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Hands-on with the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone

The T-Mobile G2 is the newest Android device on T-Mobile and supports their new HSPA+ high speed data network. The G2 is made by HTC, but is flavored with Google apps and utilities. The unique hinge mechanism reveals a full QWERTY keyboard.
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The T-Mobile G2 is the newest Android device on T-Mobile and supports their new HSPA+ high speed data network. The G2 is made by HTC, but is flavored with Google apps and utilities. The unique hinge mechanism reveals a full QWERTY keyboard.

Check out full first impressions article on the Smartphones & Cell Phones blog.

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You will find a stereo headset, USB cable, A/C adapter, and various guides and pamphlets in the box.

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The G2 has a 3.7 inch display and center optical trackpad.

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The back has a slick design with metal and soft touch mix.

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The G2 has a metal back battery cover while the camera and flash are off center.

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The volume button and microUSB port are found on the left side.

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A power button and the 3.5mm headset jack are placed on the top of the G2.

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A back battery lock switch and dedicated camera capture button are found on the right side.

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The keyboard is revealed from under the display and the three metal customizable buttons are easily visible.

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You can see the left customizable button and other key buttons on the QWERTY keyboard.

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Two more customizable buttons are on the right while we have another alt and shift button as well.

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The keys have good spacing and tactile feedback.

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The hinge allows the display to swing up and over the top of the device before landing back down.

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After shifting up and over, the display is now flush with the keyboard.

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The Touch Pro 2 had one of the best QWERTY keyboards available and as you can see in the comparison it still does.

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The G2 keyboard is good, but still not quite as good as the Touch Pro 2.

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