Excerpt: Around two years ago T-Mobile signed on to a grand experiment: Android. Not long after the G1 arrived. It was a smartphone with a physical keyboard, a fair amount of speed and storage — and a lot of potential.
T-Mobile G2 Review Roundup: Vanilla Android Is The Way To Go
3 November 2010
Excerpt: and I'll say it again: stock Android is the way to go. I hate it when manufacturers add custom UIs, bloatware, and unnecessary lag to our beloved Android operating system, so, naturally, I was overjoyed to hear that the T-Mobile G2 would ship with a stock build of Android.
Conclusion: Yes, it's a design marvel from every aspect you look at it seeing that the T-Mobile G2 is one of the best designed smartphones in recent memory. For a while there, we were beginning to wonder if US consumers would ever see an HTC handset that rivals the Nexus One in terms of premium quality.
Summary: The $199 T-Mobile G2 definitely does Android proud. It combines a mostly solid design with fast overall performance and zippy data speeds (where available). We're not sure the up-and-over design for the keyboard was necessary, but T-Mobile subscribers looking for a fast and stylish QWERTY phone will...
Excerpt: Not many people had love for the original G1 like T-Mobile had hope they would, but there was a soft place in my heart for it. Many viewed it as a replacement for the side kick, which it obviously wasn’t. I always viewed it as what it was, Google’s grand entrance to the mobile world.
Conclusion: The T-Mobile G2 by HTC is undeniably the best Android smartphone with a keyboard on that network. In fact, it's one of the best keyboarded Android phones among all carriers. If you're looking for a high end Android phone that's fast, handsomely made (aside from the loosey-goosey hinge design) and...
Pros: Extremely fast, large hardware keyboard, latest Android OS with Flash video., Extremely fast, large and excellent hardware keyboard, latest Android OS with Flash video. Sharp display, solid GPS.
Cons: A bit heavy, odd hinge mechanism may bother some, tethering feature is removed., A bit heavy, odd hinge mechanism may bother some, WiFi hotspot tethering feature is removed. Where is that 4 gigs of internal storage-- gone to prevent rooting the phone. Speakerphone isn't good.