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.
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