The issues are few and far between on this powerful slider.
I've spent the last five days playing with T-Mobile's new G2 Android smartphone. It is Senseless (in a good way) Android 2.2 in a slider keyboard format, similar in size/form factor to the Motorola Droid and Droid 2. It has a sharp 5 MP shooter with bright flash, a 3.7 inch bright LCD display and an optical scroll. T-Mobile touts it as its first HSPA+ device sold in the U.S. That means at the moment it is the fastest phone in New York City (because Sprint's 4G hasn't shown up yet).
The device is heavy at 6.5 ounces and feels incredibly solid. That can be good if you don't mind the extra weight or bad if the heavy feel isn't you're thing. Most people won't mind (or notice?) the extra weight and after a few hours of use, I'd forgotten about it.
If I had to describe it in just a few words, I'd say: Take a Nexus One and add a slider keyboard to the back and replace the trackpad with an optical scroll. You'd be 90% of the way to the G2.
The way this keyboard flips out is its big differentiator. Check the video below:
From looking at its mechanism, you'd think this would be a flimsy joint. It definitely isn't and it has a nice flick lock like the old Sidekicks used to do. The open/close is fun to play with and has survived a few drops and a lots of flips over the past week. More
For those of us who want a pure experience, the way Google intended, we now have an(other) option.
Like most people, I hate those skins that manufacturers put on top of Android to try to differentiate their product. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer phones are coming out without some sort of manufacturer overlay to dilute that experience.
Thankfully, T-Mobile, the carrier that originally took a chance with Android, offering the G1 almost two MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 24, 2010 2:51 PM ET
Another Android flagship phone will be first to use T-Mobile's HSPA+ network.
T-Mobile launched the first Android mobile phone, the G1 or HTC Dream, on October 28, 2008. It was put out to pasture last month but it looks like T-Mobile has something to fill that void.
T-Mobile has put up a teaser site for a new 'G2'.
The site only says that the G2 will be the first phone on T-Mobile's MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 18, 2010 9:04 AM ET
After matching the iPhone nearly hit for hit in its first five months on the market, Google's (GOOG) Android has fallen behind the pace set by Apple's (AAPL) smartphone in terms of its presence on the Web, according to a report issued Monday.
"Android and the iPhone's browsing usage share upon launch were nearly identical for the first few months," the Web metrix firm Net Applications reports. "However, May numbers show MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 1, 2009 8:10 AM ET
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