T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Review
Photo buffs, listen up! That’s because this photo-centric smartphone has a boatload of features in its arsenal to reel in anyone from afar. Peeking at its camera interface, it’s your standard fanfare with its column of settings icons on the left edge and on-screen shutter key on the right. Boasting a variety of shooting modes, we find things that include auto, sweepshot, clearshot HDR, burstshot, night, action, macro, portrait, and manual. With the latter, there are manual controls to adjust its ISO, exposure, contrast, saturation, and sharpness. All in all, you know that this is targeting individuals that want to surround themselves with a respectable point and shoot replacement.
zero shutter lag”, which means instant capture as soon as you hit that shutter key – and in fact, it works exactly like that! No worries about blurry looking shots with this one, that’s because it manages to maintain a steady appearance with even the fast moving objects. Moreover, we truly love how face detection is enabled by default to perfectly focus in on individuals even before our finger touches the shutter key – but luckily, touch focus is on board to specify what areas to hone in on.
So how’s the quality? Well, we can firmly say that it’s one of the best in HTC’s stable thus far with its overall glistening looks. Not surprising at all, it handsomely excels with outdoor shots thanks to its sharp looking visuals, spot on exposure, accurate color reproduction, and nice looking details. What’s more impressive is the always precise white balance it exhibits in all lighting conditions when it’s positioned to automatic. Likewise, shooting panoramic shots in sweepshot mode is effortlessly accomplished as it automatically compiles images perfectly together as you literally sweep an area with it. For even better results with contrasting highlights, clearshot HDR is most effective with brightly lit outdoor shots – albeit, it takes a longer amount of time to process the image. Finally, you get that hint of professionalism with macro shots as it nicely places that blurred effect with the background.
Equally, the handset manages to handle shooting 1080p videos quite well – though, there are some things that dirty its overall quality. Needless to say, we adore its consistent and smooth 30 frames per second capture, but it can drop to as low as 23 fps in lower lighting conditions. Looking at the results, it produces an average amount of detail, but generally has an over-exposed appearance that tends to make colors look washed out – plus, there is an occasional hint of artifacting going on as well. However, its biggest distractor is its shrill sounding audio recording. Despite those shortcomings, we’re still more than content with its overall good looking quality.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Sample Video:
Finding the usual Sense music player featured on other phones, its practical interface might not be filled with any noteworthy visual cues, but it’s nevertheless more than functional at heart. Enabling SRS Enhancement, it produces some prevalent bass tones that increase its overall capacity at the loudest setting – without sounding strained at all with its output.
Chugging ever so fluidly with high-definition video playback, the handset’s dual-core CPU operates at a high rate to offer a resounding experience. Playing a video encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, it maintains a smooth frame rate with its operation – while dishing up plenty of sharp looking details. And of course, its Super LCD display manages to cap off things with its rich color tones.
Unlike some of its competition, the handset doesn’t offer any physical connection for sharing multimedia content – but rather, its DLNA functionality proves to be a worthy alternative. Running the Media Room app, it’s the centralized area for all of the handset’s multimedia functions – like music, videos, and FM radio. Additionally, we find secondary functions like T-Mobile TV and Slacker Radio on board.
Preloaded with an 8GB microSD card, it’s undoubtedly a bit under the average with most $200 priced smartphones, but it supplements its internal 1GB capacity. Luckily, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in size to increase its worth.
Internet, Connectivity and Software:
Thanks to its HSPA+ connection, there’s no arguing that we’re grateful with its fast data speeds that allow complex web pages like ours to load up in no time. In addition, its navigational operation is more than responsive in giving up complete control in what we’re looking at, but its Flash support indeed rounds out its overall engaging experience. Just like most other high caliber smartphones, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is more than equipped in meeting the demands of even the heaviest users out there without stuttering in its performance.
Global travelers will like the handset very much since it can be used just about anywhere around the world for phone calls, but 3G and 4G data speeds can only be experience domestically through T-Mobile’s AWS band. However, you can still achieve 2G EDGE speeds with other network carriers. In terms of other connectivity items, the handset features the usual trifecta that include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and aGPS. Moreover, it features mobile hotspot functionality that allows it to share it data connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices close in proximity to it.
