TmoNews Reviews The T-Mobile G2x

When I finally got my hands on a T-Mobile G2x review unit from T-Mobile, my first thought was one of fear about how my time with the handset would go based on some of the current discussions surrounding the device. As it turns out, my experience didn’t suffer from many of the troubles that have plagued G2x users from the start. T-Mobile’s first dual-core phone expectations for the G2x were high and the phone doesn’t disappoint. The unfortunate part of my G2x review is that my thoughts and experiences were somewhat tainted out of concerns that the phone would freeze, reboot or suffer from some kind of malfunction. With none of that taking place, let’s dive right in.

Specifications:

  • 4″ LCD screen
  • Android 2.2.2
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 4G HSPA+ 14.4Mbps capable
  • 1 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1080p video recording

Pros:

  • Fast 4G data speed
  • Dual-core processor means fast
  • 8 megapixel camera takes good photos
  • Strong signal strength
  • HDMI output

Cons:

  • Reported to suffer from reboots and freezes
  • Box shape design not always comfortable to hold
  • LCD screen not up to par with alternative Android models
  • No distinguishing features outside of dual-core processor
  • Screen resolution could be higher

Hardware:

The G2x hardware is a mixed bag as far as my own personal usage, but from talking to readers the form factor is clearly personal preference. I’m a big fan of a rounded design as I feel that form fits a bit more to the contour of my hand so the box design of the G2x wasn’t my favorite. That being said, the build quality of the phone didn’t leave me concerned. I wouldn’t say it’s the sturdiest device around but I didn’t have any concerns it would fall apart in my hand.

There are only three tactile buttons on the device, the volume rockers (up and down) on the right-hand side of the device and the power button on top. The front of the device shows the standard Android layout of Menu, Power, Back and Search capacitive touch buttons. The top of the device next to the home button also belongs to the HDMI port for those moments when you just want to display something on the big screen TV.

I feel compelled to throw this in as I simultaneously write the Sensation 4G review and say that in terms of hardware, form factor between the devices is absolutely personal choice. The two devices distinguish themselves quite well based on screen size and physical hardware shape so it’s definitely a try before you buy deal. At the end of the day, your choice will come down to as much size as it does Vanilla Android versus Sense 3.0.

The G2x screen isn’t going to win any awards but it’s certainly not going to torture you either. I wouldn’t begin to compare to Super AMOLED or Retina Display but it can hold its own. However, just fuggadaboutit in sunlight. We wouldn’t have any problem with a slightly higher resolution screen that might make better use of the G2x’s excellent media capabilities. The 4″ IPS display maintains an 800 x 480 resolution and it definitely works better on paper than it does in the real world. We don’t expect anyone to be disappointed with the display but, as we said, if you put the G2x up against a Super AMOLED or Retina Display, you’ll feel instantly jealous.

The matte soft-touch back feels great in the hand and the device definitely wouldn’t be considered heavy. The bottom of the device takes a design cue from the iPhone and places the charging port between the speaker and the microphone.  Perhaps this was just on our own unit but light presses on the touchscreen didn’t seem to register, quickly leading us to believe the touchscreen is slightly less sensitive than other Android models.

The one place where the G2x truly shines is under the hood. This phone has plenty of horsepower. Nvidia’s 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor partnered with 512MB of RAM and this phone comes ready to play. The G2x certainly feels fast and we didn’t experience any noticeable slowdowns when running multiple applications.

Software:

Vanilla Android fans will find a lot to love about the G2x with Android 2.2 Froyo paired with the dual-core processor as the G2x is blazing fast. Opening and closing applications happens without delay along with the overall feel of the device is just…fast. T-Mobile added in a few of its own applications but, by and large, this phone is bloatware free. No skin or UI customizations here and that’s exactly what some of you want. Others will prefer the extra customizations allowed by devices like the Sensation 4G and Sense 3.0.

The G2x is running Android 2.2.2 and while T-Mobile has promised Gingerbread quite a few times, we’re still unsure exactly when that will happen at the time of this writing. In the meantime, the G2x’s plain vanilla Android comes stocked with Need for Speed Shift, a Gameloft Nova Demo, T-Mobile TV, TegraZone games, Qik Video Chat and Zinio reader. T-Mobile also includes both Swype as a keyboard option and the Wi-Fi calling app for piggybacking on a Wi-Fi connection for voice calls. The phone doesn’t feel cluttered and, while T-Mobile included some of their own apps such as their My Account and App Pack applications, there definitely is nothing here that makes you feel like the phone is inundated with bloatware. This phone will be an easy transition for owners of previously stock Android devices such as either the Nexus/Nexus S or the T-Mobile G2.

So we know the hardware performs well with the Tegra 2 dual-core processor but how about its impact on software? The G2x feels snappy and, just like our comments on the hardware, the phone runs without any noticeable slowdowns. On a day-to-day performance aspect, you’d be hard pressed to notice any differences between a single-core and dual-core processors until you start launching multiple apps, games or playing around with benchmarking apps. That being said, the opening of applications is still noticeably faster on the G2x especially when you already have an application running in the background.

