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T-Mobile G2  (Source: CellPhoneSignal)
T-Mobile's latest Android smartphone runs HSPA+

Earlier today, the Samsung Epic 4G launched on Sprint's 4G network. Now, we're seeing the first official pictures of the T-Mobile's followup to the G1 (the first smartphone released with Google's Android operating system). The T-Mobile G2, as we reported last week, is the U.S. version of the HTC Vision.

According to CellPhoneSignal, the T-Mobile G2 runs Android (likely version 2.2). The phone features a 3.7" AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP rear camera. Unfortunately, the T-Mobile G2 doesn't appear to have a front-facing camera for video conferencing.

When it comes to connectivity/wireless features, the T-Mobile G2 supports HSPA+ (11 Mbps), Wi-Fi + Hotspot, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

The T-Mobile G2 is expected to launch later this year. 

It's hard to keep up with the furious pace that new Android smartphones are released. Android phones are quickly dominating the smartphone battlefield leaving seasoned competitors like Apple and RIM behind in the U.S. market.




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Verizon Droid 2
By Chaser on 8/31/2010 3:16:20 PM , Rating: 1
FTW




RE: Verizon Droid 2
By Bateluer on 9/1/2010 12:01:55 AM , Rating: 2
Locked boot loader = worthless.


RE: Verizon Droid 2
By Chocobollz on 9/1/2010 5:53:12 AM , Rating: 3
Morontola = the name says it all.


RE: Verizon Droid 2
By omnicronx on 9/1/2010 8:29:38 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/30/custom-droid-x-...

Pretty much all bootloaders are locked in one way or another. Its just the extent in which it is locked. The Droid X in particular with its eFuse has a hardware solution which of course makes it harder to bypass, but I find it pretty likely that this will not last for long.

In otherwords your statement is bogus, unless pretty much all smartphones are worthless..


RE: Verizon Droid 2
By theapparition on 9/1/2010 5:08:42 PM , Rating: 3
That whole efuse thing is so overblown.

Guess what, Droid X right now running leaked ROM of Froyo and it's been rooted. Word is, custom ROMs are on the way.

So much ado about nothing.


specs
By cigar3tte on 8/31/2010 3:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
Seen different specs from what's listed here.

Stock Android 2.2, no Sense
14.4Mbps instead of 11Mbps (this sounds like 802.11b, not HSPA).




RE: specs
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/31/2010 3:33:19 PM , Rating: 3
Specs were based on what was given by CellPhoneSignal


Looks.
By priusone on 8/31/2010 7:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just glad that the keyboard and screen have been improved since the G1. By that I mean the annoying tilt the screen had when slid out to reveal the keyboard. Sure, it was only a few millimeters, but it still drove me nuts.




RE: Looks.
By Jedi2155 on 8/31/2010 8:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
I see that they've combined the top row of number buttons onto the top row of alphakeys. This seems to be a trend in the majority of phones I've used lately, while the G1 was one of the few Android keyboards having a full 5 rows of keys (being a G1 owner myself). As such I have discovered how great having a dedicated set of number keys as compared to the 4 row keys especially while typing in anything alphanumeric i.e. passwords.

Most phone keyboards I've been using lately only has 4 rows requiring a button switch to type in a few numbers then switch back, and switch again. This is most painful if you had a password like h4rd0g4y11. Although some phones at least allows you to hold down a shift key to type the top row as purely numbers. Luckily the Samsung Epic has a full 5 rows...looking to move to that after my T-Mobile contract expires.


Very nice design
By spathotan on 8/31/2010 10:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
Phone looks very nice. Sleek, and I like that keyboard. This is basically HTC's Droid Incredible with a keyboard. While the Incredible is a awesome device, the 1ghz Snapdragon HTC is using has fallen behind compared to Samsung's Hummingbird and Motorollas TI OMAP. I expected their 1.2/1.3ghz part in this device.




RE: Very nice design
By jimbojimbo on 9/1/2010 10:32:56 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. In general these early specs sound like a phone that got released 6 months ago. No forward facing camera? Besides having a full keyboard and looking kind of nice nothing's striking out at me here. Hopefully the real and full specs get released soon so we can really decide.


HSPA+
By Hans Gruber on 8/31/2010 8:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
The HSPA+ standard gives you a real world experience of up to 9 megabits or slightly over 1 megabyte per second which is screaming fast. The theoretical maximum speed of 21 megabits is the rated speed of HSPA+. Typically, HSPA+ will give between 7-9 megabits. Don't ask me how I know this. Let's just say I know people who know people who have seen this phone in action and have verified speed test results first hand.

For those of you who have the Vibrant and HSPA handset, good news. T-Mobile will be upgrading all HSPA handsets to HSPA+ via a firmware update over the air. I don't know if you have to manually download the update or if it will be automatic, but it will happen for other phones HPSA phones within the next couple of months.




The phone and the network
By zebalow on 8/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: The phone and the network
By stimudent on 8/31/2010 3:31:16 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sure when you're way out camping at state park for the weekend that someone will have a Verizon phone you can use.


RE: The phone and the network
By zebalow on 8/31/2010 3:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
You're right. Even if it is a $20 phone when it works it beats the shiny gizmo out there in the woods.


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