Pros Form factor & build quality, HSPA+, FFC w/video chat, weight, nice screen (though not SAMOLED), decent battery thus far, OTA update to 2.2.1 within hours after I walked out of the store
Cons Espresso UI; the "MyTouch" branding is a little "teeny" and silly IMO
Summary Bottom-line: the MyTouch 4G has to be the best Android (or any phone, for that matter) that T-Mobile has released to-date. It blows previous MyTouch versions away in form factor and construction - the use of hard, soft-touch plastic, brushed metal, and glass holds true to other HTC devices vs. the cheapy plastics of prior MT versions. It feels good in your hands, and although some may think it a bit heavy, I think it provides a sense of confidence in the build quality (weight is comparable to an iPhone 3G/3GS). It's an excellent alternative to the physical keyboard devices such as the G2 and MT3G Slide. I'm not a fan of physical keyboards after I converted from a BlackBerry to iPhone, then Galaxy S, and now MT4G...that kept me away from the G2, and I'm happy I waited.P.S. I have the BLACK MyTouch 4G. Saw the red in person, and it looks pretty nice if you're a female or just into that color - it's sort of a metallic burgandy. White and Plum are also available.
I'm just not a fan of Espresso - why not give us a more std SenseUI as on other HTC devices? The app icons on Espresso are too large and there's WAY too much white/empty space between shortcuts on the home screens. I installed LauncherPro Plus, but for some reason it cannot access all the basic Android widgets like it could on my Vibrant. Not sure why that is, but if I could get a UI I like on the MT4G, then I'd be a happy camper. If T-Mob would do-away with the "My Touch" branding it would give this phone a much better consumer image; the branding simply isn't appealing to veteran smartphone users. The display definitely doesn't compete with the Galaxy S (Vibrant) line, but you can't really expect it to...have realistic expectations there...it's on par with the G2.
The MT4G has a FAST processor. Although there are plenty of debates over benchmarking, I'll mention what I found: the MT4G scored over 1800 using Quadrant Standard compared to the ~1700 of the G2. While I got over 2300 on a rooted Vibrant w/UTLF, the MT4G appears to be the fastest T-Mob phone out-of-the-box.
In summary, the MT4G has a solid build quality comparable to other non-MyTouch HTC devices on the market, is responsive, has smokin' data speeds if you have HSPA+ available in your area (I got over 7mbps using Speedtest's app), dedicated camera button, LED flash, and although the speaker is a bit tinny, the volume has been sufficient on conference calls, standard calls have been solid, and the MT4G offers WiFi calling and mobile hot spot feature (note that WiFi calling states it will use plan minutes, and the mobile hot spot feature requires addition of the $14.99 plan - still cheaper than Verizon & Sprint). I've not yet tried video chat, but the camera switching (front/back) is just like the iPhone 4's - though note the front camera is lower quality and will naturally be a little choppy similar to most web cams.
If it weren't for Espresso UI and the "MY Touch" blazened on the front, it'd be near perfect compared to any other phone currently available in T-Mob's line. The phone is available for $149.99 upgrade/contract extension, and can be found for as little as $79.99 for new customers on WireFly's site.
Updated on Nov 5, 2010
Pros 1.) Awesome design.
2.) Genious button worked great
3.) No one else has anything like swype and it also worked great.
4.) Every kind of download imaginable.
Cons 1.) Constantly dropped calls, sometimes the phone would say dialing for minutes straight and never actually connect.
2.) Constantly freezes when navigating phone.
3.) The web speed was usually decent but would sometimes also freeze
Summary I loved this phone at the times when it was working. My wife got the same phone and had no problems worth mentioning. I'm taking back my phone today and will possibly get the same phone again. If it also has problems I will write another review.
Pros I tried an EVO for one week. It was just Ok. Spotty 4g, but this blows it away. I am glad I stuck with Tmo and away from Sprint and ATT HSPA rocks, as well as the video calls, and the music player is very ingenious
Cons speakerphone has a lot of treble
Summary This is a high quality, top ranking phone. I wish it had a 4" screen, but every phone I had or tried withh 4-4.3" did not compare. I am glad I have what I have. 4.8-5 stars
Pros Five screens, and the ability to slide over letters while texting
Cons Battery life terrible....I even let it drain before recharging it a number of times when I first received phone and still after 3 months, the phone dies by end of day. I don't use it that much either. Lots of bugs on my phone.
Summary My phone has had problems since I purchased it. Tech support could never resolve issues. After 7 months, Tmobile relunctantly agreed to change out phone under warranty. The "new" phone had many bugs as well. Customer service would not give me any credit even though the phone has a lot of issues and I have spent countless hours with tech support. Supervisors won't give credits either. Even when I tried to pay by phone through the automated, my phone kept sending me to customer service. When I spoke with the rep, she said that she would still charge $5 to process payment even with the now 9 months of documented issues and the inabiltiy to get the phone to recognize my card information. I terminated my service today. Even with a steep $200 termination fee, it just wasn't worth the aggravation.
Pros Fast, fun, easy, amazing apps.
Cons battery life goes fast using the apps
Summary Its my first android and I am happy with my choice. It does so many amazing things that my old phone could not,its almost like having a mini pc in the palm of your hands. I highly recommend it