Winning several reviewer awards and the Best of CTIA Award for 2011, the T-Mobile G2x is the shining star of the T-Mobile lineup. Its sturdy design is "big without feeling big, and weighty without feeling heavy," says Jerry Hildenbrand of AndroidCentral.com, and it has a spec sheet that leaves other smartphones "shaking in their boots," according to Todd Haselton of BGR.com. The G2x boasts a blazingly fast dual-core processor, good call quality and HSPA+ (4G) data speeds, in addition to an 8-megapixel camera and 1080p high-def video recording capabilities. Though the 4-inch touch screen is less vivid than the Super AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (*Est. $100) and the qHD on the Motorola Atrix 4G (*Est. $100), it still offers "rich colors and great graphics," says Nicole Lee of CNET.
The G2x's NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz dual-core processor is the "life of the party," says Myriam Joire of Engadget.com. It excels at most multitasking situations and plays games and video without lag. Adding to the G2x's speed is the stock Android 2.3 user interface that's sure to please Android fans, reviewers say.
The G2x's 8-megapixel camera is a "gem in the rough," according to Joire, and offers a multitude of manual settings. "In the hands of a true photobug," says Hildenbrand, "the pictures should be of excellent quality," while for someone using all automatic settings the results will still be "really good." Video recording at 1080p is good, though some reviewers feel recording at 720p resolution offers better results. DLNA and HDMI mirroring allow users to play back videos on their HDTV.
Call quality is "crystal clear," says Haselton. Battery life proves average for a premium smartphone, with reviewers making it through a full day at moderate use and Lee reporting 6 hours and 31 minutes of continuous talk time. HSPA+ technology is not as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, but still offers quick downloads and is "nothing to sneeze at," says Sascha Segan of PCMag.com. Overall, reviewers find few flaws with the G2x and its performance. "The sleek and speedy G2x delivers the best Android experience you can find," Segan says.
CNET runs the G2x through several tests and compares its screen to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and the Motorola Atrix 4G. PCMag.com offers the same general roundup, but makes more comparisons between the G2x and other smartphones. Engadget.com, BGR.com and SlashGear.com offer basic reviews of hardware and software, with multiple images and example videos. AndroidCentral.com offers the most thorough look at the G2x, breaking the review down into sections such as Usability and Hackability Factor.
Nicole Lee gives the G2x 4 out of 5 stars, a rating of Excellent. She lists its dual-core processor, "sharp" design, HSPA+ speeds and multimedia features as its good points, while bad points include photo and call quality that could be slightly improved.
Review: T-Mobile G2x, Nicole Lee, April 18, 2011
Giving the G2x 4.5 out of 5 stars, Sascha Segan says that it's the "fastest, smoothest Android smartphone available today."
Review: T-Mobile G2x with Google, Sascha Segan, April 26, 2011
Myriam Joire notes how the G2x "strikes an impressive balance between powerful, quality hardware, and stock, undiluted software" and concludes that while the Galaxy S 4G may have the better display, the G2x is T-Mobile's new flagship.
Review: T-Mobile G2x Review, Myriam Joire, April 20, 2011
Calling the G2x "one of the best Android phones to date," Jerry Hildenbrand states that the only thing missing from a "completely subjective point of view" is a Super AMOLED Plus display, though the G2x's display is "very nice in its own right."
Review: T-Mobile G2x Review, Jerry Hildenbrand, May 16, 2011
Todd Haselton calls the G2x the "creme de la creme of smartphones on T-Mobile USA" due to its fast processor, gaming capabilities and HSPA+ data speeds.
Review: T-Mobile G2x Review, Todd Haselton, April 18, 2011
Calling it the "best Android device in the carrier's current line-up," Vincent Nguyen points out that the unmodified Android OS and Tegra 2 processor make the G2x a "future-proofed handset" for upcoming upgrades.
Review: T-Mobile G2x Review, Vincent Nguyen, April 20, 2011