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The myTouch 4G joins the T-Mobile
G2 as the second Android phone in
the carrier’s lineup to boast 4G-like
data speeds. But while the G2 is all about Google’s
services and features a physical keyboard, the
myTouch 4G aims to be a softer, gentler superphone
with abunch of fun color options and an extensive
setup wizard to help get users started.
our white unit had a black front with solid-feeling
glossy white plastic around the edges. Although
this 5-ounce phone is heavier than the samsung
Vibrant (4.2 ounces), this device feels more like a
premium smart phone.
There are three virtual keyboards: stock Android,
Dragon Dictation, and swype. The stock Android
keyboard offers the best text prediction, but we
wish the layout had shortcut keys for things such
as “.c om.” sw ype allows you to make words by
sliding your thumb around the screen, and it can
be very fast once you know how to use it. Dragon
Dictation has a full keyboard and a button under it
so the user can tap to speak words. The dictation
was accurate, and we had to make few edits before
With its 1-Ghz snapdragon processor and 768MB
of RAM, the myTouch 4G offers great performance
for everyday tasks and processing large amounts
of data. The myTouch 4G beat the T-Mobile G2 in
every single benchmark test we ran. however, the
samsung Vibrant offers more graphics muscle.
When using hsPA+, which T-Mobile brands as
4G, websites loaded quickly. At an optimal testing
site picked by T-Mobile, we saw consistent 1.5
Mbps downloads and 1.3 Mbps uploads using
the speedtest.net app. That’s comparable to the
hsPA+– enabled T-Mobile G2, which saw download
speeds from 1.8 to 3.1 Mbps and uploads in the
1.3 Mbps range. Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s 4G
coverage was spotty at times. The phone got
stuck on the carrier’s slower eDGe network
in midtown Manhattan and on sections of
the nJ Turnpike. In these locations, mobile
sites took 20 seconds or longer to load.
T-Mobile bundles two apps to take advan-
tage of the myTouch 4G’s front-facing VGA
camera. We tested Qikbymaking a call from
one myTouch 4Gtoanother over Wi-Fi,butthe
video was choppy and the volume was often
too low. Qik has since released an update
to the service to improve connections. We
couldn’t see a way to start a video call with
Yahoo Messenger, but we were able to accept
a video call. over Wi-Fi , the picture was very
pixilated and the audio was out of sync.
The myTouch 4G offers the ability to make
calls over Wi-Fi networks, which comes in
handy at home, in the office, or locations
where reception might be weak.
The device can also be used to create a
Wi-Fi hotspot. In our tests, download speeds
reached as high as 5.2 Mbps.
T-Mobile has just made it harder for its
customers to choose a new smart phone—in a
good way. not only does the T-Mobile 4G offer
a slick (albeit hefty) design, but it also has fast
hsPA+ speeds and strong overall performance.
Users looking for a lighter device and a brighter
display should pick up the samsung Vibrant,
while those who prefer a physical keyboard should
opt for the G2. however, neither of those devices
feature a front-facing camera or hotspot capability.
We’d like to see the quality of Qik and Yahoo video
chats improve, but overall the myTouch 4G is an
excellent smart phone.
— sean Ludwig
T-Mobile myTouch 4G
This stylish and easy-to-use smart phone offers excellent data speeds
and nifty features such as voice commands and a hotspot mode.
T-Mobile $199 (with two -year contract)
w ww.t -mobile.com
CPU: 1-Ghz Qualcomm MsM8255 snap-
dragon Operating System: Android 2.2 RAM:
76 8 M B ROM: 4GB Expansion Type: microSD
card Display Size/Resolution: 3.8 inches/800
x 480 Camera:5-MP Wi-Fi:802.11a/b/g GPS:
Yes Talk/Standby Time: Up to 6 hours/13
days Size: 4.8 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches Weight:
Fast data speeds in hsPA+ coverage areas
First T-Mobile phone with Wi-Fi hotspot feature
Great voice command feature
A bit heavy
Lackluster Qik and Yahoo Messenger video
no dedicated search button
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In addition to a front-facing camera, the myTouch 4G sports a pretty good 5-MP shooter with LeD
flash. It also captures detailed but jerky 720p video.
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