The G2x really showed its power on the Quadrant tests with scores that were averaging right around the 2400 range, easily besting the Nexus S and DROID X by over a 1000 points. Even the Sensation 4G came in a little lower at around 1900. One thing is for certain. When the G2x finally receive its Gingerbread update, this phone should fly.

Media and Camera:

The G2x shines when it comes to media playback especially with the Tegra 2 chipset allowing for HDMI mirroring on an HDTV. Everything you can see on the phone’s screen can be thrown up on your HDTV and you can enjoy the fun with the whole family. The G2x comes with 5.4 GBs of memory along with a Micro-SD slot under the back cover which perfectly accepted our 16GB card.

Videos on the phone played beautifully especially the perfectly rendered original Transformers movie included out of the box. 1080p was a little choppy, especially playing back on the computer. Scaling the video down to recording at 720p made the world a better place and they played back without a problem.

The G2x has an 8 megapixel camera and the images are ok, decent but not wonderful. As you can see in the sample photos, the colors look a little washed and while I’m by no means a professional photographer, I wasn’t terribly impressed by the quality of the images. Low-light pictures were grainy and disappointing as the phone tended to work up its ISO to avoid any blurring. The 1.3 megapixel camera on the front worked nicely although we only tried one Qik video chat call and it was just a few moments long. We’ll reserve judgment on the front facing camera until we can get our hands on Google video chat that comes with Gingerbread. You can see a bunch of shots we took inside and outside using the G2x in the gallery at the end of the post!

Phone and Coverage:

One area that I had absolutely no problems with were phone calls and the G2x held a strong and constant 4G signal in the Palm Beach/Broward county areas of South Florida. The phone had plenty of volume in the earpiece which is always something I look for along with the speakerphone being quite loud as well.

Wi-Fi calling worked flawlessly as I expect from the folks at Kineto Wireless and, while I didn’t need the signal improvement, I still enjoy having a fall back option for bad coverage areas.

Conclusions:

My first impressions of the G2x at CES in January was a “wow” factor and that didn’t go away as I spent a little under two weeks with the phone. The Galaxy S 4G and Sensation 4G’s have better displays but you accept a tradeoff with both of those devices. With the G2x you’ll get a plain vanilla Android experience against Sense 3.0 on the Sensation and Touchwiz on the Galaxy S 4G. The Galaxy S 4G also brings faster HSPA+ speeds of 21Mbps against the G2x’s 14.4Mbps and that difference can be noticeable in the real world. The G2x is a great balance of quality hardware, speed, power and plain vanilla Android. If we could make one significant change to the G2x, it would be an increase to the screen resolution to give some ability to see the phone in direct sunlight, a necessary evil for us in South Florida.

The biggest problem with the G2x is the amount of hiccups that have been caused by a bad launch experience, with a large swath of users plagued by various software troubles. I tried to be completely objective during this review but it was hard knowing in the back of my head all the troubles I’ve been reading about from TmoNews readers.

Still, I truly enjoyed my time with the G2x as I didn’t experience one problem with the device and I would not hesitate to recommend it post-Gingerbread. As it stands now, the phone is a great product but the current problems make it hard to give it a stamp of approval. With that being said, the G2x has a lot going for it and as soon as the phone gets an update to solve all of the lingering problems, it’ll remain one of T-Mobile’s best offerings.

 

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  • whosaidwhat

    Good Job. I hope you get to do more reviews like this in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/CFG9000 CFG9000

    I, too, rarely encountered the bugs most users claim to suffer from. As for now, I’m running the 2.3.4-based CM7 nightlies and loving it. Are there some things that need work? Yes. The battery meter is still a bit inaccurate and the GPS is way slower getting a lock than my Nexus One. But overall, it’s a fantastic device. The Sensation 4G is dead in the water to me for Sense + locked bootloader + actually printing “with Sense” on the back of the device. No.

    • DREW J

      your nexus one says with google on it..

      • http://twitter.com/CFG9000 CFG9000

        Good, that’s what I want it to say.

        • DREW J

          lol ok.. big difference there..

        • Zifnab2k

          There is. With Google implies that it is a Vanilla Android device. With Sense implies that it has a gross HTC Sense UI f’n up the phone.

        • DREW J

          Lol oh ok , cause your opinion is a fact right? I think vanilia android sucks and sense polishes it up quite nice. Ill take the lack of ram any day for sense over vanilia.. Fyi 80% of people domt root or know what rooting is and would rather have the features of sense over vanilia.

          Sent from my iPad

        • DREW J

          lol ok.. big difference there..

        • DREW J

          lol ok.. big difference there..

