The upcoming T-Mobile G2 has been sized up with its competition, and on paper, it actually doesn’t help the successor to the world’s first Android phone. Sure, there are many great features that the phone will have, but many of the devices listed alongside it simply look superior.
The main draws for the T-Mobile G2 are that it’s the first HSPA+ device that’s able to take full advantage of the carrier’s new network. The fact that it ships with Android 2.2 Froyo is also something that will draw people to it, but with many of the existing Android 2.1 phones receiving the Froyo update, it’s become less important. The closest rival to the G2 is the Motorola Droid 2, which bests it slightly in screen resolution and onboard storage out of the box. When you compare the Droid X with the G2, the better camera, bigger screen size, HDMI port, and more internal memory definitely make the Droid X a tough competitor.
Of course, the G2 isn’t the loser in the lineup, as the T-Mobile G1 is also found in this list. Yes, the G2 is quite a solid upgrade from the G1, but no one is really counting that since you’ve got the EVO 4G and iPhone 4 in this list as well. In fact, if you take the G1 off the list completely, its successor comes with the lowest amount of internal memory, which isn’t a deal breaker since you can use a bigger MicroSD card. Still, media buffs may want to throw multiple movies on their device, and even though 4 GBs should offer a good bit of storage, especially with an 8GB MicroSD card pre-installed as well, people will likely just be looking at numbers.
I recently wrote an article asking if the G2 could compete with the Android elite, and my final conclusion was that it could. It may not be the most powerful phone around, but it’s made by HTC, and they are known to make solid phones. I doubt this device will be any different.
In the end, I’ll be very happy with the G2, as I don’t need all the bells and whistles that are available on some of the smartphones of today. Some may be nice to have, but the lack of such features just aren’t deal breakers to me. The only thing I wished different of the G2 is that the keyboard had a dedicated number row and the screen was bumped up to 4 inches.
So what do you think about the comparison above? Do you think it helps or hurts the G2?