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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWZYRT3V27PEFL22CKGP73RXWI gray

    Ok so I’ve had this phone for over a month now and I must say I really do enjoy it, sure there are some bugs but nothing that has kept me from fully enjoying this device. This phone not having Gingerbread is not such a big ass deal to me, The only issue I’ve had with this phone is the touch sensitivity is kinda weak, i have to double tap or even triple tap sometimes but that’s about it. This phone is really fast, powerful and handles anything I throw at it. I came from the Mytouch 3g so yeah it’s a huge transition. Overall I’m very happy with this phone, the camera is amazing, speed and the sleek look, DAMN I love this phone!!! People taking crap on LG and this phone for not having Gingerbread are sore losers. Buy this phone if you want, don’t let others keep you away from this bad ass device. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWZYRT3V27PEFL22CKGP73RXWI gray

    Ok so I’ve had this phone for over a month now and I must say I really do enjoy it, sure there are some bugs but nothing that has kept me from fully enjoying this device. This phone not having Gingerbread is not such a big ass deal to me, The only issue I’ve had with this phone is the touch sensitivity is kinda weak, i have to double tap or even triple tap sometimes but that’s about it. This phone is really fast, powerful and handles anything I throw at it. I came from the Mytouch 3g so yeah it’s a huge transition. Overall I’m very happy with this phone, the camera is amazing, speed and the sleek look, DAMN I love this phone!!! People taking crap on LG and this phone for not having Gingerbread are sore losers. Buy this phone if you want, don’t let others keep you away from this bad ass device. 

    • Zifnab2k

      lol, coming from a mytouch 3g anything would be tits. My wife wants to strangle me because i keep returning phones and taking my nexus one back, leaving her with a mytouch 3g.

  • Coralspringslitlleboy

    G3D coming in September, first T-Mobile D3 phone

  • Coralspringslitlleboy

    G3D coming in September, first T-Mobile D3 phone

  • Christovercame

    You assholes cant admit that these phones were defective on a national level. Oh your phone didn’t automatically reboot. Well everyone elses did. How about an apology. fucking prick. selfish
    this is why i left tmobile. I think T mobile needs to slow down on their phones and fix the ones that are defective
    This was a recall G2x in that it kept shutting off, but noone at T Mobile USA wanted to admit their ahead of the competition phone was a duzy. Guess what T Mobile. Your ethics speak for themselves. Greed. Target all the immigrants take advantage of them trying to be american. put fancy looking phones in their pockets. Your phones don’t work. Bottom line.
    Slow down and make efficient 4g high speed phones.
    Come on T MO News I am highly dissappointed. Extremely dissapointed. Why can’t you admit that the G2x had serious problems and that the reason it was out of stock is that powering issue. Fuckheads. WHy cant you admit when there is a nationwide problem going on. Because you are afraid it will hurt your image. What is worse acting like oh its just a few handful, or acknowleding that your phones don’t work and recall
    Complete liars. You  T Mobile don’t care about people. You care about T Mobile USA image and getting people to buy your service, at whatever cost.

    if you have tmobile and you had a G2x affected by the powering off issue email me at
    christovercame@aol.com G2x subject

    I admit, I was looking foward to using all the features on the G2X, cool sounding
    and cool looking phone. powering off automatically completely made the phone unusable. not one person at tmobile store customer service technicians customer loyalty department would admit this

    • Ron Dickerson

      Why do people always have to make it racial?  It just makes you look like a politically correct bigot playing the victim card.

      Also, if you ever expect a company to do anything but what is absolutely in their own favor, then you’re as naive as you are long-winded in your tantrum post.

    • Ron Dickerson

      Why do people always have to make it racial?  It just makes you look like a politically correct bigot playing the victim card.

      Also, if you ever expect a company to do anything but what is absolutely in their own favor, then you’re as naive as you are long-winded in your tantrum post.

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

        Ron he is a guest….guest are idiots for the most part. Besides his comment is now deleted.

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

        Ron he is a guest….guest are idiots for the most part. Besides his comment is now deleted.

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

        Ron he is a guest….guest are idiots for the most part. Besides his comment is now deleted.

