"Major New 4G!"on by ThomasMatte
Pros + Fast, Fast, Fast
+ Large 3.8 inch display
+ Freedom of Android OS
+ Seamlessly linked to Google
+ Life time free navigation on Google Maps
Cons - T-Mobile modified software
- The power button at the top of the phone is not recessed
Summary I was a loyal G1 user. I had decided to upgrade to either the G1 G2 or the 4G MyTouch. I was scared to go keyboard-less, being used to the slide keyboard. I also felt that somehow I would be abdicating my loyalty to Android if I bought the 4G, so I chose the G2. I realized that the 4G was also Android-based, but without a slide keyboard and a little bit of a different look, I felt more comfortable staying with the G-series. But after a couple of days I was disappointed, mainly because the keyboard flops open on it's own if held upside down. I had read a reviewer say that that shouldn't matter as 'who texts upside down?' but the fact is it is goofy. In my car I set the phone down on the passenger seat upside down when I'm not using it or when I'm using handsfree. So when I go to pick it back up, the keyboard slides out, half-way. Hated it.
I returned the G1 for the MyTouch 4G. After a few days using the on-screen touch keyboard of the 4G, I didn't even miss the slide-out. Besides, the slide-out on the G2 is quite a bit smaller than the G1's and I was not liking it so much- it felt cramped.
The 4G is amazing. It is still Android all the way, but better than the G1 or the G2. It seems to be a more advanced phone, and more intuitive. A lot of the programs and menus are a step up even from the G2. One small example is the Clock- it has a rolling clock feature and animations which are neat. I'm finding more advantages over the G2 the more I use the 4G. Navigating around is a blast. Some people say the screen is clearer or crisper on the G2- to me that seems insane- they both have great looking screens.
Other things I've found that I like:
It seems faster than the G2
And things that the MyTouch has that are not on the G2:
The Camera has an instant zoom feature that is easy to use via an on-screen slider.
How about "Sharing Media on your Home Network"? Have not tried it, but it seems neat.
There is a Genius button that is an amazing shortcut.
The main keys across the bottom of the phone are raised- I much prefer that over the G2.
Update after about a month's use:
Fantastic phone. The speed is really good- reboots to desktop in less than five seconds.
Other advantages over the G1- no screen timeout while on phone calls; battery life is WAY stronger. The customization and graphics are sweet, and by the look of the packaging and case that the phone came in, I get the idea that T-Mobile has put a lot more effort into this phone over the G1 and G2.
Pros Lightning Data, convenient behavior when online, Swype and Dragonspeeds up texting. 2.2 Froyo makes this phone do what you want it to do, before you knew you wanted it to do it. Appt reminders bring up directions, Genius button rocks.
Cons There could be a bit more done with the text punch, where Swype makes things easier, those looking to type as normal may find the responsiveness of each letter a tiny bit more picky. My only video call was not successful as they could not hear me.
Summary I do not "like" this phone, I love it, and coming from iPhone 3G I thought I would be a bit harder to turn, but even though it has a few bugs to work out, this phone is most definitely an iPhone killer for me. The combination of this and Froyo was a match made in heaven, I did not receive a manual with this phone, I was disappointed at first because I wanted to learn everything I could, but this phone shows by doing, and tells you how it works all by itself.
Screen Resolution was far better than my iphone 3G, and though I would love to say that MyTouch 4G screen resolution was as good or better than iPhone 4, well the reality is, it doesn't matter... video is bright lines are crisp and I can't see the slightest bit of pixelation, even pictures taken on my other phone looked better on MyTouch 4G.
Say what you will about T-mobile 4G network, it's fast, so fast that it rivals my fios 35 mbs, When on HSPA+, data quite simply is send, receive and I am loving that. Most of my iphone apps are present on Android, and if they're not, there is another app that is as good or better. There are a whole lot of people making a big deal about whether it's a true 4G network, but 4G is not even defined appropriately by Sprint, Verizon or At&t, the bottom line is if you want a fast phone, choose a fast service, and T-mobile is the fastest I've seen.
Qik is the service MyTouch 4G uses for native video chat, and though I couldn't get mine to work correctly on the first try, the promise is there, I would not let this bias your purchase of this phone, Yahoo still offers video chat and until Qik can debug it will be a pretty ok substitute... quite honestly video chat is still a budding technology, so not many people are able to do it yet, being one of the first sometimes means a bug or two.
When considering the problems that iphone 4 had at release and the issues that MyTouch 4G had at release, it is pretty easy to say MyTouch 4G is even at this point much closer than iphone at taking the top spot, and though the world has placed iPhone as the one to beat, I walk around convinced, as a former iPhone user, if iPhone wants to win me back, they are going to have to beat the MyTouch 4G... it is the true King of the mountain right now.
Pros The OS has been overhauled allowing more ease of usage. The recent app screen make it easy for you to get back to your previous app without flipping screens or accessing your app screen. Downloading is a plus, it's the fastest phone on the market.
