GPhone: Developers Tout Advantages Over iPhone

I spent this morning at the unveiling of Google’s (GOOG) first phone using its “Android” software, hosted on a phone made by HTC (2498.TW) called the “G1,” with service from Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) T-Mobile in the U.S. The phone is to be made available in the States on Oct. 22 for a price of $179 with a two-year contract.

The phone is an ugly, faceless black–or white–brick whose display swings open to reveal the typical junky plastic keyboard. I’d never give up the software keyboard on Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone for this, but some may find it familiar, and therefore acceptable.

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