Packaged along with the customary set of Google applications out of the box, we’re treated with a handful of third party ones that will appease a broad range of people. Specifically, we find Bejeweled 2, doubleTwist Sync, KidZone, Netflix, Polaris Office, TeleNav GPS, Qik Video Chat, and Zinio Reader. As usual, we find most of T-Mobile’s presence as well with apps like Highlight, My Device, T-Mobile Mall, and T-Mobile TV.
1. box (unregistered)
Thank you for comparing it to the Sensation 4G, easily the most difficult choice to make in T-Mobile's current lineup!
2. jackasa (unregistered)
hmmm, mytouch 4g slide or the blackberry 9900?
7. kadar (unregistered)
BB will announce dual core in 2019
3. annoyed (unregistered)
GODDAMN STOP SAYING 'just because'!
IT GETS SO EFFING ANNOYING!
9. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)
the entire article is without the phrase "just because" so calm down
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Way too many phonearena users have serious anger issues.
4. lyfe (unregistered)
In another video there was a tv out option under the display settings. Is that mhl or what?
5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
they forgot to mention terrible audio recording (mostly when using camcorder) in CONS
14. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
"Equally, the handset manages to handle shooting 1080p videos quite well – though, there are some things that dirty its overall quality. Needless to say, we adore its consistent and smooth 30 frames per second capture, but it can drop to as low as 23 fps in lower lighting conditions. Looking at the results, it produces an average amount of detail, but generally has an over-exposed appearance that tends to make colors look washed out – plus, there is an occasional hint of artifacting going on as well. However, its biggest distractor is its shrill sounding audio recording. Despite those shortcomings, we’re still more than content with its overall good looking quality."
See that bit about audio recording? Yeah? You missed it.
6. nerdlust (unregistered)
Finally a highend phone with a keyboard on tomobile.
8. falter (unregistered)
Can't wait till this phone comes out in the UK! I'm hoping to replace my N900 - but it looks like I'll have to buy a bigger memory card to keep up with an older phone which is a shame.
11. blondieazn (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)
can the mytouch 4g download apps and games like iphone?
15. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Yes, it can. But seeing the kind of question you posed which undoubtedly will raise eyebrows everywhere there are people competently equipped with modern smartphone knowledge, I do believe it's best if you just go buy an iPhone.
16. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I'm hoping HTC releases a candybar 4.3 inch touchscreen phone like the HTC Sensation but with 1 or more GB of RAM and with superior camera like the myTouch 4G Slide. All minus the weaknesses in camcording, of course. While I do love HTC Android phones, what keeps me from buying the Sensation and replacing my Desire HD is the camera... Not that it's not good enough but knowing there is a model handset with a superior camera irks me. I love taking pictures of just about anything and if I'm going to be replacing my beloved DHD, it better be the best there is to suit my needs out there.
18. Daniel Brock (unregistered)
This phone is a complete piece of crap. The HTC software crashes on a regular basis, the wifi network settings work sporadically and it cannot sync with outlook as was advertised on T-Mobile's site. That's just a few of the problems with it. This phone is a complete piece of garbage. Don't waste your money on it.
19. forzanetti (unregistered)
"3G and 4G data speeds can only be experience domestically through T-Mobile’s AWS band"
is this true? I thought this device also supports UMTS 2100 band? so theoretically, as long as I bring this device to a country that supports UMTS 2100, I can use 3G?
can phonearena confirm this? thanks
29. blaze456 (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Oct 2010)
this phone is on ebay right now unlocked for $300..buy it and pop in a t mobile prepaid sim get the $30 5gb data unlimted text 100 mins and u good to go!
30. Android (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)
This phone is great, but the keyboard is not. I can't believe HTC put a poor quality keyboard on this phone. Physical keyboard buttons feel stiff and Touch screen keyboard is actually better for typing. This should have been HTC's main focus. I mean, it is suppose to text phone.