Cons The video chatting is not perfect still needs work. The headset is very low at times. The trackball is ignoring if any part of your hand touches it, screens start moving (need to have you option to turn the trackball off).
Summary Hands down i think this is the best Android phone out, the responsiveness of the phone is unbelievable. it is heavy for a smartphone only slightly heavier then the iPhone (MyTouch 5 vs iPhone 4.8). The design of the phone is nice not flashy, simple with a hint of color. It is a nice size for your pocket, it doesn't fill bulky like the HTC HD-EVO devices. IMing is easier, texting is easier, and Emailing is faster. Great Phone in my book.
Pros The screen is big, spacious and beautiful, it's thin, and has the feel of a REALLY premium design, Battery life seems decent, plus it gives yet another amazing choice to t-mobile customers
Cons the UI seems kind of weird ,and while the "plastic and steel" design is really nice and has the feeling of being a quality device it's nothing new ,Genius buttons is weird, it would be better if you could choose between voice search and typing it in
Summary This phone is easily a contender for top 5 smartphones with its gret screen big but not too big screen , a front facing camera, being extremely thin and HSPA+ speeds, plus it just looks sexy, one of my quirks was that the UI was qierd but on my friends MyTouch Slide he had the option of using HTC Sense as his default skin and i hope that transfers over here , the design is nothing new and is starting to become boring)at least for me,) even though it is one of the more premium and higher end devices out there plus the genius button's mandatory requirement for having to use voice search is annoying, because while not having to type is good the only thing ill really use that for is GPS (why can't you just type in what you want to search for),and even though cnet said they had problems with video chat i had seemed to have no problem's ,but other than that this phone is easily amazing or monumental, or a beast or however else you describe a top of the line device.I just realized the how bad my bottom line is so here?s a update,the thing is while this device might, have some irritations, they are nothing compared to the pro's, one of my quirks was the fact that the weird,but however my friends MyTouch slide had the option to use HTC Sense as his default skin, so I?m hoping it will transfer over to this device too, however even if it doesn?t,I?m 100 percent sure you can get used to the UI, then another thing was that the device was boring however no matter how boring it's still very sexy and premium, then another thing was that genius buttons mandatory voice search was irritating when I wanted to just type it in, but that's nothing big enough to be a deal breaker and i think that there is an option for typing it in, and while Cnet?s model had video chat problems i experienced nothing of the sort. Even though it might have some quirks they are easily solved or nothing of too much weight, SO this phone easily deserves the "Awesome Phone" award!
Updated on Nov 2, 2010
Updated on Nov 2, 2010One more thing that I just realized , I actually sat down with a black version instead of a white version , and I realized what I perceived as boring was a simple deceiving of color, I saw just high quality the phone compared to the previous models, which now feel plasticky, plus the pictures and the dummy phone were of the white model and in my eyes black gray and white just DIDNT GO TOGETHER , so one of my quirks that the design felt boring was simply a deceiving to my eyes through a color scheme that didn?t go together(to me), so that makes this phone even better!
Updated on Nov 6, 2010Theres one more thing, i have been extensively comparing G2 this phone, and i simply can't find a reason to support one or the other. while the G2 does have a slide out keyboard and is running stock ui, but the Mytouch does give the option of using HTC sense as your default, unforunately its not pure HTC Sense, and there is still some of tmo's influence. found no problem with using the virtual keyboard, however there is a slight learning curve whenever using a virtual keyboard, but there is a learning curve to almost everything. , on the oter hand, the mytouch comes with a speedier processor,and a front facing camera plus it has tethering and hotspot capabilities. and it has a slightly bigger screen., So as you can see there are easily Pro's and Con's to both phones, and i will try and compare them, if i may suggest a prizefight between the myTouch 4G and G2, then it might solve a lot of tmo customers prblems.
"Simply Astounding."on by Galen20K
Pros Astounding Build Quality, Bright Clear Super-LCD glass screen, High Ram, Second generation Snapdragon, Great Battery Life, FAST FAST FAST on almost all Aspects of phone.
Cons Kinda miss the trackball from my Nexus One but getting used to a track pad.
Summary I?m Loving my Plum myTouch 4G very much. It?s FAST as hell in all aspects from UI to the Internet speeds to just general snappiness. The Build quality is just Amazingly impressive with the soft touch rubberized soft touch, the Metal back and rim on the front and of course the glass Super LCD screen is the right combination of materials that feel solid in the hand. I am REALLY impressed even more so than I thought I would be considering just how much I loved my Nexus One and to my surprise I really love this phone even more so its really saying an awful lot.
I read the blogs from insiders who handled the phone before its release who were saying all those good things about it and in my head I was like yeah yeah, we?ll see. But I shouldn?t have doubted them one bit. Pleasantly surprised.
Bravo HTC and T-Mobile, you have a Winner. thanks for not disappointing.