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T-Mobile G2 vs. Apple iPhone 4

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September 10th, 2010

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Notice: The following T-Mobile G2 specs are unconfirmed. This comparison will be updated as official specs become available.

Key Differences

  • Operating system: The T-Mobile G2 by HTC is an Android-powered device featuring Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.  The Android platform offers a number of differences, and depending on personal opinion, enhancements when compared to the iPhone OS — perhaps most notably superior customization options and the ability to add widgets.  Many users, however, prefer the simplicity and minimalism of the iPhone OS.  The latest version of the iPhone OS also offers multitasking, although the multitasking capabilities as compared to Android (a seasoned multitasker) are still somewhat limited.  Android users will also be quick to remind you of other Android advantages such a free turn-by-turn GPS directions, voice-to-text, the ability to install any application you wish without being limited to only approved apps, and more.  Certainly, the differences are many (and beyond the scope of this comparison), and the choice between the two popular operating systems is one of personal preference.
  • Power: In the mobile phone food chain, the Apple iPhone 4 is a top dog. The iPhone 4 touts Apple’s own A4 processor, which hovers around 1 GHz of processing power (Apple has not confirmed processing speed), and is also equipped with 512 MB of RAM.  The T-Mobile G2 offers an 800 MHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor and 512 MB of RAM. While still a powerful and speedy device, the T-Mobile G2 is perhaps not as powerful as the iPhone 4, although the difference in horsepower between the two devices won’t be dramatic in day-to-day activities such as checking email or browsing the web.
  • Network speed:The T-Mobile G2 offers connectivity to T-Mobile’s next generation HSPA+ network, allowing the device to reach super-fast download speeds approaching or exceeding 4G speeds (3 – 6 mbps average). The Apple iPhone 4 is limited to standard AT&T 3G connectivity.
  • Keyboard: Of course, the Apple iPhone 4 boasts one of the best virtual (on-screen) QWERTY keyboards of any full touchscreen device. The T-Mobile G2, however, offers a fantastic physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well a virtual keyboard. Users preferring a physical QWERTY keyboard will likely favor the G2 over the iPhone.
  • Display: The T-Mobile G2 has a large and crisp 3.7-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels.  Because of its sizable display, the G2 is an ideal mobile device for movie-watching and web browsing.  The iPhone has a slightly smaller 3.5-inch display, but offers an impressive and industry best 960 x 640 pixels.  As such, the iPhone 4 has many more pixels-per-square-inch than the G2, making it a significantly higher resolution device.
  • Camera: Both devices are equipped with an advanced 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the ability to record HD-quality video up to 720P and 30 frames per second.  The iPhone 4 offers on-board video editing capabilities by way of a mobile version of iMovie.  Both devices have an LED flash.
  • Video chat: The iPhone 4 boasts an impressive video chat experience (currently limited to WiFi) known as FaceTime that can utilize either the iPhone’s front-facing VGA camera or the device’s rear 5-megapixel camera. The G2 is not equipped with a front-facing camera.

Side-By-Side Comparison

Apple iPhone 4 T-Mobile G2 by HTC
Apple iPhone 4 T-Mobile G2 by HTC
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) Not available from Wirefly TBA
Carrier AT&T T-Mobile
Operating System iOS 4 Android 2.2
Interface Google Experience (stock)
Display 3.5″, 960 x 640 pixels 3.7-inch S-TFT, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G HSPA+
Global Roaming Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot No Yes
Camera 5-megapixel, autofocus & LED flash 5-megapixel, autofocus & LED flash
Front-facing Camera Yes; VGA No
Video Capture HD; Up to 720p (30 fps) HD; Up to 720p (30 fps)
HD Output No No
Apps Apple App Store Android Market
Adobe Flash Support No Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 16GB or 32GB on-board flash drive 4GB on-board; 8GB microSD card pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual & physical QWERTY
Battery Up to 7 hours talk time; up to 300 hours standby Up to 6.5 hours talk time
Processor Apple A4 Qualcomm Scorpion MSM7230, 800 MHz
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.8 oz 6.5 oz
Dimensions 2.31″ x 4.5″ x 0.37″ 2.40″ x 4.70″ x 0.6″

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7 Responses to “T-Mobile G2 vs. Apple iPhone 4”

  • Question
    June 1, 2011

    What about graphics? Which phone has better graphics? Cause I’ve the iPhone 4 and it’s graphics is freaking amazing and not to mention I am not a big fan of apple whatsoever but when I saw the graphics I was AMAZED. But I haven’t seen G2 yet so someone please me know :) very much appreciated!

    • The Apple iPhone 4 has a really nice display, if that’s what you’re asking. With a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels, the iPhone 4 is beautifully sharp and clear. The T-Mobile G2 has a little larger display (3.7-inch vs. 3.5-inch) but is lower resolution at 480 x 800. That’s still pretty clear. If you are moved by the clarity of graphics, then the iPhone 4 is what you should get. If you want a physical keyboard and 4G data speed, the G2 is a better choice.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Given the data plan ATT sticks you with, go t-mobile. Which phone is better? They are both awesome for different reasons.

  • the scorpion mobile processor is the fasted on the market, have mine set at 1.4 GHz

  • Shadab Lakdawala
    January 7, 2011

    uummm g2 is the best from these two but still iphone is good becuze of the front faceing camera idk wut to get for my moms birthday but i think ill go with g2 :)

  • JoJoDang
    October 30, 2010

    Well, the iphone 4 its at a very bad disadvantage because of the data plan that is required on the at&t plan. FUCK IPHONE 4, and GO G2!

  • Eddie Android
    September 10, 2010

    you forgot to mention that G2′s GPU is faster than the iPhones 4′s

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