G2 gets close but falls short

I just purchased a G2 phone from the local T-Mobile store. Naturally I am immediately inclined to compare with my 2nd gen iPhone. Since G2 is a also touch only phone, it gives my an opportunity to conduct a fare comparison. Here are my first impressions:

  • Craftsmanship - great; better than my iPhone as far as I can tell.
  • Screen is awesome (incredibly sharp). Resolution is 320x480, same as the iPhone
  • Lightweight, yet not slippery; advantage G2.
  • Intuitive to use, until you get to the browser functions, where you have to employ the "Menu" button to navigate to other URLs; advantage iPhone ... by a mile.
  • The software keyboard is giving me a hard time. I consistently fail to use space bar and backspace. I am not sure if this is an issue with the touch screen Perhaps in time I'll get better.
  • Finding and installing apps, was very easy and I was not asked to add any credentials. I downloaded a free demo Air Hockey application. Given that I have not spent a lot of time in this area yet, I'll call it even.
  • Dialer (this is a phone after all); not as sleek and integrated with visual voice mail as the iPhone.
  • Pleasant surprises:
    • Once I logged in during the setup, my contacts were populated with my gmail contacts data
ToDo: compare the two development environments, battery life, etc
Comments:

This is the same as HTC Hero right?

I got to say that I love mine. I've not owned an iPhone so I couldn't compare, but I would probably have a hard time without background processes.

Hopefully we'll get one of the Java profiles running on it soon as well. Was apparently in one of the pre releases to my current HTC update.

/Pär

Posted by Pär Dahlberg on October 01, 2009 at 10:13 PM PDT #

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