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T-Mobile myTouch Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Unfortunately, we’re extremely bummed by the fact that it’s running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread – as opposed to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich like a good majority of new devices nowadays. Worst yet, we’re not entirely sold on the heavily customized myTouch skin it’s flaunting, as it seems too antiquated. Well, the Genius button makes another appearance with this one, but it doesn’t pack the same inventive and enhanced functions that are seen with other newer services out there – like Google Now. Indeed, it’s nice being able to accomplish some things via voice, but that’s about the extent of its functionality. Lastly, who knows when it’ll get the ICS treatment.

The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review
The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - T-Mobile myTouch Review

The T-Mobile myTouch is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread


With its 4-inch display, the layout of its on-screen keyboard is a bit cramped in portrait to effectively type with little slowdown. And despite exuding a responsive performance, it tends to slow down a bit with its predictive text offering – albeit, it’s not too bad.

On-screen keyboard - T-Mobile myTouch Review
On-screen keyboard - T-Mobile myTouch Review
On-screen keyboard - T-Mobile myTouch Review
On-screen keyboard - T-Mobile myTouch Review

On-screen keyboard


Uncovering its core set of organizer apps, there’s nothing entirely too different with its functionality, as it falls in line to what we see with any other Android smartphone. Furthermore, we can say the same for the email experience with the Gmail app on board with the handset.

Dialer - T-Mobile myTouch Review
T-Mobile myTouch Review
Calendar - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Calculator - T-Mobile myTouch Review

Dialer

 

Calendar

Calculator


Being a T-Mobile device and all, it’s stuffed full with the carrier’s usual suspect of apps – these include 411 & More, Game Base, MobileLife Organizer, More for Me, Music Hub, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. As for preloaded third party apps, it consists of Amazon, Documents To Go, DLNA, Lookout, Monopoly Classic, Slacker Radio, TeleNav GPS Navigator, WildTangent, Words Free, and Zinio.

Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps - T-Mobile myTouch Review

Preloaded T-Mobile and third party apps



Processor and Memory:

Hardly going to raise any eyebrows nowadays, the T-Mobile myTouch is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor with 1GB of RAM. Interestingly enough, it handles navigating around the homescreen with a live wallpaper with few nagging issues – though, we do notice some choppy performance with other basic tasks. Thankfully, the noticeable performance issues don’t adversely affect its overall performance, but then again, its benchmark scores are nearly laughable by today’s stringent standards.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
T-Mobile myTouch 1749 3642 30
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6

Packing only 1.98GB of internal storage and another 579MB reserved for apps, you might want to invest in a microSD card to supplement its paltry capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

Page loads aren’t that much a problem for the myTouch, seeing that its HSPA+ connection is able to load our site to its entirety in a short amount of time. However, the experience is diminished by an extravagant amount of choppiness with its performance. In fact, it’s made even worse when heavy Flash content is encountered.


Web browser of the T-Mobile myTouch - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Web browser of the T-Mobile myTouch - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Web browser of the T-Mobile myTouch - T-Mobile myTouch Review
Web browser of the T-Mobile myTouch - T-Mobile myTouch Review

Web browser of the T-Mobile myTouch


Global travelers will be able to take this one abroad while retaining a data connection with most networks. As for other connectivity goodies, it features aGPS, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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posted on 31 Jul 2012, 10:03

1. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Saw it. Looks really good.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 10:21 3

2. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Good for you. Go be the first to buy that crap.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 02:43

7. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Come on, lubba, be nice! Every phone is good/decent in its own way, none of them is crap in any way. Plus, this is one of the better phones out there, so it is not crap as you mentioned.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 06:05

9. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Ok, its good for first time buyers. Just like first time home buyers. Yes its good.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 12:24

4. JunkCreek (Posts: 404; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


what has exclusively done to you people? arrogant. no strong without the weak. no best without worst. can't understand my words? that's what arrogant brings: moron.

heheheh. me so sarcasm. heheheh.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 15:56

5. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Is it just me or are they being overly harsh?
Those pictures were not fantastic but not nearly what I'd call "terrible"
6.5 seems a little ridiculous. Obviously can't stand up to say the SGSIII but it's not mwant to.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 02:56

8. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I would agree 6.5 is good score for this device. Granted, this is not targeted for power-users and certainly its price reflected that ($49.99 on 2yr contract), but it still lacks some things that makes it kinda horrible, such as Gingerbread when I have Jelly Bean on my GNex? I certainly don't think this score is ridiculous, but the 9.3 score on GSIII is injustice.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM8255T, Single core, 1400 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size4.50 x 2.46 x 0.41 inches
(114 x 62 x 10 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.1 hours talk time

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