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T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Review

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide

Posted: , by John V.



T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Review
Overall, its calling quality is seemingly on the pleasant side with its result – with the exception of its speakerphone. With the earpiece, voices have a good amount of clarity, but its reserved tone means that we have to keep it closely shut to our ear. Conversely, our callers didn’t have any qualms on their side seeing that that they’re greeted with audible and distinctive voices. Unfortunately, voices are subdued through the speakerphone with its muffled tones. Showing off its value, the handset comes equipped with Wi-Fi calling in the event that network connection is lacking.

Despite experiencing just a single dropped call during our testing, the handset is still able to maintain a solid connection to the network as its generally sits at -81 dBm signal strength in high coverage areas within the greater Philadelphia region.

As a whole, battery life is pretty average with the myTouch 4G Slide, which should be sufficient enough to handle most people. Actually, we’re able to get close to the one day mark with normal usage that primarily consists of text, web surfing, and emailing. Of course, power users will constantly keep an eye out on battery – with constant charging a requisite for them. Not the best out there, we’re able to get 6 hours of continuous talk time with a fully charged battery.


We’re absolutely over the fact that the original myTouch 3G Slide wasn’t all that much of a standout hit last year, but after looking meticulously at its successor, we’re amazed at how the device has transcended on so many levels. Obviously, some might still be attracted to the equally capable HTC Sensation 4G on Tmo’s lineup – though, you’ll be missing out with what the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide has to offer. Actually, it boasts pretty much everything that the Sensation 4G has to offer, while priced similarly at $200 on-contract, but taking into account that it sports a considerably superior camera, there is no reason why this one should be a no-brainer decision! And yes, it undeniably flaunts the best camera on any HTC device we’ve seen so far – so you won’t be disappointed at all!

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 2.3.4
HTC Sense version: 3.0
Software number:  1.28.531.9

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Video Review:


  • Great camera quality
  • Plenty of shooting modes
  • Solid construction
  • Brilliant looking display


  • Stiff buttons with its keyboard
  • Average looking 1080p video capture
  • Some evidence of sluggishness with its performance
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posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:45 2

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!

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:25

2. jackasa (unregistered)

hmmm, mytouch 4g slide or the blackberry 9900?

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 00:54 3

7. kadar (unregistered)

BB will announce dual core in 2019

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:45

3. annoyed (unregistered)

GODDAMN STOP SAYING 'just because'!

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 12:25 3

9. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 01:30 3

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Way too many phonearena users have serious anger issues.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:25

4. lyfe (unregistered)

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

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 14:05

5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:36

13. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

They didn't.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:39

14. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 22:12

6. nerdlust (unregistered)

Finally a highend phone with a keyboard on tomobile.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 04:26

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.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 22:15

11. blondieazn (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:41 2

15. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 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.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:47

16. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 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.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 03:10

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.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 21:34

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

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 13:40

29. blaze456 (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Oct 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!

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 04:03

30. Android (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Dec 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.

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.75 GB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.60 x 0.54 inches
(122 x 66 x 14 mm)
6.50 oz  (184 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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