  • http://twitter.com/Surfeast Surfeast

    Bought a dealer unit pre launch Zero problems still  . Feel for those who got a bad batch since the hype was so high on this phone . If price non contract came down to 300.00 this would sell with fixes in place and Gingerbread installed. There is still time…

  • Christovercame

    The reason the G2X has been out of stock is the powering off issue that everyone of them experienced.
    T Mobile kept this hidden by not doing a nationwide recall and lamely saying they are going to send your phone software to fix it. I am sure the new batch being released don’t have the powering off issue and gingerbread will soon be available for it.
    Sucks that you had to find out on your own this $600 phone had a crazy internal defect automatically powering off etc, sucks especially if you bought it on Ebay or similar site. TMobile could have admitted the problem and apologized to the people who gave them a right to be in this country, the customer, but they didn’t. T Mobile choose to let you the customer findout on your own (after they possibly knew the issue was applicable to every G2x potentially) to this day no apology has been publicized.

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

      Now that is a flat out lie. EVERYONE is not having YOUR issues. You suck for generalizing. There is no, nor has there been a NationWide RECALL of this phone. The phone has remained steadily available through several sites.  T mob did not stock it but they are not the only supplier of this phone. YOUR knowledge and your experience is limited to YOU. There is a whole world out there that knows nor care nothing about your myopic views.

      • Mastrorj

        UR RIGHT! there is a whole world out there—- speaking of the other sid of the world – i was on a droid site the sec this phone came out and i had it in my hands – i too was having this issue – I read a post that was over a month prior to the G2x’s release date and someone from Europe had said” man i hope that tmobile or LG or who ever gets all these issues fixed before this phone is released in the states in a month or so from now – im tired of rebooting my phone every 10 min”  – SO I  call  BS on tmobile and LG for know this phone had problems in Europe and yet they still went ahead and released this phone bc they dont care! They cherry picked phones that worked fine to give to review web sites so eveything looked fine – how do i know bc well dont u think its odd that not one reviewer had that problem with this phone yet it seems like every 4-5 people i talk to have this issue –

  • Christovercame

    the Author David you are a duche bag for acting like the G2x powering off issue was only to a select few. Do your research. I am sure every T MObile employee and T Mobile customer, not including you, had an issue with the G2x powering off.
    Your language is offensive when you said only a handful had this issue and your wording implied that only a few were effected. Shallow to not be able to admit a problem, when more than several G2X were effected in not all (except yours) I hope you enjoy your G2x and if at anytime when you realize your g2x is automatically powering off, feel free to let the world of T Mo News know (the truth). Please don’t promote a faulty product. hopefully uou fix the nationwide issue. On a serious level. Your a duchebag (with lots of $$$$$$$)

  • Ediblesweet

    the Author David you are a duche bag for acting like the G2x powering off issue was only to a select few. Do your research. I am sure every T MObile employee and T Mobile customer, not including you, had an issue with the G2x powering off.
    Your language is offensive when you said only a handful had this issue and your wording implied that only a few were effected. Shallow to not be able to admit a problem, when more than several G2X were effected in not all (except yours) I hope you enjoy your G2x and if at anytime when you realize your g2x is automatically powering off, feel free to let the world of T Mo News know (the truth). Please don’t promote a faulty product. hopefully uou fix the nationwide issue.

    • closetTechyg

      Posting under a different name doesn’t make you any smarter for this ridiculous tirade of foolishness. Why should David apologize? He gave his thoughts based on His experience. And furthermore, how do you expect him to fix the issue with the phone? Did he make it? Did he send out some mass virus that corrupted yours? Most importantly: DOES HE OWN OR EVEN WORK AT TMOBILE?
      If the answer is “no”, then you should sit back and shut up.

      • G18industries

        haha,  you guys are all so stupid,  the LG is a great phone!  yes it has a few glitches.  Wait,  wasn’t it the first LG smart phone on the market?  what did you expect.  when I go buy a boat or a snowmobile, and it is the first model of its kind,  what do i expect?  issues!  but if they work to fix them,  I am ok.  If they fix them I love this phone,  if they don’t they are just like HTC.  HTC released the my touch 4g and the HTC HD2 to the public,  and both of those phones had more glitches then the LG.  Also neither of those 2 phones were the manufacturers first smart phone to the market.  Next time I suggest you wait if a new phone provider releases their first smart phone. 

        • G18industries

          And get of David’s back,  He has a right to his opinion. 

        • Anonymous

          And so do others.

        • Anonymous

          And so do others.

