Pros Dragon dictation (talk-to-text) is extremely accurate. Android 2.1 w/ an HTC sense UI that still makes it feel like an android. Great physical keyboard. Screen is just big enough & can still fit comfortably in your pocket.
Cons Battery could be better...a car-charger is a must. A 1ghz processor would've been ideal...but not a deal-breaker.
Summary Been using this phone for a couple weeks now & I absolutely LOVE it! While the genius button is a bit slow, the dragon dictation (talk-to-text) that powers it is off the hook...super accurate & can be used anywhere text is entered. The myModes is pretty cool in changing the theme & settings for work, personal, church, etc. (Tip: location-based myMode switch drains the battery...a car-charger is highly recommended for this phone).
The tech-heads who ***** that it's lacking a 1ghz processor don't realize that the vast majority of consumers don't need it. True, it would've been nice, but I'm managing just fine without it.
While I personally don't really use it, many will find the Faves feature is a cool & simple way to keep tabs on all the happenings of your closest peeps & family. Faves notifications overlap with standard notifications, which is no biggie, but hopefully gets fixed in an update (at this time, the phone has yet to be released).
Most reading this already know the perks of android 2.1...but one of my favorite features is Google Navigation for (free) turn-by-turn voice navigation. Fades in & out perfectly while listening to music.
Overall, this phone is amazing and I highly recommend it...just know you'll want a car charger if you plan & using this phone as it is designed (phone, GPS unit, music player, social networking, etc).
Pros bright and clear large screen, snappy processor, super fast web browsing, spacious slide out keyboard, genius button works wonders, up to 7 screens, sharp pictures with a brightest flash ever experienced. Sense UI very convenient.
Cons merging of contacts from e-mails and social networks into one can be overwhelming, swype is cool but frustrating to use.
Summary The MyTouch 3g Slide is hands down one of the best android choices in terms of performance and usability. Touch screen is accurate to a tee. pinch to zoom is a very nice add. Sense UI is very convenient without hampering the straight forward android experience. the 3.4" display is vivid, bright and sharp. it's standard resolution isn't a deal breaker. viewing youtube videos and other videos are a high quality experience. web browsing shows the speed of t-mobile's 3G service for it is lightning fast. i am able to go to mobile sites in milliseconds and full sites in 15 seconds max. the taking photos are excellent. the pictures can be customized, there is zoom and the flash is very very bright. Call quality is very sharp and clear with not tinny background noise. the genius button is a nice addition which works very well, but in an environment that doesn't have a lot of noise in the background.
there is so much great about this phone that i can keep going. if there is a gripe is that the swype, though a neat addition, can be a hassle to use and feels gimmicky. other than that there aren't any minuses.
overall, this is a great phone that runs the latest android operating system with smoothness and no hiccups until 2.2 froyo shows up. many have said that this phone cannot compete with the likes of the incredible and nexus one, but it sure does prove them wrong. it ranks well with the droid incredible with the added luxury of a key pad for those who prefer. it is t-mobiles best phone and one of the best phones on the market
Pros Screen clarity better than expected even when comparing to the other eye candy phones coming out, performance is unwaivering, excellent call clarity, Android platform shines on this unit, perfect size for my pocket, I even like the auto brightness.
Cons Battery a bit short on life at first but I have it toploaded with lots of ongoing functions at the moment...not a deal breaker, prefer a rubber coating on the exterior, Slide mechanism works fine but feels a bit light duty
Summary Performance is sterling after the first few days...The phone's biggest strength so far is its capacity to simply do everything it is set to do. I beilieve that's where all the excellent reviews come from. There are certainly the newer units hitting right now with lots of attempts at eye candy but they seem to push beyond the hardware and come up short. Android Platform shines in effectiveness and user interface on this unit. Some have said the Genius buton is lame, I think it is a really effective feature. The other new features provided by HTC Sense improve on an already effective interface well without over reaching capabilities of the phone.
The shortcuts seem to come in the housing. I would prefer a rubberized housing and a bit more rigidity on the two pieces making up the screen and the keyboard halves. Much of this can be made up with a good case or shell most likely. That said, there's no actual hit to the performance from the housing...the keyboard has a nice feel and it took me all of 1 text message to be accustomed to its 3 rows of buttons. The screen provides excellent sensitivity and reaction to commands. The pieces fit well together...it's more of a feel and sensation I'm looking for that come up short with this particular plastic chassis.
