Today we’ll be reviewing the T-Mobile G2. As you can probably already tell by looking at the name, this phone was designed for T-Mobile. I can’t really say what the original name was before it got branded by T-Mobile, but I can assume it was from HTC since its shape is slightly reminiscent of a certain HTC phone I worked with a while back ( can’t remember the name though ). Still, what it was is not important. What’s important to notice here is, despite the age of the device, it’s still very powerful. It may not be that strong by today’s standards ( but then again any Single-Core is weak by today’s standards ), but for 2010 when this device came out it was by far one of the most powerful.
Well enough with pitiful introductions and let us commence this little review of the T-Mobile G2.
We shall begin by taking a look at the general aspects of the device. You can find details here about the support networks and network types as well as the announcement and release dates. The T-Mobile G2 supports both 2G and 3G networks. Those networks are : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ( the 2G ones ) and HDSPA 1700 / 2100 ( the 3G ones ). The T-Mobile G2 was announced in September 2010 and was released shortly after in October 2010.
Following up is a brief review of the aspect of the T-Mobile G2. You can find details here about the dimensions of the device, the weight and whether or not it has any distinguishing marks that would make it stand out from the crowd. The dimensions of the T-Mobile G2 are as following : 119.4 x 61 x 15.2 mm. The T-Mobile G2 weighs somewhere around 184.3 grams.This device also has a slide-able QWERTY keyboard and I suspect Touch Sensitive Controls ( since I don’t believe those small things from below the screen are really flat buttons ).
Following up is the review of the display of the T-Mobile G2. This part contains information about : the screen type, the screen size, the screen’s pixel density and resolution as well as whether or not this device has any means of protection and / or distinguishing marks that would make it stand out from a crowd. The type of screen of the T-Mobile G2 is a TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. This screen is approximately 3.7 inches big and has a pixel density of approximately 252 ppi. This screen is capable of housing a resolution of approximately 480 x 800 pixels. The screen of the T-Mobile G2 also has Multi Touch. The means of protection of the T-Mobile G2’s screen are : Corning Gorilla Glass display and that’s about it. The T-Mobile G2 also has an Optical Track Pad on its frontal panel.
Following up is a brief review of the audio output capabilities of the T-Mobile G2. You can find information here about the alert types, the speaker and audio jack as well as whether or not the T-Mobile G2 has any means of sound enhancement installed on it. The T-Mobile G2 doesn’t have any sound enhancement whatsoever. One may say that this device is pretty “standard” as far as sound is concerned. The alert types of the T-Mobile G2 are as following : vibration, MP3 and WAV ringtones. This device also has a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack.
Following up is the review of the memory of the T-Mobile G2. We shall see here the RAM memory of the device as well as the internal storage space and ways of expanding it. The RAM memory of the T-Mobile G2 is 512 MB and may I remind you that for 2010 this was quite a lot. The internal storage space of the T-Mobile G2 is 4 GB and upon purchasing this device you get a Micro SD card of 8 GB included. If that isn’t enough feel free to expand further, after all a Micro SD card will use anything of up to 32 GB.
This part of the review shall cover the data connectivity of the T-Mobile G2. You can find info here about the GPRS and EDGE, the WLAN and Speed as well as the Bluetooth and USB connections of the T-Mobile G2. The T-Mobile G2 has both GPRS and EDGE, both of them class 10. The GPRS is Class 10 ( 4+1 / 3+2 slots ) at around 32 ~ 48 KB/s and the EDGE is a Class 10 at around 236.8 KB/s. The speed of this device is as following : HSDPA at around 14.4 MB/s and HSUPA at around 2 MB/s. The WLAN of the T-Mobile G2 is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of the T-Mobile G2 is a Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and the USB port of the T-Mobile G2 is a Micro USB v2.0 port.
Moving on to reviewing the camera of the T-Mobile G2. This part will focus more on the main and secondary cameras as well as their features and capabilities. The main camera of the T-Mobile G2 is a 5 MP one capable of photographing at around 2592 x 1944 pixels. The features of the main camera are as following : autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging. The main camera is also capable of recording video at around 720p HD quality with a maximum of 30 frames per second. The T-Mobile G2 doesn’t have a secondary frontal camera, but one will have to cope with that.
Following up is the review of the battery of the T-Mobile G2, since we all know that’s a very important component. Here you can find details about the battery type and how long it can function. The battery of the T-Mobile G2 is a Standard Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery. It is capable of functioning for up to 430 hours in stand by mode and up to 9 hours and 50 minutes of talk time in 2G and 6 hours and 40 minutes in 3G.
Following now is the review of the three main hardware components. By those three I mean : the processor, the motherboard and the graphics card. The processor of the T-Mobile G2 is a Single-Core 800 MHz Scorpion processor. Since Scorpion processors usually come with Qualcomm chipsets, the mother board of the T-Mobile G2 is a Qualcomm MSM7230. The GPU or graphics card depending on how you prefer of the T-Mobile G2 is an Adreno 205. Overall a weak set of hardware by today’s standard but extremely strong for the time it came out in.
Moving up to the review of the software of the T-Mobile G2. Here we shall see what version of OS the device has and whether or not it can be upgraded. The OS that is already installed on the T-Mobile G2 is Android OS v2.2 Froyo. Unfortunately it is not upgrade-able to a later one, but one can cope with 2.2 if they really want to.
Here we shall discuss the features and capabilities of the T-Mobile G2. The sensors of the T-Mobile G2 are as following : Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass. The messaging on this device is done via : SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, Push Mail and IM. The browser of this device uses HTML and has integrated support for Adobe Flash. The T-Mobile G2 doesn’t have a radio, although that’s not a problem since there are so many radio apps out there. The GPS of the T-Mobile G2 has support for A-GPS and the T-Mobile G2 also has Java via Java MIDP emulation. The colors available for the T-Mobile G2 are : white and black.
Here is a brief list of what the T-Mobile G2 can do :
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input (Swype)
This concludes our little review of the T-Mobile G2. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestions for things which should be added in the comment section below and I will be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects.
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