T-Mobile myTouch Review
Located on the back of the T-Mobile myTouch we find an average 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus. Its interface offers a handful of shooting scenes, face detection, and the ability to take panorama photos, which is enough to satisfy the needs of the casual photographer. Unfortunately, there is no LED flash, so forget about taking any pictures in dark environments.
When looking at the pictures that we took outside on a sunny Florida day, we noticed that most of them had a bit of a cool-bluish hue. This causes colors to look unnatural and even washed-out at times. We also noticed there is a tendency for bright areas to be over exposed, which causes a loss in fine detail. Indoor pictures were problematic as well, as the Auto White Balance showed issue under artificial light. Detail was also poor and there was a lot of grain in low-light images. Overall, we’re not impressed with the camera, but for the price of the smartphone, it’s OK to use on occasion.
Videos can be recorded at 1280x720p resolution, but the quality is below par. Details are missing, and videos look shaky even when holding the phone still with both hands. Even though videos are recorded at 30 frames-per-second, we did notice some trail-effects while cars moved across the screen.
T-Mobile MyTouch Sample Video:
It may be rather basic, but the audio player that the T-Mobile myTouch comes with will get the job done. It can list your tunes by artist, album or by song name, and a set of media controls are always easily accessible through the Android drop-down notification bar. When it comes to playing back flicks, the built-in video player handles MPEG4 and DivX/Xvid videos of resolutions up to 720p HD. Thanks to the AMOLED display, watching videos on the LG myTouch is a fun experience.
Also included is the T-Mobile TV HD app, which you can use to play pre-recorded videos or stream live TV channels – though the live TV list is limited to only 26 videos channels (some of which are dedicated to only music videos). When clicking on a video, it buffers for about 5 seconds before starting playback. Image quality is good for the most part, but we did notice that occasionally the video would slow down for a few seconds and the speed back up to normal.
Additional apps that come installed on the myTouch are Slacker radio, SmartShare (for DLNA media streaming over home Wi-Fi), TeleNav GPS Navigation, Twitter, QIC Video Chat, Tetris, Yelp and Zino Reader. There is also Polaris Office that can be used to open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, and Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Naturally, you can download a wide variety of apps from the Android Market.
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: 965; 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: 594; 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.