    • CactusCat

      Edible, you are incorrect. I have owned the G2x since early May and have not experienced a single flaw on the phone. Not even one reboot or powering off issue. And I have spoken with others in the XDA group who use the phone and none of them have experienced the issues either. So to make a statement like yours is nothing more than reckless and irresponsible since you cannot speak for anyone other than yourself. Yah, I’ve read the problems others have had, but it ultimately comes down to your own experiences and mine has been flawless so far. As with most things too, the only times you hear anything on a phone is when someone has a problem. When we don’t have problems, no one says anything as there’s nothing to talk about. That would explain why the only things you’ve read are negative. So here’s one for the positive side.

      • Zifnab2k

        I hear ya on the “only negative people post reviews”. However, I personally opened 23 boxes and found that every single one has a bleeding screen. The random reboots doesn’t bother me as much, a root or an update will fix that. Faulty hardware can’t be fixed with an update. If you got one that doesn’t bleed, you won the lottery! If you do have bleed and you’re just accepting it, well then you’re a very complacent person, and i’m sure LG and T-Mobile applaud your acceptance.

      • Zifnab2k

        I hear ya on the “only negative people post reviews”. However, I personally opened 23 boxes and found that every single one has a bleeding screen. The random reboots doesn’t bother me as much, a root or an update will fix that. Faulty hardware can’t be fixed with an update. If you got one that doesn’t bleed, you won the lottery! If you do have bleed and you’re just accepting it, well then you’re a very complacent person, and i’m sure LG and T-Mobile applaud your acceptance.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Do you even read this website? Do you not see how hard I have been on T-Mobile about this issue? Give me your name and address so I can send you some money so you can buy a clue. 

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Do you even read this website? Do you not see how hard I have been on T-Mobile about this issue? Give me your name and address so I can send you some money so you can buy a clue. 

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Do you even read this website? Do you not see how hard I have been on T-Mobile about this issue? Give me your name and address so I can send you some money so you can buy a clue. 

      • E_suavo

        I would like a clue. Unfortunately, my bank does not cash TMO checks, so you may have to pay me by another method. Do you have any legit non-slush accounts? Anything that is not paid by ATT for services rendered? That would be most helpful.

        PS, your attempts to be clever are not so good. Why don’t you stick to writing paid opinions and leave witty banter to witty people?

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

      Well the issue certainly is not EVERYONES problem you idiot. If he did not experience it then….then he did not experience it. It was his review about HIS experience not yours Moron.

    • Timman23

      Yes I must agree, not everyone is experiecing those problems however I hope that Tmobile is addressing the issues a lot quicker. For the most part the phone is very good phone and powerful, and I how they can build upon that??  Correct and perserve a good product. But first things first!! Build it correctly and the customers will buy it!!

      Nuff said!! Tim

    • Timman23

      Yes I must agree, not everyone is experiecing those problems however I hope that Tmobile is addressing the issues a lot quicker. For the most part the phone is very good phone and powerful, and I how they can build upon that??  Correct and perserve a good product. But first things first!! Build it correctly and the customers will buy it!!

      Nuff said!! Tim

  • Ediblesweet

    the Author David you are a duche bag for acting like the G2x powering off issue was only to a select few. Do your research. I am sure every T MObile employee and T Mobile customer, not including you, had an issue with the G2x powering off.
    Your language is offensive when you said only a handful had this issue and your wording implied that only a few were effected. Shallow to not be able to admit a problem, when more than several G2X were effected in not all (except yours) I hope you enjoy your G2x and if at anytime when you realize your g2x is automatically powering off, feel free to let the world of T Mo News know (the truth). Please don’t promote a faulty product. hopefully uou fix the nationwide issue.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE3A63NSEKIFREXY4DKKI4DSPQ Rob

    Edible? You can totally disagree with the author but do you need to get vicious by calling him a douche bag? C’mon, we all adultsin here…i hope.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE3A63NSEKIFREXY4DKKI4DSPQ Rob

    Edible? You can totally disagree with the author but do you need to get vicious by calling him a douche bag? C’mon, we all adultsin here…i hope.

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

      How do you disagree with his perspective or call it wrong? It is his experience not yours or anyone else’s. I know people who love the phone and never had a problem. So you see it differently perhaps, but how do you criticize his experience. You were not there with him, using the phone he used, so what is your basis for contention?

