On the software side, it’s powered by Android 1.6 and provides the same level of experience we got out of the original one. Continuing with the musical theme, there are two applications that are found on the home screen – Solo and Musical. Both are heavily geared towards the talented musician inside of you – offering you a mix of instruments to play from guitars, keyboards, pianos, and a drum set. Not only can you play some tunes, but the Musical application allows you to use your handset as a metronome or tuner. Finally, the Fender name brings along a much needed visual upgrade to its music player – we’re going out on a limb by saying it’s a much needed refresher. Unlike the standard Android music player, you’re greeted to a coverflow-esque interface that allows you to move between songs or albums with an animation. It may not be smooth or intuitive as we would’ve liked, but its new presentation makes it stand clear above others. Throw in some songs by legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton; you’ve got yourself a good combo and marketing campaign between the two.
With so many Android handsets to choose from, it’s going to be difficult to see the Fender edition find its niche outside the musical-minded individuals out there. Still, it definitely compliments the existing lineup on T-Mobile – although its steep price tag my turn others away to similarly priced handsets that have better specs.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Specifications