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T-Mobile G2 Review

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T-Mobile G2 Review
Unfortunately, there's a distinct static sound that can be heard on our end of the line – which is clearly prominent when volume is set to its highest. Plus, it doesn't help either when voices from the earpiece sound hollow as well. Thankfully, the experience is completely the opposite on the other end of the line as our callers state that our voice sound natural in tone – making it very easy for them to comprehend us. Finally, you'll want to stay away from using the speakerphone for conversations since voices sound extremely muffled.

Signal strength remained consistent in the same place as we recorded an average of -77 dBm on the G2. For the real world performance, we didn't experience any dropped calls or rapid changes in bars during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

Battery life out of the handset is pretty typical of most other smartphones since it'll eat up a good chunk  if you're a heavy user – so you'll want to charge it frequently. Conversely, light users should get by a single day out of the handset before requiring a recharge. In any event, it would probably be wise to charge it everyday to make sure you have a sufficient level. The manufacturer has it rated for 9.83 hours of talk and 430 hours of standby time.


Conclusion: 

Yes, it's a design marvel from every aspect you look at it seeing that the T-Mobile G2 is one of the best designed smartphones in recent memory. For a while there, we were beginning to wonder if US consumers would ever see an HTC handset that rivals the Nexus One in terms of premium quality. Its metallic, tough exterior will undoubtedly radiate a sense of durability, but its Achilles Heel might be found with its hinge mechanism. Aside from that, its keyboard is one of the better ones out there in the market as it employs a smart layout with buttons that provide great feedback. On the software side of things, the stock Android 2.2 Froyo experience is responsive thanks to its quick 800MHz processor. Naturally, you've got all of the wonders that the platform has to offer, but the ultimate true star of the show is none other than the handset's support for HSPA+ connectivity. It manages to set itself apart from any other handset out there on T-Mobile's lineup, and as we've seen, it can even tango with the likes of some of Sprint's 4G enabled Android smartphones. For $199.99, you're truly receiving a device that's worth every penny you pay out of your pocket with its gorgeous design, killer hardware, and fast data speeds. As an alternative for some people, the Samsung Vibrant should still look appealing for those looking for a touch-only solution – especially when it's priced the same.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2, build 1.19.531.1 CL255798


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Pros

  • HSPA+ connectivity
  • Quality industrial design
  • Smart & responsive keyboard
  • Peppy performance

Cons

  • Questionable hinge mechanism
  • Poor 720p video capture
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posted on 01 Nov 2010, 08:55

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

posted on 02 Nov 2010, 14:54

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Umm... the aria has a 3.2" screen. Just saying.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 22:36

3. Sesameopen (Posts: 96; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


2013!

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T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile G2

OS: Android 2.3.3 2.2
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM7230, Single core, 800 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches
(119 x 60.4 x 14.1 mm)
6.35 oz  (180 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 9.83 hours talk time

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