T-Mobile was the first US carrier to launch an Android smartphone and they have always had an excellent collection to select from. They just launched the new T-Mobile G2x from LG this past weekend and you can still order it on-line before it starts appearing in stores tomorrow, 19 April. I have spent a few days with the G2x and while I find it to be one of my favorite Android devices at this time it is not going to knock the HTC ThunderBolt or HTC HD7 out of my hands for a couple of reasons I will discuss below in my first impressions article. You can check out several images of the new device in my image gallery.
The G2x is the first LG Android device I have ever checked out and I am very impressed with the build quality and performance so far. The major feature that sets this device above the others at T-Mobile is the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The T-Mobile G2x is the US model of the LG Optimus 2X.
In the box and first impressions
The G2x comes in another one of those great solid, slim boxes from T-Mobile with a glossy image of the device on the front and vibrant colors around the edges. There isn’t much inside the box as you will find the G2x, battery, USB cable, A/C charger (the USB cable plugs into it), and some pamphlets and guides.
When I pulled the G2x from the box I was immediately impressed by the narrow width and the way the glass seems to curve around the edges. The back has soft touch brown on it with a metal band up the center and it really feels excellent in your hand. The display is standard TFT, but it is 4 inches and looks fantastic.
for the T-Mobile G2x include the following:
Android 2.2 Froyo softwareDual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz processorQuad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and dual band UMTS/HSPA+ (1700/2100)4 inch WVGA (480×800) capacitive touch TFT display512 MB RAM8 GB integrated memory (just over 5GB available)microSD card slot with no included card8 megapixel camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture capability1.3 megapixel front facing cameraHDMI port and DLNA capableIntegrated A-GPS receiverWi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)Bluetooth 2.13.5 mm headset jack1500 mAh batteryDimensions: 4.88 x 2.48 x 0.43 inches and 5.0 ounces
The G2x has some impressive specifications and is a solid device in this category. It’s a bit of a shame that not even an 8GB or 16GB microSD card is included though since devices like the HTC ThunderBolt come with a whopping 32GB card.
The G2x has a massive 4 inch display that dominates the front of the device, but it seems to me that the device is taller than it needs to be with lots of room on the bottom for the capacitive buttons below the display. The glass curves around the edges and shows some care went into the design. There is a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera in the upper right and four touch sensitive buttons on the bottom for Menu, Home, Back, and Search.
There is nothing on the left side and only two small volume buttons on the right side. Speakers, a mic, and the microUSB port are on the bottom while you will find the 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI port, and power button on the top.
The 8 megapixel camera and single LED flash are centered on the top of the back in a protrusion that comes out from the back casing. The entire back comes off to reveal the battery, microSD card slot (battery does not have to be removed), and SIM card slot.
There are no indicator lights so you won’t be able to see if you completed charging or received any kind of notification without turning the device on, which is a bit of a pain IMHO.
The G2x is a plain vanilla Android device so if you are looking for something like the Nexus S with 4G support then you may want to think about the G2x. There are no custom UI skins from LG or T-Mobile on the device (aka no HTC Sense, MotoBLUR, or Samsung TouchWIZ) and only a couple T-Mobile apps, including T-Mobile My Account, T-Mobile TV, Qik Video Chat, TeleNav GPS Navigator, and T-Mobile WiFi Calling. Yes, you can make calls via WiFi and just consume you minutes with the G2x. One of the reasons I personally don’t plan to purchase a G2x is that I find HTC Sense essential for my needs due to the fantastic Exchange support, home screen widgets, smart dialer, and more.
The basic Android 2.2 Exchange client is provided and I personally hate the basic feel and operation of it when in sync with my work account. It also limits how I create appointments and people who are heavy Exchange users will likely prefer a device with HTC Sense loaded on it.
Gaming is a focus of the G2x because of the dual-core processor and you will find Need For Speed and NOVA loaded on the G2x. I showed Need For Speed in my video above and it is very impressive. However, I prefer the awesome Xbox LIVE games on my HD7.
The G2x is available now for $199.99 with a 2-year contract or $499.99 with no contract.
Final first thoughts on the T-Mobile G2x
The G2x is an excellent Android device with a focus on HD gaming. I took a couple of pics and the camera seems to take great shots. I haven’t used it enough to judge the battery life or fully test out what HSPA+ network it supports. The HSPA+ support is dual-band and it supports the 14.4 Mbps network so it is not the fastest device on the T-Mobile network. If network speed is your desire then check out the Samsung Galaxy S 4G with support for the 21 Mbps network. It seems the G2x is built more for the gamer than the smartphone enthusiast and it is a bit of a shame it couldn’t have had the faster network support.
It is a very nice device, but it wasn’t something that blew me away and made me think I had to go run out and purchase it right away. It is good to have choices in the Android line and now you can select a Samsung device, HTC device, or LG device from T-Mobile for your high end Android smartphone.
It looks like only a few people have had the chance to check out the G2x, so make sure to see what these other reviewers had to state about this new device:
started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is one of three hosts on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and runs the Nokia Experts website. Matthew started using mobile devices in 1997 with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 100 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, Mac OS X (iPhone), Google Android, Palm webOS and Windows Mobile operating systems. His current collection includes a Nokia N900, Nokia N97 mini, Apple iPhone 3GS, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, Apple iPad, MSI Wind, MacBook Pro, and many more, along with tons of accessories and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew co-authored Master Visually Windows Mobile 2003, was a member of the Nokia Nseries Blogger relations program, and is a member of the invite-only Microsoft Mobius mobile device evangelist group. He can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of “palmsolo”.
source : www.zdnet.com
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