T-Mobile is taking on 4G with their G2 Android smartphone. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip take a look at the Android phone that offers a slide out keyboard, touch screen, voice activated functions and incredibly fast browsing. Find out what they rate the $130 phone.
What You Need to Know
- The T-Mobile G2 measures about the same size as an iPhone.
- It's a little thicker and weighs 6.5 ounces, with some heft to it.
- The 3.7" touch screen looks clean and sharp.
- Colors are vibrant but it might be hard to see in direct sunlight.
- The G2 features an optical track pad, which is great if you're a BlackBerry user, but it's unnecessary.
- One thing about the keyboard is that it has a swinging hinge and doesn't lock in place.
- This is only an issue if you're laying on your back and texting.
- The G2 runs on Android 2.2, but T-mobile hasn't done anything different with this OS, which is a good thing.
- It runs on an 800 MHz processor and launches apps quite quickly.
- Pinch and zoom work great and you can flip and swipe with ease.
- This is just as good as any other Android phone we've tested.
- The phone supports Flash 10.1 but it can be a little weird when trying to navigate Flash heavy websites.
- The biggest selling point is its 4G like speeds, which delivers.
- We found that the G2 was faster than other 4G phones like the HTC Evo.
- It uses T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, which we tested around town and found some areas spotty.
- In our speed test, the G2 would clock in anywhere from 256 to 640 kilobytes per second.
- T-Mobile estimates that 4G coverage should be about 200 million people by the end of 2010.
- A major metropolitan area like Los Angeles is covered pretty well by their 4G.
- The voice controls on the G2 are as good as we expect from Google.
- Features include speech to text, call numbers, and search the web.
- The 5 megapixel camera can shoot in 720p, which looks okay.
- Shooting video doesn't stabilize too well while moving, but the images and colors are crisp.
- Photos can get washed out in extreme situations.
- The G2 only has 4 GB of internal memory and comes with an 8 GB micro SD card, which is upgradeable to 32 GB.
- $130 with a T-Mobile contract. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- 4 Seals of Approval out of 5.
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