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T-Mobile G2x Review

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The T-Mobile G2x's camera interface is functional and easy to operate, although the settings menu feels a bit cluttered, due to the sheer number of options available.

Camera interface - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera interface - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera interface - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera interface - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera interface - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera interface - T-Mobile G2x Review

Camera interface


Packing along a number crunching 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, we’re enthralled by the lovely set of photos that the G2x is capable of capturing. Specifically, it’s able to muster up some extremely sharp looking images which even allow us to distinguish words plastered on signs in a mall. Moreover, its detailed filled shots are further supplemented by their natural looking color production – and we don’t even see too much degradation indoors under low lighting. Meanwhile, the LED flash does a wonderful job in lighting up shots appropriately without seeing much digital noise in its production. All in all, you can ditch that traditional point and shoot camera and simply rely on the G2x for all your needs.

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Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review
Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x - T-Mobile G2x Review

Camera samples shot with the T-Mobile G2x


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Although you’ve got a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera on board to easily snap self-portraits, we’d suggest using the rear camera for the best results worth saving. Instead, it’s mainly reserved for video chat use with services like Qik or Fring – the latter of which provides a tolerable experience with the handset.

Taking the crown from everyone else, the T-Mobile G2x is the sole smartphone on Big Magenta’s lineup to offer full 1080p high-definition video recording. Granted that it’s able to capture a fair amount of detail and doesn’t adversely change white balance when transitioning to different lighting conditions, there’s a little bit of jerkiness to its recording due to its 24 frames per second capture rate. However, we find smoother capture rates when it’s positioned to shoot in 720p. Nonetheless, its video recording quality is admirable considering that we don’t see many devices offering 1080p recording just yet.

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Multimedia:

With its 3D like gallery app, the T-Mobile G2x delivers some nice looking visuals that are complemented with its fluid movement while browsing albums. Routinely, we find all the usual set of sharing functions available to us with our content – like sending them to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Also, we’re presented with basic photo editing functions like cropping and rotating directly on the handset.

The gallery app - T-Mobile G2x Review
The gallery app - T-Mobile G2x Review
The gallery app - T-Mobile G2x Review
The gallery app - T-Mobile G2x Review

The gallery app


Sadly, we miss the elevated 3D elements found with the music player of the LG Optimus 2X, and instead, we’re basically stuck with the tried and true stock Android music player. Nowhere close to offering an eye catching presentation, it’s nevertheless functional in quickly playing our tunes. Audio quality from its speaker is decent at best, though mute in tone, but activating its “DTS Ultra Mobile” function adds just a little bit more pop to its output. However, there’s some hint of crackliness when it’s positioned at the highest volume level.

The T-Mobile G2x uses the tried and true stock Android music player - T-Mobile G2x Review
The T-Mobile G2x uses the tried and true stock Android music player - T-Mobile G2x Review
The T-Mobile G2x uses the tried and true stock Android music player - T-Mobile G2x Review

The T-Mobile G2x uses the tried and true stock Android music player


Already proving its worth with its brilliant looking display, the video watching experience is resoundingly satisfying mainly because it’s able to easily handle high-definition videos with no hassle. Loading up a video in 1080p resolution, the G2x delivers an amazing experience thanks mostly to its rich details and smooth playback. Likewise, we also admire how it’s able to output 1080p videos to a high-definition television via its microHDMI port – thus giving you an easy way of quickly sharing videos.

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Watching videos


For something that’s able to capture 1080p videos, its built-in 8GB of internal storage is no doubt slim pickings, however, you can always pop in microSD cards up to 32GB in size to increase its capacity.


Connectivity and Internet:

Individuals constantly traveling abroad will find this quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and UMTS (850/1700/1900/2100 MHz) smartphone extremely versatile since it’ll work in most locations around the world. And much like most of T-Mobile’s smartphones, it packs on Wi-Fi calling as an alternative solution when connection to the network is iffy. As for data connection, it’s able to take advantage of possibly hitting 14.4 Mbit/s (maximum) download speeds through T-Mobile’s HSPA network. Finally, the G2x packs on items like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Without a doubt, the G2x is unanimously our favorite smartphone on T-Mobile’s collection thus far for web browsing seeing that excels in aptly bringing along a fantastic experience on a mobile scale. It’s evident by its near perfect rendering of complex web sites, lightning fast downloads, and buttery smooth navigational execution. Although some devices cringe in the presence of Flash heavy sites, the power of the G2x doesn’t fade for one bit as it effortlessly handles Flash content like no other. Exhilarating you say? Most definitely!

