Originally Posted by runtmms
I have never seen any review claim that the hardware coming from Google is different than T-Mobile. Do you have a link?
All thew reviews I've read mention the unlocked version. None have said that its different from the handset sold by T-Mobile. Sorry for giving the wrong impression.
I looked over some reviews again and like others, including yourself, have mentioned, reviewers were lamenting the lack of LTE, which doesn't affect T-Mobile customers since it doesn't offer LTE. As for whether or not HSPA+ is or isn't 4G, I'll let you and afv011 discuss that.