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T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

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HTC's Sense UI has branched out to a myriad of handsets, and the HTC myTouch 3G Slide is yet another device to utilize it, though with some additional personalization. Relying on a 600MHz ARM11 CPU, the experience of Android 2.1 on the handset is more than acceptable as it provides for some smooth movements when navigating – although there can be at times some evidence of slowdown when you begin to push the handset to run multiple apps. There is also a makeover done to the app drawer as icons are encased in squares and perfectly follow a grid like display. All in all, it's still Sense at its core and we find the experience satisfactory.

Instead of the usual 7 home screens offered by most Sense devices, the one in use with the myTouch 3G Slide presents you with only 5. Still manageable for just about anyone, especially when there are options for different sized widgets. Some of the available widgets come with compact versions that do not take up much screen space, but others like FriendStream require a whole page. By the way, this is an application that provides the latest Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates from your relevant accounts. Moreover, it allows for simultaneous Facebook and Twitter status updates.

The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide presents you with 5 home screens - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide presents you with 5 home screens - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide presents you with 5 home screens - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide presents you with 5 home screens - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review

Instead of finding Scenes, which allow you to save the look of your home screens with all of its widgets, the feature has been re-branded to myModes which basically accomplishes the same thing by allowing you to save or change themes instantly. For all of that, myModes even allows for you to save specific sounds for things like notifications and your ringtone – so there's a healthy amount of personalization to be found.

myModes - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
myModes - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
myModes - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
myModes - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review


Messaging:

Obviously you'll probably want to rely on using the physical QWERTY for all your messaging needs, but if you happen to opt for the on-screen selection, you'll be treated to a decent variety. You can use the Swype keyboard that can be seen as a pretty fast way of inputting text, that is, if you're quite gifted in its unorthodox method. If that happens to not float your boat, you can always fall back to relying on the stock Android keyboard – which we did find to be quite responsive, but of course, its cramped confines might make you go back to using the physical QWERTY. Lastly, it offers Dragon Dictation which will translate any spoken words for you – we did find it to work well, but you'll need to enunciate well for it to recognize what you're saying properly.

You are allowed to set up several email accounts, but you will have to put up with the fact you cannot browse them at the same time, meaning only one can be active at a time. Like all other contemporary handsets, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide offers automated email set up if you are registered with a popular service provider. Still, all settings relating to specific servers, like our own, require manual entry (it seems only BlackBerry devices can automatically handle the task).

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review


Internet and Connectivity:

There are few faults to be found with the web browsing experience on the  myTouch 3G Slide as it provides for some decent load times, responsive scrolling, and that true desktop-like feel with its support for Flash Lite. Zooming can be accomplished by either double tapping a specific area or by executing either the pinch in or out gestures. For something packing an HVGA display, text can be definitely hard to make out from a zoomed out view, but luckily Android will automatically re-size them at pretty much any zoom level until you find it pleasing. In the end, the web browsing on the handset is pretty much on par with other similar Android smartphones.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide has a decent web browser - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide has a decent web browser - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide has a decent web browser - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide has a decent web browser - T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Review

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide has a decent web browser


You'll always be just a phone call away with the myTouch 3G Slide seeing that it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) device, but you're going to stay local if you plan on connecting via 3G speeds since it has dual-band (1700/2100 MHz) UMTS connectivity. Some of the alternate wireless options at your disposal include 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display3.4 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.50 x 2.30 x 0.60 inches
(114 x 58 x 15 mm)
5.90 oz  (167 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.7 hours talk time

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