T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
HTC's Sense UI has branched out to a myriad of handsets, and the HTC myTouch 3G Slide is yet another device to utilize it, though with some additional personalization. Relying on a 600MHz ARM11 CPU, the experience of Android 2.1 on the handset is more than acceptable as it provides for some smooth movements when navigating – although there can be at times some evidence of slowdown when you begin to push the handset to run multiple apps. There is also a makeover done to the app drawer as icons are encased in squares and perfectly follow a grid like display. All in all, it's still Sense at its core and we find the experience satisfactory.
Instead of the usual 7 home screens offered by most Sense devices, the one in use with the myTouch 3G Slide presents you with only 5. Still manageable for just about anyone, especially when there are options for different sized widgets. Some of the available widgets come with compact versions that do not take up much screen space, but others like FriendStream require a whole page. By the way, this is an application that provides the latest Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates from your relevant accounts. Moreover, it allows for simultaneous Facebook and Twitter status updates.
Instead of finding Scenes, which allow you to save the look of your home screens with all of its widgets, the feature has been re-branded to myModes which basically accomplishes the same thing by allowing you to save or change themes instantly. For all of that, myModes even allows for you to save specific sounds for things like notifications and your ringtone – so there's a healthy amount of personalization to be found.
Obviously you'll probably want to rely on using the physical QWERTY for all your messaging needs, but if you happen to opt for the on-screen selection, you'll be treated to a decent variety. You can use the Swype keyboard that can be seen as a pretty fast way of inputting text, that is, if you're quite gifted in its unorthodox method. If that happens to not float your boat, you can always fall back to relying on the stock Android keyboard – which we did find to be quite responsive, but of course, its cramped confines might make you go back to using the physical QWERTY. Lastly, it offers Dragon Dictation which will translate any spoken words for you – we did find it to work well, but you'll need to enunciate well for it to recognize what you're saying properly.
You are allowed to set up several email accounts, but you will have to put up with the fact you cannot browse them at the same time, meaning only one can be active at a time. Like all other contemporary handsets, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide offers automated email set up if you are registered with a popular service provider. Still, all settings relating to specific servers, like our own, require manual entry (it seems only BlackBerry devices can automatically handle the task).
Internet and Connectivity:
There are few faults to be found with the web browsing experience on the myTouch 3G Slide as it provides for some decent load times, responsive scrolling, and that true desktop-like feel with its support for Flash Lite. Zooming can be accomplished by either double tapping a specific area or by executing either the pinch in or out gestures. For something packing an HVGA display, text can be definitely hard to make out from a zoomed out view, but luckily Android will automatically re-size them at pretty much any zoom level until you find it pleasing. In the end, the web browsing on the handset is pretty much on par with other similar Android smartphones.
You'll always be just a phone call away with the myTouch 3G Slide seeing that it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) device, but you're going to stay local if you plan on connecting via 3G speeds since it has dual-band (1700/2100 MHz) UMTS connectivity. Some of the alternate wireless options at your disposal include 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.
1. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)
The Slide has been out for a few months and now you release a review?
2. lookitdisguy (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Yeah really you guys slipped up on this one...
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2801; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Cramped keyboard? I have used one before and the keyboard is great.
4. effdee1121 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Mar 2010)
you guys give this phone a 7.5 and you gave the HTC Aria an 8?
7. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
Right? This was a pretty bad review. Like Rory said also, the keyboard actually feels great.
5. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)
Yea i actually have a problem with this review its extremely late, and everyone else seems to love the keyboard in fact its the best one around and they say its cramped, they are saying its bulky when its thinner than the G1 and probably some of the other phones out there....It did not seem that much thicker than the Droid. The only thing that i can agree with is the stiff buttons on the phone, but even that is not a major issue. This is actually a great phone, that even i almost passed up on, if you have a mytouch already this is actually a great upgrade because of the 600 mhz processor and 512 RAM and ROM
6. hoods (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)
actually if you go into personalize you can expand it to 7 screens... i don't like the numbers sharing space with the top row of letters but it is still a great keyboard and it really isn't that big....
8. betheelynn (unregistered)
I recieved my phone on August 8th. I couldnt send or recieve MMS- pic messages. called tmobile and they said it was a known issue, Went through trouble shooting and was told that I should get an update by the 18th. August 19th no update. I called them again and they decided to send me a new phone. I recieved the new phone adn that dosent work for mms either. I recieved the update today 8/28 and the MMS still does not function. I have logged 47.5 hours on the phone with tmobile trying to get this resolved and all that i recieve in return is more bs. This phone is horrible and the customer service from tmobile is even worse.
9. yila (unregistered)
Seriously, why would you choose someone who stutters so badly and has an obvious speech impediment to do the video review? At times, it sounds like he's speaking another language. Also sounds like he had too much caffeine.
10. mhmd (unregistered)
It's an amazing technology.Thanks a lot HTC organization
12. rawr (unregistered)
my sister and me have this phone. Its been dropped on subways,sat on,fell on gravel, and onto a laminite floor. Theres only one scratch,and it works fine.
My phone was only dropped once, onto the carpet. It can take a fall relativly well (idk about the touchscreen,and we ddidnt have a cover or anyhting)