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Cell Phone Comparisons
T-Mobile G2 vs. HTC Evo 4G

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September 14th, 2010


Key Differences

  • User Interface: The HTC Evo 4G is running HTC ‘s versatile Sense user interface while the T-Mobile G2 is running a stock version of the Google Experience.  HTC Sense differs from stock Android in a number of ways, including the homescreen widgets available, appearance and some Android enhancements characteristic of Sense including the ability to easily change widgets and home screen layout depending on what you’re doing.  Overall, however, the core functionality of Android remains the same on both devices, and the choice between the two interfaces is one of personal preference.
  • Power: The Evo 4G is equipped with an ultra-fast fast 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. The G2 by HTC has a next-generation  processor that clocks in at 800 MHz,as well as an equivalent 512MB of RAM.
  • Display: The HTC Evo 4G is equipped with a huge and gorgeous 4.3-inch touch sensitive 480×800 pixel display. The screen real estate makes the Evo 4G an ideal entertainment device — perfect for watching movies, browsing the web and even reading eBooks (and the device touts a ‘kick stand’ for easy viewing). The G2 also has an impressive and sizable 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display with the same resolution as the Evo 4G, of course meaning that the G2 has more pixels per square inch than its counterpart.  Because of the Evo’s larger display, the phone is also significantly taller and wider than the G2, and may be a larger overall device than some users are accustomed to.
  • 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).  In addition to 3G connectivity, the HTC Evo 4G boasts connectivity to Sprint’s 4G network.  There are any number of factors that will affect download and upload performance on each device, and determining a clear winner in speed  is a difficult proposition.
  • Camera: The T-Mobile G2 is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash.  The HTC Evo 4G touts an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash, making it capable of capturing higher resolution photos than the T-Mobile G2.  It’s important to note, however, that megapixels are not the measure of a camera’s quality.  Both devices are capable of capturing video in HD-quality (720P).
  • Video chat: The Evo 4G is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera that makes the device capable of mobile video chat. The T-Mobile G2 lacks a front-facing camera.
  • Keyboard: The HTC Evo 4G has a great virtual (on-screen) QWERTY keyboard, but lacks a physical keyboard. 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 Evo 4G.
  • HDMI out: With an HDMI cable (sold separately), the HTC Evo 4G is capable of outputting HD video to a TV or projector. The Evo can display anything on the phone’s display, including video, when connected to a compatible TV or projector. Although the Samsung Fascinate does offer video out via a 3.5mm headphone out cable (also sold separately), it does not provide HD-out capabilities.
  • Storage space: Right out of the box, the T-Mobile G2 by HTC will have 4GB of on-board storage space, as well as a pre-installed 8GB microSD card — for a total of 12GB of available storage space.  The HTC Evo 4G comes pre-installed with an 8GB microSD card.  Accordingly, the G2 offers 4GB more storage space than the Evo, but both devices support up to a 32 GB microSD card.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC EVO 4G T-Mobile G2 by HTC
HTC EVO 4G T-Mobile G2 by HTC
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Carrier Sprint T-Mobile
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.2
Interface HTC Sense Google Experience (stock)
Display 4.3-inch TFT, 480 x 800 Pixels 3.7-inch S-TFT, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 3G/4G (WiMax) 3G HSPA+
Global Roaming No Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot Yes Yes
Camera 8-megapixel, autofocus & LED flash 5-megapixel, autofocus & LED flash
Front-facing Camera Yes; 1.3-megapixels No
Video Capture HD; Up to 720p (30 fps) HD; Up to 720p (30 fps)
HD Output Yes No
Apps Android Market Android Market
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 8 GB microSD card pre-installeds(support for up to 32GB microSD card) 4GB on-board; 8GB microSD card pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual & physical QWERTY
Battery Up to 5 hours talk time; up to 146 hours standby Up to 6.5 hours talk time
Processor 1000 MHz Snapdragon Qualcomm Scorpion MSM7230, 800 MHz
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 6 oz 6.5 oz
Dimensions 2.6″ x 4.8″ x 0.5″ 2.40″ x 4.70″ x 0.6″

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Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

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16 Responses to “T-Mobile G2 vs. HTC Evo 4G”

  • pawowgold
    April 16, 2012

    very good, it’s very useful to me, thank you very much!

