So, I’ve been using the T-Mobile G2 Phone for almost 3 weeks now and I think I am very qualified to tell you how “good” this phone is.
First of all, this is the next generation Google Android smartphone. Google’s very first Android smartphone was called the “G1 Phone” (or Google Phone) on T-Mobile. This second generation T-Mobile G2 Phone represents a whole lot of things, including my favorite Android default theme without any other juices added to it.
The G2 Phone is very quick and snappy with a whole lot of things and it’s the very first phone launched on T-Mobile’s 4G HSDPA+ network. It’s indeed very fast, I’ve gotten speeds near 5.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload with an average of 1.5-3Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. Compare to real 4G networks like Sprint and Clearwire, T-Mobile keeps up quite nicely.
The only bad thing I have to say about T-Mobile’s 4G network is that it’s very spotty. Indoors, a lot of times you will drop back to Edge, sometimes losing signal completely. I find that this is true T-Mobile and AT&T. My Verizon Droid 2 Phone does a little bit better while my Sprint HTC Evo 4G does excellent indoors (and literally, its signals go through 10-inch steel doors).
BUT, I still prefer to carry my G2 Phone around everywhere, mostly because of its flawless keyboard and feels better on my hands than my Droid 2. I think the G2 Phone looks and feels very stylish.
As far as keyboard, it’s very usable, I use it all the time now to write 500-word blog posts from mobile location. I think Sprint’s Epic 4G actually has a better keyboard but I prefer the stock Android theme than Samsung’s UI.
On the side, there’s a volume up/down button and microUSB charging/syncing port.
The G2 Phone from bottoms up, doesn’t it look beautiful?
On the right side of the G2 Phone, there’s a camera button (which comes in very handy) and a back-cover pull switch. Oh yeah, I dropped it like 5 times already as you can see my the nicks. But don’t worry, that just means the phone is very durable, nicks and no cracked screens or anything like that!
Back of the G2 Phone seen here.
Top of the G2 Phone features a power button and a 3.5mm jack for your headset or earphones.
Here’s with the keyboard fully out on the G2 Phone. I have to say this is one of the best smartphones out there with an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard.
The G2 Phone also has a square touchpad that acts as arrow keys. Sorta klunky but still valuable when editing documents with your phone.
Here’s side look of the G2 Phone with its QWERTY keyboard stretched out.
Here’s a comparison of my G2 Phone (left) versus Droid 2 (right). The G2 Phone is a lot more slimmer because of its design when the keyboard is pulled out.
Here’s another look between my G2 Phone and the Droid 2, G2 Phone has a slimmer form factor and a lot smoother.
The keyboard on the G2 Phone is a lot easier to press and use while the Droid 2 is a bit clunky (now that I have a G2 Phone that is).
Overall, the G2 Phone’s great strengths are its QWERTY keyboard and camera.
I’ve taken about a thousand photos and 720P HD videos with the G2 Phone and I have to say it’s the best I’ve tried so far. That’s why it stays in my pocket more than all my other Android smartphones.
Here’s some photo samples I took with my G2 Phone:
Above photo is one I took this Halloween of a stranger in complete, pitch darkness. The LED flash on the G2 Phone is exceptional and also does videos really well.
Here’s a video sample of the G2 Phone in complete darkness using its LED flash at Halloween party I was at:
G2 Phone’s multi-touch abilities are pretty good too, check out this Android multi-touch shootout where G2 Phone gets 4 points:
Overall, G2 Phone proves to be the best Android smartphone you can get out there with a QWERTY keyboard. Wait, it might be the best “smartphone” out there with a QWERTY keyboard.
I am also very surprised at how fast T-Mobile’s new 4G network is, it’s really fast (when you have good signal). I wish T-Mobile worked more on getting signals indoors or buildings, that’s the only flaw with their network.
The funny thing is now my Apple fanboy friends are hella jealous of my G2 Phone. Don’t ask me why but the G2 Phone just looks and feels good in my hands.
I feel now that this is the way to go, make an Android smartphone with a 3.7-inch screen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. After using my Droid 2 and G2 Phone’s QWERTY keyboard to get actual blogging work done, I don’t have to lug around my laptop/netbook around everywhere, I just do my work on phone. You simply can’t do that on a smartphone without a physical keyboard. I just wish the design gets better and better so the phones become much slimmer. I am sure that will happen eventually.
Do I recommend the G2 Phone?
Well, let me just put it this way, I own dozen Android smartphones including the Droid X, Droid 2, Evo 4G, Nexus One, etc…etc… I carry my G2 Phone 90% of the time.
Where can you get the best prices on G2 Phone?
Check out Amazon, they have it currently for $129.99 with a 2 year contract or $529.99 without.