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After a few days of using the T-Mobile G2x, I’m generally impressed. It’s the first dual-core handset on T-Mobile and simply flies for most activities. Here’s a video overview of the hardware, along with demos of the browser, 1080p video playback and high-quality gaming.

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Now that Google Android supports video chat on Google Talk, I’m in the market to upgrade my old Nexus One, which has no front-facing camera. Sitting atop the list of contenders is the T-Mobile G2x, currently available for $199 with contract. The G2x is the carrier’s first dual-core handset, powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Between the hardware and the stock Google Android interface, this phone simply flies when compared to my Nexus One — and most of the other Android handsets I’ve used recently.

Everything seems to happen immediately when using the handset. Tap an app, and it’s there. Scroll in a menu or a webpage and it happens. Gaming and video activities really shine. In this overview, I show off a demo of RipTide GP, a Tegra-optimized game that’s arriving soon in the TegraZone market. And the 1080p demo video plays back smoothly, with no lag at all. Stay tuned for a full written review of the G2x, but for now, enjoy the video!

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  1. Lucian Armasu Thursday, May 5, 2011

    LG entered the high-end Android smartphone game a bit late, but I think we’ve just gained another solid player besides HTC, Samsung and Motorola. I think they’ll be able to compete head-on with the other 3.

    I heard LG will make the Nexus 3 for Google and will have a Tegra 3 chip. An author from AndroidAndMe said he had some kind of inside tip. It would make sense, since LG is now a good Android manufacturer, too, and it would be their turn to be helped by Google with their products. Motorola got Droid 1 and Xoom, Samsung got Nexus S and HTC Nexus One. The Tegra 3 rumor would also make sense since Google is very tight with Nvidia now, and LG might want to break another Guinness Book record, this time with a quad core phone :).

    Also, perhaps Google listened to the negative feedback on Nexus S, that it didn’t set the tone for new hardware the way Nexus One did. I’d say having a quad core chip in Nexus 3 would set that tone quite nicely.

  2. Raymond Padilla Friday, May 6, 2011

    I’m curious to see what kind of battery life you get on the G2X. For the first few days I was getting about nine hours. I noticed that the phone kept switching between WCDMA and EDGE. After changing the radio settings to WCDMA only, my average is now roughly 14.5 hours. It’s a great solution for T-Mobile customers that live in an area with strong 3G/4G coverage, but other users will have to suffer poor battery life until a firmware update is issued.

    1. Yup, I’ve noticed some funky signal issues: the phone drops from 4G to 2G and back again in known coverage areas. That’s sure to hit the battery life and I’m hoping to see a firmware / baseband update to address. I may manually change my radio settings, but I didn’t want to do that for review purposes as most people won’t know how to do that.

  3. I was looking to get a couple of batteries for my T-mobile G2x and I come across this link in ebay, so I was wondering if anyone has try this battery yet, please reply to my post on http://www.G2XForums.com it seems to be good but this is the only store that has it and I can’t find any info about it.

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