Android Phone Tips

Android Phone Tips
T–Mobile has finally launched their brand new 4G devices, the G-Slate Android Honeycomb Tablet by LG and the T-Mobile G2xAndroid Smartphone. The launch event in New York City was surrounded with TV’s mirroring the screens of the G-Slate and G2x via HDMI. The G-Slate was streaming live 3D video while people were playing 1080p video games on 42″ TVs straight off of the G2x phone.

The G-Slate Android HoneyComb Tablet, by LG, will be the second Honeycomb tablet to hit the market. The 8.9 inch tablet runs a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and features a 3D camera (two side-by-side cameras) on the back. It features an 800×480 4″ screen, an 8 megapixel camera back camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The T-Mobile G2x with Google is available from T-Mobile for $199.99 with contract. 

T-Mobile and LG haven’t just been working on a tablet: there’s also a dual-core smartphone on offer as well. Above the display is a 1.3-megapixel front camera while an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash are on the back. You also get a micro HDMI port for hooking the G2x up to a TV and playing back the 1080p Full HD video Tegra 2 is capable of churning through.

Build construction is solid, though the G2x feels overly long in the hand. Audio quality is high from the dual speakers, while the touchscreen responds swiftly and the capacitive buttons don’t require the occasional double-taps we’ve experienced on some Android devices. The lack of modification is something we invariably welcome, as it generally means faster updates later in the handset’s lifecycle, but not launching the G2x with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread is a blip on LG’s spec sheet. 

There’s also NVIDIA Tegra Zone, for highlighting the latest and greatest software designed to run best with the 1GHz dual-core chip, T-Mobile TV (which, as on the G-Slate, won’t output via the HDMI port), the Zinio magazine app and Qik for two-way video calls. Real-world, and the T-Mobile G2x handled just about everything we asked of it. 

As you might expect, the front-facing camera on the G2x is really only fit for video calls and, if pressed, the occasional vanity shot. Video and stills are blurry and demand plenty of light if they’re to be halfway useful. Unfortunately there’s no dedicated camera button, which given the G2x’s imaging abilities seems an oversight.
T-Mobile brands the G2x as a 4G device, since it can use the carrier’s growing HSPA+ network. Unfortunately we experienced multiple issues with how the G2x handles 2G, 3G and 4G network transitions. Battery life, meanwhile, is more impressive. 

It goes up against the HTC-made G2 – which has a single-core processor and smaller screen, but a physical keyboard, and the Windows Phone based HTC HD7, which has a bigger display but a mediocre camera. Round the corner, though, is the HTC Sensation 4G, with its dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 4.3-inch qHD display. It’s not hard to see that the T-Mobile G2x is the best Android device in the carrier’s current line-up. 

It’s the Tegra 2 processor that’s the star of the show here, though, making the G2x a suitably future-proofed handset for the increasing demands of subsequent Android updates. Where the G2x may falter is when the T-Mobile Sensation 4G arrives later in the year, with a bigger, better display and faster CPU. 

The Android-powered LG G2X smartphone has already started shipping through most T-Mobile stores across the U.S. The stylish T-Mobile LG G2X weighs around 4.9 ounces and exhibits 4.88 x 2.49 x 0.43 inches dimensions. It is powered by the Google’s Android 2.2 OS which is upgradable to Android 2.3. The handset runs on the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and incorporates 512MB of DDR2 RAM for delivering enhanced multitasking capabilities.
By. Android Phone Tips

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 0 comments | Labels: ,


Post a Comment