Happy 10th Birthday, Android!

I still have my T-Mobile G1 somewhere. I might pull it out for some nostalgia. Android has come a very long way.


My first smartphone was a cheap Android device that was purchased as a gift running Android 2.1 in 2009/10.

It wasn’t going to receive any updates, so I had to root it and custom ROM it to stick apps onto the SD card (it came with such little storage, although that was about normal at that time).

I still have memories of me panicking in the local library because I’d accidentally got my device stuck in a bootloop… I fixed it though, and ended up rooting it successfully with Android 2.2 installed.

(It was an LG GT540)…

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Happy birthday Android!

Had many an Android phone although I’m currently on an iPhone and it’s been the best phone I’ve ever had so far.

Can never moan at a strong competition though, here’s hoping a bright future for it!



Pulled the OG out for a side-by-side with the current king! :grin:


OMG @simonb

I’m more impressed that you kept the boxes than anything else!!

I’ve got all my old phones shoved in a box at the bottom of the wardrobe, along with cables/chargers, but the original boxes (and any manuals etc) are long gone in a bid to “declutter”. Kinda regret my enthusiasm to be tidy now!

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I’ve sold everything I had in between the two, so I don’t have loads of phones and boxes lying around haha.

Off the top of my head, in between the G1 and the Pixel 2 XL I had:

  • T-Mobile G2 (USA Import, same body as the Desire Z but stock Android instead of HTC Sense)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Nexus 4
  • Moto G
  • Sony Xperia S
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 6P

There may have been a few random ones for a short time in between that I’ve forgotten about. Out of all of them, I probably liked the Nexus 6 the most. It wasn’t a huge seller, but it was very polarising, people either loved it or thought it was just way too big. Which is funny now, because the standard size of a phone screen is now 6" or close for many flagships, but achieved in a different way - taller with a different aspect ratio, whereas the Nexus 6 was quite wide.

The Pixel 2 XL has a 6" screen, and is in every respect a superior phone, but there was just something beautiful about the N6. If they brought out the exact same design with updated spec and stock Android I’d probably buy it.

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Also loved the Nexus 6, I had it from launch until recently when the battery started getting iffy.

I’m now on a Moto G6 Plus and already love that equally too - excellent screen, fast fingerprint, excellent battery life with turbo charging over usb-c, headphone jack, 99.9% stock Android and a nice price.

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I sell everything to fund the next upgrade but in my time I’ve had

HTC Magic
HTC Hero
HTC Desire
Nexus S
Galaxy Nexus
Nexus 4
Nexus 5
Moto X (2ng Gen)
Nexus 6P
Pixel XL

I would say the 6P was my favourite. The first Nexus with a truly kick ass camera and great build quality. It’s weird looking back now when the Pixel cams are so amazing but The iPhone was just so far ahead for so long.