April 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Today marks a special day on the calendars of T-Mobile customers interested in Android phones and tablets. April 20 is the day when they have to make the decision to upgrade to the heart-racing speed of the T-Mobile G2X or wait for the beauty of the HTC Sensation slated to arrive this summer. It’s a tough decision that T-Mobile fans will make today, and that’s not even including folks who may be interested in the also-launching T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.
Last year, Androinica.com did a spec comparison to determine what’s the best phone on T-Mobile. That was for people who needed a phone right away, and didn’t take into account the new Android options now available or coming soon. Considering the advancements offered by these new devices, now seems like a good time to revisit that question among the new additions.
Once again, our mission remains the same. We’re not out to determine the best Android phone on T-Mobile as a matter of fact. Rather, we’re trying to look at features and help readers figure out what’s the best phone for their needs and their tastes. Let’s take a look.
The T-Mobile G2X is a peculiar best. It has many of the key qualifications necessary to be crowned a “next-gen” phone – dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset that pumps out incredible graphics and short response times; a 4 inch WVGA screen that will be just the right size for media-friendliness and portability; and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera perfect for video chat.
However, it’s running old-gen software by launching with Android 2.2 rather than Android 2.3, which has been available to manufacturers for several weeks. That’s disappointing, but at least users can take solace in the fact that the G2X is running stock Android software, meaning it has the simple interface and speed that comes when someone doesn’t have to worry about manufacturer interference.
The G2X has good gaming, multimedia, and storage credentials that will go a long way among Android fans. LG designed a very nice shell for the device and T-Mobile was wise to deliver the Optimus 2X running standard software that will make this a crowd pleaser. People best suited to purchase this phone are hardcore Android enthusiasts, folks who love “Vanilla” Android, and people who place speed and battery life above all else. The upgrade potential seems promising, so a push to Gingerbread or whatever Android 2.4 is called seems in the cards.
- Stock UI and promised support from Cyanogen Mod
- Has Tegra 2 chipset that is optimized and targeted by many game developers
- 8GB of internal storage bests Sensation’s 1GB
The HTC Sensation
T-Mobile never got that EVO-like phone that people so hoped for, and people looking for an EVO 3D variant will once again have to turn to Sprint or be disappointed. But don’t for a second think that the HTC Sensation isn’t likely to offer an experience that’s likely to hold up against the competition.
Of course, the repeated use of the word “likely” presents a problem for T-Mobile customers. They won’t know for sure if this is the right phone for them because they have to wait until T-Mobile confirms when the phone will arrive. It’s a disappointing waiting game but the release window shouldn’t be more than a few months long if T-Mobile wants this device to be a success.
Is it worth waiting? The Sensation specs may change upon release, but one disappointing feature is that it has only 1 GB of internal storage, meaning that you have far less space for apps and stored items than the G2X (8 GB). However, there are plenty of reasons to believe that the Sensation will live up to its name. The phone has a 4.3-inch SLCD screen with qHD, which will provide a prettier screen reinforced by Corning’s tough Gorilla Glass. There’s also a new version of Sense with better animations, more media options, and intuitive apps, powered by a hulking Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core processor cranked up to 1.2 GHz.
People who love appearance will probably rate the Sense 3.0-powered Sensation as the best option. The UI tweaks look better than stock Android, the lock-screen is much cooler than what we’ve seen before, and the higher resolution makes for a top-notch display. On paper, the Sensation seems good enough to wait for, and that’s exactly what you should do if you’re interested in a phone that’s as strong as it is sexy.
- Beautiful Sense 3.0 interface and features
- Bigger screen with larger resolution
- MLH serves as HDMI and charges phone at the same time
The T-Mobile G2X and HTC Sensation are both incredible phones. The G2X is the better option if gaming is a priority and you want a phone in the immediate future. The Sensation is the better option if you don’t like stock Android or want a phone with tons of tweaks and valuable feature add-ons. Here’s a quick comparison chart showing how each phone stacks up against the other.