I wonder why T-Mobile, days after rolling out a well-received firmware overhaul of its still-current G1 Android handset, is saying that the "follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1" is in the bullpen for an early summer delivery. The company won't reveal any details until later this month, says the T-Mobile CTO in an interview linked on T-Mobile's G1 user forums. So if you have nothing to say, why say anything? I hate it when a vendor reserves a seat at the table without making any commitments.
It seems to me that T-Mobile is advising prospective G1 buyers to hold out for the device's replacement, but that makes no sense. Or does it? The iPhone fanboy network recently distributed some extraordinarily poor photographs (which, in the rumor biz, bolsters credibility) purporting to be of the new iPhone. I don't link to rumors; I'll leave it to you to locate the pics, or you could grab some crayons and create your own.
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The pictures supposedly show UIs for an autofocus camera/camcorder and a compass, a pair of surface features present in T-Mobile G1 but lacking in iPhone 3G (all iPhone cameras have been fixed-focus). The aim of the rumor is, quite plainly, to try to shut down G1 sales pending delivery of Apple's new device.
It's a sad, adolescent ploy that leans on the weak logic that if iPhone 3G had shipped with an autofocus camera and compass, T-Mobile couldn't give G1s away. Rumor-droppers set aside the role that a QWERTY keyboard, trackball, the Android UI, Java, open source, Google's cloud, OTA syncs and updates, and T-Mobile's customer service played in putting millions of G1s in buyers' hands. If only I had a dime for each T-Mobile G1 buyer deeply desirous of iPhone 3G but who, for need of a compass or a focusing camera, settled for G1 instead. Oh wait, I do. Now you know my net worth.
The trouble with being a die-hard fan of anything is that you can come to see the world as being neatly divided into three groups: The enlightened who own and appreciate what you love, the unfortunate slobs whose bosses/wives/apps/whatever keep them from exercising the choice they know is right, and the absurdly witless masses who keep Microsoft in business. In iPhanboys' case, it's RIM and Android who are leaders of the lemmings.