        • Ted

          I actually like unique back designs and the G2x and the HTC G2 have the two coolest backs of any phones out there in my opinion. The back of the g2x with the strip and the “8M” looks gorgeous

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

      Actually.  The issues you are having are bugs from CM7 being a beta rom.  None of those issues on my stock 

      • Jeff Fuentes

        How is a stock version of gingerbread better than CM7? I can do more with CM7 and its stock(AOSP) with added features and customizations

    • Zifnab2k

      Sense boot loader is going to be unlocked soon according to response from HTC after their “We will not be locking boot loaders” announcement. As for the “with Sense” logo, you cover that with a case!

  • http://twitter.com/CFG9000 CFG9000

    I, too, rarely encountered the bugs most users claim to suffer from. As for now, I’m running the 2.3.4-based CM7 nightlies and loving it. Are there some things that need work? Yes. The battery meter is still a bit inaccurate and the GPS is way slower getting a lock than my Nexus One. But overall, it’s a fantastic device. The Sensation 4G is dead in the water to me for Sense + locked bootloader + actually printing “with Sense” on the back of the device. No.

  • Marland

    I wanted to buy another one. But, the guy at the T-Mo store said he had 20 devices he couldn’t sell in the back because T-Mo put a freeze on them.

    Makes me want to switch carriers.

    • Bassplaye555

      Makes you want to switch carriers because they hold on to them for a fix in the near future…? I was in Canada during the time the BB storm was launched. Rogers wireless pulled then off the shelves due to too many problems, while verizon was still selling them like crazy. Id rather wait for a proper working model instead of getting it now and having a headache. Seems like a better customer experience to me

    • Bassplaye555

      Makes you want to switch carriers because they hold on to them for a fix in the near future…? I was in Canada during the time the BB storm was launched. Rogers wireless pulled then off the shelves due to too many problems, while verizon was still selling them like crazy. Id rather wait for a proper working model instead of getting it now and having a headache. Seems like a better customer experience to me

      • Marland

        Sorry it took me so long to get back… bought the phones from another carrier, then went on a camping trip…

        I have a G2x, I wanted another one… that works, like the first one I got. I go to a store, that has 20 of them in the back, but won’t sell me one, because the ones they have are broken… or people have ones that are broken, or something also ridiculous.

        I want to switch to a carrier that doesn’t stock defective phones.

        • Zifnab2k

          Lol, they didn’t stock faulty phones on purpose. LG sent them over that way. I assure you the managers at T-Mobile have no desire to have faulty phones in their stock. It causes huge return rates that cost the store money and looks bad to corporate. Just be happy they held them instead of handing you a bleeding screen or worst.

  • Marland

    I wanted to buy another one. But, the guy at the T-Mo store said he had 20 devices he couldn’t sell in the back because T-Mo put a freeze on them.

    Makes me want to switch carriers.

  • Marland

    I wanted to buy another one. But, the guy at the T-Mo store said he had 20 devices he couldn’t sell in the back because T-Mo put a freeze on them.

    Makes me want to switch carriers.

  • http://twitter.com/T_U_L O

    This was a great review..  i already have the phone but i would buy it  if i didnt.  How far in advance do you get the phones for review?  I wish this would have been out 2 weeks prior to the phone coming out.

  • http://twitter.com/T_U_L O

    This was a great review..  i already have the phone but i would buy it  if i didnt.  How far in advance do you get the phones for review?  I wish this would have been out 2 weeks prior to the phone coming out.

  • http://twitter.com/T_U_L O

    This was a great review..  i already have the phone but i would buy it  if i didnt.  How far in advance do you get the phones for review?  I wish this would have been out 2 weeks prior to the phone coming out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

    The Retina Display is an IPS LCD display although not comparable in the resolution department the colours definitely should be similar especially since LG did manufacture both IPS LCD display on the G2x and the iPhone 4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

    The Retina Display is an IPS LCD display although not comparable in the resolution department the colours definitely should be similar especially since LG did manufacture both IPS LCD display on the G2x and the iPhone 4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

    The Retina Display is an IPS LCD display although not comparable in the resolution department the colours definitely should be similar especially since LG did manufacture both IPS LCD display on the G2x and the iPhone 4.

  • http://twitter.com/denrid0cks deni d

    wait, Transformers is supposed to come with it? How, where?

    edit: oh and my g2x resets at least once a day and i’m on my 2nd one.

  • http://twitter.com/denrid0cks deni d

    wait, Transformers is supposed to come with it? How, where?

    edit: oh and my g2x resets at least once a day and i’m on my 2nd one.

  • http://twitter.com/denrid0cks deni d

    wait, Transformers is supposed to come with it? How, where?

    edit: oh and my g2x resets at least once a day and i’m on my 2nd one.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrstrat Randall Ainsworth

    Glad the Transformers movie wasn’t on mine – would hate to waste memory on a piece of crap like that.

    • travis

      root and titanium backup uninstall…pretty simple fix.

    • travis

      root and titanium backup uninstall…pretty simple fix.

