It was a more relaxed affair than the frenzied iPhone launches of last year and this year. In fact, the first customers who lined up to buy G1, the first Google-powered phone, were specifically looking forward to life outside of iPhone.
Justin Hay, 26, who supports trading systems at a bank, said he was lined up on this cold October morning to get his hands on the next new thing.
“Everyone has an iPhone now,” he said, politely declining a tray of pastries offered by a T-Mobile USA employee.
Information technology professional Josh Levitsky, 34, conceded that his iPhone is easier to use than he expected G1 to be, but said he was looking forward to downloading some hot applications available on G1.
“Apple has a better interface right now but Android has a lot of potential,” said Levitsky, who turned up a 6AM to take second place in the line. A couple of hours later the line had swollen to about 30 people, primarily young men.