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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist — er, make that a smartphone industry analyst — to figure out that Garmin’s been underperforming in the handset game since it tied up with ASUS early last year; notable missteps have included lackluster hardware, a hopelessly delayed first model, banking fortunes on WinMo in its twilight years, and a general failure to capture the kinds of blockbuster carrier deals that can prop up your bottom line. Indeed, it wasn’t long ago that the company went public with the fact that Garmin-Asus’ financials weren’t where they needed to be, but things are getting a little more serious now: CFO Kevin Rauckman has mentioned in an interview that they’ll need to decide “within the next couple of quarters whether [they] continue to invest or whether [they] pull back.” Of course, “pull back” is probably code for “cut and run,” since there’s really no good way to half-ass your smartphone presence and still earn customer loyalty and turn a profit. Looking at Garmin’s bigger picture, it still doesn’t really need to make smartphones to survive — the PND market remains healthy, and the company has a huge presence in the marine and aviation industries — but we’re sure they’d like a piece of the cellular pie. Touch nut to crack, isn’t it, guys? (engadget)

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T-Mobile G2 versus T-Mobile G1

With the  T-Mobile G2 set to launch later this month. We thought we would take a look back at the phone that started all this Android madness, T-Mobile G1, and pin it against its young sibling in a side-by-side specs sheet and cool infographics. Who wins?!? (androidtapp)

T-Mobile G2 T-Mobile G1
Android OS Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 1.6 (Donut)
Internet Speed 4G (up to 14.4Mbps) 3G (up to 7.2Mbps)
Processor Snapdragon MSM7230 800 MHz CPU Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz
Internal Memory 4GB 192MB
External Memory 8GB micro SD card (up to 32GB) 1GB micro SD card (up to 8GB)
Display 3.7 inch (480×854 WVGA) 3.2 (320×480 HVGA)
Camera 5 megapixel w/ LED flash & autofocus 3.2 megapixel w/ auto focus
Video Recording HD record and playback up to 720p SD record and playback up to 480p
Audio 3.5mm jack mini-USB

At last, T-Mobile just went official with its G2 Qwerty slider. As expected, this Android 2.2 device ships with Qualcomm’s MSM7230 Snapdragon silicon optimized for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network with an 800MHz CPU and second generation application co-processor. Other specs include a 3.7-inch screen, 4GB of internal memory with pre-installed 8GB microSD card (supporting up to 32GB cards), Swype keyboard, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capabilities. Oh, and web browsing is supported by Adobe’s Flash Player. Look for this successor of the T-Mobile G1  to go up for pre-orders sometime later this month. (engadget)

T-Mobile-G2-smartphone

While Apple may be hogging all the tech headlines going around at this moment (and with good reason), let’s not ignore this bit of news about the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile has just revealed that the device will run on a Scorpion processor and will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo.

The T-Mobile G2 SmartPhone has been the subject of much speculation of late, because both Google and HTC are involved in its development. This bit of official information may bring joy to some, but considerable heartache for others.

This is because the Scorpion processor will clock just 800MHz; a whole 200MHz short of the 1 Snapdragon that has become standard fare (not to forget the Qualcomm’s SmartPhonethat sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor) on most high-end smartphones these days. Moreover the device will not have the remarkable HTC Sense UI, which makes HTC devices so covetable.

Though the absence of Sense is indeed regrettable on T-Mobile G2, perhaps you should not lament the 800MHz CPU right away. This is because this CPU is a new one and uses the MSM7x30 Snapdragon chipset. So, assumptions about the clock speed may be a bit too premature because unlike the usual QSD chipsets we don’t know much about its performance.

Until a few benchmarking tests reveal more, you should not assume that the performance of the T-Mobile G2 will be a lot worse than phones which have 1GHz processors.

On the brighter side, the G2 phone should be totally geared up for an amazing browsing performance. Apart from the decent specs, there is access to the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile to give you better 4G speeds. Moreover it is preloaded with Adobe Flash player 10.1 and will display the latest interactive content and streaming Flash videos from the web.

Then there are one-touch ‘Quick Keys’ for instant access to various apps and Google shortcuts. The phone has been priced at $199 with a T-Mobile contract and $499 without contract (unlocked).

If you remember: the launch of the G1 was a very important milestone in the history of Android devices. Being the first smartphone designed to operate at 4G speeds – T-Mobile’s G2 should be no less important. (blogote)