"Tethering is coming soon . . . or now"5.0 starson by pjcamp
Pros: Outstanding user interface, call quality, value for the money
Cons: Smudgy screen, obnoxious notification sounds
Summary: I bought this outright, contract free, to replace a Blackberry Curve that was becoming increasingly annoying. I am over the moon with the choice. The only drawback I can mention, and it isn't much, is that the screen is shiny and shows smudges easily. But then so does the iPhone and at least my screen isn't made of glass. I've lost count of the number of broken iPhones I've seen.Update: I have to modify my original impressions. It was announced yesterday that the G2 stores key components of the OS in read only memory. The purpose is to set itself back to a factory state if any modifications are made to the OS. Since ROM can generally not be changed without hardware surgery, I don't see how the phone can generally be upgraded to a new OS. If the upgrade needs to change the stored components, well, it can't. They're read only.
cNet is partially wrong. You can tether the G2. It is not yet officially supported but will be soon. And there are third party apps (EasyTether, for example) that will work quite nicely.
I've had no problems with the Z-hinge (other than it not being obvious which side it is on when you want to open it) and have a hard time imagining why you would want to use your phone upside down. But if you're in the habit of doing that, you always have the Android keyboard with Swype as a backup.
I imported some less obnoxious notification sounds from the default Windows noises. The ones built in are far too loud and jangly to use in an environment where you have lots of meetings or classes.
There's also a nice calendar extension, Quick Calendar, which makes the calendar searchable and also puts your next few meetings on the notification bar on the home screen. That's useful. Now if only Google will let me delete past appointments, I'll be set.
Updated on Oct 8, 2010
If it is true that the ability to upgrade the phone to new Android versions in the future is limited, it seems to me this is a significant issue that T-mobile should have mentioned up front.. I wouldn't have purchased the phone and I regard this sale as fraudulent. I've asked T-mobile for a response and will post an update if they reply.