Once upon a time the word android was synonymous with creepy, female, humanoid robots from Japan and the villians from Dr. Who. That was until Google, T-Mobile, and HTC hopped in bed together and produced the G1, the very first phone running off of Google’s Android operating system. Two years and a hundred billion Android phones later, the G1 finally has a successor in the totally not creatively named G2.
The G2 retains a few of the styling ques of its predecessor while dropping what many saw as one of its flaws: the infamous G1 chin. It’s got a pretty large 3.7 inch screen for you to get your multi-touch on and a flip-out keyboard for those who like to be a little more physical with their typing. Inside is Qualcomm’s MSM7230 Snapdragon silicon optimized for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network with an 800MHz CPU and second generation application co-processor that’ll allow you to do everything at 4G speeds (assuming you don’t live in the woods or someplace else without the currently limited service). Of course it’ll be running the latest version of Android (Froyo) when it hits stores, but unlike many Android phones it won’t be running a custom version of Google’s popular operating system. That means you’ll get a whole bunch of normal Google services pre-installed, like Gmail, Google Voice, Google Goggles, Google Maps, and Youtube.
Other features include a web browser (with Flash!), 4GB of internal storage, a MicroSD slot that can hold cards as large as 32GB, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p HD recording capability. It’ll be available starting next month for $199.99 (or less) on a 2 year contract.
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