T-Mobile G2x Hands-On and Unboxing [Video]

April 15, 2011
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Oh my goodness look at this amazing smartphone right here. This is the same phone we got to have a brief hands-on with back at CTIA at the Hawaiian Luau aka Pepcom. Now we've been sent out very own in the mail and it's oh so sweet to behold. Inside you're going to find a Vanilla version of Android 2.2 Froyo (that meaning no mods from T-Mobile, just pure Googly goodness,) on the outside you're going to find front and back facing cameras including a fat 8 megapixel on the back - and smoothness. Simple designs breed simply awesome experiences, if I do say so myself.

And guess what's inside? An NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz AP20H dual-core processor! What do you know? We've certainly got a fabulously powerful experience just waiting for us inside this little piece of monster. It's got a 4-inch WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen display, it weighs in at 5 ounces flat, and its got HDMI out for mirroring of your favorite content to larger screens - win. There's 8GB of internal memory, a microSD slot that allows a card up to 32GB in size, and it's a Quad-band GSM world phone: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz. Hot!

The only additions to the regular set of Google-placed apps in this phone are the following: Need for Speed Shift HD, DTS Ultra Mobile (DTS Envelo and DTS Boost – for an enhanced audio experience [NOT AN APP from what I understand thus far],) a demo version of N.O.V.A. (we've got the full version lying around here somewhere so don't worry, if we show it, it'll be full,) T-Mobile TV (live TV on-demand,) Zinio (magazine app,) and Qik (for video chat.) I estimate immediately that the average consumer will try one or two of these, continuing to use Qik pretty constantly (or switching to Skype when it becomes available,) and rocking pretty hard on the driving game.

Have a look here at some nice close-up photos of the device and let us know in the comments section or by emailing [email protected] what you'd like to know about the device - and we'll find out for you!

BONUS from our sister site SlashGear: 3D hands-on!

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  • Anonymous

    Pop an AT&T SIM card in it and run a speed test using mobile data and let us know if it truly does AT&T 3G data.

  • Anonymous

    Pop an AT&T SIM card in it and run a speed test using mobile data and let us know if it truly does AT&T 3G data.

  • Anonymous

    Pop an AT&T SIM card in it and run a speed test using mobile data and let us know if it truly does AT&T 3G data.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      i definitely will – today probably

      • http://twitter.com/xguntherc Cory (xguntherc)

        I hate you chris. I ordered mine, be here Monday… but no you got one already! lol

        oh and how do you like it?

      • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

        its so nice. feels so good man.

      • http://twitter.com/xguntherc Cory (xguntherc)

        I hate you chris. I ordered mine, be here Monday… but no you got one already! lol

        oh and how do you like it?

      • Anonymous

        Any word on the AT&T HSPA?

  • Anonymous

    see if a wiimote can connect to it? I have been dieing for a killer phone that can connect to a TV and use a wiimote for some traveling retro gaming!!!

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      ill see if i can get my hands on a wiimote first

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1060836854 Randall Ainsworth

    I’m assuming that’s the flash below the lens on the back.

    Who’s the design genius that thought that up? Flash below the lens results in a Halloween effect…not flattering. But hey, it’s a phone…and I’ll be picking mine up on Wednesday.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      lol

    • http://twitter.com/DrHotmann Jordan Hotmann

      I think it’s designed to be used sideways

  • Hamsterhead

    I second testing an At&T sim card.

  • Anonymous

    ooh, cant wait for the review.

  • Ness

    It doesn’t come with an hdmi cable?

    • Anonymous

      Not according to the T-Mo site: http://goo.gl/6DT7o

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

        all i see is this…
        What’s in the box?
        USB Cable
        Battery
        Charger

        not sure what you’re seeing.

      • Blahbot90

        What I think he’s referring to is that they said they were going to add an HDMI cable. But I guess they decided not to?

      • Anonymous

        Actually I was just answering his question:

        Q: “It doesn’t come with an HDMI cable?”

        A: Not according to the T-Mo site.

      • Ness

        His, I’m a female Lol, but thanks for the heads up guys. Just ordered one on amazon just in case.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

        hi. i’m a male.

      • Carolinacaptains

        Lol!

