There's no way to tell if this is a legitimate shortage, or just a ruse to stoke the fires of demand, but T-Mobile says they cannot accept any more pre-orders of the T-Mobile G2. They claim the reason for this is high demand. The phone goes on sale officially tomorrow, but some stores have already been selling it. Customers will be able to order the phone as normal tomorrow, but T-Mobile isn't making any promises about shipping times.
The G2 is a sliding QWERTY Android phone that is very much the spiritual successor to the original G1. The phone runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and supports T-Mobile's speedy HSPA+ network. Some early reports of loose hinges and missing storage seem not to have hurt demand too much. Customers might even find devices scarce tomorrow, depending on how much of the stock T-Mobile sold through on pre-orders.
Let us know if you manage to pick on up. If you've already got one, is it living up to the hype?
There are inevitably going to be issues when a new phone comes out, and the new T-Mobile G2 is no exception. Of the lucky customers that pre-ordered the handset, some have been seeing some troubling issues with the unique hinge system that open to reveal the QWERTY keyboard. Apparently, on a number of units, the screen is very loose, even hanging open if the phone is held upside down. This can also allow the screen to snap shut if held to close to vertical while open.
The other issue being reported is that some phones are missing some of the promised 4GB of internal ROM storage. These phones are instead shipping with only 2GB of ROM space. Curiously, this is the configuration used in the phone's European doppelganger, the Desire Z. Could HTC have mixed up some system boards? Are we just looking at some defective chips?
Even knowing that these sort of sporadic complaints happen with new hardware, does this affect your buying decisions? Let us know if you have an early G2, and how it's working for you.
The spiritual successor to the original T-Mobile G1, the aptly named G2 will be available for pre-order tomorrow (Friday). Pricing has not been announced yet, but we're almost certainly looking at $200 for a two year contract. The G2 will be a QWERTY slider phone running stock Android 2.2 and will support T-Mobile's speedy HSPA+ network.
The handset is expected to run on a new generation of Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU that's clocked slightly lower at 800MHz, but is capable of more operations per clock cycle. This phone is likely identical to the recently announced HTC Desire Z, though it will not have the Sense UI layer on top of Android. Anyone planning to pre-order it? What phone will you be moving from?