updated 05:10 am EDT, Fri October 8, 2010
Questions asked about the possibility of a recall
It appears that Apple may not be the only phone manufacturer facing design issues with its flagship phone. HTC, the manufacturer of the T-Mobile G2 Google phone flagship appears to be facing an emerging loose hinge problem plaguing some of its users. A video (below) circulating the net shows a G2 with a hinge so loose that merely picking it up by the top half of the hinge causes the keyboard on the bottom hinge to slip straight out.
According to reports, users have gone to Radio Shack stores and had to unpack up to three boxes before finding a G2 with a hinge that stays firmly in place. Neither T-Mobile, or HTC has yet to publicly comment on the matter, but if the problem is indeed widespread, they may be forced into addressing the matter directly. The commentator in the video suggests that it seems a spring is missing altogether. This will raise questions about whether a recall would be necessary fix the issue. It also remains to be seen whether Consumer Reports will recommend duct tape to users of the G2 as they did for users of the iPhone 4 as a cheap solution. [via Ubergizmo]