      • Anonymous

        Sorry – it was a generic “his”, not a gender-specific “his”. :)

      • Anonymous

        Sorry – it was a generic “his”, not a gender-specific “his”. :)

      • Ness

        His, I’m a female Lol, but thanks for the heads up guys. Just ordered one on amazon just in case.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      nope. no cable in there man. no cable at all! but hdmi cables should be becoming plentiful soon if now already out there in abundance – right? i know i have about 3 or 4 now

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

      i just got mine from amazon today….15 foot micro hdmi to hdmi….17 bucks. now i can kick back on the couch and play angry birds on my 58 inch plasma from 12 feet away.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mspiccia Massimiliano Spiccia

    Hi to all. My name is Massimiliano (aka Pigeonblood) and i’m a blogger for one of the most known italian blog that treat Android most of all but not only. Our password is “The human sense of technology”. I don’t know if it is possible to link our URL and i will wait for your permit. I would like to let you know that i just wrote an article on my blog linking this your one to let to our users know what the american think about this beast. I tested the LG 2x almost two months ago thanks to LG Italy and in my country, in this moment, it is one of the most sold Android device. I will appreciate too much to share my article with you if it is possible. Thanks in advance and good job.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      orly

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      orly

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sarav Saravanan Chandrasekar

    any links for getting the phone at full price? can’t seem to find any..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

      as far as i know, only existing customers can get it at full price….for now at least. ordered mine at midnight last night.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

      as far as i know, only existing customers can get it at full price….for now at least. ordered mine at midnight last night.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

    what’s the ringtone volume like? is it decent? i’ve read several people saying the speakers suck. i can’t imagine why seeing as how there’s two of them. have you tested the gps? experienced any bugs?

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      those people are insane. the speakers are magnificent. havn’t tested gps, and no bugs so far

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

        thanks. that’s what i figured.

    • lavajoe

      One thing to note: there are not two speakers on the bottom – just one. The other is the microphone, even though both openings/meshes look the same. Some people assumed these were stereo speakers – not so; I tested that theory yesterday.

    • lavajoe

      One thing to note: there are not two speakers on the bottom – just one. The other is the microphone, even though both openings/meshes look the same. Some people assumed these were stereo speakers – not so; I tested that theory yesterday.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

    what’s the ringtone volume like? is it decent? i’ve read several people saying the speakers suck. i can’t imagine why seeing as how there’s two of them. have you tested the gps? experienced any bugs?

  • http://profiles.google.com/mspiccia Massimiliano Spiccia

    You’re right Chris. Speakers sounds very well. The only thing is a small volume difference between music and ringtones. I tested GPS with Navigon Crazythunder: fix in 10 sec om my lunch room and much fast on the road. One of the best GPS i ever tried

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

      thanks for the info. appreciate it. mine should be here monday or tuesday.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mspiccia Massimiliano Spiccia

    You’re right Chris. Speakers sounds very well. The only thing is a small volume difference between music and ringtones. I tested GPS with Navigon Crazythunder: fix in 10 sec om my lunch room and much fast on the road. One of the best GPS i ever tried

  • http://profiles.google.com/mspiccia Massimiliano Spiccia

    Excuse me but i didn’t know it is forbidden add links.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mspiccia Massimiliano Spiccia

    Excuse me but i didn’t know it is forbidden add links.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      you’re excused

  • http://ranti.wordpress.com ranti

    Curious if it comes with some kind of a screen reader?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

      a screen reader?

      • http://ranti.wordpress.com ranti

        An app usually for blind or visually impaired person. This app would read out loud the thing displayed on the screen.

      • Crazythunder1968

        oh, i SEE , pun intended

      • http://ranti.wordpress.com ranti

        An app usually for blind or visually impaired person. This app would read out loud the thing displayed on the screen.

  • http://ranti.wordpress.com ranti

    Curious if it comes with some kind of a screen reader?

  • TrevTron

    Looks like abuncha SickNasty!! (cooler then cool).. I have a G1 and then about a week ago it broke for 3rd time in 17 months… as in pixels not displaying right and wont even turn on. (They offered a replacemnt phone mytounch). I’m on a 2 year contract ends in Aug 2011(soon) and thinking i might just get this now.
    Im currently using a Nokia 3310 thats holds 30 messages haha!

    sooo..

    G2X or Nexus X???

