T-Mobile G2

Despite having a street date of Oct. 6, the T-Mobile G2 is already shipping and in hand, as was the case with our own (OK, TiPB's, mostly) Jeremy Sikora, who took receipt of his G2 today. Jeremy's initial thoughts?

  • Device is very solid and feels good in hand.
  • Slide out mechanism is also very sturdy and smooth. Should hold up nicely.
  • Even with an 800MHz CPU the device seems pretty snappy out of the box.
  • Keyboard is nice to type on.
  • Anyone who was waiting for a Nexus One with a physical keyboard will not be disappointed. 

We'll likely echo that we we get ours, for the sake of repetition, folks, remember that this 800MHz processor isn't like a slower Nexus One processor. It's a different animal.

Anybody else get their G2 already? Share your thoughts in our G2 forums. More pics after the break.

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Some T-Mobile G2's shipping early, we've got one

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Idiot.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to playing with this in stores... I don't know if it's enough for me to want to give up my N1. I'm waiting for something with a similar form factor to the Droid X. :)

By the way, is Jeremy in an HSPA+ area, or is that "H" symbol standard now?

Edit: Nevermind... just saw on his Twitter page that he's in Chicago. Lucky...

Me and my Nexus One are waiting patiently for the G2. Going to give the Nexus a little vacation and see what this new G2 has packed under the hood. I know it is going to be a great device, anything that looks like the Nexus One should be great. Come on UPS driver, wait there he is, son of a bitch he kept going.

Because the N1 is slower, by quite a bit.

Snapdragon-Pentium4

Scorpion-One of the new optimized processors that we use in our computers now. Most have nowhere NEAR the "GhZ" but operate a lot faster, and are more efficient.

Speed isn't everything.

You meant clockspeed isn't everything, right? ;) You're totally right though... this processor, clocked lower than the N1's Snapdragon, is MUCH faster because (as Phil and Jerry said a couple weeks ago), it's a bigger pipe!

cea1203, the N1 isnt faster. Dont get hung up on MHZ. yea, the N1 runs a 1ghz snapdragon, but the newer chip in the G2 requires less power to run since its smaller. at 800mhz its going to be nearly identical(if not maybe a hair faster) than the snapdragon processor as well as it should have a much improved battery life.

Besides, this thing is base vanilla android 2.2 It will be hacked any moment and then u can over clock it if u like.

n1.. with a keyboard.

its just not enough to give up an N1 for....especially considering N1 users will get Gingerbread before this does, and Gingerbread will be crazy fast!

you're probably right about the N1 getting updates before this phone, but with T-Mobile backing it up and it running stock android, I don't think it will a huge lag like other carriers and phones with intrusive custom UIs. And for a keyboard and a faster processor, I would be willing to wait a little longer.

Couple of questions: what video codecs / formats does the G2 support and how smooth is video playback on the device? How is the keyboard compared to the Samsung Epic?

Tomorrow is the last day to turn in my Epic and go back to T-Mobile (was a day one G1 owner prior to the Epic). I generally like the Epic, but not crazy about Sprint.

If T-mobile's network is good in your area, I wouldn't think twice about going back... just do it man. Sprint's phones are nice (Evo 4G is my fav), but you can't beat GSM and HSPA+.

Both networks are fine around here in my portion of Los Angeles, it's just that T-Mobile is a lot more pleasant company to deal with.

However, the Epic is a damn fine phone and until I get a tablet it is my primary means of watching TV shows and movies, hence my questions about codec support on the G2.

Anyone?

On the other hand, as a Sprint Premier member he can upgrade phones ever 12 months and he gets to roam on Verizon's network if he's ever in the boonies... Just putting it out there. I switched to Sprint from AT&T in June, T-Mo was my only other real choice (no VZW here in Puerto Rico) but their 3G network is not yet deployed here, they're way behind the competition. It's a shame because my cousin is a store manager w/T-Mo so I could've gotten some deals on that end...

Have you guys done the speedtest with it yet? I have an N1 also and really debating it on how good the real world speed is on the HSPA+. I am generally pulling 2-3 down right now in Washington DC.

can you put up results from the speedtest app on that G2 online? PLEASE!

If the reviews come in solid for it, I'm eating the Verizon ETF and getting one. I love my Droid, but it isn't exactly aging well. Stock Android FTW.

Qualcomm QSD 7X30 > Qualcomm QSD 8250

HSPA+ > WiMax

These are facts and not really debatable. I admit, I do like the Evo 4G though. I'd snatch up a more modern, GSM, HSPA+ version of it in a heartbeat if it was AWS.

Translation, even tho the G2's CPU is running at 200MHz less, it's actually a faster CPU (tho it's probably not a big deal under normal use) AND it's paired with a MUCH faster GPU (which will make a difference with games). HSPA+ will probably be faster than WiMAX (the EVO's 4G tech) for now simply because there's less people on it, heh, int he long run... Who knows. The EVO has a bigger screen, HDMI out, a front camera, etc. The G2's probably the best Android keyboard slider right now tho (the Droid 2 was a bit disappointing and the Epic too buggy, imo). The EVO's still king of the large screens tho, again imo.

Translation, even tho the G2's processor is running at 200MHz less, it's actually a faster or more efficient CPU (tho it's probably not a big deal under normal use) AND it's paired with a MUCH faster GPU (which will make a difference with games). HSPA+ will probably be faster than WiMAX (the EVO's 4G tech) for now simply because there's less people on it, heh, in the long run... Who knows.

The EVO has a bigger screen, HDMI out, a front camera, kickstand, etc. The G2's probably the best Android keyboard slider right now tho (the Droid 2 was a bit disappointing and the Epic too buggy, imo). The EVO's still king of the large screens tho, again imo. DX lacks a front facing camera, and the Vibrant/Captivate don't have front cams or even a flash (I use it as a flashlight all the time!).

DNLA is nice but HDMI out is still more convenient imo, and I've actually used it (no need to carry a cable, just a small micro-HDMI to HDMI adapter), same w/the kickstand. I hope HTC doesn't stop putting HDMI out unto some of it's phones

just getting comfy with FroYo on my HD2 and then the G2 comes along.. damn! I might have to go play once they hit the stores. that could prove to be dangerously expensive.

It is a nice phone and I am sure it is very fast. But I wouldn't trade my Nexus One for anything right now. Not even the incredible :P I am however waiting for more info and specs on the Mytouch HD, waiting for the front facing camera for T-Mo, especially with Hspa+

Entirely different type of screen, I think, this a more standard LCD instead of the richer contrast AMOLED on the Nexus (that sacrificed sharpness to an extent). AMOLED screens are in short supply and everyone seems to be shying away from then right more except for Samsung obviously, who have the exclusive on Super AMOLED, for now. Honestly, unless you're comparing them side by side or you have some very specific needs, you'd be pleased with any type of screen on a high end phone. I'd say size and resolution are more important. Some people actually think that the over saturated colors on AMOLED screens look way off, others actually prefer a smaller screen/phone, it's a personal choice.