Web browsing with the T-Mobile G2x is a fantastic experience - T-Mobile G2x Review
Web browsing with the T-Mobile G2x is a fantastic experience - T-Mobile G2x Review
Web browsing with the T-Mobile G2x is a fantastic experience - T-Mobile G2x Review
Web browsing with the T-Mobile G2x is a fantastic experience - T-Mobile G2x Review

Web browsing with the T-Mobile G2x is a fantastic experience



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posted on 19 Apr 2011, 08:31 1

1. frankied101 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


its cool but how come it got 10 less review points then the atrix which got a 9.5?

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 08:39 1

2. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


My thoughts exactly. Dual core. Great display. Good Camera. And average battery life. The only dis was less than stellar call quality (not terrible, just not great). Why does this only rate a score of 8.5?

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:59

32. johnbarbz (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2012)


NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE!!! 05/20/2012 I've had the T-Mobile g2x for just over 13 months now (5/20/2012). My daughter had the same phone and warned me not to accept the upgrade as it would darken the camera pictures very much making the camera useless. This "upgrade" was in my face everytime i looked at my phone. After spending many hours on the phone (to no avail), trying to get the upgrade offer removed, I phoned customer care some 3 months later. The t-mobile tech assured me that the upgrade was fixed and talked me into accepting the upgrade just prior to April FOOLS Day! Sure enough the upgrade fouled up my camera and it is of little use now. After several more hours on the phone ...T-Mobile agreed to replace the phone with the galaxy model; but I had to wait until the middle of March 2012 (contract anniversary), in order to get the replacement for "nearly to nothing" with a $158.00 additional discount. T-mobile assured me he would post the discount and entire matter on my account so there would be no problem. Standing in front of the T-Mobile outlet mall and Just got off the phone with T-Mobile; .... They are not honoring the agreement! I understand T-Mobile no longer offers this phone...removed intirely from their stores with a life of roughly 15 Months.

.

posted on 21 May 2012, 10:03

33. johnbarbz (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2012)


And they call themselves "Customer Care" What a JOKE! Needs to be Customer I DON'T CARE!!!

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 08:47

3. rub (unregistered)


please compare this phone to the Driod Incredible 2. They both are 4 inch displays! I am going to buy either of these two phones and need to know

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 09:12 1

4. JoJoCal19 (unregistered)


Just the fact that it's running vanilla Android should give it at least a 9.5.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 09:50 1

6. green2u (unregistered)


Check out Phone Arena's comparison to see possibly why there's a point difference between the G2X and the Atrix:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/T-Mobile-G2x,Motorola-ATRIX-4G/phones/5272,4982. I noticed:

*Atrix is smaller and lighter, and still sports a 4 inch screen.
*Atrix has a higher pixel resolution display.
*Atrix has a larger battery.
*Atrix is also revolutionary (though it still needs work) in its lapdock capabilities.
G2x does have higher rear/front-facing cameras and video resolution and isn't burdened by Motoblur or an ATThrottle contract (until T-Mo and ATT merge, that is).

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 09:55

7. Brad (unregistered)


The article incorrectly states at the end that it doesn't support T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, when it fact it does.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 10:30 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


this is an HSPA+ 14.4mb/s phone. PA even mentioned that in the internet part of the article... and then said it wasnt an HSPA+ phone. WTH??


OK, PA, u need to explain to us how a phone that got high marks in EVERYTHING but call quality (only average, not subpar or great) and battery (average) only manages an 8.5.
Is it because it lacks an apple logo???

I've been playing with the phone for a week now, and id give it a 9 to 9.5.

+for vanilla android
+ uber smooth experience
+ for slick design (looks great in person)
+ for better than normal looking LCD display
+ for super high horsepower but still gets good gas mileage.
+ best web experience so far
+ eats flash content for breakfast

in fact.. i havent found any negatives about it. the only thing you could say is that it has average call quality, and you give it an 8.5. What are you judging it against to justify the score? The only phone in Tmo's lineup that even comes close to it in horsepower and quality is the GalaxyS 4g/Vibrant. It sure as heck smashes your loverly iphone4 to bits in speed, responciveness, and over all abilities. And like you said, it plays full flash content effortlessly.

So why the 8.5???

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 10:32

9. Jose (unregistered)


Why in the world you would want Incredible 2 ?

This phone features the 1st Tegra 2 Dual Core chip-set running 2 processors at 1GHZ each. Its cross-platform gaming is taking names. Do your homework and check the benchmarks for this phone. Only thing beating it will be LG THRILL ( packing the OMAP4 Chip-set ) and the Galaxy S II ( Exynos chip-set )

Dual Core is the feature ( for now ) IMO i will go with this phone over anything on the market right now.

