T-Mobile G2 vs HTC Nexus One [video]

T-Mobile G2 and a Google Nexus One
T-Mobile G2 and a Google Nexus One

We listened to your tweets, and we now have a quick comparison video between the new T-Mobile G2 and the Google Nexus One. The G2 is the only other decent Android phone on the market to ship with stock Android, so those who have longed for a keyboard on their Nexus One, this video is for you.

The major difference between the two devices is obviously the G2’s QWERTY keyboard that takes advantage of HTC’s new “Z hinge” mechanism. The keyboard on the G2 is a dream to type on, but we’re still questioning if we like the hinge on the thing. The Nexus One has to make do with Android’s virtual keyboard, which isn’t exactly the best experience for long-form typers. Thankfully there are alternatives you can take advantage of, and Google’s recent acquisition of BlindType may make this a non-issue in future Android versions. We can only hope. Since the G2 does have a physical keyboard, expect this thing to be a bit thicker, and much heavier at that.

Both devices are running Froyo, with the Nexus One on Android 2.2.1 and the G2 on Android 2.2. There’s very little difference between the two versions, and you likely won’t notice any difference. That said, the biggest difference you will notice on the G2 is that it is pre-loaded with many more Google applications than you’d find on the Nexus One. Some might consider this just an increase in bloatware, but at least they aren’t carrier-specific apps. I don’t really mind the extra apps, but I will probably remove them as soon as the G2 gets a decent root method going on.

As far as hardware goes, both share similar design aesthetics. Both have uni-body metal frames, with the G2 obviously being much larger than the Nexus One. Both also share 5 megapixel cameras with a single LED flash, and both have their good and bad moments in imaging. I have yet to really put the G2’s camera through its paces, but you can expect a more in-depth description of the camera in the upcoming review.

One thing that T-Mobile’s new handset does sport that you won’t find on the Nexus One is a dedicated camera button, which may appeal to some, but for me it’s not really a necessity. Another difference you’ll see between the two is that HTC chose to give the G1 successor an optical trackpad rather than the Nexus One’s trackball, both of which use an LED notification light to indicate missed calls and messages. While I still prefer the trackball, the trackpad is very sensitive and I could see it growing on me after a while.

The biggest potential sticking point with the G2 is that it sports a 800MHz Qualcomm chipset where the Nexus One comes with a 1GHz CPU. But, we have to say that clock speed doesn’t seem to mean much in this comparison, seeing as how the G2 uses a new-generation Snapdragon processor whereas the N1 is stuck on the older silicon. Why don’t you check it out in the video below and see for yourselves!

  • Unfortunately, the other major difference is that the Nexus One can be used on AT&T’s 3G network (if you bought the right one) whereas the G2 (and the unbranded Desire Z) both lack support for AT&T’s 3G network, so you’d be stuck on EDGE. Aside from that one little niggle, I’d have already bought a G2/Desire Z.

    Also, Paul O’Brien (MoDaCo) stated on Twitter the other day that the G2 and Desire Z ROMs should be interchangeable – meaning as soon as they have the ability to load up a custom recovery on the G2, you’ll be able to slap Sense UI on it, if you prefer.

    • david

      there’s desire Zs with 850/1900 mhz 3G in the wild. i guess canadian roger

  • Shannon

    The other important difference is that the G2 comes with tethering crippled. It’s not fast enough to use as a primary means of internet access, but the other week in Brooklyn post-tornado I was able to tether for a little while before we got power and internet restored. Priceless.

  • T

    I was at a T-Mobile store looking for a Android phone for my girlfriend yesterday. Recently my girlfriend said that she was tried of her Blackberry Curve and asked if she could use my other N1 phone. Since I had a second N1 phone which I purchased for obsolesce reasons when I heard Google terminated sales prematurely It was a hard choice to make..let my girlfriend have my back up N1 phone or find something else. Well after careful thought and consideration we went shopping. While shopping I took a good look and feel at the G2 and Samsung phones. The first author is right the G2 will not suffice if your out in the country like me were the only tower near me lacks 3G and even G. It also figures that HTC got away from the N1 design. This phone just looks like another boxy looking smart phone. Why do cell phone makers follow the same path as most car makers..they all look alike. But, I have to say the N1 is different and still rules. I’m not even talking iphone anymore, who are they ha! T-Mobile, Google and HTC hear my words N1 design and shape is a artifact. A artifact of opulence, sleek, conservative, executive and beyond the bench mark of artistic design. If you want my patronage in the future keep the looks exactly the same, only the internals need improvements but I’m basing this on evolution only the technology is already a superior achievement. Thank you.

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