Blurry looking shots give us the first look at the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide
As its name implies, it’s going to be flaunting support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ data network – while retaining some distinguishable characteristics of the original myTouch 4G. Specifically, you can see from the images that it’s retaining the same intricate looking chrome accent with its earpiece, but it’s also showing its ties to the original myTouch 3G Slide with its landscape style QWERTY keyboard.
In terms of software, the model shown is running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC’s latest Sense UI 3.0 layered on top of it. Moreover, it’s reported that the handset runs “just as smoothly as the HTC Sensation” and that it’s also “much faster than the myTouch 4G.” Additionally, the smartphone employs an 8-megapixel shooter and shiny looking metal back cover in the rear.
Knowing that we're literally right around the corner from seeing the HTC Sensation 4G, would you rather overlook it in favor of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide?
1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh no! they're still going through that ugly phase of myTouches! D:
3. spearman (unregistered)
Just as ugly as the Verizon "Droid" line they keep pushing.
4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
uh, no sir! every phone in the Droid line is nice and streamlined looking with nice choices of material. with these recent iterations of the the myTouch line there's all these distasteful chrome accents and cheap feeling materials. it's like putting Auto Zone rims and those little tacky diamond things on a Chrysler 300.
5. HenryW (unregistered)
As "ugly" as the design make look the myTouch 4G has a nice solid feel to it and is the most durable phone I've ever seen/used. Besides, it's all opinion and personal preference. Some people like their phones glassy and flimsy some people don't.
6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you need to feel more high-end phones my friend.
7. HenryW (unregistered)
I have felt plenty. I work at Sprint as a T-Mobile customer. I'm not quite sure how you would want the myTouch 4G to feel better. It IS a bit heavy sure, but the design on it wasn't just hashed together in a rush.It feels just as good as the rest of HTCs/Motorolas high end phones. Only phone I can say is really above them all is the Nexus One.
8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
good examples would be of course the iPhone 4, the Droid X & 2, LG's G2x and Quantum, HTC's Arrive and the Motorola Defy. i actually surprised myself with how many LG phones i thought of but yeah, those are my idea of good feeling phones. most of them are heavy but i like heavy phones, it brings about a nice premium feeling.
9. HenryW (unregistered)
I would agree with most of those with my only disagreement being the iPhone 4. Sure it feels "nice" because it's wrapped in glass. Problem is the glass is just a terrible design move and makes it prone to breaking/cracking. I'll agree with you that the myTouch 4G doesn't -look- too great but it has a great feel with even better durability. Only thing that would trump it would have to be a Galaxy S phone because of the Gorilla glass. Even then those scratch a lot because of the plastic.
10. HenryW (unregistered)
I also forgot the Droid 2. Still has a chin on it. Why?
11. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the iPhone 4 feels great all the way around, ask anybody. the brushed aluminium spine with the glass coating like you mentioned makes it feel like a million bucks and i'll respond to your complaint about the glass the same way i always do, you'd just get a case for it just like you SHOULD for your myTouch but case or no case the iPhone feels great and as for Samsung, i don't much care for their plastic material, sure it has gorilla glass but that's not the only part of the phone i want to be sufficiently protected and Samsung doesn't deliver. the Droid 2's chin is a tasteful design decision i think, it gives the design a little bit of character but it's not something i'll be sad to see go with the Droid 3, this is my primary phone and i'm satisfied with it enough to replace it for the next successor when it comes out.
12. HenryW (unregistered)
You shouldn't HAVE to put a case on your phone just because a manufacturer makes a phone that feels nice but is actually more flimsy than a wine glass. The glass is exposed on the side and edges which is where most phones land when dropped. People don't drop their phones parallel to the ground. You shouldn't have to buy a case for your phone just because the manufacturer chose a bad design that would only give the illusion of the phone having a nice feel. For the Droid 2s chin I guess to each their own. It isn't hindering peoples use of the phone but I haven't met anyone that actually likes it.
13. icepikk (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)
I agree that when it comes to feel, there is nothing on the level of the iPhone 4. Sure it is glass and can crack on BOTH sides, but I agree that every single phone out now should have a case. If for no other reason than you're holding a device that retails for at the least a few hundred bucks, so why would you not want to protect it. No matter how well the design is made, things happen. Wrong angles, high altitudes, etc. can cause disaster to any phone out now. That's why companies like Otterbox can sell their hugely protective cases for a lot of $$$, because it's protecting an expensive investment. The Samsung line may have nice protective screens, but the lightness and all that plastic equals disaster if dropped wrong, and for something that is in your hands more than anything else, why would you not protect it? So if I'm gonna put a case on any device anyways, I want it on the best design, and that would be the iPhone.
14. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i didn't say you HAVE to put a case on it, i'm just saying you should. i live in a house with stone tile and if anything hits that it's done son so it's always just a better idea in the long run to have a case on whatever phone you buy cause you just never know when it's going to fall and hit something you wish it never hit without protection. besides your argument is kind of pointless since the spine is typically what's protected on an iPhone 4 with a case. remember Antennagate? well i haven't heard anybody say "man that Droid 2 is a great phone but if it just didn't have that chin..."