  • My g2 absolutely rocks!
    Case closed.
    Might even be faster than my pc :)

  • g2 is absolutly the best phone out there

  • So what the g2 is a bit faster. big deal the evo runs fine it does everything a person could need it to do with its ancient processor. this is just a case of douchebags always having to get the next new thing. the g2 is a nice phone true but the network isn’t so great. however sprint is just so so. you didn’t make a mistake with the evo it will serve you well for a long time.new phone come out monthly. you will never be able to keep up. I have Sprint. but if you want a reliable network go with verizon.

  • the evo doesnt have swipe….it fails

    • actually, you can sign up for the swype beta and get swype for the evo, regardless, an update came out within the last few days bringing swype to the evo, so eat me.

    • The EVO 4G now has Swype. As of mid-November 2010, there is a firmware update from HTC that adds Swype.


  • Michelle MyBelle
    October 7, 2010

    Okay, so don’t laugh…but I have received a G2 phone as a gift but I only have talk/text through tmobile and not any data service. Can I use the WiFi at say, anyplace that has free wifi or my home wireless network? Or is a data service absolutely neccesary for any usage of the phone? I was thinking of just putting in my sim card and going with it…

    • You may use the wifi without a dataplan, just as you described. Just pop in your sim card and it should work without a hitch. However do disable the data via network, otherwise the phone will try to use the 3G network when you ask it to go online and there is no wifi around. In order to not get charged in a location where you want to use only wifi, Airplane mode is a safe practice to disconnect from the network to use the wifi.

      I have a G2 and it has changed my life, I even have it overclocked to 1.44 Ghz :)

    • Wifi is free but you have to be within the wifi range. While a data plan allows you to have internet almost anywhere.

  • Trent, let us know how you do with the Evo. Unfortunately (for you), it looks like the G2 will be available on 16 Oct. :(

  • But you forgot one thing T-mobile service sucks. Customer service is great till you become a customer then there is no service. so you may get a faster phone with the G2 but you will not get to use half of the features on the phone cause t-mobile wont let you. Once your under contract watch out they will not let you out. My contract was up 4 months ago and i still cant upgrade to a newer phone. BUYER BEWARE

    • Pamela
      June 4, 2011

      I am sorry that has been your experience. I have been with tmobile for 14 years and they move the sun and moon for me under their customer loyalty department.

  • Sorry but you made a pretty big mistake. Especially in terms of performance of the devices. The G2 uses a Scorpion CPU which is the next generation of the Snapdragon processor. The new CPU uses a 45nm technology and is also quite faster than the 1ghz Snapdragon which is inside the EVO despite it being clocked at 200mhz lower. Think of a Pentium(EVO) and the Pentium2(G2). The Scorpion CPU has a default running clock of 800mhz AND 1ghz. Also, due to it’s 45nm process, it can easily overclock to over 1ghz.

    Another thing you forgot to mention is the GPU in these two devices. The EVO currently uses an Adreno 200 while the G2 uses a Adreno 205. In benchmarks, the G2′s Adreno 205 is actually four times the processing power of EVO’s Adreno 200 GPU. The G2 will basically run laps around a EVO in terms of raw performance… The G2 is also capable of 720p just like the Desire Z which is basically the same phone but released in Europe.

    • Sounds like you know a lot about the G2, Kevin. Do you know when it’s going to be release in the U.S.? I just bought an Evo today due to impatience and issues with T-Mobile’s reception. I have 30 days to try the Evo out and decide if it gets any better reception, and see what kind of phone it really is! If the G2 is going to be faster… argh. With me being impatient, I like a FAST phone. Yes, I expect a lot. But WHEN will they GET here?!? I am going to end up paying a $200 termination fee with T-Mobile if I stay with the Evo and Sprint…. If I could ONLY get my hands on a G2 to see the difference!! Hopefully they’ll release it before the 15th of October! Any ideas?

    • Pamela
      June 4, 2011

      Thanks for the info. I love my G2.

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