  • Perry Jetter

    What areas of Palm Beach/Broward did you find HSPA+ in? I have never been able to break ~3mbps around West Palm and Gardens.

  • Perry Jetter

    What areas of Palm Beach/Broward did you find HSPA+ in? I have never been able to break ~3mbps around West Palm and Gardens.

  • Perry Jetter

    What areas of Palm Beach/Broward did you find HSPA+ in? I have never been able to break ~3mbps around West Palm and Gardens.

  • travis

    Did the phone suffer connection issues once inside a building? My phone can’t seem to grab a connection but i am not about to return my phone for a refurbished one. 

    • Zifnab2k

      That’s a T-Mobile thing. Building penetration has always been pretty poor. That’s not a qualifier for a return imo.

  • travis

    Did the phone suffer connection issues once inside a building? My phone can’t seem to grab a connection but i am not about to return my phone for a refurbished one. 

  • guest

    isn’t it 21 mbps?

  • guest

    isn’t it 21 mbps?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

      No 14.4.

    • Zifnab2k

      Only Samsung is rocking those right now. Either way, I don’t think i’ve met anyone getting 14.4 or 21.1 even in areas that claim to run 42.2. If you’re getting over an 8, you should be ecstatic because your’e exceeding most of the population’s mobile speeds. Only Verizon in a 4g LTE area compares, but then you have to deal with the batteries draining faster. That said, a 800 mile trip up the east coast proved that T-mobile’s coverage is still pretty drab. I spent 80% of my time on 2g or G.

  • g1andonly

    Hey how bout you compare the two screens together and you’ll see a difference in color, try watching Charlie the unicorn 2 and then write your review of screens. Super amoled is not as colorful as the g2x, I’ve compared

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

      More Saturated but not as bright or color accurate as the G2x.

    • Zifnab2k

      Yea but Super AMOLED doesn’t bleed on the edges! I’m sure the IPS would be wonderful if they could QA the damn thing. So far I haven’t seen one.

  • g1andonly

    Hey how bout you compare the two screens together and you’ll see a difference in color, try watching Charlie the unicorn 2 and then write your review of screens. Super amoled is not as colorful as the g2x, I’ve compared

  • http://twitter.com/isitvegan Is It Vegan?

    Curious why this review is 2 months later than EVERY other gadget blog.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

      This is a news blog, not a gadget blog though.

      • E_suavo

        It’s not a blog, it’s an advertisement.

        • Frank

          Correct sir.

        • TommyJohn

          I agree.

        • Pornographer7721

          Don’t game the system. That sucks.

    • David, Managing Editor

      Because we don’t get review phones right away, our focus is news with a speciality in links. Also, the phone has only been out a month and 8 days, so please don’t say it’s been two months.

    • Scarf22

      It is 2 months because if you read “EVERY other gadget blog”, you would know this was pulled from sales for a period of time due to software issues, which have been fixed apparently.  Now an accurate review can be done. Really?? Gadget blog??? funny

      • The ATL Guy

        I see our resident douchbag grammar nazi also specializes in other forms of forum douchbaggery
        Your retort and justifications are retarded at best. 

        • Nate

          Whatever point you’re trying to get across is moot because you can’t get it out without namecalling or other childish behavior.

        • Nate

          Whatever point you’re trying to get across is moot because you can’t get it out without namecalling or other childish behavior.

        • Nate

          Whatever point you’re trying to get across is moot because you can’t get it out without namecalling or other childish behavior.

      • The ATL Guy

        I see our resident douchbag grammar nazi also specializes in other forms of forum douchbaggery
        Your retort and justifications are retarded at best. 

    • Scarf22

      It is 2 months because if you read “EVERY other gadget blog”, you would know this was pulled from sales for a period of time due to software issues, which have been fixed apparently.  Now an accurate review can be done. Really?? Gadget blog??? funny

    • Scarf22

      It is 2 months because if you read “EVERY other gadget blog”, you would know this was pulled from sales for a period of time due to software issues, which have been fixed apparently.  Now an accurate review can be done. Really?? Gadget blog??? funny

    • Scarf22

      Oh yeah, i forgot to add that David said he finally got his  hands on a review unit from T-mobile so that is another reason why it took 2 months….first sentence of the review on this “gadget blog”.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Why is it a big deal? I’m sorry we don’t get review phones as fast as other websites, instead we focus bringing you news first, reviews second. 

      • bobo

        you’re right David it’s tmonews not tmoreviews

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Exactly, I don’t post reviews for pageviews here, they aren’t my most popular posts and I do them because a lot of people enjoy reading them but reviews aren’t a big priority for us. We’d love to do more, and do them early but we aren’t at that point in our relationship with T-Mobile to get devices before they launch every time. 

      • bobo

        you’re right David it’s tmonews not tmoreviews

      • Miamiboy

        you like girls?

      • Miamiboy

        you are sissy? like boys?

