T-Mobile G2 Preorder at Best Buy Starts Today

Aching to get the new T-Mobile G2 when it launches on October 6? Want to make sure this Android device doesn’t slip through your fingers due to stock shortages? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you can and should preorder the device from Best Buy today.

The mega electronics retailer will be offering the G2 for $200 with a two-year contract, and if you’re thinking of grabbing one off contract, you might want to wait until you can snap one up from T-Mobile. Best Buy will be dishing these out for around $600-700 at full retail price. What do you expect? It’s in it for the contracts.

So now you have an Android device as plain as it comes with no custom user interface. It has a physical keyboard and the G2 will be speeding right along with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which is capable of theoretical top speeds of 21Mbps download, although the G2 is built for a theoretical top speed of 14.4Mbps. Still, that’s retardedly fast. Oh, but what’s that one thing that might be causing you to have second thoughts? The 800MHz Snapdragon chipset? Can the T-Mobile G2 hold its own against other Android devices?

I thought I’d take a moment here to add that raw processing power isn’t everything, and 800MHz is plenty fine for stock Android 2.2. The Qualcomm MSM7x30 family of chips are amazing, and the MSM7230 found in the G2 also contains the Adreno 205 GPU which offers:

  • Hardware-accelerated SVG and Adobe Flash®
  • Significant improvements in shader performance over Adreno 200 GPU
  • Streaming textures that can combine video, camera, SVG and other image surfaces with 3D graphics

Want to see the MSM7x30, the chipset that will be in the G2, powering four simultaneous videos, rendering 3D graphics, at 30 frames-per-second without even a hiccup? Check out the video below.

[Via: Best Buy]

  • Jim Leary

    The Best Buy pre-order deal was a bust. I went to my Best Buy store and waited in line for an hour. When it was finally my turn, they said, “We don’t carry T-Mobile at this store; only Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.” So I called Best Buy Mobile and asked if I could pre-order it over the phone and was told, “Sure, let me check with my Supervisor because I’ve never done this before.” The rep came back and said, “We don’t carry T-Mobile at this time but we will at the end of the month so you won’t be able to pre-order the phone today.” I will wait for T-Mobile to make it available to me.

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