  • Payforthis

    Before this phone was bad,now perfect?
    Hey David I agree you are a duche bag and your site don’t have any credibility !”!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Really? If you say so. Pretty sure we have more linkbacks to our site than most but hey, what do I know.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Really? If you say so. Pretty sure we have more linkbacks to our site than most but hey, what do I know.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Really? If you say so. Pretty sure we have more linkbacks to our site than most but hey, what do I know.

      • Jsib84

        David this is one of my favorite sites for mobile news, even though i recently switched off of Tmobile, I keep coming back for your great write ups. Keep it up. 

  • Payforthis

    Before this phone was bad,now perfect?
    Hey David I agree you are a duche bag and your site don’t have any credibility !”!

  • http://twitter.com/timmyjoe42 Timothy J. Bennett

    Nice review.  What is that Nokia model in the photo?

  • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

    Hey David, nice review, I was curious about your take on the G2x. When you say the device doesn’t have any distinguishing features outside of a dual core, I think you should have listed Vanilla Android instead. With so few devices running a stock Google experience when one comes along its a definite distinction in my book. You also said, “…extra customizations allowed… Sense 3.0″ it soulnds like you’re saying Vanilla doesn’t allow extra customizations. I know, that you know, that Vanilla is just as customizable. Just about every ‘extra’ Sense offers can be achieved through Market apps, like launchers and Widgets.
    Nice review though, and thanks for hounding TMO and LG about their terrible update communication.

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    Very nice review David, i too own a G2X and i am the lucky few who’s G2X is not buggy. Hoping you write another review for a future phone, maybe the Nokia N9 ;) 

    • LotusGeek

      I guess I am one of the “blessed fortunate” as well, as I have had my G2x since the first day of release, and have had ZERO issues – no freezes, no reboots. The only minor issues is that occasionally I have to turn off and back on the Wi-fi, but that may be because of my network and not the phone. I’m a power user, I download and try a TON of different apps from the Market, and I use the Wi-fi hotspot feature quite a bit with my laptop. I also use an addon keyboard, Swiftkey X (which is awesome!).

      Overall, a fantastic phone – at least for me.

    • LotusGeek

      I guess I am one of the “blessed fortunate” as well, as I have had my G2x since the first day of release, and have had ZERO issues – no freezes, no reboots. The only minor issues is that occasionally I have to turn off and back on the Wi-fi, but that may be because of my network and not the phone. I’m a power user, I download and try a TON of different apps from the Market, and I use the Wi-fi hotspot feature quite a bit with my laptop. I also use an addon keyboard, Swiftkey X (which is awesome!).

      Overall, a fantastic phone – at least for me.

      • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

        funny, because the only issue i have is the same as you..i have to restart my phone because sometimes my wifi won’t start, but that’s it.

      • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

        funny, because the only issue i have is the same as you..i have to restart my phone because sometimes my wifi won’t start, but that’s it.

      • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

        funny, because the only issue i have is the same as you..i have to restart my phone because sometimes my wifi won’t start, but that’s it.

    • LotusGeek

      I guess I am one of the “blessed fortunate” as well, as I have had my G2x since the first day of release, and have had ZERO issues – no freezes, no reboots. The only minor issues is that occasionally I have to turn off and back on the Wi-fi, but that may be because of my network and not the phone. I’m a power user, I download and try a TON of different apps from the Market, and I use the Wi-fi hotspot feature quite a bit with my laptop. I also use an addon keyboard, Swiftkey X (which is awesome!).

      Overall, a fantastic phone – at least for me.

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    Very nice review David, i too own a G2X and i am the lucky few who’s G2X is not buggy. Hoping you write another review for a future phone, maybe the Nokia N9 ;) 

  • TweetMo

    Finally went into T-Mobile to compare the G2X in person to my recently purchased Sensation (and to their Sensation). I gotta say that the G2X has a better screen “appearance”… maybe because it’s only 4.00″? That’s all, just sharing.
    Device looked great and impressed me, after all it’s problems I’ve read about.

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  • Anonymous

    pay no attention to the haters dave…..great write up

  • carlos rodriguez

    ive had two (2) g2x’s…one was stolen from me, i went out and brought a used one to replace it. neither of them had any issues whatsoever…but for some reason i miss motoblur lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNSSLT57DVMGYAE4XWJSNPXZI4 Saceed

    well good review. sounds like the most unbiest one and overall stating good opinion. Hows the batterie life and is it easy to root just in case the update take to much time. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNSSLT57DVMGYAE4XWJSNPXZI4 Saceed

    well good review. sounds like the most unbiest one and overall stating good opinion. Hows the batterie life and is it easy to root just in case the update take to much time. 

