T-Mobile myTouch 4G Review
Speed is undoubtedly the name of the game with the handset as it boasts a wicked fast second generation 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor that's capable of offering one of the utmost responsive experiences we've seen. From moving through the homescreen panels to launching applications, there is no stutter getting in the way of its goal with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. In fact, we're easily blown away with how much faster it accomplishes even the most basic of functions like scrolling, opening up the app tray, and even playing some demanding 3D games. Without question, those who pick up the handset will surely be impressed by its high level of performance as it quickly ascends to the top of the rankings among all other Android devices out there.
Even though it sports the same exact modified version of the Sense UI found with the myTouch 3G Slide, it's graced with all the blessing of Android 2.2 Froyo to give us the most up-to-date experience. Meaning, it'll offer things like tethering capabilities, native social networking integration, Microsoft Exchange server, and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Visually, we're not too fond of the overall look of this modified version of Sense, but some can learn to appreciate it. On top of being able to choose static or live wallpapers, the handset sports myModes which are basically preset customized themes which can be time activated to best suit your personal schedule. For example, you can set it to run the “Home” myMode to turn off email notifications so you focus on your family. Conversely, there is a “KidZone” myMode which disables access to messaging, the dialer, and much more so you can let kids play with the phone. Commonly found on other Sense enabled handsets, you can perform a pinching gesture or press the homescreen twice to get into helicopter view so you can visually see all your active homescreen panels all at the same time.
Social networking happy individuals will take a liking for the Friend Stream app and widget which essentially aggregates your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The one stop centralized hub will display the latest status messages and tweets from friends, allow you to post your very own status message, and will even allow you to upload a photo to your Facebook and Twitter accounts simultaneously. For those who heavily rely on these two specific services, Friend Stream will not only keep them up-to-date with the latest happenings, but it'll also lessen the time needed in going through two separate applications.
Seeing that the Genius Button is something that's synonymous with the myTouch line of Android smartphones, it'll enable you to accomplish a variety of tasks with the aid of your voice. In particular, you can call someone, send an email or text message, search the web, and even find a business that's local to your specific area. Powered by Nuance, its specialized system enables it to translate spoken words into text most of the time – in fact, we find the experience to be quite satisfactory.
In trying to drastically separate itself from the usual pack of handsets, the myTouch 4G is one of the very few handsets on T-Mobile's lineup to offer a front-facing camera. With super speedy HSPA+ connectivity in tow, Qik's Video Chat app is on board to offer the sincere option of seeing your callers in the flesh. However, the notion of it being offered is tainted solely due to its poor performance as it's accompanied with some major lag issues that hamper its usability. Not only did we have to battle the unresponsive nature of the service, but the speaker made voices sound extremely muted and difficult to comprehend.
Organizer & Messaging:
We're particularly fond of how Android 2.2 is able to link various contacts on its own with their respective social networking accounts to offer a centralized area where you can get all the specific information for each individual in your address book. If the handset is unable to figure it out, it'll manually come up with some suggestions which requires your approval to execute – but still, it does it so well. So when you click a person in your contacts list, it'll display all the common pieces of information you'd expect – plus things from the social networking accounts like status messages and birthdays. Furthermore, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G also includes the carrier's all too known “Faves” list which basically runs a dedicated interface with nifty scrolling effects to get you in touch with the most important people in your list.
Android 2.2 is able to link various contacts on its own with their respective social networking accounts
Even though it comes loaded with the Clock app which basically turns your handset to a virtual bedside alarm clock, the smartphone also comes with the Desk clock app that appears to be a more advanced version of the native Clock app. Intended to be used with the dock specific for the myTouch 4G, it has some additional functionality like seeing the current temperature, weather status, and upcoming calendar events that are tied to Facebook. There's also a dedicated Dim icon to reduce its brightness to make it more suitable for night time use. Within the app, you'll also have quick access to some other common apps like the music player, alarm clock, calendar, weather, and FM radio.