When compared to the now antiquated G1 I used extensively: All functions are improved significantly (as they should be by now), larger screen while becoming much thinner. New HTC Sense enhancements work well.
For TMobile, I compared this with a HD2 and with info available on the coming Samsung Galaxy S rumoured to drop any day in July. Unless the Galaxy can show the same stability in function, this was a great way to go. The HD2 seems to have a great eye candy appeal and you can even do a fair amount with the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS...if you're willing to work tirelessly and invest a tremendous amount of effort for an OS destined for replacement within 5 months. You can also get an unlocked Droid X or other I guess to combine the Android OS and new hardware on TMo...but this purchase for a MT Slide was for function and it hits more than perfectly. To be honest, I also did not want to become a slave to protecting and modifying some newest gadget on my hip as much as have an effective tool working on my behalf.
Android is the platform to go with in my opinion with nothing but more and more expansion in options...this phone seems to be capable to keep up with a great deal more potential as the apps continue to evolve.
If this phone holds up to use the next 1-2 years, I would consider it the "Honda" of the industry with what seems to be an excellent balance of form and function. It prioritizes smooth function and a great balance of size and features. There are fancier and glitzier pieces of hardware dropping but I am dubious of some of the performance for some of the newest feature claims. I needed a solid Smartphone with great performance first (aka it simply does what is says it will do every day), better than average function (more than enough features in the hardware with the Android platform to keep it moving forward), and one I do not have to spend "worship time" getting it to do what I needed while still being versatile enough to customize (that Android thing again). How's that for balance?
Call me a fan...
Pros Keyboard options are nice, Swype, standard and slide out. Very responsive. Reception and call quality. Internet speeds. Phone is not as bulky as one might think when looking at the specs.
Cons Not a real fan of the faves application, kind of a low res feature. Like HTC sense favorites widget better. The Genius button function is hit or miss.
Summary I have had the following phones in the last year: MT3G, BB Bold 9000 and 9700, BB 8520, Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, Iphone 3GS. Yes I have a problem. After one day of use, I think this one may be the best. Call quality and 3G signal have been very good, severely lacking on the Incredible and to a lesser extent the Eris. Did not like the Moto droid keyboard, this one seems much more usable. Despite not having a "top notch" processor, it feels very similar to the Inc in everyday use. Significantly more responsive than the Eris. Not quite as customizable as the Inc, can't use live desktops for instance, but not too big a deal. Battery life so far exceeds the Inc, don't know about the Moto Droid battery, been awhile. Heard some gripes about the slide mechanism being rough or feeling cheap, seems fine to me. Compared to the Iphone, the MT Slide to me is much preferable. T Mobile service where I live is very good, At&T and especially with Iphone not good. Love the Android features and ability to customize device, and multitasking. Sorry if this turned into a review of more than the MT3G Slide, but makes sense to me to compare it to what else is available.To paroali
Updated on Jun 6, 2010
I like the Android operating system better, I like how customizable it is. I rooted my iphone immediately so I could customize it a bit, as I don't like having the same exact phone as everyone else as far as desktop and icons and layout, etc. Still i liked Android better.
Pros Slick, clean, beautiful design. Very nice screen. 2.1 Android that will be upgraded to 2.2 Froyo. The Genius button. Talk to text and other voice command controls. T-Mobile's best mobile device. Best keyboard on any Android phone.
Cons No front facing camera. MyFavs but who cares if your on an unlimited plan. Sliding mechanism sucks. Plastic feel and sliding mechanism not on the same level as the Motorola Cliq.
Summary Heres a phone that i was not going to even consider and just wait until Oct/Nov to purchase a higher end Android unit. CNET's review called it a beginners phone but after using phones such as the G1, The Cliq, Mytouch and most of all the phones offered by Android on T-Mobile, i would choose this phone over them all, even the Nexus (because it doesn't have a physical keyboard only!). 2.1 Android is phenomenal! Smooth. Much easier to use and navigate than the previous versions. Check how you contacts with their pictures scroll oppose 1.5 and 1.6 Android. Leaps ahead. Very pleased and T-Mobile should push this unit harder. Its a winner!