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Review: T-Mobile G2

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The T-Mobile G2, like most Android phones, is not a great choice for music and multimedia playback. The music player has hardly been changed at all since the original T-Mobile G1, and even then I knew the experience was pathetic. It has some great features, like easy search options from the Now Playing screen to find more music in the Amazon MP3 Store or on YouTube. But it lacks advanced playback options, like the fine-tuned controls you’ll find on an iPhone, or in the Android Audible audiobooks app. For instance, in the Audible app (and the iPod player on the iPhone), you can skim through long audiobooks at different speeds depending on where you hold your finger on the screen. The G2 also lacks music equalizer options.

The phone comes with an 8GB microSD card preloaded. T-Mobile has about another month, when 16GB Windows Phone 7 devices flood the market, before I start complaining that 8GB is not enough storage space out of the box. That microSD card comes with DoubleTwist for music sync, which I used on my Macbook Pro. It’s a horrible piece of software. It’s sluggish and very buggy, with poor notifications and progress alerts.

If you want a phone that’s great for music, the iPhone is the king, but Microsoft is making a strong multimedia push with WinPho7. Google better step up its game, especially with a desktop-side sync option, because Android is seriously lagging.

 

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