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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!

  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.

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  2. 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.

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    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.

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  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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