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Review: T-Mobile G2

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I found image quality from the 5 megapixel camera on the T-Mobile G2 to be inconsistent. Images could be great or awful, depending on a combination of light, colors and focal lengths. Indoor shots in places that had plenty of windows and natural light still seemed washed out and a bit lifeless. Outside on a bright sunny day, I got a range of results. One closeup seemed ruined by the sensor's inability to handle the deep red hues of my flower bush. Another handled a more subtle pink just fine, with plenty of detail and even a nice bokeh effect, blurring the background slightly. A self-portrait outside, though, seemed faded, giving me a zombie-like pallor.

Unexpectedly, the camera performed very well with its own flash. My shot of R2-D2 and Krusty was taken indoors with a ceiling light and close-up flash, and the photo seems balanced with accurate colors and just the right texture on the hard plastic figures.

At best, a few of my shots would look great as desktop wallpapers on a big monitor, but I wouldn't print any to hang on my wall. This cameraphone could replace a cheap point-and-shoot, even in dimly lit bars or parties where the flash is key. But the image quality was still unimpressive, and the camera remains all around the biggest disappointment on the T-Mobile G2.

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The video camcorder on the T-Mobile G2 can shoot at resolutions up to 720p, but the videos were not very good. The camera had trouble shooting accurate colors, even outside on a bright, sunny day. Mixed lighting caused problems switching from bright to dim or dark areas. But worst of all, videos simply had a fuzzy, unappealing look that belied their hi-def bona fides. Sound quality was also poor. The microphone on the G2 made me sound distant, like I was talking through a sheet of drywall.

Check out a video I took with the G2 below. Be sure to change the resolution to 720p and watch the video full screen to see the best representation of video quality:

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