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This successor to the G1 is thinner, while adding more memory and a 3.5mm audio jack. It also upgrades to a 5-megapixel camera and hi-res display like the Nexus One, and is among the first phones with faster HSPA+ 14.4 3G data. Other features include multi-touch screen, slide-out keyboard, Android platform, Wi-Fi, Snapdragon processor, GPS, and a memory card slot.
An ultra-powerful smartphone designed by HTC and the highly anticipated successor to the T-Mobile G1, the Android-powered T-Mobile G2 with Google provides a blazing fast Web browsing experience and tight integration with Google services. Enabled for T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, the G2 is also the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile's new HSPA+ network, which delivering downloads at 4G speeds. T-Mobile's upgraded HSPA+ network currently covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country and is expected to reach up to 200 million people by the end of the year (read more about HSPA+ below).
The first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network (see larger image).
The G2 pairs a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for quick updates to your status on multiple social networks and replies to e-mails and messaging. It also includes a virtual onscreen keyboard with Swype technology, which allows you to input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard.
Built on Android 2.2, the G2 offers seven customizable home screen panels, including a dedicated panel with one-click access to your favorite Google applications such as Android Market, which currently offers more than 80,000 applications.
With integrated Google technology, the G2 brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, Gtalk, YouTube, Picasa, and contacts/calendar synchronization. The G2 also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail.
The G2 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and it can capture HD video (720p) for saving to PCs or uploaded to sharing sites--including Photobucket. Offering quick response and good multitasking, the G2 is powered by the Snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor with an 800 MHz CPU and optimized power-saving capabilities.
Other features include Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 4 GB internal memory, memory expansion via optional microSD cards (up to 32 GB in size; an 8 GB card is included), integrated GPS with navigation capabilities, Visual Voicemail functionality, and up to 6.5 hours of talk time.
The T-Mobile G2 delivers a powerful mobile data experience that is tightly integrated with Google Voice, as well as packed with Google applications such as Voice Actions from Google, Google Goggles, and more. It is one of the first smartphones in the industry to offer the new Voice Actions feature of Google Search, which allows you to control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending messages, browsing the Web, listening to music, and completing common tasks.
It's also the first smartphone to offer integrated access to Google Voice, allowing you to create a new account using your current mobile number right from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes voicemails to text so you can read them like an e-mail or text message from your phone or online. Additional pre-loaded Google services include Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Places and Navigation, YouTube, Google Talk, and Google Earth among others.
The G2 pairs a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
The T-Mobile G2 with Google weighs 6.5 ounces and measures 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches. Its 1300 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 420 hours (17.5 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G network (1700/2100 MHz; UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+).
T-Mobile G2 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 8 GB microSD memory card, stereo headset, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual
This phone is compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+ 3G/4G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum, and it can achieve theoretical download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. It's designed to automatically connect to the best available network (4G, 3G, or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.
In areas where the 3G/4G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.T-Mobile's Expanding, Super-Fast 4G Mobile Broadband Network
As of February, 2011, T-Mobile has upgraded its traditional 3G network to HSPA+ 4G in 200 major metropolitan areas across the U.S.--cover 200 million people across the country--with plans to continue rolling out this network upgrade throughout 2011. With typical download speeds that are on par with or faster than competing 4G technologies, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network provides fast data speeds--up to 3 times faster than AT&T and Verizon's standard 3G networks--while allowing simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the ultimate wireless voice and data experience. You'll enjoy faster Web browsing, uninterrupted video streaming, and quicker app downloads.
T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network (powered by HSPA+) provides a theoretical capability of up to 21 Mbps peak download speeds, with average download speeds typically in the 5 to 8 Mbps range.
In addition to its quad-band GSM connectivity, this phone is also compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+ 3G/4G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (4G, 3G, or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.
While this phone is optimized for use with T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, many of its functions will also work well on the moderate-speed EDGE network. If you plan to access the Internet extensively on your phone, 3G network coverage may serve you best.
An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard (seen at the right) allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.
In the image to the left, the word "quick" was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.
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In its day, the G2 was an ambitious phone, but it never quite delivered. As the last widely-marketed Android phone with a physical keyboard, it was in fairly high demand among... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keegan Q.
I bought this phone about a year and a half ago. I wanted something that was touch screen, but I needed the keyboard. At first I thought the phone was very heavy. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by H. Swartley
This phone is top-notch. It does everything I'd want a smart phone to do, except maybe play some "real" games (3D-capable, decent control set...I still have my NGage). Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Jim Townsend
My phone has slowly been getting progressivly worse. The screen doesnt even work anymore.
I took care of my phone to the fullest & it still has failed me.
I've had this phone for over a year and adore it. The processor is snappy while being underclocked to 800mhz. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Nom de plume
I just ordered this phone for TMobile bc it was $200 for the full price, 4G, and it has a qwerty keyboard. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Superstar
Ok Ive read othr reviews on the G2 and I have to say. The one star demerit thats been given for this phone makeing it a 4 star phone instead of 5 is WRONG. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Riley1116
I have had nothing but problems with this phone since I got it from Amazon in June 2011. The phone initially came with a corrupt sd card. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by aimwill
I am awaiting my 4th one of these in 13 months. 2 have had the screen fail (not broken physically, just stops working). Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by David K