did on the G1 and more and it still remains completely responsive.  That in and of itself is beatiful.

Android 2.1 is also very nice; there are a lot of little upgrades that make it very useful.  Backing up settings to Google is very helpful when you need to wipe your phone.  Having my ASN to get started without having to specify my ASN manually is nice.  Live backgrounds are a slick touch.  Multitouch browser that is actually responsive is great.

The virtual keyboard is working very well for me so far.  I was very concerned with not having a hard keyboard, and if I actually used the SSH app as much as I thought I might then maybe it would be more painful, but for normal messaging, tweeting, and emailing the virtual keyboard is fine.  Having a huge screen here is very helpful.

I don't really miss 3G data access since I've never had it.  All I've had so far is edge, so being stuck there is fine (for now).  I've heard rumors of a Nexus One w/ AT&T bands by this summer, so maybe I will switch when it comes available.

How about some unexpected surprises?  The vibrator.  The G1 was more noisy than powerful, mostly due to the two halves that buzzed together.  The N1 is actually powerful - which is great in your pocket, but annoying at night.  So my N1 lives on a folded-up hankie on my nightstand.

The other reason my N1 lives on my hankie is because of the blinking trackpad.  The LED in that thing is bright, so in addition to sitting on the hankie to soften the buzz, it sits upside-down to prevent an annoying pulsing light all over the room.

I wish the trackball in the LED was multi-colored; I'm not sure if this is an API problem with programs or if the feature is just missing. I do like that there is a charging indicator that is separate from the notification indicator.

The proximity sensor in the phone is also a huge help.  Being able to pull the phone away from your face during a call and be able to interact with the phone is amazing.  I know why the iPhone has had this since the beginning; it's necessary for a touch-screen phone to have.

Overall I am extremely pleased with this phone.  The form-facter is amazing and usability is a tremendous upgrade over the G1.

G1 AT&T Wireless/mMode settings (with MMS)

After some fiddling to get MMS working, this is my complete APN setting for AT&T Wireless (blue) mMode:

Name: mMode
APN: proxy
Port: 8080
Username: <Not set>
Password: <Not set>
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: http://mmsc.mymmode.com
MMS proxy:
MMS port: 8080
MCC: <unchanged>
MNC: <unchanged>
APN type: <Not set>

Next G1 problem - sending text messages

The next problem I ran into is sending text messages.  I believe this is due to my old AT&T Wireless (blue) SIM card.  I found instructions on how to set the SMS Center phone number.

*Download Any Cut from the Market.
*Open Any Cut and click "New shortcut"
*Click "Activity", then "Testing", then "OK"
*Go to your home screen and click "Testing"
*Click Phone information
*Scroll all the way down
*Where it says "SMSC:" ...

I found the AT&T SMSC number in the howardforums archives: +19078319301

New Cell Phone Time - An T-Mobile G1

Of course, I love cell phones.  They're my gadget crack.  So it's not surprising to my friends and family that I bought a new one for my birthday.

I picked up a T-Mobile G1.  It's a nice touch screen device that runs an Open Source OS (Linux) with it's own software stack on top (Android).  So far the hardware is really nice; having a touch screen and a keyboard is very handy, especially for using a terminal to log into remote systems.

Brady's gone ahead and done some research for me already (here, here, here, and here).  I actually bought two G1's - a black one that I received already and am playing with that's in perfect condition, and a bronze one that I've yet to receive.  I'm going to resell the one I don't like, but I haven't seen the bronze one in-person yet to know if I like it or not.

I've only run into one real problem so far, when using the voicemail auto-dial button with the number AT&T sends down OTA I get a "invalid MMI code" error.  This is apparently due to the pound sign at the end (#) from my pin number being saved; adding a comma to the end for a pause seems to resolve this.

I'll probably need to root whichever device I end up using so I can use the wifi tethering apps; otherwise just having access to an SSH client on the road will be awesome.  Once a SIP client comes out for the phone I'll be able to officially get rid of my Nokia N81.  That was a nice phone while it lasted; it just can't compete with a touch screen and a hardware keyboard.