T-Mobile myTouch Review
Once regarded as a showcase for its high-end smartphones, T-Mobile’s long standing myTouch line of Android smartphones are now being helmed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Considering that Huawei is known for producing mostly budget friendly devices, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see them bring T-Mobile’s myTouch line into the entry-level segment. Rightfully so, that’s exactly what we find with the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch by Huawei, as it’s aiming to expand the beloved line to a broader audience – so let’s find out how it fares.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall charger
- Start Guide
- Safety and Warranty Information
Call it a shocker, we’re somewhat taken off guard by the design of Huawei’s T-Mobile myTouch – and that’s a good thing actually! Normally, we associate Huawei as producing flimsy devices, but with this, they’ve managed to concoct something that’s surprisingly solid. Not only it is compact enough to hold comfortably in the hand, but we’re also digging its clean appearance thanks to the soft touch casing. Beyond that, its build quality is remarkably sturdy to convince us that it’ll withstand normal wear and tear with few blemishes along the way. So yeah, we have to give a hand to Huawei for delivering something that’s deceptively well-rounded.
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With sufficient spacing between its capacitive Android buttons and the bottom edge of the handset, accidental presses are few and in between. Meanwhile, above the display, it’s sporting an ornate looking earpiece and a front-facing 0.3-megapixel VGA camera.
Thanks to their distinct feel and springy responses, our fingers take a liking to its volume control, power button, and single-level shutter key. Rounding things out for the handset, it also features a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity, 3.5mm headset port, and microphone.
Raised from the surrounding area, its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash stands prominently in the rear – while the notches next to it comprise its speaker grill. Prying off its rear cover, we’re granted access to its 1,500 mAh battery, SIM slot, and microSD card slot.
Quickly gazing over its 4” WVGA 480 x 800 LCD display, details are clearly defined to enable us to distinguish most things with few issues – but for things like fine text in the web browser, it looks garbled in a zoomed out view. Looking straight at the display, it manages to capture our attention with its natural color production, but it suffers from poor viewing angles and a low-contrast to make it nearly unusable in outdoor conditions with the sun present. With its viewing angles, the problem is so widespread that distortion is evident the moment it’s slightly tilted.