  • Fastjoe78

    Hi David,

    I never realized you lived in the same area as myself…I’m in Coral Springs and I find it very hard although not impossible to get over 3 or 4 MB down and almost never reach more than 1mb up…Could you be city specific where you ran those tests and on which server.  The Speedtest Miami server seems to act up quite a bit

  • Fastjoe78

    Hi David,

    I never realized you lived in the same area as myself…I’m in Coral Springs and I find it very hard although not impossible to get over 3 or 4 MB down and almost never reach more than 1mb up…Could you be city specific where you ran those tests and on which server.  The Speedtest Miami server seems to act up quite a bit

  • http://twitter.com/teleknEsis Kyle Miller

    I personally think your take on the screen is considerably wrong. I came from the N1 and I can say the IPS screen is absolutely gorgeous comparatively. Sure, it’s no retina display or Super AMOLED, but even compared to my N1′s AMOLED this screen whoops that @$$. And in daylight it’s 100x more readable than my N1 ever was and one of the things I’m enjoying most about it – I can still see every detail of the screen while, say, in my car wearing sun glasses whereas w/ the N1 it was always a struggle

  • http://twitter.com/teleknEsis Kyle Miller

    I personally think your take on the screen is considerably wrong. I came from the N1 and I can say the IPS screen is absolutely gorgeous comparatively. Sure, it’s no retina display or Super AMOLED, but even compared to my N1′s AMOLED this screen whoops that @$$. And in daylight it’s 100x more readable than my N1 ever was and one of the things I’m enjoying most about it – I can still see every detail of the screen while, say, in my car wearing sun glasses whereas w/ the N1 it was always a struggle

    • Ted

      Interesting I saw a comparison on youtube that some guy did between the G2x screen and the Galaxy S 4g and he said he liked the G2x screen better because he said the colors are truer. I really don’t have a preference…I mean the Galaxy S phones have beautiful, colorful screens. The Sensation’s screen has slightly duller colors but pictures and text look very crisp. The G2x is sort of a combination of the Super Amoled and the QHD screens in a way, it is bright and crisp but not as colorful as the Galaxy S and not as pristine looking as the Sensation. It’s all subjective and there are people who have said the G2x’s screen is among the best they have seen. Personally I rank them like this: 1) Samsung Galaxy S2 2) Iphone 4 3) HTC Sensation 4) LG G2x 5) Mytouch 4g….all of them are beautiful though and all within a hair of eachother in terms of quality

    • The ATL Guy

      “whoops that @$$” we need more lines like that in phone reviews. 
      ;)

    • Zifnab2k

      When did you buy the Nexus One? Before Samsung pulled their displays, or after? That makes a huge difference. I’ll admit the colors were more realistic on the g2x, but the screen bleeding is pretty bad. Despite popular commenting, my OCD allowed me to notice the bleeding even in well lit rooms, not just in dark room on a black screen.

  • http://twitter.com/teleknEsis Kyle Miller

    I personally think your take on the screen is considerably wrong. I came from the N1 and I can say the IPS screen is absolutely gorgeous comparatively. Sure, it’s no retina display or Super AMOLED, but even compared to my N1′s AMOLED this screen whoops that @$$. And in daylight it’s 100x more readable than my N1 ever was and one of the things I’m enjoying most about it – I can still see every detail of the screen while, say, in my car wearing sun glasses whereas w/ the N1 it was always a struggle

  • Ted

    I love the G2x. I am still in my 30 days so I could exchange it for the sensation but to be honest I think I prefer the G2x, it seemes faster and has less lag and I like vanilla android. Luckily I have had no reboot issues and screen bleed is very minimal on mine. 

  • Kitpogi

    The camera on this phone is slow on taking pics. And I was able to sell mine for $400.00 because I’ve returned and exchanged it twice and still reboots randomly. I read some forums that LG was going to send and OTA update to fix this issue. I ain’t about to what a life time for that. Too bad, I actually like this device due to its speedy processor, just not as sexy and smooth as my new HTC Sensation.

    • Scarf22

      “I ain’t about to what (wait) a life time (lifetime) for that.”  LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • The ATL Guy

        I see we can add you to the resident douchbag forum grammar nazi. 
        There are 4 fingers pointing back at you a$$hat as you point your finger. 

      • Petey

        Is it that funny?…

      • Zifnab2k

        Seriously, that could be chalked up to an auto-correction on a phone. hater. What’s up with the grammar haters on this post.

    • Scarf22

      “I ain’t about to what (wait) a life time (lifetime) for that.”  LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    Technically there is a very simple way to fix the rebooting/freezing but it kinda defeats the purpose of owning a smartphone.  If you drain the battery fully,,,, then charge it completely and do a factory reset it fixes a problem with the battery getting hot and draining and the overheating making the phone freze up (kinda, but not completely).  Then you’ll wanna root and remove qik video and not install any third party apps.  Looks like a lot of the problems are due to the kernel, but the apps that aren’t yet compatible with tegra 2 cause issues and the phone itself freezes when the cpu is idle and an app attempts to do anything.  So freezing qik and not installing any apps eliminates that.

