My wife called me at work today and told me that my new phone just came in the mail :). It's the new G2 by HTC, which is supposed to be the successor to the G1. The specs on this phone are:
- 3.7 inch WVGA capacitive touch screen
- 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash
- Qualcomm MSM7230 800MHz processor
- 4GB ROM
- 512MB RAM
- Android 2.2
- Runs on T-Mobile's 4G/HSPA+ network
- Slide-out keyboard
I was a little concerned about the 800Mhz clock-speed, but after doing some research it turns out that the phone more than makes up for it with better hardware acceleration. Either way, it's not like I can't overclock it ;).
For having a slideout keyboard, the phone is actually not very bulky. It also looks very slick and clean (no where near as bulky as the G1). I've been using the on-screen keyboard on the MyTouch for little over a year now and I have to say that I haven't gotten used to it (I missed the physical keyboard on the G1). Even after a year of using it, my typing is still error-prone and not as fast. That's why I was pretty excited about the slide-out keyboard on the G2. I tried typing on it and it doesn't feel too bad. The keys seem to be slightly more widely spaced than is comfortable and so there might to be opportunities for fat-fingering. But I think it's a matter of getting used to it.
I haven't turned on the thing yet and so I don't have any pictures of it turned on. I'm going to wait until they have some GhostArmor for it. Until then I'm keeping it safe in its box and I will be using my MyTouch. Apparently the G2 runs stock Android 2.2, so it shouldn't be any different from any other devices that run stock Android 2.2 (like the Nexus One). Without further ado, here are some pictures (you can click on them to get a larger version):
Note: The white patches on the keyboard are not a defects; they are air bubbles under the protective plastic-cover