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The Google phone is nearly ready to rock. And while it has nowhere near the fanfare of the iPhone, this is clearly a significant product. The idea is the phone will tie closely to Google search and apps, making it easy to find information, get maps and perhaps feed Google all your personal information.

From all reports, the Google phone (sold only by T-Mobile) is fully featured. But the real keys are usability, reliability and how well these features work. It took Microsoft a long time to get phones right, and even Apple has had its hiccups (and Apple has been building operating systems since 1976, way before Microsoft got into the game).

But is the real play Android, the OS that drives the Google phone? Could this be the basis of a range of intelligent devices that ultimately replace our laptops and desktops and thin clients? PC World weighs in on this without reaching any major conclusions.

Are you excited about the Google phone? Don't call -- e-mail your answers to me at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on September 25, 2008


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