The cost is $179, it is locked to T-Mobile (surprise!), data plans are $25 with unlimited data and some messaging, $35 with unlimited data and messaging.
There is the Android Marketplace (that Sergey Brin called App Store during the show, ooopssie), no Skype, no tethering, can read Word, Excel and PDF (what about PowerPoint?) and it has a Chrome Lite browser, plus Google Maps with Street View (which is very cool). Music is via Amazon MP3. It runs on HDSPA, superfast, if only we had it in the US... Obviously, it has wifi and a camera.
For my world:
- it does NOT have a cable or a desktop application for syncing (welcome to the new millennium, bye bye iTunes!)
- it does NOT have Exchange compatibility (no ActiveSync)
- it does have push email with Gmail (but no news about the rumor that it would be free and you would not need a data plan for it). Just wondering to see how open that would be for other email servers and PIM backends...
I'll put an order in. This is the start of a new era. A mobile open source operating system is going mainstream. The world is changing fast.