G2 Lives, But Is It Worth It?

Of course, for all the Android OS lovers, something long awaited has arrived. As the successor to the very first Android device, the G1, the G2 has considerable hype behind it as it has some big shoes to fill, but does it really stack up against the current competition? Is it worth having the G-series tag on it?

From what I am seeing around the web, the G2 arrival has many #teamandroid members going gaga (no lady included) but just as many others who swear by Android say it fails to impress them.

Contrary to popular belief, the main issue people are having with this device isn’t the 800MHz processor in a world of 1 GHz monsters. It’s the fact that people feel it was just an undershot. No 1GHz processor? Okay, but they have a new high performance, high efficiency chipset. No front facing camera? No flashy gimmicks? No cool new groundbreaking toys? Some feel it fails to compare to the EVO and Droid series.

Many others feel that the G2 is just like the G1, bare-boned. No flashy gimmicks or crap options that you won’t care about or use in real-world scenarios. Just pure powerhouse (or about as much power as 800MHz and a new chipset can’t hump into your hand). Others find issues in aesthetics. The keyboard for instance, is said to have a rubbery cheap feel atop the fact that there are only four rows, unlike the G1’s spacious 5 row keypad. One of the main complaints is the fact that this T-Mobile device is supposed to be able to handle 4G speeds. T-Mobile customers feel that magenta should first maybe, who knows, work on their 3G coverage before they try to climb the ladder with devices specified and worthy of doing something that their network is not necessarily up to. I can say that here in New York City, I do get 4G(ish) HSPA+ speeds. I have a rooted MyTouch 3G running a CyanogenMod ROM and I have gotten my “H” on. Perhaps that was a glitch or something to make me feel special about my crappy device, but that’s not the topic right now.

I won’t get into specifics, since I haven’t really been too in touch with the Android world since I haven’t had one of their devices since the MyTouch 3G, but what do you think? Is it a fail? Is it a win? Or is it just not even sparking enough to register on your radar. Feel free to comment below.


iPhone and Siblings To Get Wireless Printing

Yet again, iOS gets all the cool stuff before the rest of the universe. This dish is based on the operating system, iOS and its 4.2 update which should touch down in November.

Have you ever found a website on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and thought, “Damn, I wish I could just print this!”

Swear no more, Apple junkies, for iOS 4.2 will have wireless printer support via Bluetooth!

I do believe the feature will be known as AirPrint and it sounds pretty promising. Not only will you be able to print, but you will have many of the controls you do from the average PC.

  • Print que
  • Print range
  • Single/double-sided printing

Those are some that I’ve heard of. I’m assuming they will also have landscape/portrait controls as well. So to all the Apple fans out there, you won’t have to wait too long. iOS 4 should be reaching an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad near you some time in November. Get ready for it!

T-Mobile G2 w. Google Info Released

This morning T-Mobile USA has finally revealed some more in-depth specifications on their newest Android software based device, the G2. The G2 follows the course of its predecessor, the G1. What makes this phone so special is that it will be T-Mobile’s first device to truly function on its new HSPA+ network. This means that it will function at speeds faster than 3G, while technically, not 4G either although T-Mobile assures it will be able to function “at 4G speeds”. In essence, we could call it 3.5G, I’d say.

On T-Mobiles dedicated G2 page they have a picture of the device (seen above) as well as a description. Unlike when Google dropped the Nexus One and gave the better deal to new customers, T-Mobile is staying loyal to their faithful by giving current customers exclusive access to pre-orders which begin later this month.

Specs on the G2 include:

  • Android 2.2
  • Snapdragon (not the Scorpion we all thought) MSM 7230 processor
  • 800 MHz CPU (most hope this is an under-clocked 1 GHz)
  • High Definition video camera capable of recording 720p videos
  • 5 MP camera with flash and auto-focus
  • 4 GB internal memory, with an included 8 GB memory card (supports up to 32 GB external memory)
  • Adobe Flash enabled web browser and much more

More details will come of the device soon. For now, I think that the long awaited G2 should be just like the first – simple, sleek, and kick ass minus plenty gimmicks. Plenty of Android users are disappointed with this device. Complaints stem from things like it being less than 1 GHz, although numbers aren’t everything, to the fact that it has no front facing camera. I guess everyone wants FaceTime now. I believe the G2 will still have amazing sales. Far better than the other company that tried to do something revolutionary, Research In Motion, with it’s BlackBerry Torch 9800 which, to me, screams epic fail. Android fans unite and still have the most close-knit mobile community out there. I’m sure many will be ready to root this device and throw on a brand spanking new ROM on it that will push it to it’s limits. Rock on rooters!

To see more details on and a closer look at the T-Mobile G2 with Google please visit T-Mobiles shop site here.

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