15. HenryW (unregistered)
I shouldn't need to put a case on a phone like this. You expect something your paying top dollar for to be made well and not break on one drop. Which all of my phones have been. Nexus One, G2 and MT4G. Have dropped them all repeatedly on pavement or worse and the worst I've gotten were scratches. Your argument of "Put a case on it just in case" is silly. It's going on What-ifs and not facts. I have never heard anyone say (You being the exception) "I fucking love the chin on the Droid 2".
17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well whether or not you think it can or not it's more of a better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it kind of thing. i've never had the pleasure of handling a Nexus One and i thought about mentioning the G2 in my list of quality feeling phones but that hinge mechanism really turns me off from it. the myTouch 4G uses a straight up glossy, plastic spine and this cheap feeling, textured, aluminum back and cheap feeling buttons along with what i think are tacky chrome accents on the speaker grill and FF camera but see with a case i wouldn't have to settle for a myTouch 4G because it's durable, i could get a nicer feeling G2x and just slap a case on it and have a nicer feeling phone that's just as durable. my point was the Droid 2 is a very nice phone that only deviates from a simple design with the chin and i don't really encounter anybody that's turned off from the whole design because of the "chin" you seem to think is so obtrusive for you to bring it up. that's picking straws and not very big ones at that.
24. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh and i can't believe myself for forgetting this but the Motorola Devour may be the most durable phone i've EVER had, Motorola would do well to take design cues from it in designing a new Droid in the series. i'd have that phone TODAY if it had gotten updates like i think it should have.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the mytouch 4g is made out of brushed aluminum and glass. it is a heavy piece of metal of a phone. What "high quality" materials is it missing? The iphone4 is made out of glass and aluminum. The sensation is (gorilla) glass and aluminum. Its also all in your head. a 1/4 mm piece of aluminum is no more durable than a piece of plastic. BENDING is a SIGN of durability. flexable materials are more durable than static ones as they are harder to break.
I really dont see your point. I think your confusing the all plastic mytouch 3g and 3g slide with the mytouch 4g. the 3g and slide were ment as a mid range phone/slider. the 4g was ment as a top tier phone.
18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the myTouch 4G is not real metal. get any of Motorola's Droids and you'll know what real metal is. nobody brought up the Sensation guy because no one has FELT it here but i'm sure it's probably a very nice feeling phone like Phone Arena has stated in their review of the unit. as for any BREAKING it's highly unlikely on any phone but scuffs and scratched are more prone on plastic than on any metal materials with the soft touch coatings.
21. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
soft touch coating scratches pretty easily in fact. painted aluminum scratches pretty easily.
is there a "fake metal"? because all the MT4G's ive held.. and ive sold quite a few, have been made of glass, aluminum, and a spat of soft touch coating on the corners.
aluminum is nice, but it is not some mystical high end material. you can buy a roll of aluminum foil for a buck which is way more aluminum than what is in any phone. You can get a can of coke for less than a buck. the only difference? thickness and a little paint.
as far as all plastic.. ive had a vibrant for what.. 10 months or so.. and there isnt a scratch on it. and its been dropped, thrown, and abused by my kids. All that is is gorrilla glass and "cheap plastic". My metal and glass phones have all been scratched n dented to hell. Not one of them would have stood up to kid abuse either.
So ill take "cheap plastic and gorilla glass" over "premium" wanna be glass and aluminum.
22. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
oh, btw, ive felt droids, and ive felt the sensation. we have the dummies in our store which is just a real phone with a picture behind the glass. they are even weighted properly.
The sensation fits in the hand quite nicely for its size.
im unimpressed with the Droid's build quality actually. If you think that's premium, you've been missing out.
23. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you're seriously putting the myTouch 4G's build quality in a higher league than Motorola's Droids? you've got to be joking. i can get a plastic toy from a vending machine and it cost me 50 cents only difference is thickness and a little paint. think before you speak guy. your logic is not relevant here. on a PHONE aluminum feels much better than plastic. as for the Sensation, why are we even talking about it? i don't doubt it feels good. this is all about the myTouch 4G which is surrounded in cheap, glossy plastic not any soft touch coated material. also the Sensation JUST came out, the Motorola Droid line has some of the better construction out of the phones from it's time, the Droid X & 2 i've had look as new as the day i bought them, my plastic Droid Incredible however has quite a few scuffs and scratches and all of them have seen their share of falls and the most recent one i got is the Incredible in early November. see, i should've gotten a case for it. the Sensation however might be a little more premium feeling to today's standards.
26. HenryW (unregistered)
I went out and came back and I'm not surprised to see that you're still at it. You think the plastic on the Droid series is more durable than the MyTouch 4G. You've obviously never held a MT4G and are just going by what you've seen online. In terms of durability both are by FAR superior to the iPhone and it's poor glass design. Why you have such a disdain for the myTouch is behind me. The buttons aren't cheap yet you're trying to claim other wise. You're making baseless criticisms. Also, judging by your little display pic you're also a hipster.
29. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i have all of the Droids minus the Eris and i have a friend that has a myTouch 4G that i check out often enough. Motorola's Droids aren't plastic, they're all metal. the iPhone's design is far from poor, it has class and it feels durable. it may not actually BE as durable as you're myTouch apparently is but that's irrelevant because you just get a case for it. feel the ones on the Droid X and Charge and you'll see what i'm talking about. the myTouch's are much too recessed and small. maybe i should rephrase my opinion on the buttons because the materials aren't so much the problem, it's how they were designed that's unattractive. hey, you started that little back and forth guy and i'm not trying to make a cellphone debate into a personal attack either.
31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh actually i don't have an original Droid either, i forgot about it.
32. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
can you tell me where all this cheap glossy plastic is on the mytouch 4g?? id love to know. ive sold hundreds of them and i have yet to find one that is covered in "cheap glossy plastic". again, i think your confusing the mytouch 3g with the 4g. Every comment your making fits the old mytouch, not the mytouch4g which is all glass, aluminum, soft touch, and larger buttons.
And the front of the most of droids are plastic.. oi.
Also, BTW, Droid is a BRAND name, its not a manufacturer. Sammy, HTC, Moto, and LG ALL make "droids". Its just what VZW calls their android line up. There isnt anything special about them. Mytouch is a brand name, but they are all made by HTC.
For most people, HTC has a much higher build quality reputation than motorola which seems to be the "droids" that you are touting.
And by making that plastic comparison to my aluminum analogy, you proved my point without realising it. My point was they are both uber CHEAP materials so dont get stuck on which one "feels" more premium because NEITHER are.
Your a frikkin idiot that hasnt made a solid point yet... nor do u seem to know anything about what you are talking about. so, have a nice day. :)
35. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the areas wrapped around the phone that come in assorted colors. you know what i'm talking about. it feels the same as the other myTouches. you can barely even tell it's plastic and the rest is metal which i prefer. i know that, why is that relevant? i specified over and over which manufacturers i was talking about and LG doesn't have a Droid, shows how much you know. Motorola doesn't make as MANY high end phones as HTC does, not to mention how popular they are in Europe where Motorola barely exists.
i wouldn't want manufacturers to make millions of phones with ACTUAL premium materials raising the prices of the phones exponentially guy. my point is that purely on phones metals feel more premium than plastic, same with most things.
i've made my point but you refuse to see it so i'll just summarize it for you so it's easier for you to understand. Metal feels better than Plastic. Metals are more scratch resistant than Plastics. on a Phone that's what really counts.
38. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
LG doesnt have a Droid out, yet.. its about to launch. so yea, LG does have a "Droid".
That "area" your talking about is only painted on the white model. on the black/red/purple models it is all soft touch coating. Since the white is the least sold, its not that big of a deal.
Moto makes the droidX/X2, droid 2, Atrix, Bionix, and a bout a half dozen other high end phones. you still have no point.
can you find a study that shows painted metal is more scratch resistant than hard plastic? because i cant find one. And in my time on this planet, i've found good plastics to be much more durable than painted tin. But if you prefer that, then fine.
Besides, most people use cases anyways, so it really doesnt make a difference at all what its made out of.
39. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
no one has heard of your imaginary LG Droid guy.
the white one is the only one i've seen and i had no reason to believe that the other ones were any different and if they are i'll reevaluate it when i see one of the different colored models but that white just feels cheap and i stand by that so i apologize for my lack of knowledge.
yeah, those are a few but HTC has MORE around the globe and besides the Bionic isn't even out.
it's stated in PA and Engadget reviews, they praise their scratch resistance and i've never had a problem with it like i've had with plastic. that's what i've been saying all along in this thread. that's why having a phone that FEELS better is more important.
41. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
LG Revolution. It is on VZW. All VZW phones are referred to as "Droids" if they carry the official moniker or not.
42. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh really? who told you that? because if there's not an official "Droid" moniker then it's not a Droid. you really wanna know the difference? Verizon puts millions of dollars into their "Droid" ad campaign so "Droid" is pretty much a household name now. the Droid X and Incredible were among the top 5 selling phones in 2010 because of their ad campaigns, of course it was also because they were great phones but everyone KNEW it. now when you have a "Droid" branded phone you're pretty much guaranteed to get any Android update the hardware can support pretty promptly. why? because a lot of people have Droids unlike the other non-Droid branded phones on Verizon's line-up, either they take their time with the updates or they don't get any at all.
25. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Is it me or is thumperd a new troll on phone arena???
27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you're trolling by calling me a troll you troll. people just always seem to want to debate with me. everything i'm saying is my honest opinion. i'm not TRYING to piss people off like you are right now.
36. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
:D I didnt say i wasnt :P. Little Advice. DOnt argue with Sniggy, or Android troll. They are annoying as F*ck
37. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
thanks for the advice but i don't argue, that's for closed minded people, i get into debates with people. i'm completely open to listening if they have some good points or if i don't have evidence to the contrary...
40. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
sniggly can make a good point here n there. Androidtroll is exactly as his name implies. He's as bad as many of those crazy religious ibots. Then again, i think he likes it that way.
43. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, Sniggly is alright and i don't think i've ran across Androidtroll yet.