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T-Mobile myTouch 4G Review

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G Review
Emitting some subtle tones, its earpiece is less than equipped in handling noisy environments as you'll really need to shove it close to your ear to listen to anything. And even though there are some small traces of static that can be heard on our end, it doesn't deter us in making out the natural sounding voices we are subjected to. Conversely, our callers did say that they also were capable of making out our voices without much effort. However, the audio quality when using the speakerphone is less than invigorating when it produces some inaudible screechy sounds that makes it arduous in getting through conversations.

Normally getting an average of -77 dBm in signal strength around high coverage areas, it didn't manifest any dramatic changes during our testing in the greater Philadelphia region.

Shining so brightly in a wide array of categories, the one undeniable blemish to the somewhat unhindered exterior can be found in the battery life department. Packing a 1,400 mAh battery in its compartment, we were utterly disappointed with its output as it completely died once we hit the 10 hour mark on normal usage. Although light users might be able to get out a little bit more by manually setting brightness to its lowest option, heavy users will constantly need to recharge the handset if they don't want to find the unpleasant notion of having a dead smartphone. The manufacturer has it rated for 6 hours of talk and 288 hours of standby time.


Conclusion: 

If you can overlook the poor battery life it exhibits, you'll find the T-Mobile myTouch 4G to offer a high-level of performance that will appease almost anyone in the market for a smartphone. Just about everything radiates a polished feel, and fittingly, it can be regarded as one of the best handsets available on T-Mobile's lineup. And to make it stand out more from the other devices it's trying to compete with, the availability of HSPA+ connectivity and a front facing camera will undoubtedly add to its overall appeal. So when it's priced at $199.99 on-contract, you can't go wrong with a quality product from HTC's camp as it supplements T-Mobile's high-end Android lineup. It's going to be a tough call for customers shopping around for a smartphone, especially when you've got the Samsung Vibrant excelling in battery life and the T-Mobile G2 offering the convenience of a keyboard. Regardless, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G can't be ignored since it packs a whole lot of features into its streamlined body.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2; Build  1.17.531.2 CL277036; Software number: 1.17.531.2


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Pros

  • Brilliant display
  • Streamlined solid construction
  • HSPA+ connectivity
  • Ability to do video calls
  • Responsive and quick performance

Cons

  • Weak and screechy speakerphone
  • Poor battery life
  • Mesh of design styles
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posted on 10 Nov 2010, 17:35

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.

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 16:49

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2010, 15:37

3. iretard (unregistered)


hi, i am iRetard and i like iphone.

posted on 19 Nov 2010, 10:09

4. B (unregistered)


Try the advanced task killer app. It really saves my battery life.

posted on 04 Dec 2010, 03:56

5. JoelleA (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)


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posted on 13 Jul 2011, 13:10

6. Lisa Thi Giang (unregistered)


Hey is the mytouch 4 hard to use?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:52

7. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


almost like a normal HTC sense 2.1 UI.

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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.44 x 0.43 inches
(122 x 62 x 11 mm)
5.00 oz  (142 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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