Today I was finally able to get a T-Mobile G2, and I must say, it has been worth every penny so far. I haven’t had it long enough to write a review on it, so this post will be more about my initial thoughts on the G2. Since my previous smartphone was an iPhone 4, that’s what I’ll often be comparing the G2 to. Does it measure up? Let’s find out…
The initial boot went pretty quickly, with no problems. I’m already a heavy Google account user, so setting up all my stuff went pretty quickly as well. The first thing I noticed was that the phone had a pleasant weight to it. Some may call it heavy, but I think that this weight makes it feel more like a fine product rather than a plastic toy. The build quality is superb as well, being just as good as an iPhone 4. It feels solid and high-end, which is just how it should feel, considering how much I paid for it ($250, no rebates).
The screen is big, bright, and fairly high-res, though not quite as high-res as the retina display on the iPhone 4. Colors are bright and vivid, so no complaints there. Android 2.2 zips along quite speedily on the G2, even with a lot of apps running in the background. Multitasking works smoothly, and Flash playback in the browser runs pretty well too (take that, iPhone!). The default Android browser is every bit as good as the iPhone 4 browser, but without the annoying bottom bar of the iPhone browser. Then again, this is because the G2 (and every Android phone) has physical buttons for menu functions, whereas the iPhone doesn’t. The Facebook app is actually nicer-looking on the G2, and the Google apps all work very well.
T-Mobile’s 4G-but-not-really-4G network runs quite fast, but perhaps that’s because I’m in NY, which is one of the first places to get all this nice new stuff. Buffering on videos is nonexistent, and apps download and install in seconds. For syncing purposes, I installed doubleTwist on my Mac, and linked my iTunes playlist to it. It synced my music to the G2 just as smoothly as iTunes, except without the monstrous lag of iTunes. Contacts synced over pretty quick as well. I like this.
I haven’t had more than a day with this phone yet, so I can’t comment much on battery life. However I can say that it’s been fairly impressive so far, holding up to heavy Flash and data usage like a champ. The keyboard feels quite good, and having used a virtual keyboard or a cramped Blackberry keyboard, this keyboard tops them easily. The hinge mechanism feels solid so far, but I’ll have to see how that holds up over time.
Though I’ve had less than a day with this phone, I have to say I love it. Android and HTC have really come a long way, and this phone is easily just as good or better than an iPhone. And that’s coming from a diehard Apple fanboy.