    • Bobblehead

      This is not a fix.

  • Lothinator

    Reading your comments about the screen makes me wish I’d never bought my Samsung Vibrant. I remember what screens looked like BEFORE and I know I’ll never be able to GO BACK. I guess I’m just stuck waiting for either TMO or Sprint (I’m willing to switch) to release the SGS II or something better, so I don’t have to give up SuperAMOLED.

    • Manup

      @Lothinator forget that piece of junk (the GS2) wait for Tmo’s Hercules with NFC support and also the new Touchwiz 4.0 with Face detection to unlock your handset when locked, plus a 4.5″ Super Amoled Plus display that will also shxx on ATT’s Samsung 1GHZ Infuse. The Hercules will be packing a 1.2GHZ Dual Core Processor.

    • Manup

      @Lothinator forget that piece of junk (the GS2) wait for Tmo’s Hercules with NFC support and also the new Touchwiz 4.0 with Face detection to unlock your handset when locked, plus a 4.5″ Super Amoled Plus display that will also shxx on ATT’s Samsung 1GHZ Infuse. The Hercules will be packing a 1.2GHZ Dual Core Processor.

    • Manup

      @Lothinator forget that piece of junk (the GS2) wait for Tmo’s Hercules with NFC support and also the new Touchwiz 4.0 with Face detection to unlock your handset when locked, plus a 4.5″ Super Amoled Plus display that will also shxx on ATT’s Samsung 1GHZ Infuse. The Hercules will be packing a 1.2GHZ Dual Core Processor.

  • Lothinator

    Reading your comments about the screen makes me wish I’d never bought my Samsung Vibrant. I remember what screens looked like BEFORE and I know I’ll never be able to GO BACK. I guess I’m just stuck waiting for either TMO or Sprint (I’m willing to switch) to release the SGS II or something better, so I don’t have to give up SuperAMOLED.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EVZR6774PL27ROXUJQSQQEP4X4 Mauni M

    I love my G2X. I have had more problems with my many blackberrys and Vibrant than this phone.

  • Steve

    the tmobile stores in fort myers, florida dont sale or do the exchange warranty, leaving us custumers total screwed,the manager is never on the store,looks like hes runnig way from the angry G2x owners !!!!!! im gonna report this for better business bureau and also looking foward for a lawsuit !!!!

    • Lgsucks

      sensation rocks !

    • Anonymous

      Why dont you call CC and explain the situation.

      • Steve

        what is cc?

        • Anonymous

          customer care

      • Steve

        what is cc?

  • Felicia Bell

    since when did the Transformer movie was to come with the phone? My G2x didn’t come with it!

  • Jomaxwel

    I am a happy G2X owner and I can say the screen on my G2X is better then the GS4G my friend owns. At least in his and my opinion. I would not trade my phone for the sensation even when offered, but I am hoping the update will roll out soon so people quit bashing this phone and it gets the respect it deserves.

  • Jomaxwel

    I am a happy G2X owner and I can say the screen on my G2X is better then the GS4G my friend owns. At least in his and my opinion. I would not trade my phone for the sensation even when offered, but I am hoping the update will roll out soon so people quit bashing this phone and it gets the respect it deserves.

  • Crane

    FWIW… I had the reboot etc. issues w/ my phone, until I ‘force stop’ the “Car Home” program… no problems after that.

  • Crane

    FWIW… I had the reboot etc. issues w/ my phone, until I ‘force stop’ the “Car Home” program… no problems after that.

  • 69onthegirl

    Hey David, I don’t understand ,you post a lots of bad things before,jokes and complaining how T-Mobile was doing with the situation,now you come with this post? And now I already know your answer,here on the bottom,bla bla bla
    how much you got for this post?
    This is the G2X truth? The one you say before you know?
    Just like to say friendly,you are a comedy! Lol…

    • renter

      I’d like to add your use of the English language, grammar, and sentence structure is comedy.

    • renter

      I’d like to add your use of the English language, grammar, and sentence structure is comedy.

      • 69onthegirl

        sorry i speak 6 languages

        • Guest

          It is real sorry you speak 6 languages. Maybe you can learn one first?

        • 69onthegirl

          im trying make my English better since im going to school in Massachussets

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Sigh…pick one story, live in Germany, know 6 languages or going to school in Mass. Pick ONE. 

        • Dewey Cox

          isn’t this “bastard”?

        • Foracubaboyhaha

          I never saw any smart people from south Florida,get a life man and learn with other forums,like I say you don’t know about ethics and your site don’t have credibility!

