If you haven’t noticed recently, there’s a little battle going on between the big 4 US wireless carriers– AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint– and that is the race to 4G. All four carriers have begun launching their own respective 4G networks and are deploying them across the US as we speak. Now obviously if you’re looking for a new phone today and are planning to buy it at its cheaper (also known as subsidized) price, the one you get with a 2 year contract, you’re gonna wanna get one that takes full advantage of these 4G networks.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve had a chance to take a look at the T-Mobile G2 by HTC, T-Mobile’s first 4G phone. So, what do we think? Read on for our full teen review!
We’ve been following this one very closely since the first rumors began trickling out, and now we finally have some official answers on what exactly T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ (their very, very fast 3G network with 4G like speeds) phone is. As was suspected recently, the G2 is very much a high spec’d phone that should be a very good choice for any T-Mobile user looking for a new high-end smartphone. Just check out the specs:
- 3.7-inch multi-touch screen with full slide out QWERTY keyboard— just like the G1.
- WiFi, GPS, and that HSPA+ 3G
- 800 MHz Snapdragon processor— While not as powerful as other high-end smartphones rocking 1 GHZ processors (like the Droid 2, EVO 4G, and Samsung’s Galaxy S phones like T-Mobile’s Vibrant), this drop off isn’t too bad as T-Mobile is saying this should still offer very solid speed (and more than enough for texting, playing music, watching YouTube and browsing the web) while also offering very good battery life (as it doesn’t have to use as much power to power the phone).
- Android 2.2 with Swype (as an onscreen keyboard) and built-in Adobe Flash— One of the big differences here is that it doesn’t seem to have a custom skin like an HTC Sense, MOTOBLUR, or TouchWiz 3.0, instead going with the standard Android 2.2 interface which looks very nice and simple to use (and should offer more speed as it doesn’t have to run that special interface in the background). The G2 also has a Quick Keys app on the homescreen for one-touch access to your favorite Google shortcuts and applications, something we haven’t yet seen on other Android 2.2 phones.
- 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and HD 720p video recording— Like the Vibrant and iPhone 4.
- 4 GB of built-in memory with a pre-installed 8 GB microSD memory card– With support for adding up to a 32 GB memory card.
When you’re looking for a new top of the line T-Mobile phone, this should definitely give the Vibrant a run for its money. Sure the screen is a drop smaller (the Vibrant’s is an even 4 inches) and it the processor is a tad slower, but the keyboard on the G2 does look really great to use and of course who can forget about the ability to rake in 4G-like speeds? Is this better than the Vibrant though? That’s a really tough call as again, both on paper have some slight differences which, depending on your particular preferences, could go either way.
We still don’t have an exact date for when this bad boy drops or how much it will cost (Best Buy has already announced they will sell it for $199 on October 6th, but T-Mobile still hasn’t announced their pricing and availability just yet), but if your already on T-Mobile and looking to pick one of these up for your next phone, you can sign up today to be notified when the pre-order goes live later this month. And if you’re not on T-Mobile, well, stay tuned.
Excited about what T-Mobile’s next big phone is, you know, the G2 that is being so heavily teased? If you are then listen up, as a lot on this seemingly awesome upcoming phone has come out today, and as we said in the title, things are looking really good.
First off, design. As you can see in the top pic, this is a very worthy successor to the G1. Not only does it pack a slide out full QWERTY keyboard in a clearly much thinner design, it will also have according to the site Cell Phone Signal (who picked up a whole bunch of specs on the phone) a 3.7 inch Active Matrix OLED screen— in other words, a really sharp screen. Other specs Cell Phone Signal have gotten their hands on include a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus (which would be similar to the iPhone 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy S phones), a 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor (the same as all the other top smartphones are running, like the HTC EVO 4G, HTC Droid Incredible, and Motorola’s Droid 2 and Droid X– this should keep everything running smoothly), WiFi, GPS and the ability to turn the phone into a mobile hotspot (again, like those other top Android phones. And who wouldn’t want to share these crazy fast 3G speeds with their other WiFi devices?). All this atop what appears to be latest and great version of Android, Android 2.2 (also known as “Froyo”).
T-Mobile still has yet to confirm any of this, so for now we gotta consider all of this to be just rumors (though the photos have been spied on T-Mobile’s servers, so they seem to be legit), but let’s all hope they make this all official and get it out in the world real soon. We’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as soon as we learn more.
Additional info and pic from Engadget