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T-Mobile G2X vs. HTC Sensation 4G: Prizefight
Prizefight: T-Mobile G2X vs. HTC Sensation 4G5:06 /
It's a Prizefight punchout between T-Mobile's hottest 4G, 4-inch touch screen phones! It's two of CNET's 4G favorites going head-to-head, but who will reign supreme? Find out!
What's up Prize Fight fans? I'm Brain Tong, and this is a match up between 2 4-inch 4G touchscreen phones on T-Mobile. It's Prize Fight punch out between T-Mobile's G2x and HTC Sensation 4G. Our judges for this fight are senior editor Bunny "Boom Shack-A-Lak" Cha, senior editor Nicole "it's so cold" Lee, and myself Ring a Ling Ding Tong. Now, we'll take all 3 judges blind scores and average them up to the nearest 10th each around. The final Prize Fight score will be an average of all round using the same decimal system. It's 5 rounds to the finish, so lets it on. Round 1 is design. T-Mobile's G2x has a solid design with a matte on the back. Its camera lens puts little bump in its trunk, but this is a classy phone with a vibrant orange 800 x 480 touchscreen display. HTC Sensation 4G ups to any with a 4.3-inch qHD display that's even crisper with a 960 x 540 resolution, but not as bright. Now, we all like its contoured body, but it's weeping three-tone pattern on the back reminds of a girl skirt, but it doesn't hurt it here. The Sensation 4G takes the first round with a 4.7 and the G2x gets a solid 4. Next round is control and user interface. This round is an easy one. The T-Mobile G2x springs a pure stock android experience. There're no bells and whistles and it makes for a clean design. You'll still get widget customization, and if you want more good news, it feels a tad bit snappier to use. Now, HTC Sensation 4G brings the next generation of its user interface with an even sexier design, yup, I just called in OS sexy. Now, there's 7 home screens and flasher animation across the board. The Sense UI has always been a favorite of ours and it just gets the edge with a perfect 5 and the G2x gets a 4.7. So after averaging 2 rounds, the Sensation 4G leads by half a point with plenty of fight left. Next round is features. Both of these phones pretty evenly matched dual core processors, 8-megapixel cameras, android [unk] maps, and voice to text, and HSPA Plus compatibility, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth and you find everybody's favorite Swype keyboard technology on the G2x. It also comes preloaded with 8 gigs of internal storage space and an additional microSD card slot to add more storage. The main difference here is that it's currently running only Android 2.2 with a Gingerbread update coming soon. Now, HTC Sensation 4G is preloaded with Gingerbread and you will get some of the cool benefits like a much better cut, copy, and paste and application task killer or launching apps directly from the lock screen. It's comes with its own flavor of Swype called Trace, but it tends to be a little less accurate at times. The Sensation also gives you access to only 1 gig of internal storage space and the microSD card slot is occupied with an 8 gig card, which limits some of your flexibility out of the box. We're calling this round even at 4. Next up is web browsing and multimedia. Web browsing is a push and a pretty similar experience on both phones. The sensation was a tad faster a pinch in zooming, but in many cases the G2x was a bit faster when loading pages. The G2x features an 8-megapexil camera with a single flash and a micro HDMI port for video out, while the sensation brings and 8-megapexil camera with a dual LED flash. Both cameras record and playback 1080p video sources, but we had mixed opinions with the image quality of their pictures. The Sensation 4G also brings the watch app that allows users to rent or buy movies directly from their phones, but in the end the Sensation 4G gets a 4.7 and the G2x gets a 4.3. So after averaging 4 rounds, HTC leads by just 3 tenths of a point. The final that decides it all is all quality and performance. T-Mobile G2x was excellent with its clear and crisp sound quality with little to no distortion or static in the background. It was also the snappier performing phone between the 2 with it's dual core Tegra 2 processors and menus that jump instantly from one to another. Now, the Sensation 4G sounded excellent as well. The speaker phone wasn't as strong, but regular voice calls was pretty clear. Qualcomm's new dual-core processor kept things running smoothly, but maybe the centralized animation were little too taxing, but this phone, but this phone was still a tiny step behind and you can feel it. The G2x gets a perfect 5 and HTC gets a 4. So, let's average out all he scores and a Prize Fight where an HTC Sensation 4G took an early lead T-Mobile G2x stormed back, but it was wasn't enough and the sensation takes this battle 4.5 to 4.4 and is you Prize Fight winner. T-Mobile brings 2 heavy heady contenders that you can't go wrong with, but the final decision as usual is up to you. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. We'll cath you guys next time on another Prize Fight.