10.01.2010

The problem with wanting new tech.

I bought the new TMobile G2 and its great but it doesnt exactly beat out my Nexus One by much. I've always considered myself pretty harsh about my reviews on phones. Like the failure known as the TYTN II from HTC aka the tilt from AT&T. That phone failed every way possible and i paid close to a grand for it. I had it months before it came out stateside. To this day i still badmouth that piece of junk. Anyway, I got my new phone as a preorder a week early. It made me extremely happy as my N1 felt like it was getting long in the tooth.

Just so you know, if i have a phone longer than 6 months its a phone I approve of i.e. G1, nexus one, imate jam, etc.

I was happy with the G2 as a successor to my N1, but then i started to use it normally. Today is the second day of use and I'm already thinking this phone is going to last a max of 3 months until I buy my next. Why?

1. Advertised to have 4gbs of internal memory.
Using Android System Info, I've found it is more around 1.5gbs. Not cool. I'd understand 2-3gbs but 1.5gbs? WTF?

2. The hinge is effin awesome until you turn the phone upside down. Then the thing opens and turns on. I can see how QA could have missed this, but I'm still not happy with it.

3. The hardware camera button sucks just like all the other phones I've used. The software button doesnt lag and it works better than the hardware button. I'm used to it so I got over that pretty quick. Not really.

4. The "vanilla" os is not so vanilla. I have a feeling it will be the closest anyone will get. Little things like the Market and settings have been modified. I can say this because the only phone to have a vanilla android os has been the Nexus One.

These gripes all within the first real day of usage? Eh, whatever. What can you do when you don't have much choice. Thanks to all the free phone lovers we are stuck with carriers PWNing customers. The iPhone was innovative hardware too bad it got stuck on AT&T... my hate for AT&T will be a blog for another day.

My overall rating of the phone is 7/10
Why? Look above. I'd still buy it but under a contract. $500 is too much for a phone that does't deliver on what it was advertised... 1.5gbs? Yeah I'm bitter. And no I don't feel like dealing with returning stuff when I can complain.

Maybe a more indepth review when I'm not sitting on the can typing away on a decent phone keyboard.
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