  • Livepeace09

    Alright so I’ve had my sensation for a little over a week now, and just within the first couple days I experienced some sudden rebooting issue. Now today I it has seriously been lagging like a b#*%h. Almost threw the damn thing cause it was it making me so mad. Anyone else experiencing these problems??

    • kir

      i’m loving mine. no rebooting or lag. i would try adw launcher. turning off auto sync might help too.

    • Anthonyjaustin94

      yes my sensation reboot then say loading for about a min then wen it come on you have to reset the weather and internet connection but i have the g2x REFURBISHED and run perfect it lie the opposite lol

  • Good

    I would like a clue. Unfortunately, my bank does not cash TMO checks, so you may have to pay me by another method. Do you have any legit non-slush accounts? Anything that is not paid by ATT for services rendered? That would be most helpful. PS, your attempts to be clever are not so good. Why don’t you stick to writing paid opinions and leave witty banter to witty people?

    • GoodDude

      Good advise! But what would you know about witty banter? Maybe you should stick to buying clues and leave witty banter to witty people?

    • Dewey Cox

      like you?????

  • Good

    I would like a clue. Unfortunately, my bank does not cash TMO checks, so you may have to pay me by another method. Do you have any legit non-slush accounts? Anything that is not paid by ATT for services rendered? That would be most helpful. PS, your attempts to be clever are not so good. Why don’t you stick to writing paid opinions and leave witty banter to witty people?

  • Dewey Cox

    When will we learn that ALL new phones have issues? Some more than others but not one is perfect out of the box.
     We want everything on release day and then bitch about all of the issues and glitches. The G2X is a great phone that will have the issues fixed….it’s software related. It will get done, just not when we want it. The Sensation has the same issues that most HTC devices have….why are we shocked?
     The ones that should piss you off are the issues that both the carrier and the manufacturer know about and do nothing to fix them. Remember MotoBlur? We called the Cliq a boomerang because it always came back after we sold it. That was a POS from the start.
    I have had A LOT of new phones at launch and before launch and I am as bad as the next guy…I find every little thing that I don’t like and dwell on it, but then I get used to it. I have to remember that these are PHONES and what they do is remarkable.We are all so spoiled !
    My wife’s Galaxy crapped out so while we  were waiting for the replacement,so she had to use my old MT 3G. WOW !!!!! that phone is slow as hell, laggy and the screen is terrible but I loved that phone ( probably the best I ever owned) when it was current. Now, I would be embarrassed to use it. I rocked that phone up till last year.
    In our rush to have the latest and greatest, we have to ask ourselves, “is this phone the one, or just the next one”?
     Carriers also need to slow down on releasing phones on a weekly basis.Give us a chance to get used to a phone before the “next one” comes out. They also shoot themselves in the foot here in California because we have a 30 day return policy and people use that as a test drive. Carriers only get a fraction of the phones cost credited back to them on non defective phones. Buyers remorse returns cost them a grip… but you know who ends up paying for it.

  • Dewey Cox

    When will we learn that ALL new phones have issues? Some more than others but not one is perfect out of the box.
     We want everything on release day and then bitch about all of the issues and glitches. The G2X is a great phone that will have the issues fixed….it’s software related. It will get done, just not when we want it. The Sensation has the same issues that most HTC devices have….why are we shocked?
     The ones that should piss you off are the issues that both the carrier and the manufacturer know about and do nothing to fix them. Remember MotoBlur? We called the Cliq a boomerang because it always came back after we sold it. That was a POS from the start.
    I have had A LOT of new phones at launch and before launch and I am as bad as the next guy…I find every little thing that I don’t like and dwell on it, but then I get used to it. I have to remember that these are PHONES and what they do is remarkable.We are all so spoiled !
    My wife’s Galaxy crapped out so while we  were waiting for the replacement,so she had to use my old MT 3G. WOW !!!!! that phone is slow as hell, laggy and the screen is terrible but I loved that phone ( probably the best I ever owned) when it was current. Now, I would be embarrassed to use it. I rocked that phone up till last year.
    In our rush to have the latest and greatest, we have to ask ourselves, “is this phone the one, or just the next one”?
     Carriers also need to slow down on releasing phones on a weekly basis.Give us a chance to get used to a phone before the “next one” comes out. They also shoot themselves in the foot here in California because we have a 30 day return policy and people use that as a test drive. Carriers only get a fraction of the phones cost credited back to them on non defective phones. Buyers remorse returns cost them a grip… but you know who ends up paying for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Middlebrooks/1827527028 David Middlebrooks

    G2x could be a great phone if the issues were fixed. my friend has one which he has not had any. i still love my sensation better though, just waiting for root.