Careful tho with the Galaxy S II, rumor has it Samsung cant produce enough Exynos chip-sets so most of them will come out with Tegra 2 on release. PLUS this phone is getting Gingerbread in a couple of months.

DOOOO IT!

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 11:56

10. rub (unregistered)


i would get the Incredible 2 because it is still pretty fast, and about the same size screen. Some people actually prefer the HTC Sense over stock Andriod. that's why the incredible 2 and the GX2 are similar enough to have to consider both

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 12:24

11. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


this is actually the only android phone available that i'd take over my Droid 2 and that's pretty high praise from me. the only thing i'd do is get a case on day one because i think the back is kind of ugly.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 12:27

12. Kjayhawk (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


The problem is, its sound. It shouldn't get knocked down to 8.5. 9 would make more sense

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 20:07

13. jadbox1 (unregistered)


wtf 8.5 at least cnet gave it 4 stars 8.7 total. The atrix is a pos compared to this i have used both

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 07:11

15. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Man, I love this guy. Watching his video reviews is such a joy. I hope this guy reviews all the upcoming handsets this year.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 20:14

16. thatboyjay (unregistered)


I don't understand how this phone got rated lower than the Evo 4G, Droid X, Atrix, and even Nexus One! I have the Nexus One but the Nexus one doesn't even have 720p HD recording! Not even a front camera, duo core processing or 4G. What's going on with this 8.5 rating? I was thinking maybe a 9.6 since the Droid X, Atrix and Evo 4G got all 9.5's. This is crazy. I bet the iPhone 5 will get a 10 from PA. Watch. This site lost credibility to me.

posted on 05 May 2011, 20:33

17. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


u kiddin? bc of average calling quality, you take off 1.5 pts? cmon...

posted on 16 May 2011, 06:44 1

18. IOS5 (unregistered)


PA I'm Ifan, but this phone it's Fablous and fast g2x not optimus 2x! It's even better than SGS2. Stock Android 2.2, no lag, no skin that make the phone slow and laggy like samsung. I understand that motorola and HTC the best, but unfortunately it's faster than Atrix and more smoother with 720p, 1080p better than Atrix 720p the IPS LCD display with 480x800 pixel vs 540x960 still looks way better than QHD on Atrix. Overall this phone it least PA rate 9 out 10!

posted on 25 May 2011, 11:44

19. joshanth (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Aug 2010)


i too am shocked it got an 8.5 rating. overall, this may be the best android phone on the market right now. because of its call quality is not the only reason it got an 8.5. im also shocked it doesn't have HSPA+ support so im guessing that had a lot to do with the rating as well. just my opinion.. (..he also said the 1080p recording quality was a but choppy..) [im nit-picking but im trying to find a reason it got an 8.5 lol].

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 15:56

21. xenover (Posts: 171; Member since: 27 May 2011)


o2x review con - Average camera quality
g2x review pro - 1080p video recording and
Shoots detailed & colorful photos

it's the same device with different software -.-
what are you doing PA ?

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 10:15 1

22. gironlj (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Bottom line, it is an unreliable device, an untrustworthy and defective phone that can become a potential life threatening, if an emergency event occurs and a phone call or text that could prevent it cannot be performed due to a malfunctioning phone.
I purchased my first G2X on April 20th, the first day it came out. Unfortunately, I am on my third device, YES, my third (3) device since then. Less that 6 months or a little over that and I had to exchange it due to its unreliability. It's a great phone when it works but most of the time does not. It freezes up, power off on its own without noticing until you need to use it and also crashes very often. I have been for hours with customer service trying to fine a solution. However, they only send another refurbished model every time I spend an hour or so on the phone and ask for a supervisor.

Moreover, T-Mobile Customer service wants me to pay almost full price for a phone if I want a different model. That is totally unfair, I think I have tried hard enough to work with the G2X that I deserve an exchange of a comparable or better phone from another of a different manufacturer at the same price I pay for a G2X replacement (processing fee).

It is NOT worth the effort to buy one. I am very sad, it supposed to be a great device and I waited for it but it turned out not to be as great.
Even T-Mobile recognizes that as they are discounting it entirely and offering it for free.

