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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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T-Mobile G2 review

It's been a long road to the T-Mobile G2 (and this review). Just two years ago, Android made its entrance into the smartphone market with the G1, a partnership with the fourth-place carrier, and a lot of promises about keeping things open. Since then we've seen the likes of the Droid family, Google's Nexus One, and the powerhouses that are the Samsung Galaxy S line -- to name a few. Yes, the Android landscape has become more than just a little crowded. But of those many, there are few who leap beyond what we've come to expect from the Google-backed enterprise into the realm of the top tier. For all the Android devices you can purchase, only a few rise above the noise. At a glance, the G2 looks like one of those handsets -- designed and manufactured by HTC (and known as the Desire Z in Europe), outfitted with a (nearly) stock build of Android 2.2, and equipped with T-Mobile's new HSPA+, which the carrier claims can offer network speeds nearly equivalent to 4G. So is the G2 the sum of its parts -- the pure Android experience you've been waiting for -- or does it fall short of the hype? Find out below in the full Engadget review!

Pros
  • Great industrial design
  • Full QWERTY keyboard feels great
  • Very fast
Cons
  • Android not completely stock
  • Hinge problems could annoy some
  • A bit bulky
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Reception and call quality

97
 

Display

75
 

Battery life

75
 

Camera

69
 

Ease of use

60
 

Design and form factor

85
 

Portability (size / weight)

73
 

Media support

65
 

Durability

73
 

How It Stacks Up

88

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88
 

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82
 

User

93
 
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78
 

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84
 

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81
 

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80
 
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87
 

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83
 

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90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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88
 

Critic

82
 

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93
 
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