  • JB

    The HTC Sensation does NOT have a better screen than the G2X! I work at T-Mobile and play with the phones constantly. I have the Sensation and the G2X side by side and have campared numerous pictures and videos and the G2X’s screen is superior over that of the Senstation. The Senstion has a good screen but it doesn’t compare to the G2X.

    • Zifnab2k

      G2x screen might look better color-wise, but the HTC sensation doesn’t have light bleeding into the corners randomly on every device. It also has a higher pixel density, which was definitely noticeable. That said, I did notice the Sensation has quite a bit of yellowing, and it a bit more desaturated than the g2x. I guess after 2 years with a samsung display nothing will cut it.

      • RUcerious

        I have the G2x and I don’t have any screen bleed, so your superlative comment of *every* device is inaccurate…

    • Zifnab2k

      G2x screen might look better color-wise, but the HTC sensation doesn’t have light bleeding into the corners randomly on every device. It also has a higher pixel density, which was definitely noticeable. That said, I did notice the Sensation has quite a bit of yellowing, and it a bit more desaturated than the g2x. I guess after 2 years with a samsung display nothing will cut it.

  • BiGMERF

    I bought a Sensation to replce my Nexus s about 2 weeks ago (love it) at the same time i got my wifey a G2x.. About a week ago it began to reset and shut off all by itself, randomly.. it has become consistent, happening about 4 or 5 times a day now. The phone is sick when it is working. Super fast, I almost brought my Sensation back for it.. But it is unusable now.. So it is going back tomorrow and i will get her a sensation. I understand new phones come with issues but constant reboots and general reliability is unacceptable.. Phones most basic funcntion is communication and you cant do that if when you need to use it . ITS OFF ! to bad cause when the phone works, its awesome !

  • BiGMERF

    I bought a Sensation to replce my Nexus s about 2 weeks ago (love it) at the same time i got my wifey a G2x.. About a week ago it began to reset and shut off all by itself, randomly.. it has become consistent, happening about 4 or 5 times a day now. The phone is sick when it is working. Super fast, I almost brought my Sensation back for it.. But it is unusable now.. So it is going back tomorrow and i will get her a sensation. I understand new phones come with issues but constant reboots and general reliability is unacceptable.. Phones most basic funcntion is communication and you cant do that if when you need to use it . ITS OFF ! to bad cause when the phone works, its awesome !

    • Craibailey

      When you say the phone is sick when working are you talking about the speed of the phone? Because I had both phones and I didn’t notice much of a difference in speed, so I guess I like the Sensation design.

  • Zifnab2k

    Dave must have got lucky and received one of the “Good ones”. I wanted to love the phone, but the display leakage just nagged at me every time I turned the thing on. I had reboots, but not nearly as severe as others have reported, and recognize rooting and updates will fix that. That screen bleed though is just unacceptable, its the thing I stare at most on the phone.

    I’ve had the HTC Sensation for a week now, and i’m on the fence about returning it too. SOOO many UI bugs and it’s driving me nuts. This has been my first dive into a manufacturer skin, i’ve always stuck to Vanilla. I guess i’m not surprised, it runs as bad as I expected. With out diving too far into it, the bugs are border line debilitating requiring manual reboots to fix the issue. So then I ask myself, is it better to manually reboot, or just reboot at random all on its own? LOL! Actually, the UI constantly reboots on the Sensation too. Not a full reboot like the g2x, just a nice HTC logo and a 45 second reload of the interface.

    I’m starting to realize i’m just an unhappy cellphone buyer! Perhaps it’s time I join the me2 iphone users. :P

    • K3redwood

      wats up with the ui bugs?why do you have so many?

      you must do porn or something!!

  • Sensationrules14009

    The Sensation has the best design of any Android phone I’ve ever seen and coming from a vanilla phone (Droid X) and being a vanilla fanboy, I have to say that Sense 3.0 is great. Beats the crap outta Touchwiz, Blur, and LG’s cheap UI.

