T-Mobile G2 Android Smartphone Review

Posted: November 11, 2010
T-Mobile G2 Android Smartphone Review

T-Mobile is taking on 4G with their G2 smart phone. 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.



  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5.

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  • The_US_Assassin

    Just to let you know i went into T-mobile yesterday and thy are not 130 but 199 with a 2 year contract. you might want to fix that. it also shows 199 on the T-Mobile website.

    Posted: November 15, 2010 1:54 PM
  • Legion3208

    i miss mong

    Posted: November 14, 2010 8:49 AM
  • phillyguerrilla

    video wont play!

    Posted: November 14, 2010 3:31 AM
  • sysu3peat

    Ummm may I say that the swype keyboard is always like that with the spacebar to the right side of the screen

    Posted: November 13, 2010 12:23 PM
  • maxkzingx

    for a website full of tech savvy people, you still can't figure out how to block the spammers.

    Posted: November 12, 2010 6:18 PM
  • MTR702

    Yayy, you reviewed my gadget I emailed you! WhoooHoo. I got this phone, the size of the screen is great, the weight is mot THAT bad after a while. The hinge is actually really stable but some type of lock in place function would be very nice. But overall the hinge is very smooth and doesnt seem to be loose at all. A much needed upgrade from the MyTouch 3G. Fast Fast Fast and feature rich. If your on T-Mobile and a guy, this is your phone. If your on T-Mobile and a girl, the MyTouch 4G may be a better choice.

    Posted: November 12, 2010 3:23 PM
  • nivlac978

    There we go, I love this thing. It's faster than anything I've used and I haven't even rooted it yet so I have't over clocked it yet. People have gotten it to 1.4 Gz stable with the original OS.

    Posted: November 12, 2010 2:09 PM
  • nivlac978

    Doesn't want to play for me even though it made me watch the GD add.

    Posted: November 12, 2010 1:58 PM