T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

The HTC T-Mobile MyTouch 4G is available today and we hurried on out to pick one up. Our first impressions? The hardware is great - it has a very solid feel, that's 5.6 ounces of solid, and we're big fans of the metal battery door. The plastics, buttons, and 3.8" glass front are all top-notch, though we think the earpiece speaker-grille is perhaps just a little overdesigned. Dieter (that's me!) is also especially happy to not only see a subtle classic Android Chin on the bottom, but also to see that HTC and T-Mobile kept a small, square optical trackpad for easier text-selection.

The 1GHz snapdragon processor drives the very beautiful WVGA touchscreen with no problems, though rendering time on loading web pages didn't quite feel as blazing fast as we expected - though whether we can pin that on the processor or a little bombast in T-Mobile's 4G claims will require a bit more testing.

The skin on top of Android 2.2 is the standard T-Mobile iteration of HTC's sense UI, complete with MyFaves and that Genius button replacing the standard Search button. It launches the Dragon Mobile / Nuance voice search / dictation app for both finding stuff and starting messages. It will take a bit more time before we can tell you how we feel about it, though, because right now the idea of using an Android device without a dedicated search button is causing more cognitive dissonance than we expected.

We'll have a full review soon, but in the meantime check a quick video featuring some details on how T-Mobile has customized the setup process. There are some photos too, because that's how we do.

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I see three contact points. Bring on the charging and media docks!

dethduck says:

So, uh. what you gonna do with that when you're done with the review?
Just asking.
I'll go back to playing with my original mytouch 3g for now.
*sigh*

mjneid says:

I got to play with one of these last night. The screen is AMAZING, the speeds IMHO are fast, snappy and leave nothing behind. If they root this before 12/1/10 i'll be picking it up.

ksc6000#AC says:

Man this phone is ugly. It looks like a toy phone for children. If I couldn't have the nexus one or the g2, I'd get it but man...I'd cringe everytime I look at it.

toyface says:

Ahhhh you Americans and your snazzy phones, even on GSM! Here in the UK I have the Desire, and I'm loving it, blazingly fast with the respect root and ROM treatment.

I REALLY want one of these, I mean, ohhh damn that packaging, the trackpad, physical buttons!!

...guess I'll have to do with a MyTouch ROM port...

Lockeskidney says:

until you have used one in person its unfair to call it an ugly phone. I played with a white one this morning and i liked it so much i called up tmo just now and picked one up for 125 (through retentions)

for 125 i cant complain its cheaper than if i went iphone/evo

outrun says:

This phone is awesome but if you accidentally touch those gold contacts on the side it goes into that like desktop clock mode.

Ouch! Hope that can be tweaked with software.

MyTouch 420G says:

A proper case does it nicely.

WHO's iPHONHE IS THAT? I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT I'M SEEING HERE!

Someone needs to get FIRED!

ZaydaBayda says:

No Keyboard... Eww.

acran says:

It's nice seeing T-Mobile finally competing with the big boys, though it's a shame that it has to be with such a plug-ugly phone. Seriously, though, we've seen what HTC is capable of from an industrial design standpoint, so there's really no excuse for this hideous lump of plastic, metal and glass.

Magellan says:

I played with one of these and a G2 today in the TMo store. The G2 seemed slightly snappier to me.

mjneid says:

Yea the G2 is SUPER nice, but i thought they were fairly equal in my eye.

outrun says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD42ig0esNg

This is video of those contacts coming on when you move over them.

JA1992 says:

EVO is better!

flan says:

I think the phone looks just fine

Jonneh says:

Question: Is that an LED notification light at the top by the speaker grill, or is that just a charging light...and if it is, can it be used as a notification light?

Grem135 says:

Yes it is also a notification light

Grem135 says:

Yes it is also a notiication light

:(

J240 says:

It must not be photogenic because this phone looks and feels WAY nicer in person. I played with the G2 also but it just felt flimsy compared to this. Anyone saying its ugly needs to go see it in person. It's a solid device and I can't wait to pick mine up Sunday!

srkmagnus says:

I agree, photos don't do this phone justice. Used the device during lunch for a few minutes and the look and feel is pretty good. Although I am not a fan of the UI, overall it feels like a solid device.

Sven#IM says:

He incorrectly mentions MyFaves on the phone. If one looks closely, one can see that the application is FAVES, and not myFaves.

When I updated my MyTouch 3G to Froyo, the MyFaves app was gone, but Faves was there. At first, I thought they were the same thing, but they are not. Faves is for keeping track of your 20 favorite contacts, and is not related to the MyFaves calling plan. Now the only way to update MyFaves contacts is to do it on the T-Mobile web page, since the MyFaves android app no longer exists.

Androidpro says:

MyTouch 4G is by far the best phone in the market...its lightning fast and love the camera on the front, compared it with iPhone's Facetime it is much better.....great phone nice work!!

Androidpro says:

MyTouch 4G is by far the best phone in the market...its lightning fast and love the camera on the front, compared it with iPhone's Facetime it is much better.....great phone nice work!!

Grem135 says:

Great phone. solid nothing cheap about it. You have to see a "real" phone to see how nice it really is and looks. the first ones I saw in stores where non-working displays and seemed to be all plastic junk.. glad I finally saw a working one and now own my first Android phone. Got it for 49.99 through retentions :)