I've been talking the talk and now I can finally walk the walk because a shiny and new T-Mobile G1 landed on my desk. Let's just say I couldn't wait to take it for a test drive and size it up against other phones. Available in bronze and black on Oct. 22 at select T-Mobile retail stores for $179, the first feature on the G1 that grabbed my attention was the sturdy full touchscreen that slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard.

Other pluses include its support for T-Mobile's 3G network, quick one touch access to various apps like Google Maps and YouTube and its handy camera, which features an easy one-click button on the back (just like a real camera). I noticed that some of the apps didn't seamlessly load, and needed to be refreshed to open, something I'm sure a software update can surely fix. Stay tuned for my video demonstration!