        • Zifnab2k

          Uhm, i’m sorry but you can piss right off. I lived in South Florida for the first 24 years of my life and assure you I could easily run circles around you in any academic or professional setting. First off, if we’re going to be grammar Nazis on a tech blog, your gramar and punctuation abilities are quite indicative of someone that doesn’t know their ass from their elbow. If you’re concerned with ethics, please do not offend the entire southern half of a state that is primarily populated by people from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          Until you get it down stop posting…..you do not make your English better. You learn how to use the language more proficiently. Until you get it down spare us the butchering of the language.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          Until you get it down stop posting…..you do not make your English better. You learn how to use the language more proficiently. Until you get it down spare us the butchering of the language.

        • Guest

          go to a nice place your black sht

        • Guest

          go to a nice place your black sht

        • 69onthegirl

          im trying make my English better since im going to school in Massachussets

        • Guest

          It is real sorry you speak 6 languages. Maybe you can learn one first?

        • Guest

          It is real sorry you speak 6 languages. Maybe you can learn one first?

        • Nate

          Are they all this bad, or are you fluent in all but English?

        • 69onthegirl

          just english,im a programmer,live in germany

        • Nate

          Are they all this bad, or are you fluent in all but English?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          No you do not. You do not even speak one well…..go away nut

        • Steve

          My favorite colors for phones are white or red,I don’t like black!

        • Dewey Cox

          ….and write in zero.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Wow, I wish I understood any of that.

      • 69onthegirl

        the truth about g2x??

        • http://twitter.com/Magic_Mikey Mike T

          Your post makes no sense

      • 69onthegirl

        It is 2 months because if you read “EVERY other gadget blog”, you would know this was pulled from sales for a period of time due to software issues, which have been fixed apparently. Now an accurate review can be done. Really?? Gadget blog???funny!

      • 69onthegirl

        It is 2 months because if you read “EVERY other gadget blog”, you would know this was pulled from sales for a period of time due to software issues, which have been fixed apparently. Now an accurate review can be done. Really?? Gadget blog???funny!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          You sound like a patient in a mental hospital. Ranting and raving in what amounts to gibberish.

        • Right

          You sound like the editors boy friend posting crap for people whit he’s help,this site don’t have credibility!

        • zero

          mkay?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Wow, I wish I understood any of that.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Wow, I wish I understood any of that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      @69onthegirl, you would really do well to take some remedial writing classes. What the hell are you saying…….blah blah blah is right. Where do you clowns come from? You are the comedy!!!

    • Anonymous

      Google Translate could not even help me understand your comment.

  • Steve

    how many of guys have one speaker working?? dts dont work? i just have one,my dts sucks,,,

    • Mastrorj

       ur gonna laugh or not lol but u only have one speaker – the other is a microphone but they made it look like that and people were going around saying how it had dual speakers lol dont believe me call LG

    • Mastrorj

       ur gonna laugh or not lol but u only have one speaker – the other is a microphone but they made it look like that and people were going around saying how it had dual speakers lol dont believe me call LG

      • Jeff Martines

        Yep, the reasoning behind the two grills is just to maintain a nice symmetrical look. Just like the iPhone 4 it has just the one speaker. I personally only use my phones speaker for the occasional game and notifications. Why anyone would use a phone speaker for anything more I just find silly. 

        • 69onthegirl

          i use jawbone jambox

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      Steve did you get an owners manual……read the damn thing……dts may well work but since you have not read how it works how the hell would you know?

    • Labrynthej

      also there is only one speaker, the other thing is the mic

    • Labrynthej

      also there is only one speaker, the other thing is the mic

  • thaghost

    When this phone works properly, it is the best phone in the u.s. Too most of us received bad units. Tmobile perhaps has the 2 best phones in the u.s. however they blewa big opportunity not marketing any of them, smh.

    Like others, I would also have to disagree with the review of the screen. The colors on this screen are beautiful and better than ip4. So is the brightness. idk if its better than the retna but its certainly top notch. I think the camera takes great pics and video.

    the 1080p playback on my computer was choppy as well. However it was beautiful on an hdtv. I agree with someone above who says the camera is slow at taking pics. Lastly I agree with the review that there is not 1 particular feature that stands out over anything else…except for those who love stock like me. Overall a great phone when working properly

    • Zifnab2k

      I couldn’t even notice if the colors on the display looked good, all I saw was the spot lights shining out of the edges in various spots, depending on the unit I was getting ready to return.

  • Brazilianguy

      ( OH I JUST NOTICED THAT THE MODEL # LG-P999, THAT IS 666 FLIPPED, HAHA, THE PHONE IS THE DEVIL!!! ENJOY

  • Brazilianguy

      ( OH I JUST NOTICED THAT THE MODEL # LG-P999, THAT IS 666 FLIPPED, HAHA, THE PHONE IS THE DEVIL!!! ENJOY

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      What kind of fool post something like this? Obviously you lack attention. We see you clown, now go get take your meds.

      • Cinnalocksgay

        you and David gays, live in coral springs…

      • Cinnalocksgay

        you and David gays, live in coral springs…

      • Foracubaboyhaha

        What’s is your point? You know you are David’s boyfriend.

