T-Mobile myTouch 4G Review
Taking a photo is such a natural process with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G thanks to the dedicated shutter key. Luckily, there is approximately a 1 second delay after you press down the shutter key all the way down and for it to actually take the shot. In addition, we like the variety of effects options you can enable to liven up some of the photos you take – like the distortion one that takes some hilarious looking photos. In any event, there are also other options you can change to really fine tune the shot you're about to take.
Although it's not as stunning as the Samsung Vibrant, the handset's 5-megapixel auto-focus camera manages to take some average looking photos. In sunny conditions outdoors, it produces some neutral levels of detail that should suffice, but clearly lacks any distinct sharp lines. Thankfully, color reproduction is rather good with its ability to process natural looking tones that aren't overly too saturated – while still offering a distinct difference between identical color gradients. In lower lighting conditions, the overall appearance of the images slightly diminishes as it offers less detail and bland looking colors. However, the LED flash actually does a good job in capturing photos as colors look more vivid with a little bit more sharpness to them. But it's a hit or miss mark as the handset attempts to auto-focus in complete darkness without the aid of the flash turning on for a bit. Nonetheless, the myTouch 4G's photo taking capabilities should appease the casual point and shoot users.
As much as we'd love to see continuous auto-focus, the myTouch 4G at least offers you the option of touch focus as you're shooting a video. With 720p video recording on board, it should be no problem right? Well, it's actually not all that impressive versus the competition since it's a bit lax in visuals with its softer tones. However, it manages to move along fluidly seeing that it captures video at a rate of 29 frames per second. For what it's able to put on the table, its quality should also be more than forgiving for general users to accept. Clearly not the best looking videos, but it's more than acceptable for the occasional spontaneous moments out there.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Sample Video:
Following in tradition, you can view all of your videos and photos within the Gallery app – both in a grid-like view in portrait and a 2D carousel in landscape. And since this is Android we're talking about, you're given the ability to edit and share photos directly from the handset. Additionally, we do like how it offers the convenience of being able to see photo albums from Facebook friends and from a Flickr account.
In trying to add some glitzy looking visuals to a somewhat normally stale music player, we're pretty happy with the results found with the handset. Although it presents the normal set of customary items on-screen, like the album cover, controls, and song information, it manages to display lyrics as a particular title is being played. More like a karaoke than anything else, you'll always know the exact words of just about every song you play. Likewise, the 3D like carousel adds some flare to allow you to flick through songs without having to rely on the player controls. However, the audio quality from its speaker doesn't complement the slick presentation since it is rather crackly in tone and strains immensely when placed on the loudest volume setting.
Boasting a stunning looking display that does well to compete along other handsets using the best display technologies on the market, videos play extremely fluidly without no hiccups whatsoever. After loading a video trailer encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, it played at a phenomenal frame rate while looking ever so good with its sharp details and strong color tones. Furthermore, we also managed to load a DivX video, and just like what we experienced already, it didn't have any trouble in playing it to its entirety without any blemishes. If videos are your kind of thing, you won't be disappointed with the myTouch 4G with its fast playback and awesome looking display.
Sizing up with a reasonably measurable 8GB microSD card, there shouldn't be too much of an issue in accommodating the needs of most people. Unless you're doing plenty of high-definition videos, you can always replace it with card up to 32GB in magnitude.
Connectivity and Internet:
Such a stunning handset in many aspects, you'll naturally want to take along the handset abroad – especially when it offers quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual-band UMTS (1700/2100 MHz) connectivity. Albeit, there might be certain instances when you don't have sufficient connection to the network, the handset's 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi combined with the Wi-Fi calling app, will always keep you connected at all times. Besides that, you've also got Bluetooth in tow which will allow you to connect a variety of wireless devices to it.
Even before checking out the web browser, it's only expected for a super phone like this to offer a phenomenal experience that should mimic what you see on a desktop. Thanks to HSPA+ connectivity, complex web pages load in almost no time at all while being rendered properly like they should. With the presence of WVGA resolution, even the tiniest of text is discernible from a zoomed out view. And upon closer inspection, everything manages to come to life with Flash content playing without a hitch. Scrolling is tastefully smooth with very low distinguishable levels of choppiness to ruin the fun, while pinching gestures enables you to jump to specific zoom levels – all the while re-flowing text properly to fit the length of the display. Since that it maintains a high level of performance in all categories, the web browsing experience is truly appreciated by anyone.
1. spg2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)
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)
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)
hi, i am iRetard and i like iphone.
4. B (unregistered)
Try the advanced task killer app. It really saves my battery life.
5. JoelleA (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)
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6. Lisa Thi Giang (unregistered)
Hey is the mytouch 4 hard to use?