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      its phat

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      i dont know until i get the other

  • Blahbot90

    So what was really the difference between this and the european version? I mean what was the point of this ridiculous wait if they didn’t change anything…? FCC approval?

    • Anonymous

      The T-Mo version adds the 1700MHz AWS frequencies for high speed data. The Optimus 2x (the european version) only uses 900MHz and 2100MHz for UMTS (http://goo.gl/YxJPT)

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

      Vanilla..less lag w/ less bloat.. faster updates

      • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

        truth

      • Blahbot90

        But in terms of hardware changes, there are none? I really was hoping for a notification light…

      • Blahbot90

        Wouldn’t Vanilla be easier to implement than LG’s software…?

    • AD

      Well one thing the US version has that the UK version doesn’t is the 4G speeds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mejordanwight Jordan Wight

    I could not find the answer to these questions in the specs of the phone on t-mobile’s website:

    Does the G2x have an LCD or LED screen? How is the resolution and color of the screen?

    Does it have gorilla glass? I have heard gorilla glass is really hard to get scratched, and won’t break easily when you drop it.

    How sensitive is the screen to touch? I have some friends that when I try using their android I have to press the buttons like 5 times.

    How smooth is the software? Does it run well? I have heard the European version has had some problems, and some apps crash.

    Does it have visual voicemail?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mejordanwight Jordan Wight

    I could not find the answer to these questions in the specs of the phone on t-mobile’s website:

    Does the G2x have an LCD or LED screen? How is the resolution and color of the screen?

    Does it have gorilla glass? I have heard gorilla glass is really hard to get scratched, and won’t break easily when you drop it.

    How sensitive is the screen to touch? I have some friends that when I try using their android I have to press the buttons like 5 times.

    How smooth is the software? Does it run well? I have heard the European version has had some problems, and some apps crash.

    Does it have visual voicemail?

    • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

      the LG optimus 2x has gorilla glass according to cornings site. This is … from what i’ve read… the same phone minus a few minor details. http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/#featured-products

    • Carolinacaptains

      Visual voicemail is considered the norm on just about any Android, currently or there are multiple 3rd party apps to download. Enjoy your 1ST Android, newbie!

      • http://www.facebook.com/mejordanwight Jordan Wight

        thanks!

    • Anonymous

      G2X has an LCD IPS screen and it beats even AMOLED screens.

      It does have Gorilla glass. Touch screen sensitivity is not an issue.

      The software on it is fine. I did not like this phone and I was trying to find problems on it but I have to say it’s a really good phone. At this link you can find a 15 minute youtube review, see for yourself:
      http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=40455

      • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

        agree on all points

      • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

        agree on all points

      • http://www.facebook.com/mejordanwight Jordan Wight

        why did you not like the phone?

  • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

    im curious… does anyone really care about unboxings anymore? I mean… a usb cable is a usb cable… a sim card is a sim card… a battery is… well a battery. Lets just have it charged, start recording and show us the juicy stuff… like what this cool hyped up phone can do :) just saying

    • http://twitter.com/JonGarrett2009 Jon Garrett

      unboxing are boring when they talk about USB cables and chargers. but for me, unboxing lets me get a good look at the device itself. Im an iphone 4 user but Im totally committed to buying an Android tablet. If I could ever find a truly beautiful Android phone, Id get one to run along side my i4 until Im weaned. unboxing videos helps me a lot in this decision.

      • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

        unboxings where they just show the contents of the box i find to be less than exciting or helpful – thats why we go another step and pop off the battery cover, turn the phone on, show the loading screen, and etc. also the video is part of a whole which also includes photos which are much more interesting on the whole

  • http://www.facebook.com/shravan.kumar.a Shravan Kumar

    The t-mo site specifies FM radio, but I haven’t seen the FM app anywhere in any of the videos of the G2x so far. Can you pls test it out if it is there ?

  • Sm0k3d

    Does the phone have an Led indicator?

  • Sm0k3d

    Does the phone have an Led indicator?

    • Crazythunder1968

      no

  • Anonymous

    i actually love this problem,only problem ive had is the ringer volume,does anyone else have this problem?i have to set it on max or atleast 90%.maybe shouldnt have volume rocker just max or min..if anyone has a solution or a way to improve please respond to me..