T-Mobile's G2x isn't just another top-of-the-line phone -- it sets a new bar for high-end Android devices.
The G2x, which stands at just under 5-inches tall, 2.5-inches wide and about half an inch thick, looks like a top-notch handset. Rounded corners give it a refined appearance, matched by a matte soft-touch finish on its back. The color is rather uneventful in piano-black, but the gun-metal gray finish around its sides gives it an elegant and upscale look unmatched by all other Android devices available at T-Mobile.
Another area where the G2x shines is its display. The 4-inch IPS touch screen is not quite as revolutionary as Samsung's Super AMOLED LCDs, but it's impressive in its own right. Colors a clear and bright and details come through beautifully and you'll feel proud showing off games and videos to your friends and family.
One of things you'll quickly notice when operating the G2x is it behaves like a top-of-the-line smartphone should. The 1-gigahertz Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2 chip allows for smooth performance across all functions on the device. Whether you're downloading or running an app, loading content heavy webpages or just scrolling through your home screens, it all operates without a hiccup. There's also a micro-HDMI port, which makes it easy to shoot your content from the smartphone to your high-definition television. In addition, the 8-gigabytes of internal store -- coupled with the microSD slot -- give you plenty of space to store videos and pictures.
If the G2x slumps in any area it's the 8-megapixel camera. It's not that it's terrible, but given the high-quality nature of the rest of the device it just doesn't quite stack up. Images looked sharp when using the auto-focus feature but colors looked a little washed out, which put a damper on many of the pictures. There are advanced options to adjust resolution, stabilization features and even a timer, but none of it makes up for the lackluster images, especially since the beautiful screen has the ability to make the colors pop, but the vibrancy and details you'd expect aren't there. However, you'll find a bit of redemption with its ability to shoot and playback full 1080p video, making the micro-HDMI slot a great asset.
Jumping back into what makes the G2x so great; it ships with stock Android Froyo, with LG promising Gingerbread in the near future. After dealing with Android skins like MotoBlur and TouchWiz, which can make software more crowded and confusing than it has to be, it's really nice to handle a device that gives you the pure Android experience.
T-Mobile doesn't have a 4G LTE network like Verizon, but it does boast a slower 3.5G HSPA-plus service, which the G2x supports. Advertising would have you believe that HSPA-plus is also 4G. But don't believe the hype -- it's not 4G. However, in areas where the network is supported, the G2x one of T-Mobile's fastest devices.
Overall, the only criticism you can muster is the camera -- it just isn't as great as you would expect. But from the look to the feel and performance, the G2x is a premium handset. And if you're on T-Mobile, it deserves all of your attention. ♦
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