Pros Free Voice-guided GPS
HSPA+ capable (when in range- stupid fast)
Weight lends excellent, solid feel
Dragon Dictation allows for true hands-free experience when replying to texts/calls- 60-70% accurate
Few to little force closes
Cons The speaker looks like the grill of a Daewoo Nubira
Can't customize each homescreen background right out of the box
Wished back camera had panoramic feature or higher megapixels
Some devices shipped with washed out screens
Summary Okay, people like to talk about iPhone and all the other Android phones like the Droid line or the Galaxy line. People can go on and on about their blackberries and e-mail. People want to argue about what's really 4g or who's phone has the biggest screen or fastest processor. How about a device that just plain works?! If you're looking for one- this is it. I've played with most of the phones out there across all carriers and I have to say this is one of the most underrated and slickest devices I seen.Sorry, didn't see this comment until now. I think it's the way Froyo and Gingerbread are set up. If you want 5 different screens, you'd need to make 1 image with 5 different panels. I'm use to this now and like it quite a bit with live wallpapers. Each homescreen is part of a larger image.
The phone has a good size to it and fits in your hand nicely. Personally, I do not enjoy the feel of the 4.3" diagonal screened phones. The HD2, Vibrant, EVO etc. - too cumbersome. Why not just get a tablet? Or a laptop? The Mytouch 4g (MT4g) offers excellent screen size for typing (although I prefer Swype.) I used to think that iPhone had the most accurate keyboard. I also thought that I needed a physical keyboard on my phone. Swype has since done away with that notion. Also, if you're comparing the iPhone 4- you'll notice that the iPhone keyboard is cramped no matter what way you orient it. The MT4G beats it on keyboard layout- throw in Swype and it pretty much has murdered it. As for the weight, it actually helps the phone feel more solid to me. I like the slight heft it offers. The overall build quality is solid and, aside from the hideous speaker grill, the phone has nice combination of metal and plastic accents to it. My main complaint with the build is that the battery cover is tough to remove- but not a dealbreaker.
The stock features of this phone are pretty incredible considering the price you'll pay on new/contracts or renewals. (I've seen it for $40 new/ $100 on renewals) If you're a long-time, loyal T-mo customer, it gets even better when you couple it with the unlimited $20 preferred Android data plan. Triple A member? 12% discount- We're talking crazy savings. Uh, but don't tell them that I told you ;) Free GPS. wi-fi calling if you're out of range of a network but have access to w-fi, and you can use this thing as a wi-fi hotspot - all of the box- you don't have to download anything! Sure, the HTC Evo does the same stuff- but it's bulkier and slower- and, uh, actually it doesn't do Wi-Fi calling out of the box.
What about Verizon's Droid line up? Well, sure Verizon's got the best network but have you seen how much you have to pay to use it? Seriously, in this economy? Also, the device that would be equivalent to the MT4g is the HTC Droid Incredible, I'd say. Nice phone, but lacks a dedicated camera button and the screen on the MT4G looks way better. I was setting the Incredible up for a friend and giving him a hands-on lesson on the Android platform and he kept looking over asking why my screen was so much clearer and brighter than his (also the default red Droid eye background on the Incredible didn't help either). Odd considering HTC makes both. Rumors are abound that HTC has shipped some MT4g devices with inferior screens, so look out for that when you power on. Check all the viewing angles to make sure things are still visible and don't drastically fade.
The Dragon Dictation feature is pretty incredible. I would say it's about 70% accurate for me, but that also may be a function of my headset. It allows for a true hands-free experience when you have your hands-free mode enabled. I can answer calls and reply to text messages. You heard it- I can reply to text messages without ever looking at the screen or touching my phone! How's that for sick?! The feature will inform you of an incoming text, ask if you need it read. When you have it read, it'll ask if you'd like to reply. You dictate your message, it will read it back for confirmation. If you have this on iPhone, let us know how it works.
When it comes down to it, what you choose should be a matter of preference and not what someone tells you. I've tried the WinMo7 device thinking that I would like it as I used to own a WinMO6.5 phone- wasn't for me. I had an Android phone right before this one (Samsung BeholdII) which was capable of using a $5 data plan, but was glitchy and I was waiting to play with the Iphone 4 (Apple- note, the Iphone 3gs is more comfortable to hold- holding the iPhone 4g is like trying to pick up your crappy metal g5 tower: Off and uncomfortable) I can tell you, hands-down, I made the right choice for myself.
Updated on Apr 3, 2012
Pros Feels solid, Google apps work great, Dragon dictation is accurate, Tethering is available, free turn-by-turn direction. Camera is very Good.
Cons The name myTouch doesn't sound very professional / mature. Genius button is not very accurate. Level of customization and lengthy menus can be a little intimidating at first. (Took me a while to appreciate it). Can't use the front camera for skype!!!
Summary Coming from a G2, I'm really happy about this phone. If you don't need a physical keyboard, this phone is as close to perfect as you can get right now. Feels really solid. Highly customizable. Sense UI does look great. Extremely fast. Tethering is legally available (extra $15 / month). Browsing the web is awesome, dragon dictation is very accurate, navigation with turn-by-turn direction is very good and looks fantastic. Google voice search and Google Earth work seamlessly. Battery lasts 2 days with moderate usage (turning wifi, bluetooth, gps and sync only when needed). Packaging and accessories are very durable and look awesome.
