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The G1 (nee Dream), made by Taiwanese handset designer HTC, comes with a high-powered Qualcomm
So the G1 runs a close second to the most obvious competition in a few respects. As for the thin memory worries, high-speed RAM is not the workhorse memory inside today's smartphones, as much of the working data gets pushed out to the bountiful flash memory instead. And the battery life depends as much on the system's power hunger as it does on raw battery reserves, so the jury is out on that point. The full keyboard might make up for the slightly smaller screen in many cases.
But obsessing about minor hardware details is plain silly, especially since we're just looking at the first of many Android handsets. The main thing is the software; Android provides easy programming access to every part of the handset through well-defined and well-understood Sun
The proof is, as always, in the custard -- and the dessert cart comes around in just a few weeks. If Google's development program pans out as planned, there should be a massive pile of applications available for download at launch, and Apple has already shown us how enriching that app store can be. Expect a few stale lemon tarts among the first few Android devices, but I think the sweet, sweet tiramisu will come around soon enough. Apple and Microsoft
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