Should you buy the T-Mobile G2x now, or wait for the HTC Sensation?
I’m sure many smartphone enthusiasts out there can agree that the next big thing in the cellular world is the inclusion of multi-core processors in future smartphones. With the recent release of the T-Mobile G2x by LG, many potential buyers were met with a difficult dilemma when HTC announced that their new multimedia powerhouse, the Sensation, is set for a summer release here in the US on T-Mobile. So would it be wise to wait for the Sensation and go with the tried-and-true Taiwanese manufacturer, or buy the G2x now and see if LG’s ready for the high-end arena? Here I present what I feel are the most important aspects that you should consider when deciding. So if you care to hear me out, hit the break and read on!
Processor – Both the Sensation and G2x sport dual-core processors, albeit with different clock speeds and perhaps more importantly, different manufacturers. The G2x utilizes Nvidia’s impressive Tegra 2 dual-core processor (1 GHz), a popular choice amongst many recent Android tablets and smartphones. The Sensation continues HTC’s loyalty to Qualcomm and will weld their new dual-core Snapdragon processor that will be running at a scorching 1.2 GHz. There’s no doubt that both processors are fast enough to power their respective devices, but perhaps the main difference will be in the gaming department.
Nvidia has worked to make its name synonymous to graphics and gaming performance, so it should come as no surprise that this is definitely their home turf. Gaming on recent Tegra 2 equipped devices has looked marvelous, but Qualcomm seems confident that their new Snapdragon will not only be able to hang, but also outperform Tegra. Only time will tell I guess. We simply cannot decide on a winner in this first round of major specs, so choose your poison.
Display – Another major difference between the G2x and Sensation are their displays, which in my opinion are equally as important as a their processors. The G2x shields itself with a 4 inch IPS display with 800 x 480 resolution. Although its sharpness and colors are admirable, the lack of an extra 0.3 inch may cause many to choose the Sensation’s screen instead. Although Steve Jobs believes that devices with displays larger than the iPhone’s measly 3.5 inch screen are obnoxiously big, owners of the EVO 4G and Droid X (and there are many of them) are living proof that consumers enjoy and want smartphones with larger screens. The Sensation’s screen (4.3 inch) is not only larger than the G2x’s, it’s also a qHD display with 960 x 540 resolution, so you can expect quite a good looking screen that should be very visually pleasing. In addition, both displays are protected by Corning’s increasingly popular Gorilla Glass. With its larger size and higher resolution display, the Sensation takes this round.
Hardware – I believe that Apple has the best hardware design of any smartphone manufacturer. Like it or not, the iPhone 4 is one sexy beast. Whether you think the glass covering is a dumb idea or not, many average consumers and phone nerds alike can agree that the phone simply looks amazing. With that said, to represent Team Android well, upcoming Android smartphones need to LOOK just as good as they perform. Many people believe that the G2x is a great piece of hardware with a beautiful design, but I personally love HTC’s unibody construction. To me, HTC’s hardware design is the only one that can rival that of Apple’s. Some may like their phones light and thin (meaning plastic material), but I prefer hefty phones made of premium material (like metal). The Sensation takes this round too as it simply looks a lot better than the G2x…in my opinion (this is a blog right?)
Software – Our last bit of discussion lies here in the software category. There are basically two types of Android fanboys: those that are Android purists and will not use any device that isn’t running stock Android, and those who don’t mind custom UIs on top of Android. Let it be known that I personally like custom UIs. I think they bring much needed polish and functionality to Android. Don’t get me wrong, Android as it is built by Google is great. It brings a plethora of features and functionality that other operating systems (*cough* iOS) does not offer (no fanboyism here, simply stating the facts). Although my previous statement is true, there are many aspects of Android that could be improved upon and that is exactly the point of custom UIs. Sure, some UIs like Motoblur are extremely laggy, but others like Sense and TouchWiz aren’t too bad. If we have phones that have the horsepower to make sure the experience isn’t laggy, isn’t it a good thing to have the added features of custom UIs? With that said, I’d choose HTC Sense over stock Android on a superphone any day. Sensation wins again.
Conclusion – Now I know that it seems like I’m being a little bias towards the Sensation, but honestly, I’m simply basing all my decisions on the hard facts and reasoning that I have provided above. All in all, the G2x is an AWESOME device, but the Sensation will be better. Now whether or not the difference between the two is great enough for you to wait a few months to get the Sensation is totally your decision. There are a bunch of other specs that you should probably go research and compare between the two devices before formulating a final decision. I have simply brought to your attention what I believe are the major features that are important when deciding on a new smartphone and how one is better than the other in these categories. Happy hunting!