Just a little heavy. User shouldn't be REQUIRED to use one of the 7 themes that come with it. I would prefer a more squared shape. I agree that the name myTouch is a little teeny / gay. Calling over wifi still counts against your minutes unless you pay the extra $10 a month for the T-mobile hotspot. The Genius buttom isn't really that great. I believe it doesn't use the same dragon dictation software as the input method.
I recommend this phone to everyone that would like an iPhone but hates AT&T or everyone that doesn't like how strict in terms of customizations Apple is.
Pros Well built
Front Facing camera
Nice Software Interface
Cons None so far
Summary I have been waiting for this phone to come out and I was using an IPhone 4 on AT&T and have used several android phones in the past and this one is the best one so far. Front facing camera, fast processor and a good battery.
I switched carriers yesterday because to be perfectly honest, the AT&T plan was over 50 dollars more a month and that was not worth it just to have the IPhone 4. I find the T-Mobile coverage great and the internet speed is much faster and less lag time then the crowded AT&T network.
I can honestly say that android has come a long way and the apps are getting better and better. I will tell you that after using the apple interface for the past couple of years, it was different getting use to some things but now I can customize the phone with widgets and make it function like I want, not what apple has decided it should function like.
The processor is snappy and the screen is sharp. I like the social integration with Facebook, Twitter and being able to set up a widget to keep track of those social events. I am a loyal GMail fan and this phone rocks when it comes to interfacing to your Google Calender, Task and Notes. No more waiting 15 minutes for push email on my IPhone using exchange.
This phone feels solid in my big hands unlike the Samsung models which felt like cheap plastic to me. I have tried the HTC Google G2 and I hated the hinged keyboard. I used the Nexus One which I still think is the best android phone until the new HTC Mytouch 4G which has taken the Nexus One and improved it with more internal memory for apps and a better keypad and solid build quality.
Google has put some thought into this new phone and the Android 2.2.1 interface and I like it, I think this phone will fit the bill for my day to day business use and I am not looking back.
Pros 4G is very fast and Android 2.2 is a dependable operating system. I thought I would prefer a stripped down Android OS, but the T-Mobile add-ons are pretty helpful. I like their Favorites functionality and the social networking integration is cool.
Cons The battery life is awful and I was using a two year old iPhone 3G before this phone. The music player is difficult to sync with iTunes music. The speaker phone isn't great and either is the ear piece but not horrible either.
Summary For the record I am/was a hardcore Apple guy. I had an iPhone since 2007 but didn't upgrade last summer when the iPhone 4's antenna issues came to light. I waited for Apple to come out with a replacement or a new Verizon version. When they finally announced the Verizon iPhone's specs I was so disappointed I decided to give an Android phone a try. I settled on the Mytouch 4G because it a) had 4G service and mobile wi-fi hotspot capabilities and b) could be purchased for $450 without a contract. For me, this is an Android experiment because I very well could end up back with an iPhone if they come out with an impressive version next. Regardless, I bought the Mytouch 4G about a month ago and have gotten pretty familiar with it. The operating system is pretty easy to get the hang of if you're switching from iOS. There are more buttons on this phone then my old iPhone which I don't like, but they serve their purpose and work well. I don't really ever use the "Genius" button. I think it's a waste. I also never use the trackball like button because it's pretty unnecessary. The social integration that T-Mobile builds onto Android 2.2 is pretty cool. If you have facebook, twitter, etc contacts it will link up your gmail contacts. When people call you it scrolls their latest updates below their picture and does other cool stuff of that ilk. I am a gmail user for both home and work and the email integration is superior to what the iphone offers. Because gmail is the native email to Android, it's a very close experience to what you use in webmail. This was a big draw for me when considering the phone and I have not been disappointed. My MobileMe account works pretty well too although there is still no "push" and the calendar doesn't sync to it in any way but MobileMe is pretty subpar so I don't blame the phone for this, just thought I would mention it.
Talking on the phone itself is average. The ear piece delivers average performence although the speaker phone is sub-par. I've heard no complaints from anyone about my voice clarity however which is a good thing. One thing I really miss from my iPhone was the media player/iPod functionality. All of my music and video is in iTunes and I still haven't figured out how to get it on there correctly and efficiently even with doubetwist. One of the coolest features is the mobile wi-fi hotspots. You can create a network anywhere and add up to five devices. It works very well and simply. I have been able to connect my laptop to the phones wireless network and stream netflix movies on my laptop at fast speeds...no lag at all.
By far the worst part of the phone is the battery. Part of that is a testament to how much I use the phone, but it should and could be better. I sit at a desk most days with it plugged in because there is no way it would make it through the day without it. The saving grace is you can replace the battery and buy extras so when you're traveling you can pack a backup unlike the iPhone.
Overall I like the phone for it's features and Android system, but I believe the hardware is a noticeable notch below the current iPhone. For hardcore gmail and google users it is a very attractive option at a decent price and you don't have to sign a contract for $450...not bad.
Pros Everything, too much to explain!
Cons Battery power. I am a data hog, and I use battery in 3 to 4 hours!