HTC G2 T-Mobile Review

HTC G2 T-Mobile Review

Jun 25, 2011

If you’re like me, you like to have new(ish) technology every few months just to fill the gap until something groundbreaking comes out. Well, recently I hopped boats from the HTC HD7 which was running the new Windows Mobile operating system, back to android 2.2 (Froyo). You may be thinking right now “Why is a computer repair shop reviewing a phone?”, well to answer your question fully: phones today are technically mini laptop computers. They are running a mobile version of Linux, originally a desktop operating system. Today’s smart-phones are capable of doing amazing things. You can watch Netflix on your phone, video chat with your friends, play sophisticated games and browse the web at your fingertips. I know the HTC G2 is a fairly old phone (about 8-9 months old) but I got one on eBay for a very reasonable price and I am loving it so far. I owned the HTC G1 and loved it until the battery went haywire on me, then I owned a Motorola Cliq but it wasn’t fast enough, bought the HD7 but Windows didn’t suit me well, so now I’m back to Android and I couldn’t be happier.

The reason why I switched back from Windows to Android was a very geeky reason: Multitasking abilities.

Android, and especially the G2, multitask very well. You can run multiple apps at one time and switch to them whenever you’d like just by holding down the home button and selecting the app you want to use. Android allows the app to run in the background, unlike Windows Mobile 7. It irritated me (on Windows) when I was watching Netflix and I received a text message. I could not open the text message without having to quit Netflix completely. On Android, if I receive a message while watching Netflix, I can just hop over to the messaging app, reply, then go back to watching Scrubs.

HTC G2

The great thing about the G2 is it comes with a “vanilla” version of Android. What vanilla means is that it doesn’t have any skins or a third party user interface over it such as the myTouch 4G does. This not only provides better performance since its the way Android was meant to be, but it also provides a better experience. Everything looks more fluid with vanilla. The interface is clean, not full of flashy things like a giant clock on your homepage or 5 different widgets for Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Youtube etc.

The G2 is a very good looking phone. It boasts a nice 3.7″ screen and an awesome “Z” hinge for the slide out keyboard. Oh yeah, did I mention it has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard? Because it does. And it is 10x better than any Android keyboard I have used to date. Although I miss not having to press “ALT” to type numbers, the keyboard is still 40 billion times better than typing on a screen. But I digress. The Titanium version of the phone looks very pleasing. It is a shiny grey with a silver trim. The volume button is located on the left side of the phone, while the Power/Unlock button is at the top. The phone also features a trackpad and the standard android buttons such as home, menu, back and search. My only complaint is that the Micro SD card slot is located under the battery, unlike the G1 which had the slot on the inside of the keyboard compartment for easy access.

HTC G2

The camera is a standard 5.0 Megapixel with LED flash and can shoot video up to 720p. Although it isn’t on par with the iPhone 4 camera, it is still very good to please the average phone user. Plus, no photography professional is going to buy a phone to shoot pictures with.

The battery life is very, very good. Compared to the G1, and other android phones I have had experience with such as the myTouch 4G, it lasts all day and then some. I charge it when it gets down to the very last 10% which isn’t until I’m ready to go to bed which is probably after 12 hours of use. I use 4G pretty much all day, WiFi probably 35% of the day, I play Words With Friends, browse the market, text (heavily…) and make calls. Even after all that usage the battery (1300 mAh) keeps squeezing out some juice.

Overall the phone is a very, very good phone and you can usually get one on eBay for ~$200 since sadly they discontinued it in T-Mobile stores to make room for more QWERTY slide-out phones. However if you recently extended your contract and you aren’t happy with your T-Mobile phone, this is definitely one replacement that will fulfill all your needs.