When I first unpacked my G1 in December I remarked I was “impressed but can’t get over the feeling that [it] could easily have been much better with only a small amount of effort.”
Since then I’ve had few complaints – although there have been too many times when call and SMS alerts have failed to sound and the hot battery is a bit of a concern, I’ve largely avoided the issues of battery life and reliability that many users have reported.
That changed after I accepted the recent software update late last week.
Initially all seemed fine but over the weekend the phone seemed to need charging more than is usual, as I’d used it I wasn’t able to be 100% certain if the battery was being used faster than previously but today I found myself facing a red ‘low battery alert’ just three hours after I unplugged it from an all-night charge.
Had I been making calls or using the web I’d expect some serious battery usage, but when all the phone did was sit on my desk for three hours I don’t consider an 8% remaining charge acceptable.
With software updates adding new issues, a lack of clarity over when the cupcake update is coming and poor customer information this is easily the worst handset I’ve ever had the misfortune to own, a new handset is working its way through the post to me but it’s becoming clear that the usability and reliability of any specific G1 is a bit of a lottery.
If you’ve not yet been offered the chance to break upgrade your G1 take some advice and decline the prompt when it comes.