    • fandroid11

      I agree. I have both a Sensation and EVO 3d. I used to have both the Droid and Droid X. I’ve played with multiple Android phones including the Galaxy S2. The Sensation is my favorite. Sense UI is actually just as good, if not better than vanilla imo.

    • fandroid11

      I agree. I have both a Sensation and EVO 3d. I used to have both the Droid and Droid X. I’ve played with multiple Android phones including the Galaxy S2. The Sensation is my favorite. Sense UI is actually just as good, if not better than vanilla imo.

    • fandroid11

      I agree. I have both a Sensation and EVO 3d. I used to have both the Droid and Droid X. I’ve played with multiple Android phones including the Galaxy S2. The Sensation is my favorite. Sense UI is actually just as good, if not better than vanilla imo.

  • Wooohoooo

    So I live in the hill country of austin, where I’ve only ever gotten 2g on my phones..never 3g and of course never 4g. But I wake up this morning and find I have 4g on my sensation! Even If this is a glitch with networks I’m thrilled :D I don’t know how this is happening but it is only occurring on my phone, I as well have the rocket usb, but not picking up 4g on it.

  • Danishswag

    Not a half bad review, it was pretty thorough. A few things like the screen review was different from other ones. Surprisingly some people actually prefer the G2X’s screen to the sensation’s. I haven’t seen the sensation, but I love my screen.

    What amazes me about the G2X’s screen is the viewing angles, which are much much more than the sensation’s from the videos I’ve seen, and most other phones I’ve seen in person. Sunlight does REALLY suck though for it. 

    Touchscreen issues are fixed with the leaked update, so the official final one will probably fix any real problems. The tegra processor is actually faster than the 1.2 ghz processor, because of the arm architecture. Nvidia uses v9, while the other is v8.

    The take on the camera is spot on, I was happy with the pictures coming from a mytouch 3g, but they’re still nothing like a nokia camera.

    The last final thing that you might not necessarily see not being a developer (not that I really am either to tell the truth) is that LG actually messed with the code a LOT. That’s a large part of the reason for all of the software bugs. Even though it looks like plain android, they messed with it to make the dual core more effective among other things. They did accidentally change one piece of code that leaves engineering mode on, which uses more system resources, thereby using more battery. There’s a patch on XDA, but hopefully LG will fix it with the update for average users.

    Can’t wait to see the Sensation review david

  • Danishswag

    Not a half bad review, it was pretty thorough. A few things like the screen review was different from other ones. Surprisingly some people actually prefer the G2X’s screen to the sensation’s. I haven’t seen the sensation, but I love my screen.

    What amazes me about the G2X’s screen is the viewing angles, which are much much more than the sensation’s from the videos I’ve seen, and most other phones I’ve seen in person. Sunlight does REALLY suck though for it. 

    Touchscreen issues are fixed with the leaked update, so the official final one will probably fix any real problems. The tegra processor is actually faster than the 1.2 ghz processor, because of the arm architecture. Nvidia uses v9, while the other is v8.

    The take on the camera is spot on, I was happy with the pictures coming from a mytouch 3g, but they’re still nothing like a nokia camera.

    The last final thing that you might not necessarily see not being a developer (not that I really am either to tell the truth) is that LG actually messed with the code a LOT. That’s a large part of the reason for all of the software bugs. Even though it looks like plain android, they messed with it to make the dual core more effective among other things. They did accidentally change one piece of code that leaves engineering mode on, which uses more system resources, thereby using more battery. There’s a patch on XDA, but hopefully LG will fix it with the update for average users.

    Can’t wait to see the Sensation review david

  • SmartPhoneAddict

    Did anyone mention the out of box screen shot with the LG G2X? Power button and home key for my fellow Tmodians!

  • SmartPhoneAddict

    Did anyone mention the out of box screen shot with the LG G2X? Power button and home key for my fellow Tmodians!

  • Ha

    This review its Soo damn LATE…. didn’t the g2x came out like 2 months ago??

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Thanks for letting me know the release date, pretty sure we leaked it first. Reviews come when review phones are given, don’t like it, don’t read it. 

  • canttouchthis31

    Having played with both phones, I would go for the Sensation. Best Android phone to date imo.

  • canttouchthis31

    Having played with both phones, I would go for the Sensation. Best Android phone to date imo.

  • geebus

    The G2X is definitely a nice phone. One of the best android phones on the market right now. I got to play with both a G2X and Droid X2 and the G2X was even better than the X2.