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printed September 2, 2014
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Review: T-Mobile G2

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The T-Mobile G2 is an awesome phone with some superlative features, but HTC and T-Mobile didn’t quite push this phone far enough ahead of the Android pack. The phone is insanely fast in every way. In terms of interface performance, there was never a lag or delay in any action, and even the most intense features, like gaming or graphically rich apps, ran swimmingly on the G2. Network performance was equally impressive, and this phone claimed the crown of fastest Web browser among all the 4G-speed devices I have currently in my stable.

The hardware is great. I love the design, even though it’s a bit heavy. Though there may be better keyboards around, the T-Mobile G2 has a QWERTY that is thoughtful with plenty of useful shortcuts and design choices. The phone even nails the basics. Battery life could be better, but it wasn’t shockingly bad. Call quality on the other hand was great, with crisp, clear sound on both ends of my calls. Messaging options are robust, and even the missing features can be found easily in the Android App Market.

The problem is that too many problems have stuck around since the original T-Mobile G1. The camera is still sluggish, with few features and controls and images that look lousy. I managed a few lucky shots, but with macro control or touch focus, I could have taken more worthwhile pictures. Music and multimedia features have not improved at all in two years, while other phones retain their multimedia lead or start to pull ahead. Finally, even if you don’t care about fragmentation among Android phones, you should at least know that there are other versions of Android from HTC and Motorola, among others, that offer more features and better social networking integration.

The T-Mobile G2 has enough going for it in hardware design and features to make it easy to recommend. But even with its great performance, it won’t be long before the competition takes the same great features and offers more on top.

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