T-Mobile G2 / HTC Magic / Google Ion / MyTouch 3G Review


28.05.2009

The HTC Magic smartphone is also called Google Ion or T-Mobile G2 and it bring a lot of improvements, being better than the T-Mobile G1 ( HTC Dream ). The T-Mobile G2 hasn’t been released yet, but this cellphone has the same hardware and software as the release versions, which will probably be only a bit improved, with some Android updates.

Display

T-Mobile G2′s display seems better than the one used in G1, producing better white. Also it seems to be blue-er than the G1. The touchscreen is much better now, being more responsive, HTC has surely learnt a lesson from the Dream.

The display is capacitive, just like the G1 and iPhone, so keys pop-up when pressed, so the user can see what he types.

Software

The Android 1.5 Cupcake has been improved a lot, it offers more control over the emails in Gmail and the interface looks better. Fortunately for the G1 users, the Android 1.5 Cupcake is being distributed right now over the air to all of them. You don’t have to switch to landscape now to extend the keyboard, because the G2 features an accelerometer and the wide keyboard will open automatically.

The switch from and to landscape view is not very fast, but features a fade effect which makes it less disturbing. The landscape keyboard seems to work in all applications that need a keyboard, which is just great. Letter recognition seems to be pretty good and intuitive, but sometimes the phone won’t react on key presses. Unfortunately, you might have problems when typing fast, especially with the space key.

The G2 features an auto-complete software, that can help you when you need to type long words, being pretty accurate, with a good dictionary. We can’t compare the G2′s keyboard with a physical one, but it’s pretty good.

Of course it uses the Android web browser, developed on Webkit, which is quite good and easy to navigate with. It still comes with all Google’s applications.

Hardware

The T-Mobile G2 weights 4.09 ounces, while G1 weighted 5.6 ounces, which is a bit of a difference. The G2 is also slimmer and offer a nice sensation when holding it in the hand. It’s design is much better and there is one more hardware button, search.

It features a 1340mAh battery ( G1 had a 1150mAh one ), which should have a lifetime of 400 minutes talk time. A2DP comes standard with the Android 1.5 Cupcake, so G1 users should have it too now. It has the same 3.2 MP camera as the G1, but due to Cupcake it can record videos like it should, photos are decent, if there’s enough light.

It’s a bit faster than the G1 due to the 512MB ROM and 288MB RAM, but the difference isn’t enormous. The 3.5mm standard audio jack is still missed, so you can’t use your headphones. The microSD memory card slot is under the battery cover, so you have to open it to swap the card, but fortunatelly you don’t have to get the battery out.

Conclusion

The T-Mobile G2 is better than the G1, it has a longer battery lifetime, it’s lighter, thinner, and faster. The only thing it lacks is the QWERTY keyboard, but the touchscreen one is pretty good. It’s design won’t make it to the top, but it’s way better than G1′s, which was pretty ugly, in my opinion.

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