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T-Mobile myTouch Review

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T-Mobile myTouch Review
Introduction:

Over the past two years, T-Mobile has introduced a variety of Android based smartphones under their “myTouch” label. Now it’s LG’s turn with the newest version simply being called the T-Mobile myTouch, which is basically a US variant of the LG Optimus Sol. This new myTouch smartphone has a contract price of $80 (though it can be purchased for less during holiday sales), and includes a modest band of features, including a 1GHz processor, 3.8” AMOLED display, and a 5MP camera, while the device is running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

Included in the retail box is the T-Mobile myTouch by LG smartphone, 2GB microSD memory card, 1540mAh battery, wall charger with microUSB cable, and user guides.


Design:

Unlike other inexpensive smartphones that may have a cheap and flimsy feel to them, the T-Mobile myTouch actually feels well-made and sturdy for the price, though plastic is used throughout.

The T-Mobile myTouch actually feels well-made and sturdy for the price, though plastic is used throughout - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch actually feels well-made and sturdy for the price, though plastic is used throughout - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch actually feels well-made and sturdy for the price, though plastic is used throughout - T-Mobile myTouch Review

The T-Mobile myTouch actually feels well-made and sturdy for the price, though plastic is used throughout


T-Mobile myTouch Review

You can compare the T-Mobile myTouch with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Its all-black monolithic design won’t win any fashion awards, but we welcome the soft-touch coating on the back, which provides a nice grip, and its overall thinness at 0.39” thick.

As we mentioned earlier, the front of the T-Mobile myTouch is predominantly occupied by the 3.8” WVGA  480x800 resolution AMOLED display. It is able to provide saturated colors and pure blacks so that images are eye-pleasing, and text is also crisp looking. We were also pleased with its outdoor visibility in sunny conditions.

Located above the display is a front-facing VGA camera, and at the bottom are three capacitive buttons for accessing the menu options, home, and back. Our only complaint here is that the buttons only light up for 5 seconds when pressed and then go dark, which means if you using the phone in a dark environment, you have to fumble around until you press one of them so they will light up. The top side of the smartphone is populated by a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB port protected by a removable cover, and a power/lock button. There is also a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, which often isn’t included on lower-priced smartphones. However, the volume rocker on the phone's left side could have been exposed better, as it feels flush with the surrounding plastic.

Front - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Front-facing VGA camera - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Android buttons - T-Mobile myTouch Review

Front

Front-facing VGA camera

Android buttons


Top side - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Left side - T-Mobile myTouch Review

Top side

Left side


Removing the rear battery cover will allow you to gain access to the SIM card slot and the pre-installed 2GB microSD memory card.

Rear camera - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Battery cover removed - T-Mobile myTouch Review
microSD card slot - T-Mobile myTouch Review

Rear camera

Battery cover removed

microSD card slot



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posted on 29 Nov 2011, 04:19

1. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Tmo can do better but why aren't they?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 06:37

2. mschmal (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Wouldn't it make more sense to get a Sensation or a My Touch Slide?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 06:51 1

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


An entry-level device with an amoled screen, good build quality, a front facing camera, and 4G...
Why the heck did it get only a 6.5?
This is an awesome phone that you can get for free (at least online).
While the camera may not look great to you, it'll probably look just fine to any normal user who this phone is for. Did ya'll forget that this is an entry-level device? Or at least priced as such?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:24

4. asder24 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I don't recall the last time Phonearena gave a low to mid range phone anything over a 7.5 (Exhibit 4G II I think). If this came out last year it'd be considered high end. AMOLED display, 4G, good call quality, good sized screen at 3.8", and at $279 off contract it'd be a great replacement phone or something to tide you over until your next upgrade.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 20:04

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Agreed, considering the fact the phone is free on contract and only 279 off contract. You can easily buy a brand new one off contract without any worries. When was the last time you saw any smartphone in general at 279 off contract? Most of the even low end cheap ones are about 400 dollars off contract. So this should be rated by the price tag, not compared to the 300 dollar ON contract phones.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 09:29 1

5. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


not an iphone... end of story... -____-

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 00:57

9. Doakie (Posts: 1322; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Dude... So many reviews I've seen or read on this phone has said, “3.8" screen? Meh...” But most of those same sites have gone giddy over the iPhones 3.5" screen. Hypocrites. This myTouch is a prime competitor to the $99 iPhone 4. Slightly larger AMOLED screen, faster 42Mbps HSPA+ radio than the 14.4Mbps AT&T radio, insane amounts faster than the Verizon or Sprint EVDO 700Kbps radio. Honestly I'm thinking if getting one to replace my HD7 because they're freakin cheap and I'd like a hotspot that has a 42Mbps radio instead of my 7.2Mbps radio...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 15:57

6. joseg81 (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


the myTouch line has seen it's ups and downs. this one is definitely a low...the biggest thing i see wrong is all the dead space around the screen. also what's the deal with a smartphone without a flash? really??

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:43

7. asder24 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I don't think this or the Q is equivalent to the MT4G or MTS4G, but rather an extension to the MT line to include midrange options. I see it as more of a successor the Optimus T to be honest. The space at the bottom of the screen I think is an LG thing to prevent accidentally hitting the capacitive buttons. IMO it seems like wasted space and makes the screen seem smaller than it is.

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T-Mobile myTouch

T-Mobile myTouch

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.50 x 0.40 inches
(122 x 64 x 10 mm)
3.80 oz  (108 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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