With T-Mobile's strong Android options, the myTouch 3G Slide could be their best yet. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip take a look at the phone's new features, like their Faves Gallery, Genius Button, 3.4" touch screen and 5 megapixel camera for only $180 with a contract.
What You Need To Know
- The myTouch 3G Slide has the familiar rectangular design of the myTouch series.
- It's a little thicker than an iPhone and a little heavier.
- The plastic case feels sturdy.
- It has a 320 x 480 HVGA resolution, which is half of the iPhone 4.
- The menu shortcut are along the bottom, while the camera and volume control buttons are on the side.
- They really improved the Android interface with the last few updates, and this phone runs on Android 2.1.
- The HTC's Sense interface makes it more user-friendly and adds its "leap" navigating feature.
- It has a 3.4" touch screen with pinch and zoom capabilities, and it's quite responsive.
- The Qwerty keyboard doesn't slide out as smooth as we'd like, but it locks solidly and the keyboard is spread out with large buttons, making it easy to type.
- There's also an onscreen keyboard and a swipe feature for typing.
- Overall, it does what an Android phone is expected to do.
- In addition, you get the Faves Gallery, which is a shortcut to your favorite contacts.
- There's also the Genius Button which allows for voice commands.
- These two new features work okay.
- The Faves Gallery keeps track of your calls and messages with the people you talk to the most.
- It depends on how many friends you're constantly in touch with, or how often you message them, but this feature can be useful.
- The Genius button works pretty well: sometimes it would get the wrong name or word, but overall it understood what we were saying or looking for.
- The phone also comes with a 5 megapixel camera and flash, but we found the image and video quality to be mediocre.
- Low light pictures came out blurry and daylight pictures looked dull.
- There are thousands of Apps to download from the Android Market.
- $180.00 with a 2 year T-Mobile contract.
- 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- It's definitely a solid smartphone, but a little bit pricey for what you're getting, considering that you can get the Droid Incredible for $20 more on Verizon Wireless.
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