I got my T-Mobile G-1! Mini review…

So I got my G-1 on Monday from UPS. I had preordered back on the day the preorder went live. I got the black one. I have to say I like it quite a bit. It’s definitely a step up in hardware from my Pearl I was using before. Only minor annoyances so far, mostly the lack of on-screen keyboard that everyone else has mentioned and on my first day bringing it to work it didn’t last the whole day, so the battery life is a little on the short side. 3G performance was good at work up in Seattle, but sadly, doesn’t extend very far south down here to Tacoma.

Now about Android, its quick, looks good, and the notifier tray is the coolest thing ever. You can access it anytime, and get an idea of what E-Mails, texts or calls you may have missed. Other programs can also use the notifier area, although I haven’t seen any yet. Now that brings up the Market, one of the selling points for Android. It’s market will be mostly unrestricted with developers not having to get their apps certified before they’re posted. And for the moment, it’s all FREE!

On monday the Market was stripped so that was a bit of a bummer, but most of the Apps are back now. ShopSavvy and Shazam are the coolest so far. ShopSavvy is one of the few barcode scanning shopping programs on the Market, but it works great, quickly and will even set up an E-Mail notifier to tell you when a product you want is below a set price. Shazam will listen to whatever song you’re listening to and then figure out what it is and provide links to the Amazon MP3 store, the artist’s MySpace or Youtube. 

I can’t make much comparison to the iPhone since I haven’t really used one, but compared to the iPod Touch I have used, most everything on the G-1 works about as smoothly as on the Touch, which is pretty impressive. Overall I’m really excited to have an actual cool phone on T-Mobile.

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Puyallup Fair 2008!

DSC_1387, originally uploaded by simon medisch.

Had a great time at the Fair last night, Audrey got to go on some good rides, and went on her first 2 real rides, the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Paratrooper. She thought it was extreme, and had an awesome time. Got some good pictures too. All as shot with my D40 and the 18-200. You can view the rest by clicking through on any of these.


Dragon Coaster



The Lil’ Coaster. That little black girl was making faces like that the whole ride, it was hilarious.





From on the Tilt-A-Whirl



Perfect end to the night, Fisher Scones!

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Our new house!

DSC_1359, originally uploaded by simon medisch.

Today I found out that we were approved for our new house (for rent). It has a fully fenced yard for the dog, and is about twice as big as our house now for less money. It’s old, not sure of the architecture, I want to say craftsman, but I don’t think that’s quite right. It also has a big detached garage where I can work on a car or something. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get moved. Photo was given a bit more contrast in Lightroom. Nikon D40, 18-200 lens.

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My morning walk to work.

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DSC_1355, originally uploaded by simon medisch.

This is the bike path along Mercer Way on Mercer Island, WA, It’s a pretty walk and the cyclists are lucky to have it. I took some other pictures, but only these two turned out ok. The first was tweeked slightly in Lightroom, and the second close up of the Maple is as shot. Nikon D40 18-200 lens.

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Tacoma Dome Station, too early in the morning.

DSC_1333, originally uploaded by simon medisch.

My truck is currently broken down, so I got a ride with my girlfriend to the train station today. Too bad she had to be at work at 4:45am, but at least I got this O.K. shot of the train in the near dark. Shot with the D40 and an 18-200. Upped the yellow of the stripe in Lightroom.

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My new Sigma 28-135 Macro

DSC_1331, originally uploaded by simon medisch.

This is one of the first decent pictures with my new lens I got a couple weeks ago. The lens is actually built pretty well, seems mostly metal, a nice chunk of glass in the front, and shoots at 2:1. Got it for $15 at a garage sale. This is a little dahlia out in front of my cousins house. Shot on my D40.

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Clouds and Sun rays


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Took this a couple weeks ago in Frederickson WA. A great example of the beautiful weather in the NW. Shot with a D40 and 18-200vr.

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