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printed July 25, 2014
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Review: T-Mobile G2

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The messaging options on the T-Mobile G2 are standard Android fare, with Google Voice along for the ride. You get text messaging, and Android uses a powerful, if not very pretty, Messaging app. Messages are displayed in a conversational, threaded format. It’s easy to attach media and information to your messages, including pics and videos, as well as navigation coordinates and contact info. You can also send messages from the separate Google Voice app (if you use Google Voice), but not picture messages, as I mentioned. Having two separate apps that both send SMS messages could be very confusing, for both me and my recipients, who see a different caller ID number attached depending on which app I use. I’d like to see Google Voice integrated more tightly into the stock Android features.

For instant messaging, the G2 comes with Google Talk. Like most Android phones, there are no other IM apps on board, but there are good, even free, options available from the App Market. I’m still waiting for an app that can handle Facebook instant messaging, though you’ll find in the Market adequate solutions for AIM, Yahoo, Windows Live and even MySpace, among the more obscure options.

For email, there is Gmail and then there is everything else. Everything else can include Exchange accounts, with support for multiple Exchange servers, as well as POP3 and IMAP4 mail accounts. The Gmail app is superior, with more features for managing, organizing and labeling messages. I had trouble with email attachments, though. The phone downloaded attachments properly, but would not open them automatically. I had to search through my photo gallery for image downloads, or use a file browser for Office documents. Hopefully, this is a bug that will be fixed in future updates.

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