Google Nexus S vs T-Mobile myTouch 4G
With a cornucopia of devices vying for the top spot on T-Mobile's lineup, there are two that stand together all too closely to one another thanks primarily to their larger than life status. One of them is none other than the T-Mobile myTouch 4G which can be argued as the premier and latest HTC built device to wow customers all around. Conversely, Samsung was graced with opportunity of manufacturing the Nexus S which stands prominently as being the sole Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device on the market. Since they embody all the terrific high-end features you'd expect out of any premier phone out there, it's one difficult decision for any T-Mobile customer thinking about making the plunge for their next handset of choice.
Although they share the same slate form factor, just about everything else regarding their designs is completely different. Easily between the two, we feel that the T-Mobile myTouch 4G is the better built phone primarily because of its chrome bezel, metallic rear cover, and durable white plastic. However, it's not to say that we're not appeased by the minimalistic and clean look of the Nexus S, but when it's held in the hand, it's extremely noticeable that its all plastic construction does make it feel somewhat more prone – especially to attracting finger prints and scratches. Still, they're relatively the same size and manageable to hold, but we're not particularly too thrilled by the mash of design cues in use with the myTouch 4G. In the end, neither is particularly original, but there's just something about the myTouch 4G that blissfully provides that warranted sense of ownership thanks to its solid construction.
In the battle between the Super AMOLED display of the Nexus S and the Super LCD one on the myTouch 4G, there's no comparison as it's clearly evident that the extremely rich and saturated colors of the Nexus S are preferred. In fact, it's more distinguishable with the color black as it looks a bit more smokey in tone with the myTouch 4G. Despite its victory, both devices are able to establish clarity and detail thanks to their WVGA (480 x 400) resolution. Furthermore, their screen surfaces are slick to the touch which provides for accurate measures of responsiveness. Meanwhile, viewing angles are acceptably better with the Nexus S since you begin to lose visibility when tilting the myTouch 4G – which inevitably makes colors look washed out. Granted that you'll be content with the level of output with the myTouch 4G, you'll be instantly mesmerized by the Super AMOLED display of the Nexus S.
When you realize that you can barely recognize the capacitive buttons of the Nexus S even in the dark, that's when the physical buttons in use with the myTouch 4G utterly become a focal point. Not only are they easily pressed, but it's almost guaranteed that you won't accidentally press any one of them. In addition, we find an optical track-pad with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G that offers an alternative way of navigating.
Considered to still be a luxury with most devices released in the US, both smartphones offer 0.3-megapixel front-facing cameras which can be used for things like taking a self-shot or video chat.
Buttons below the displays
The Google Nexus S (top, right) and The T-Mobile myTouch 4G (bottom, left)
In terms of other physical buttons clinging onto the sides of both phones, we actually prefer the more prominently feeling volume rocker and dedicated power button of the Nexus S. That's because the ones with the myTouch 4G are recessed and don't offer enough response when pressed. However, we find the two-level shutter key with the myTouch 4G to be a convenient offering which enables you to start shooting photos at a heart beat.
Other commonalities include a 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, and 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash – but with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, it yet again offers the convenience of a microSD card slot. However, the Google Nexus S discretely implements an NFC chip, which is something that will come in handy down the road as the technology matures.
2. MyToucher (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 00:02 0 0
I don't know what they are talking about with the blackness of the screens. I have the MT4G and the black seems really dark to me. And the screen doesn't look faded unless it is about to sleep from non-use, and go in battery save mode. I have not had any connection problems and the internet is super fast with the new high speed processor. I got the MT4G with thinking about sending it back...preconcieved I wasn't going to be happy...but the longer I have it the more I like it. Now I have had it for two weeks and I think I have found the perfect phone for me. After reading this review, it just makes me like it even more. Way to go TMO! You scored on this one....
3. Guest (unregistered) posted on 27 Feb 2011, 11:27 0 0
Ummm, since when did "the things that matter most in a phone", NOT include voice call quality????? Funny review, I don't think you can call the MT4G a clear winner if you are someone who actually uses your phone to make phone calls.... The "S" cleans the MT4G's clock in that arena.
Oh, and just to keep the record straight, the "S" has Internet calling build in natively to the OS, that is why most people don't realize it can do it. Look in call settings for Internet Calls....
4. Whichtochoose (unregistered) posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:39 0 0
I want to buy one of these phones off Craig'slist but i dont know which to pick. The MT4G is cheaper, has more ram, sd card slot, and better camera. The Nexus has an amazing screen, better call quality, i think it looks better, bigger screen, curved display, and capacitive button (which i like). Which one should I choose?
5. ChrisF (unregistered) posted on 16 Aug 2011, 15:38 0 0
The MT4g they use in this review has a bad screen. The first MT4g I bought had the same issue. You can see it in the clock numbers when they have the phones tilted back. See the white line in the middle of the numbers? That's a bad screen. I took mine back and was able to get one with a nice crisp screen. If you are buying one from Craig's list you might want to ask about the screen and get a picture if you can.
7. kshell1 posted on 11 Jan 2012, 08:04 0 0
dumbass its an htc sense clock&weather widget it is a classic its supposed to do that
6. RobertG (unregistered) posted on 12 Sep 2011, 18:08 0 0
that's knot a bad screen dodo it's made to look like a flip numbered clock.