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T-Mobile G2 Hands-on: Their best Android phone yet

The T-Mobile G2 from HTC is the successor to what was known as the first Android handset, and will be released to the market next month. Existing customers will get their hands on the device much sooner than those who are not, but are they really that bothered?

Joanna Stern from Engadget spent some time with the device during the Best Buy holiday event and was able to offer a hands-on preview of the device, which you can see in the video on their website. You can also see a few new images of the HTC G2 on the Engadget website as well.

Stern was not shy in saying that this is T-mobile’s best Android handset to date, but I have to wonder why it only comes with an 800MHz Snapdragon processor? The 521MB of RAM is more than enough to handle all the tasks, but I still wonder if the CPU is a little underpowered? (More specs here).

Joanna points out that Engadget will offer an extensive review of the device once they get one in the office, so for now the video will have to be enough.

Do you think that T-mobile and HTC has done enough with the G2?

Written by Peter Chubb

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The T-Mobile G2 is probably the best phone on the market still to this day March 23rd, I say that for multiple reasons. First it doesn't run Ugly Sense UI, so it doesn't need a 1ghz processor to run Stock Vanilla. 800mhz scorpion outperforms 1ghz snapdragon.Second it got an update for wifi calling and tethering. Third SLCD screens are just as good as AMOLED, try to argue me on that. Oh the blacks are better on AMOLED, its a freaking phone, not a 60in Plasma were talking about. I hated the hinges at first but grew to accept them. It… Read more »

Alina
Alina

Thats so nice I really want to have one too could you tell me more about it?

Matt
Matt
Tony
Tony

This phone is a real disappointment. I purchased the G1 when it first came out and I thought then and think now that it was the most advanced phone of its time. The G2, on the other hand, is anything but that. It is under powered, it doesn't have a front facing camera, the camera that it has is only 5mpg, the ram is marginal at best, the battery is not on par with the competition and the screen is smaller than the competition (Samsung Epic 4g). The G1 had several features that it took the Iphone years to get… Read more »

Impshial
Impshial

The reduction in clock-speed was made to improve battery life. The 1GHz eats through batteries, and the 800MHz reduces that, without a noticable difference in speed. The GPU is also adding enhancements to performance as well.

lwalty
lwalty

I was told the same thing about the T-Mobile Vibrant, how it is the best Android superphone T-Mobile had to date. I think what would make to G2 so attractive compared to the Vibrant is the Android 2.2 OS. The Vibrant has a 1GHz CPU with 16 gigs of memory, with an expansion slot for up to 32gigs. Except the OS is an Android 2.1 and looks like it will NEVER be updated. The glory of the G2 must all hang on the “Froyo”! I would like to know it T-Mobile has made up their minds on allowing WiFi tethering… Read more »

aberkae
aberkae

Actually we are waiting for you review it will either brake or make many decisions on the purhpchase of this phone. Thought early benchamrks prove this processer as a performer better then nexus one.

Janos
Janos

Dude it's not a Snapdragon it's a Scorpion, the successor to the Snapdragon in my opinion and the G2 is the first phone to have it. It has much higher performance for multimedia-related SIMD operations and has ATI's OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU. In benchmarks it has already annihilated the Samsung Galaxy S, Nexus One and HD2. It does have a lower clock rate but can handle tasks much better so you can't do a 1:1 comparison to the snapdragon.

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