T-Mobile G2 Review
For some people, seeing a high-end device like the G2 packing a processor that's not running at a clocked speed of 1GHz might put them in a state of disbelief. Rather, its 800MHz Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor does an admirable job in being the brains behind the entire operation. So don't let that 800MHz mark fool you, because it's able to offer an exceptional experience in navigating around the platform and launching apps. Without much fluff in the way of getting situated with the Android 2.2 experience, it's by far one of the more pleasant and responsive devices to get you down and dirty with the nitty-gritty portion of the platform.
Meanwhile, we're treated to a stock Android 2.2 Froyo experience with no meddling intrusions that some other customizations offer with their baggage. Naturally, you've got a total of 7 homescreens to personalize to your taste with various widgets, icons, and shortcut. For the most part, moving between each panel is swiftly executed with minimal evidence of any slowdown whatsoever – even when a live wallpaper is activated. When you click on the app menu tray, you're presented with the 3D like rolodex which radiates some lightning quick reflexes as we started to scroll through the listing. And since this is the stock experience, you'll find the News and Weather app which provides you some useful information regarding the current and upcoming weather forecasts as well as some notable news items. But if you prefer to see it all from the homescreen, you can setup the accompanying widget to provide you a quick glimpse at any time. As we continue to see Google working hard in evolving Android, the experience with G2 clearly shows how branched out the platform has become since the G1 first arrived on the scene.
While we're on the topic of Android 2.2 on the T-Mobile G2, it offers all of the essentials that the everyday consumer would be concerned about. For starters, business savvy individuals will adore that it offers native Microsoft Exchange Server support to get you synced with work email, calendar, and contacts. In addition, other people will also find it conducive to their social networking lives since it tightly integrates Facebook and Twitter with your stored contacts on the phone. Meaning, you'll see the associated Facebook profile picture with your contact so you can simply click on them to jump into the dedicated app for further details. Finally, since it's connected to the clouds, you really don't have to worry about losing your precious address book and your thousands of contact since it's always synced and backed up.
Organizer & Messaging:
As we mentioned already, the platform does a great job in managing your local contacts with those on Facebook and Twitter, but it's also nice to see all pertinent information with each person in a centralized area. When searching for contacts on the phone, you can either scroll the listing, which is displayed in alphabetical order, or simply press the search button and type it in. Naturally, you can place specific pieces of information for each contact like email addresses, phone numbers, web site, and birthday.
When you run the clock app, it'll place the handset in a mode that's more akin to an alarm clock. Within the app, you can access a host of functions like setting an alarm, seeing the current weather conditions & temperature, play a slide show of your photos, or even play a song. But for those who plan on keeping the phone close at hand when going to bed, you'll be happy to know that there is a dim button which will lower the brightness so it won't strain your eyes in the pitch black darkness.
The calendar is no different from previous Android smartphones seeing you have the option of seeing it in a month, week, day, or agenda view. When you create a new event, it'll automatically sync with your Google calendar so you can even check it out online. Not only that, but you'll even have various details you can set for the specific event – like reminders, exact times, location, and descriptions.
We applaud at how well the QWERTY keyboard feels when typing up a message, but if you just prefer the touch method, you'll have two options at your disposal. The first being Swype, which has a steep learning curve at first, but once you get a handle for it, you'll instantly see at how swift it can be in typing up something. However, if you just prefer the normal way, you can always resort to using the stock keyboard which is responsive when speed typing. Normally, the experience is heightened when using the landscape options since they just offer more flexibility for your fingers and lessens mistakes as you type steadily.
If Gmail is your kind of thing, then you've come to the right place as the dedicated Gmail app plays to the strength of what you experience on the desktop. Keeping track of back and forth emails is a thing of the past seeing that it compiles all of your emails in threaded view – meaning that you'll always be organized. Aside from that, the experience is fairly solid as you won't find the experience any better on other platforms. Moreover, the email app will allow you to set up other accounts by simply providing your email address and password. In the event that it's not one of the generic clients out there, you'll need to provide additional piece of information, like server addresses, in order for it to complete.
Google Talk is on board from the onset to provide you quick access in talking to friends, but thanks to the Android Market, you can always download apps that'll enable you to use other services – like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Skype.
Even though we're treated to the stock experience, the G2 boasts a ton of Google branded apps out of the box. These include things like Google Goggles, Google Sky Map, Google Translate, Latitude, Photobucket, and Google Voice. Although some people we learn to appreciate some of them, others might regard them to be none other than bloatware taking up precious space.
Google Sky Map
The T-Mobile G2 boasts a ton of Google branded apps out of the box
1. bling blingone (unregistered)
im gonna stick with aria right now...all i need is 3.5screen andriod htc sense ui phone!!!!!!!...well im here is aria getting 2.2???just askin guys
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Umm... the aria has a 3.2" screen. Just saying.