Thanks to its ability to sync with your Google Calendar, you'll always be on top of specific events no matter where you're at. Offering a variety of viewing options like day, week, month, and agenda views, setting up a new appointment works just like any other Android phone. If you happen to make one, it'll accept a variety of information related to that event – such as reminders, descriptions, location, and exact times.
Employing a 3.8” display is more than satisfactory when it comes to typing up messages – even more when there are a trio of input options available. First up, you've got the Sense keyboard which is one of the most precise ones out there on any phone since its layout mimics a regular keyboard. We specifically adore the fact that you have instant access to non-alphanumeric characters, like numbers and symbols, without the need of hitting some alternate symbol function. In fact, you can type one in by simply executing a long press on a specific button. Secondly, the Swype keyboard is a fantastic solution that enables advanced users like us to write up a mean text message swiftly and without much fault. Sure it has a steep learning curve for newcomers, but once the art is mastered, you'll find yourself rarely making any long pauses or mistakes. Finally, the Dragon Dictation keyboard is also available and combines a giant “Tap to Speak” button in addition to the stock Android keyboard. We're pretty surprised by its voice recognition prowess seeing that it manages to translate a sizable amount of spoken words without much fault. And even though the portrait options are all nice for the trio of input options, the landscape one proves to be more than spacious in being good to your fingers.
Gmail lovers will certainly find the Gmail app very appeasing since it offers an almost exact experience to what you get on a computer. Naturally, it's one of the biggest strengths for all Android smartphones out there since you're given that meaningful experience in all aspects of Gmail. Keeping track of conversations is a thing of the past seeing that emails are displayed in threaded view to allow users to backtrack their history. Moreover, you can set up more than one Gmail account on the T-Mobile myTouch 4G to consistently keep you satisfied. If Gmail isn't your kind of thing, the Mail app will enable you to set up just about any other email client out there. You simply provide your email address and password, and it'll automatically set up on the phone – however, it may require additional items if it's not something too familiar.
Aside from the usual Google Talk app loaded with the handset, it comes with Yahoo Messenger as an alternative instant messaging client. If neither is your cup of tea, you can download a host of others through the Android Market – such as Skype, Fring, and AIM.
As we mentioned already, the Android Market is a treasure trove for applications that's always growing, but there are a handful of other ones that come with the phone. These include the Amazon MP3 store, Asphalt 5, Monopoly, Screen Share, and T-Mobile TV.
1. spg2010 posted on 10 Nov 2010, 17:35 0 0
This is an awesome phone. Full shutdown to reboot to video conference on Yahoo is < 30 seconds. I was shocked at the speed.
T-mobile should promote Wifi calling more. In many areas it effectively means complete cell coverage. basements of buildings where no one has cell reception are no problem any more. Also not mentioned, normally phone battery drain due to constant cell scanning in bad/no reception areas, would mean my phone would drain 40-60% after 9 hours of use. I'm now only getting like 10%-20% battery drain per day due to the wifi-calling ability. I'm normally at 70%-80% battery remaining after 12 hours without charging. That's soooooo nice. I'm not sure if that's the case for all users and would love to hear feedback from other Wifi-Calling enabled users in bad reception areas. try it with Wifi off and with wifi + wifi calling on and see how your battery holds up. It does use Cell minutes but I think the tradeoffs are worth it. Being able to make cell phone minutes only calls from overseas so long as you have wifi access is a pretty sweet feature.
2. Peter (unregistered) posted on 11 Nov 2010, 16:49 0 0
I love everything about this phone except the battery. I unplugged it from the wall at 6:30 this morning on the way to work and now at 3:15 the battery reads 5%. I made one call today which lasted about five minutes. I've got to figure out what's going on, because this thing doesn't last but three hours with regular use. I might end up taking it back and getting the Vibrant.
3. iretard (unregistered) posted on 14 Nov 2010, 15:37 0 0
hi, i am iRetard and i like iphone.
4. B (unregistered) posted on 19 Nov 2010, 10:09 0 0
Try the advanced task killer app. It really saves my battery life.
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6. Lisa Thi Giang (unregistered) posted on 13 Jul 2011, 13:10 0 0
Hey is the mytouch 4 hard to use?