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:58

31. johnbarbz (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2012)


NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE!!! 05/20/2012 I've had the T-Mobile g2x for just over 13 months now (5/20/2012). My daughter had the same phone and warned me not to accept the upgrade as it would darken the camera pictures very much making the camera useless. This "upgrade" was in my face everytime i looked at my phone. After spending many hours on the phone (to no avail), trying to get the upgrade offer removed, I phoned customer care some 3 months later. The t-mobile tech assured me that the upgrade was fixed and talked me into accepting the upgrade just prior to April FOOLS Day! Sure enough the upgrade fouled up my camera and it is of little use now. After several more hours on the phone ...T-Mobile agreed to replace the phone with the galaxy model; but I had to wait until the middle of March 2012 (contract anniversary), in order to get the replacement for "nearly to nothing" with a $158.00 additional discount. T-mobile assured me he would post the discount and entire matter on my account so there would be no problem. Standing in front of the T-Mobile outlet mall and Just got off the phone with T-Mobile; .... They are not honoring the agreement! I understand T-Mobile no longer offers this phone...removed intirely from their stores with a life of roughly 15 Months.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:28

23. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


hmmmm apparently the 2nd rollout of the 2.3.3 back in december for this device fixed the so called issues this device has. ive had mine for 3 days and it runs absolutely great since its stock its argueably faster than my sgs2 was (im risking my life by saying that) on antutu i got 68fps constantly. when i get it rooted ill use tegrak to oc the gpu and cpu the unleash the monster lol

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 09:10

24. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


3 days? I'm not sure it's enough to judge any phone. I like this phone and I would love hear more about how they fixed it.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:21

26. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


after a few more days of testing i can say that it works great its fast but its RAM gets bogged down quickly but can easily be fixed with a decent task killer

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 11:33

25. HateMyG2X (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Here is feedback from an 8 month user of G2X. I have had a cell phone over 17 years and this one is a dog. Don't buy this HORRIBLE phone. I was initially excited about it as it claims to do everything in the world, sadly it does not deliver. It is possible I got a bad unit, but all I know is it does not work well or reliably and I would not buy another.

I've had this phone for 8 months and had nothing but problems since the very first week. I told the salesman I need a very reliable phone as I am in the car a lot and as a Realtor I live and die by the phone. I feel like I was given the shaft with a rotten phone. 1.The battery only lasts about 3-4 hours even after overnight charge. I recharge all day just to have service. 2. It shuts off at random times by itself.Sometimes it restarts by itself, but sometimes not. I figure it out if the phone has not rung in an hour that it must be off again. 3.It often gets super hot and uncomfortable to hold. 4. 3-4 times a week I must take apart the phone to remove the battery for a "hard reset/reboot". 5. This is my third battery. When I went back to Tmobile in the first week they said I must have a bad battery, so they replaced it, with no improvement. I replaced it again still with no improvement. 6.Half the time when I send emails from the phone they go to Drafts or the Outbox and never actually go to the recipiant. This is a BIG problem, as I use my phone for work. Even if you refresh the mailbox the emails remain unsent. 7.Some of the websites I use are not compatible with this phone. I cannot acces the MLS. 8. The screen freezes up a couple of times a day. 9.The battery shows 100% and a few minutes later its dropped to 20-30% with no useage. 10. Often it drops calls or has ZERO bars and I'm not even moving.Drops calls or shows No Service randomly even in the city. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE, IT IS GARBAGE!! My old Motorola Razor phone was more reliable than this piece of junk.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 07:30

27. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i have a G2X and i havent had any problems at all out of mine.

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:43

28. johnbarbz (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2012)


NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE!!! 05/20/2012 I've had the T-Mobile g2x for just over 13 months now (5/20/2012). My daughter had the same phone and warned me not to accept the upgrade as it would darken the camera pictures very much making the camera useless. This "upgrade" was in my face everytime i looked at my phone. After spending many hours on the phone (to no avail), trying to get the upgrade offer removed, I phoned customer care some 3 months later. The t-mobile tech assured me that the upgrade was fixed and talked me into accepting the upgrade just prior to April FOOLS Day! Sure enough the upgrade fouled up my camera and it is of little use now. After several more hours on the phone ...T-Mobile agreed to replace the phone with the galaxy model; but I had to wait until the middle of March 2012 (contract anniversary), in order to get the replacement for "nearly to nothing" with a $158.00 additional discount. T-mobile assured me he would post the discount and entire matter on my account so there would be no problem. Standing in front of the T-Mobile outlet mall and Just got off the phone with T-Mobile; .... They are not honoring the agreement!

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:48

29. johnbarbz (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2012)


HMMM I find that T-Mobile has already removed the Samsung G2X from all of their offers. The shortest life a phone has had with T-Mobile (as I understand it)

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:52

30. johnbarbz (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2012)


I wish I could join a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile and Samsung! Does anyone know if one has been filed?

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T-Mobile G2x

T-Mobile G2x

OS: Android 2.3.3 2.2
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.90 x 2.50 x 0.40 inches
(124 x 64 x 10 mm)
5.00 oz  (142 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7.83 hours talk time

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