  • J. Williams

    This review is a little late

    • Ted

      Not really. A lot of people are thinking about getting this phone and will read this to consider whether they want it or not. 

      • J. Williams

        Just saying there are already tons to others who’ve reviewed it. Tmonews getting it done a little late, that is all I mean.

      • J. Williams

        Just saying there are already tons to others who’ve reviewed it. Tmonews getting it done a little late, that is all I mean.

        • Auser72

          So what, some people might value Davids opinion over others. And who made you the official review monitor?

        • J. Williams

          Please go away with the childish comments, find some business.

        • Auser72

          Nothing childish about pointing out the irrelevance of you mentioning the fact that there are other reviews of this phone. This is a fairly new phone with a good about of people still interested in this phone. And I chose to make your comment my business and if you have a problem with that you shouldn’t make comments in a public forum.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Dude seriously? You of all people who spend plenty of time around here should know better that we don’t get review devices right away. I’m incredibly disappointed that you felt the need to comment on that especially when you enjoy a privilege most don’t get to enjoy on this site, an inside line to me via email. You don’t like the review, don’t read it, but don’t criticize either. I’m posting the Sensation 4G review Monday, a number of sites posted them this past week. I’ll be prepared for your comment again. 

        • J. Williams

          You’re kidding right? Lol. You guys are crazy. I’m supposed to be happy about your email address? Lol you will be ok.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I expect that people who frequent this site understand that our reviews are often timed a little later than most because of the timeframe with which we receive review phones. I have that expectation and that you will appreciate the time and work that goes into it. You don’t think people enjoy reading a review even if its a month or two late? Especially a high-profile phone.

        • E_suavo

          Yeah! If you don’t agree, then get the heck out of here! This site isn’t about honest discussion, it’s about getting free stuff. If you have an opinion that isn’t conductive to David getting free stuff, then just go away!!

          Also, don’t question David. The David giveth, and the David taketh away. A review, even a late one, is so obviously unbiased and fair that you can only be a huge jackass if you disagree. So don’t be a jackass, and listen to David, because he has absolutely *no* ulterior motives.

        • Zifnab2k

          lol

        • J. Williams

          LOL…LOL

        • http://tmonews.com David

          What exactly do you find funny in that? What exactly is “free” about what I did? Getting a review phone to try for 2 weeks isn’t free. 

        • J. Williams

          My goodness David. Why are you so upset? I am laughing because it does appear that if someone doesn’t agree with what you put on here, you get offended. That other person typed that, and I think it’s funny.

          Look at how this all came about. A simple comment, and it gets blow way out of perportion. Its not that deep. people like your site, I like your site. But you should not attack people directly like that because you don’t like what they are saying. Leave that to the guys that stop by just to bash, and then remove their comment. I see several people on this thread stating they feel it’s a little late, but it’s just that. A statement, and that is it. Why turn it into something it’s not huh? A know you are the CEO, but I don’t have agree with nor like everything that is posted. Furthermore, my original comment was not rude at all. All I said was it was a little late. Then all these other people silly rude comments to me, and you try to come at me! That’s funny. Again. Your site is cool, and I unlike some people in here buy nearly every phone they bring out. I do YouTube videos which you have seen, and posted in your threads. So why be sour about it? I feel some things are blown up tok much, by these otter guys can come in here and bash away….it’s funny.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          You go away you made the dumb comment….and now since no one is agreeing with you….you got attitude. Go cry to your mother or someone else who cares about a cry baby. If you had business you would not have made a dumb comment. Now live with it.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          You go away you made the dumb comment….and now since no one is agreeing with you….you got attitude. Go cry to your mother or someone else who cares about a cry baby. If you had business you would not have made a dumb comment. Now live with it.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

          You go away you made the dumb comment….and now since no one is agreeing with you….you got attitude. Go cry to your mother or someone else who cares about a cry baby. If you had business you would not have made a dumb comment. Now live with it.

        • Auser72

          So what, some people might value Davids opinion over others. And who made you the official review monitor?

    • Ted

      Not really. A lot of people are thinking about getting this phone and will read this to consider whether they want it or not. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      Speak for yourself……from my point of view……Perhaps you were a little to early to make a purchase. Just think if  it were a car would you buy it as soon as it came out or would you wait a year and let them work out the bugs? So now because it is a phone it is okay to run out and buy it unproven? That is dumb.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      Speak for yourself……from my point of view……Perhaps you were a little to early to make a purchase. Just think if  it were a car would you buy it as soon as it came out or would you wait a year and let them work out the bugs? So now because it is a phone it is okay to run out and buy it unproven? That is dumb.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      Speak for yourself……from my point of view……Perhaps you were a little to early to make a purchase. Just think if  it were a car would you buy it as soon as it came out or would you wait a year and let them work out the bugs? So now because it is a phone it is okay to run out and buy it unproven? That is dumb.

  • J. Williams

    This review is a little late