T-Mobile myTouch Review
Included on the T-Mobile myTouch is the LG Optimus user interface, which is running above Android Gingerbread. There are a total of 7 homescreens that you can customize with a nice selection of widgets, including specific ones from T-Mobile called MobileLife that will show a calendar with appointments or even a shopping list.
At the bottom of the homescreens are icons for accessing the phone, messaging, browser, and applications list. There is also T-Mobile’s Genius Button that uses voice recognition for completing tasks, such as calling people, sending messages and emails, searching for local businesses, etc.
The only thing we found missing was any type of skin or themes for the desktop, such as what is included with smartphones using the HTC Sense UI.
Running the whole show is a 1GHz MSM8255 chipset by Qualcomm, which features the Adreno 205 GPU. You also get 512 MB of RAM, which is a fair amount for a mid-range device. The experience is pretty smooth for the most part, with only an occasional hiccup every once in a while.
Typing on the on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard does take some getting used to, as the display seems somewhat narrow when used in portrait mode, but it doesn't take long before you get the hang of it. When it is in landscape mode, typing on the virtual keyboard is much easier as it is well-spaced and sufficiently responsive.
Internet and Connectivity:
Using the included WebKit based browser works well with most web site, but ones that rely heavily on Flash content feel sluggish and unresponsive. We don’t believe this to be a fault of the browser, but has more to do with the lower-end hardware that is used on the T-Mobile myTouch, as higher-end Android smartphones can run Flash sites with little to no lag.
One feature that we’re glad to see on the device is the inclusion of 4G, which allowed the PhoneArena.com site to fully load in 25 seconds. When using the SpeedTest.net app, we were able to achieve download speeds up to 8 Mbps, though we did see this drop to 3-4 Mbps during peak times, and uploads were generally between 1-2 Mbps. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n is also on board, as is Bluetooth 3.0 that can save up to 100 parings.
2. mschmal (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Wouldn't it make more sense to get a Sensation or a My Touch Slide?
3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; 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?
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.
8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; 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.
9. Doakie (Posts: 587; 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...
6. joseg81 (Posts: 153; 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??
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.