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