T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

T-Mobile today introduced the myTouch 3G Slide, bringing a horizontal slider keyboard to the popular device. The myTouch 3G Slide runs Android 2.1 on a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen. It's less than 15mm thick and comes with an 8GB microSD card. But instead of the new Sense user interface like what's on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible, the myTouch 3G Slide has what's been long-dubbed the "Espresso" UI -- kind of a hybrid between Sense and stock Android.

The myTouch 3G Slide also introduces the "Genius Button," which pairs Nuance Communications' natural language technology to provide one-touch voice-controlled access to make calls, send e-mail and text messages, search the Internet, find directions, etc. Nuance's Dragon Dictation also is loaded on the myTouch 3G Slide to provide dictation in any text field, and it also can read aloud incoming messages.

The myTouch 3G Slide also features the Nuance Mobile Care-powered MyAccount 3.0, which lets you access and manage your T-Mobile account from your phone -- and from the Genius Button.

The myTouch Slide 3G will be available in June (date and pricing to be announced) in either white, red or black. Full press release after the break.

New T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Improves Communication Through T-Mobile Exclusive Software

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BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new addition to its exclusive line of Android™-powered T-Mobile myTouch® 3G smartphones — the T-Mobile® myTouch 3G Slide™. Anticipated to be available in June, the new myTouch 3G Slide combines a roomy slide-out QWERTY keyboard with an incredibly crisp, high-performance touch screen powered by the latest Android software. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide is purpose-built for communication, with unique new features that help customers connect more easily, more quickly and more often to their closest family and friends.

“The new myTouch 3G Slide is a smart and sleek phone that fits into your pocket, your budget and your family life with exclusive T-Mobile features that put communication with your closest family and friends front and center.”

“Many smartphones are increasingly powerful in their features and specifications without continuing to improve the main reason that so many people have mobile phones — the ability to communicate with each other,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new myTouch 3G Slide is a smart and sleek phone that fits into your pocket, your budget and your family life with exclusive T-Mobile features that put communication with your closest family and friends front and center.”

New features only available on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide include the following:

Faves Gallery: Life is hectic, so it’s easy to miss opportunities to connect with loved ones. Faves Gallery presents up to 20 of your favorite people and the different ways to communicate with them — calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social networking updates — in a dedicated application accessible through a soft button and an easy-to-use widget complete with photos, contact information and one-touch ability to respond. All of your Faves® get special status on your myTouch 3G Slide™; anytime they communicate with you or update their social network you get a notification in the notification pane. Even if you’re not using your phone, a custom green light lets you know you’ve got a communication waiting from one of your Faves. And you can respond directly from the Faves Gallery, without launching e-mail or other applications, so you connect more quickly and more often with the important people in your life.

myModes: myModes helps you draw the line between work and home by creating different themes with home screen apps, widgets and wallpapers to empower people in the different roles they play each day. You can set myModes to switch at a designated time, by location, or manually with the option to create and store up to 10 customized modes. myModes removes clutter and makes you more efficient both at work and at home. Want to forget about work on the weekend? No need to hide your work phone or switch to another device; just put away your work tools, like e-mail and your calendar by switching modes, and bring forward all the things you love to do on Saturday.

Genius Button: With the Genius Button, you press one button, talk, and it delivers. The Genius Button, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN), is an easy-to-access button on the front of the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide allowing the use of voice commands to control the phone and it’s features including making calls, composing and sending texts and e-mails, searching the Web or your surroundings. It will even read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate responses naturally as if you were speaking directly to a person.

Powered by the Android 2.1 software, the myTouch 3G Slide offers a rich mobile Web experience and access to thousands of applications on Android Market from games to location-based social networks to on-the-go shopping and more. Similar to the original, the new myTouch 3G Slide was designed to facilitate personalization inside and out. A five-pane home screen, with the option to increase to seven panes, offers plenty of real estate for your favorite widgets, applications and themes.

Designed by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile, the myTouch 3G Slide features a 3.4-inch HVGA touch-screen display with virtual keyboard as well as a roomy, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Less than 15mm thick, the elegant design slides easily into your pocket proving that Android brains don’t have to come in a sci-fi box. The myTouch 3G Slide also features a 5-megapixel camera, a music player with a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card, and enhanced video capabilities to make it easy for users to record and share pictures and videos, whether via e-mail, MMS or one-click upload to sites such as YouTube and Picasa.

The device’s powerful mobile data experience is supported by fast data speeds via Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s nationwide 3G network, which is getting even faster this year as T-Mobile upgrades its network with the latest wireless technology.

The myTouch 3G Slide is expected to be available in June, exclusively from T-Mobile USA in three colors — black, white or red. Customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com for more information.

* 3G coverage is available in locations nationwide, but may not be available everywhere. For more details on where T-Mobile network coverage is available, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.

 

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MyTouch 3G Slide brings keyboard to the popular T-Mobile Android phone

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I've learned that if it has the hardware they will flaunt it and tell you, just like Verizon mentions the Snapdragon as its first spec in their ad. This doesn't have 1GHz processor. I am waiting a couple weeks to see if the Incredible is for me but I really want a physical keyboard but this looks like an Ally competitor

I don't understand why someone would buy a mid-range smartphone. If you're buying a smartphone, you're going to be paying at least $55-$60/month on your plan, but likely more than that. If it's too expensive to buy the high-end smartphone, you probably can't afford the monthly plan anyway.

Additionally, on T-Mobile, I understand the only real high-end phone available is the N1, and it's certainly had its problems on T-Mobile. In that case, I'd wait a few more months as I'm sure T-Mobile is going to land another superphone.

I understand the MyTouch Slide might have appeal to a younger audience who might like to order a custom backplate, or like to be able to choose the color of their phone (if those are both going to be available with this new phone). But will it be enough to overcome having to wait 5-10 seconds for your apps to launch?

Thanks ssssoooooooooo much for telling me what I can/should do. I'm not big enough to decide myself. What a snob you are. MAYBE a "midrange" phone is plenty good for most of us, and we DONT wait 5-10 seconds for an app to open. Maybe we LIKE the myTouch (i did) and just want it with a keyboard. Apparently we must but the overpriced Nexus One which doesn't actually do much more than the lowly "midrange" phones do, just to satisfy you. I guess if we cant afford a Rolls, we shouldn't bother driving on the highway. Stupidest comment I have seen in a while.

Is it just me, or does the myTouch 3G Slide hardware remind you of the T-Mobile MDA? Back in the day, I loved my MDA.

This is awesome. It has a new 600Mhz ARM Processor. It will be as fast, if not faster, than the iPhone 3GS. I know everyone wants a 1ghz processor; however, I prefer longer battery life over faster speeds. Heck, there are lots of people underclocking their 1Ghz processors down to 500mhz to get better battery life.

I have the original myTouch and it has a processor set to about 300mhz. However, the cpu can actually run at 528mhz, but is underclocked for battery life. I have a feeling that this new phone will also be underclocked. I rooted my phone to get the full speed of the cpu and it made a WORLD of difference.