T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Review

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There are some of us who have had no problem adapting to the using the new touch screen only phones that have become so popular. Others have held on to the need to have a hardware based keyboard to be happy with their phone.  The myTouch 4G Slide on T-Mobile by HTC is for all of us. It has a hardware based QWERTY keyboard + the typical Android touch keyboard that some of us love.

That is just one of the features that make this phone a great option. Personally, I don’t need the hardware keyboard. And if some have that same thought, you can opt for the myTouch 4G which is touch only.

The myTouch 4G Slide runs Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense version 3.0. HTC has so far been my favorite implementation of the Android OS. The UI is clean, easy to use, and I just love the clock. LOL!

Also, the phone has a pretty good form factor. Usually when I use a hardware slide out keyboard the keys are too small and too close together. On this one the spacing is good and the keys are a decent size for typing without a bunch of mistakes.

My Favorite Feature

My fav feature is definitely the camera! The camera on this phone is outstanding. It is fast, has many features and the quality is awesome. And it has burst mode!! Plus, there is a side button on the camera which is my opinion in a must. It makes it super easy to snap a pic and one touch will wake up the phone to take a shot even if locked. Also, the focus works very well. Engadget did a great write-up with lots of sample photos taken with the camera. Unfortunately, I have not ventured out to take any very interesting pics. I did use it to take some pics of a few things interesting to me, like… my new bag. :)

Here is an awesome one from the Engadget post:


 

Full Specs

Group Text
With Group Text you have the freedom to create, participate in, and manage your reply-all text groups.
8 Megapixel Camera*
With quality worth printing, now you can really enjoy those special moments captured on your device. You can also share them with family and friends by sending them to any e-mail address, T-Mobile camera phone, or MyAlbum.
8 GB Memory Card Included
Take advantage of an included memory card and fill it up with fun photos, videos, music, and more.
Apps – Android Market
With direct access to the Android Market you have access to all kinds of fun and useful apps to turn your device into the ultimate mobile device.
Autofocus
Autofocus can help you avoid blurry photos by automatically focusing your camera lens on your main subject.
Camera Zoom
Use the digital zoom to get a close-up picture without getting too close.
Dual LED Camera Flash
Double your flash power with two LED lights and capture amazing photos, even in less-than-ideal lighting situations.
FM radio
Listen to your favorite radio stations from your wireless device (required headphones sold separately)
Front-facing Camera
Take advantage of video chat with a built-in front-facing webcam.
High Resolution Screen
Get the most out of your device and enjoy your favorite photos, games and videos even more with a high-resolution display.
Media Player
With a built-in media player, your favorite songs and videos are at your fingertips.
Backlit Camera Sensor
Take better photos in lower light conditions with an advanced digital image sensor that increases the amount of light needed for the best result.
SweepShot™
Capture ultra-wide panoramic shots by simply taking a photo while swiping your device in a single motion.
Netflix
Stream movies and television shows on-demand from Netflix.
Zero Shutter Lag
Zero shutter lag allows your device to take a photo with virtually no delay. Click away, and never miss that perfect shot again.
4G capable
Browse the Web, download content, and stream media faster on T-Mobile’s 4G network.
Easily synch w/ Microsoft Outlook
Stay in synch with your Contacts, Calendar, and Email in Microsoft Outlook
QWERTY keyboard
The built-in familiar layout lets you type messages easily without searching for the letter you want.
Visual Voicemail
With Visual Voicemail you can listen to your voicemail messages in any order, respond in one click and easily manage your inbox without ever dialing in to the network.
Name ID
Name ID lets you see the names and numbers of your callers, even if they’re not in your address book.
1080p HD Camcorder
Record videos in 1080p resolution.
Dual-core 1.2 GHz Processor
A lightning-fast dual-core 1.2 GHz processor delivers the speed you want, so you can experience powerful entertainment and more right on your device.
Genius Button
Genius Button™ lets you call, send messages, search the Web, or find things nearby with a simple voice command.
GPS with Navigation Capability
Get your real-time location on maps, driving directions, and more.
Up to 32 GB Expandable Memory
Expandable memory allows your device to store extra music, movies, documents and more.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Calling
Wi-Fi & Mobile Calling
Wi-Fi Sharing*
Use your phone’s Web connection to connect laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet.
BurstShot™
Snap multiple shots with a single click.
ClearShot™ HDR
Use the High Dynamic Range feature to get more detail while taking pictures in high contrast lighting.
M3 & T3 – Hearing aid compatible 
This phone is rated M3 and T3. Digital wireless handsets rated M3, M4, T3, or T4 meet American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements and are considered hearing aid compatible.
Alarm clock
Set an alarm to wake up, leave for an appointment, or take a break.
Calculator
A handy way to check your figures.
Pros
  • Good Form Factor
  • Nice Screen
  • Great Camera
  • Good Keyboard
  • Great “Quick Settings” tab added to the usual notifications drop down

Cons

  • It’s a bit heavy
  • A bit hard to use with one hand (small onscreen keyboard)

Overall this is an awesome phone for someone who wants to make the switch to an Android Smartphone and hang on to their keyboard addiction. The implementation of Android on the phone works very well. And T-Mobile service is fairly good, at least in my area. :)

Another great phone in the T-Mobile 4G line-up is the HTC Sensation 4G, which comes preloaded with HTC Watch™ and T-Mobile® TV. HTC Watch™ gives you access to a huge selection of Hollywood blockbusters. And with T-Mobile TV, you get live TV and video on demand, such as The Daily Show, ABC Mobile, and ESPN Mobile TV :-).

Disclosure: The phone was loaned to me for review. All opinions are my own.

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