T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Review


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The MyTouch 4G comes with anything and everything you would need. When it comes to HTC, they have always done a superb job when it comes to hardware. This phone is without a doubt HTC’s best effort. Luxury build and aesthetics make this phone look like a very high end Smartphone, without the smart phone price. It is on sale for $199 after a $50 mail in rebate and you can buy it for $469 with no commitment. For those of you who are not eligible for an upgrade, the $469 price is well worth it.



Hardware

HTC put a 3.8” 800-by-480 TFT LCD capacitive touch screen and 5MP camera capable of recording HD video. The front facing camera works very well with little frame rate lag The myTouch 4G is the second phone (after the T-Mobile G2) to run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Theoretically, HSPA+ phones run at speeds up to 14.4 Mbps and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network runs up to 21 Mbps. Unfortunately I am not in a 4G area so I cannot accurately test this.

Software

The myTouch 4G ships with Android 2.2.1 and the 2nd Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255. It’s clocked at 1GHz and is possibly the fastest process on a device since Samsung’s A8 Cortex Humming bird. Flash 10.1 comes on board show all your flash games from kongregate.com will play beautifully. HTC shipped the phone with their Expresso version of HTC Sense. Sense has always been a love/hate relationship. I love the simplicity of setting up social networks and email as well as the useful widgets. Extra features like the camera application take it to the next level. However, the UI doesn’t appeal to most hardcore Android users like myself. I always end up using Launcher Pro and throwing my own customizations anyways. That is the beauty of this phone and Android in general. You can make it YOUR phone.

During average use, I got a little lag here and there but that is NOTHING to be alarmed about. Even the best of them do it from time to time. I did notice that when I started to sync all my applications and contacts, most android devices are barely useable during that time, the 4G handled it very well. That goes to show that this new snapdragon is an improvement in my opinion.

Wifi Calling and tethering are available. Also loads of installed software like monopoly, rock band, and Qik for video chat.

Bottom Line

This would be a very hard choice between the HTC G2 and the myTouch 4G. While the g2 is vanilla and is blazing fast with only a 800Mhz processor, the myTouch 4G just takes the cake. The front facing camera is honestly a novelty at this point. There is nothing wrong with being prepared for the future. I am sure everyone would LOVE a tinychat android application that worked with the myTouch 4G or Galaxy Tab. The overall experience on the phone was above average and I would recommend this to anyone. While this phone may have the specs of the best of them, it still packs great user friendly software that will satisfy the novice.

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Matthew Gissentanna“>Matthew Gissentanna has written 380 posts for Gadget University

A self proclaimed technology enthusiast and Editor in Chief of Gadget University. Matthew is always on top of the latest news about tech. Unbiased reviews and opinions, this guy will give it to you straight. Being an Android and Apple fan may bother the fanboys more than it does him. He’s already biracial. Half Google and Half Apple. Follow him on Twitter @pushftw or @gadgetu_matt


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