“-Same, same, but different!“
HTC recently announced two flavors of the same handset:
Most articles I have found describing these handsets refer to them as (almost) 100% similar to eachother, but that’s not necessarily the case, is it?
Here’s my own comparison chart, showing what I have found being the differences:
|Item||T-Mobile G2||HTC Desire Z||My Comments|
|FM Radio||No (link)||Yes||Can someone confirm that the G2 in fact doesn’t have an FM Radio, or at least that it doesn’t come with an FM Radio app?|
|Memory||4 GB||1.5 GB||Quite a difference – of course, both comes with slots for extra SD Micro cards, so you can add a 32 GB card to expand storage space, but 2.5 extra GB in the phone sounds tempting…|
|Interface||Stock Android 2.2, but probably with a few special T-Mobile apps||Android 2.2 with the latest edition of HTC Sense||The new Sense seems kind of cool, but running stock Froyo (Android 2.2) might give you upgrades to the Android OS sooner, and might have performance advantages|
|Mobile Data Networks Transmit/Receive||1700/2100 MHz||900/2100 MHz||The G2 is specifically tailored towards the T-Mobile data networks in the US with the 1700 Uplink freq support, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t give full two-way 3G connection|
|Tethering||No, at least not at launch (link)||Yes, USB and wifi|
|GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)||Yes||Yes||Basic GSM Data is supported by both handsets.|
|EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution)||Yes||Yes||Edge connections should work fine with both handsets.|
|HSPA (High Speed Packet Access)||Yes||Yes||Both apparently supports HSPA (3G), but referring to the data bands (see above) I’m not 100% sure how well a G2 will work on a European HSPA network – a Z will probably not work on T-Mobile’s 3G network since it lacks the 1700 MHz uplink band|
|HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access)||Yes||No?||This is where the G2 apparently can get “4G speeds” on the T-Mobile HSPA+ enabled network. I’m not sure if this feature lacks in the Desire Z, though, or if the Z in fact is capable of the same, but since it would only work on T-Mobile US’ network it’s never mentioned as a feature.|
|LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G||No||No||Just to clarify that although T-Mobile use the term “4G” in their marketing, neither the G2 nor the Desire Z has support for LTE, considered to be (one of several?) true 4G technology/ies.|
So, how can we conclude?
Before I continue, let me say that there might very well be errors or shortcomings in the above table, and if you are aware of any such, please leave a comment and I will update the table as soon as possible.
Now, I live in Norway, and I’ve had a T-Mobile G1 since November 2008. I bought it on eBay, where I found a friendly seller which had bought the G1, and then had received an unlock code directly from T-Mobile.
The phone has worked well these two years, and it has been the best phone I have ever owned, thanks to all the possibilities of rooting (I rooted it in January 2009, and never looked back…), using custom ROMs (been running Android 2.2 aka Froyo since July), and the vast availability of applications.
But it’s getting old and slow, and I have been waiting for a good replacement candidate for half a year now.
The obvious choice for me is the HTC Desire Z, since I am pretty much dependant on a hardware keyboard (I have actually had full qwerty keyboards on all my phones since 1998 – the original Nokia Communicator (brick, anyone?), the Palm Tungsten W, Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 680, T-Mobile G1). But the extra storage in the G2 compared to the Desire Z (4 GB vs 1.5 GB) is tempting – but then again, no FM Radio (but that can probably be fixed, since I’m pretty sure that hardware wise there’s an FM radio chip onboard), no tether (again, can be fixed as soon as it’s rooted…), no Sense (not necessarily a drawback), and that major questionmark regarding data network compatibility – will I get full 3G data connection with the G2 on European GSM networks? Of cource, there’s the added hassle of actually getting an unlocked G2 and have it shipped to me, instead of just buying a Desire Z from an authorized dealer in Norway…
I haven’t decided on this just yet, but thought nevertheless that it could be interesting to show that these two phones are in fact somewhat different.
I will accept your comments now…
Correct my mistakes, help me decide what to do, share your view