"The Mytouch 3G Slide is an excellent mid-range phone."4.0 starson by DrHyde25
Pros: Wonderfully crisp and colorful screen, snappy performance, modified version of Sense performs admirably with My Modes, good headset volume, Swype pre-installed, excellent web browsing experience, good battery life.
Cons: No live wallpapers, camera is sub-par, would really benefit from Apps2SD and access to more ROM, minor physical keyboard issues, weak speakerphone, Genius button is good but sluggish.
Summary: The Mytouch 3G Slide is an interesting phone to say the least. It's basically an upgraded regular Mytouch with a physical keyboard at first glance, but the reality is this phone is much better than previous Mytouch offerings.
My first thought upon turning on the phone was the screen. I'm used to AMOLED screens thanks to my Nexus One, but I was amazed at the brightness, crispness, and overall wonderful color of the screen for the Slide. It only comes in at 3.4", but I never felt as though it was too small. The top coating on the screen gives it a slick surface that's excellent for a touch screen phone.
The other hardware aspects include the physical keyboard which I found a bit lacking. The back-lighting for it is a bit weak and I'm not a fan of the symbols placed directly next to the numbers or letters. This often confused me as to where I was typing and having difficulties finding the symbol I wanted. However, the tactile feel of the physical keyboard was very nice.
The processor on the Slide runs at 600 MHz, but you wouldn't initially believe that as the phone's performance is unbelievably snappy. I rarely seen many instances of slowdown. The most notable occasions occurred when browsing the photo gallery and installing apps from the marketplace. Other than those, most tasks loaded within seconds.
The earpiece for the Slide is very good. I didn't have any problems hearing the conversation. However, the speakerphone is abysmal. Voices and sounds come out garbled. While the ringer is load and clear, using it for phone calls is almost impossible.
Camera is another weak area for the Slide. Photos look grainy and the flash on the camera overexposes images making the subjects look like they were hit by a spotlight. Video for the Slide is decent. Two other issues in the realm of the camera were the phone's realtively small size and physical camera button. The small size often leads to accidently covering the camera lens and microphone. One has to be careful when using it. Also, the camera button is in an awkward position, right against the sliding mechanism, making it difficult, but not impossible to use.
In software, the Slide runs a modified version of Android 2.1, with 2.2 in the near future hopefully. The custom UI is a modified version of Sense that has My Modes, allowing you to customize the look and feel of the phone based on preference. I didn't use it, but it is a nice feature to have. The icons look like they are almost encased in a bubble. This didn't bother me, but some might not like the look of it. T-Mobile has also included a little area in the notifications bar that shows you your most recent applications used. Other than that, most of the usual Sense mods are here including the clock/weather widget, friend stream, and others. If you've never used an Android phone before, these widgets can be customized to show things like Facebook updates, news, contact information, and the like. There are also other widgets that can be downloaded in the widget menu such as a battery widget for determining remaining percentage. Overall, I like the look and feel of "Espresso", the name of the custom UI.
One downside is that this phone does not have access to live wallpaper in spite of the fact that it runs 2.1. All other aspects of 2.1 are there as far as I can tell. Still, the official reason was that it wasn't in the custom UI build, but they've never said that the phone can't do live wallpapers to my knowledge.
A few other software related mentions:
Swype is preinstalled and works great. If you get bored with the physical keyboard or just want to try something different, drawing words with Swype is, at times, even faster than normal typing. I enjoy it very much.
The Genius button that's advertised for this phone works quite accurately though it is sluggish to start up. You have to press and hold the button until the screen says that it is listening.
The web browser is great. On an average 3G connection (600 kbps - 800 kbps), pages loaded very fast and text was clean and easy to read. The web browser itself has elements of Sense UI in it like the bookmarks menu with its 3D card flipping effect. All in all, a good experience.
App space is a bit limited though. Hopefully, Froyo will increase the ROM size and let Apps2SD benefit the Slide because I'm already running out of space for my apps. Granted some of them are big, but the big ones even say they can go to the SD card which would save me space.
Battery life is above average. I found I could feasibly make it though 1 day to 1 day and a half which is pretty good for an Android phone. Modifying settings might may it possible for a long time between charges.
Overall, the Mytouch 3G Slide is a good buy for someone that wants to upgrade or someone new to the Android experience. This is no superphone, but its performance and ease of use make it a worthwhile purchase.