T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Review

Rejoice! The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is upon us! Well, we can rejoice in possibly seeing an HTC branded Android smartphone excelling in the photo-taking department, where other high-caliber HTC devices have failed  in the past. Without question, we’re seemingly excited about this one because its camera is heavily touted as possibly being one of the best out there, which is interesting considering that photo capture isn’t one highlight you’d expect out of a QWERTY based handset. Nonetheless, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide isn’t a slouch in any way because it packs some beefy hardware under the hood to give its rivals a good run for their money. Sporting that all too sentimental golden price of $200 on-contract, the recently released HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile’s lineup might have something to be scared about.

The package contains:

  • T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Terms & Conditions


On the surface, the handset retains that recognizable design footprint featured amongst the myTouch family line and essentially looks like an exact facsimile to the myTouch 4G, which we can tell with its ornate looking earpiece grill and placement of physical buttons beneath its display. Compared to its predecessor, we like the fact that it feels remarkably polished with its more solid construction, sturdier plastic exterior,  and less bulky appearance (0.54” thick). Still, it packs quite a bit of weight in the hand, but it only contributes to its refined outlook. Overall, it’s undoubtedly a better product than its predecessor, but doesn’t come off as something more appealing in design compared to some other QWERTY based smartphones – like the T-Mobile G2 or Motorola DROID 3.

You can compare the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

This time around, it receives a larger 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) Super LCD display that manages to capture our attention with its sharp details and vibrant color tones – though, it’s not as rich as a Super AMOLED Plus panel. Nevertheless, it’s vibrant enough to retain its glistening color production at all viewing angles. However, its brightness level is rather reserved in output because we’re still finding ourselves needing to shield it from the sun in order to visibly see anything on screen.

Becoming more extinct nowadays, it’s refreshing to find an optical trackpad still in play with the handset, which allows for an easier time in placing the cursor. Also, this HSPA+ enabled handset features that ubiquitous front-facing camera for video chatting. However, we don’t like the fact that its dedicated power button and volume rocker are extremely flat looking – making it very difficult in feeling them out.

Already, we’ve seen devices like the T-Mobile G2 and Sidekick 4G kicking butt with their fantastic keyboards, but sad to say, the one on the myTouch 4G Slide is a step backwards. First and foremost, there isn’t much resistance with its manual sliding mechanism, which locks into place when it’s completely opened. Once that’s done, we’re greeted to its 4-row QWERTY keyboard that employs some rectangular flat buttons. Although we’re still able to feel them out with our fingers, we’re not thrilled with the stiff response we’re greeted with when pressing down on them. In fact, it actually inhibits our ability to speed type effectively seeing that it requires a firm press to get it to recognize anything.

Prominently featured in the rear, we find its elevated 8-megapixel auto-focus camera and dual-LED flash that’s arguably the center piece of the entire phone. With its backside illuminated sensor and F2.2 lens, it provides for a wider aperture to excel in low lighting conditions, which should hopefully translate to producing downright beautiful looking photos. Yanking the soft touch rear cover, we gain access to its 1,520 mAh battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot – the latter of which is occupied with an 8GB card.

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide 360-degrees View:



1. box unregistered

Thank you for comparing it to the Sensation 4G, easily the most difficult choice to make in T-Mobile's current lineup!

2. jackasa unregistered

hmmm, mytouch 4g slide or the blackberry 9900?

7. kadar unregistered

BB will announce dual core in 2019

3. annoyed unregistered


9. koutrelakos

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

the entire article is without the phrase "just because" so calm down


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Way too many phonearena users have serious anger issues.

4. lyfe unregistered

In another video there was a tv out option under the display settings. Is that mhl or what?

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

they forgot to mention terrible audio recording (mostly when using camcorder) in CONS

13. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

They didn't.

14. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

"Equally, the handset manages to handle shooting 1080p videos quite well – though, there are some things that dirty its overall quality. Needless to say, we adore its consistent and smooth 30 frames per second capture, but it can drop to as low as 23 fps in lower lighting conditions. Looking at the results, it produces an average amount of detail, but generally has an over-exposed appearance that tends to make colors look washed out – plus, there is an occasional hint of artifacting going on as well. However, its biggest distractor is its shrill sounding audio recording. Despite those shortcomings, we’re still more than content with its overall good looking quality." See that bit about audio recording? Yeah? You missed it.

6. nerdlust unregistered

Finally a highend phone with a keyboard on tomobile.

8. falter unregistered

Can't wait till this phone comes out in the UK! I'm hoping to replace my N900 - but it looks like I'll have to buy a bigger memory card to keep up with an older phone which is a shame.

11. blondieazn

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

can the mytouch 4g download apps and games like iphone?

15. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Yes, it can. But seeing the kind of question you posed which undoubtedly will raise eyebrows everywhere there are people competently equipped with modern smartphone knowledge, I do believe it's best if you just go buy an iPhone.

16. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'm hoping HTC releases a candybar 4.3 inch touchscreen phone like the HTC Sensation but with 1 or more GB of RAM and with superior camera like the myTouch 4G Slide. All minus the weaknesses in camcording, of course. While I do love HTC Android phones, what keeps me from buying the Sensation and replacing my Desire HD is the camera... Not that it's not good enough but knowing there is a model handset with a superior camera irks me. I love taking pictures of just about anything and if I'm going to be replacing my beloved DHD, it better be the best there is to suit my needs out there.

18. Daniel Brock unregistered

This phone is a complete piece of crap. The HTC software crashes on a regular basis, the wifi network settings work sporadically and it cannot sync with outlook as was advertised on T-Mobile's site. That's just a few of the problems with it. This phone is a complete piece of garbage. Don't waste your money on it.

19. forzanetti unregistered

"3G and 4G data speeds can only be experience domestically through T-Mobile’s AWS band" is this true? I thought this device also supports UMTS 2100 band? so theoretically, as long as I bring this device to a country that supports UMTS 2100, I can use 3G? can phonearena confirm this? thanks

29. blaze456

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2010

this phone is on ebay right now unlocked for $300..buy it and pop in a t mobile prepaid sim get the $30 5gb data unlimted text 100 mins and u good to go!

30. Android

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 04, 2010

This phone is great, but the keyboard is not. I can't believe HTC put a poor quality keyboard on this phone. Physical keyboard buttons feel stiff and Touch screen keyboard is actually better for typing. This should have been HTC's main focus. I mean, it is suppose to text phone.
myTouch 4G Slide
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh(9.00h talk time)

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