As 2008 embarks on the beginning of the end, T-Mobile will undoubtedly look back and remember it as a year for the G1 (ok, and the iPhone 3G). Nevertheless, as Android momentum builds, soon T-Mobile will not be alone in the world of the drones.

As you will remember, the Australian firm Kogan has recently starting accepting pre-orders for its Agora, an Android sporting touch-screen device offering a physical QWERTY keyboard to boot. However, following hot on its heels seeking a taste of the lime-light is the i6 from Chinese-orientated firm QiGi.

There is no denying that this device bought its casing from the same store where HTC shop, but it does offer a few tricks of its own under the hood. Powered by a 624MHz processor, the QiGi i6 offers either Android or Windows Mobile 6.1. Not bad. Although you won’t be winning any awards from National Geographic with the 2-megapixel camera, the integrated Wi-Fi and GPS may make up for it in terms of practicalities. In particular, the Wi-Fi will come in very useful since the device lacks basic 3G connectivity. Even the 2.8-inch 65k color LCD touchscreen doesn’t make up for that! The standard Bluetooth and microSD slot are thrown in for good measure, and round-up a phone that won’t be breaking any records for the best technology in one device, but will please Chinese consumers with its inclusion of Android.

[via: MobileBurn]

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.