MyTouch 4G Slide

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is the latest in the myTouch line from T-Mo, and should be hitting the shelves on July 27.  It has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the myTouch 4G/Glacier/Panache is one hell of a phone, though often overlooked because of it's carrier.  The latest iteration of the myTouch brings the hardware specs into the "superphone" range, and gives a decent horizontal sliding qwerty option for those that need or want one.  Hit the break and have a look at our hands-on and first impressions of this one.

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The hardware feels very nicely done, with a soft touch, almost rubber-like coating on the phone body.  The slider is smooth, easy to open, yet stays closed while not in use.  Under the hood things look awful darn good:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1.1GB application storage
  • Android 2.3.4
  • VGA front facing camera
  • 8MP backside illuminated sensor HDR camera with zero shutter lag
  • HTC Sense 3.0
  • 3.7-inch WVGA super LCD
  • Four-row horizontal keyboard
  • 8GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB)
  • 21Mbps HSPA+ 4G speeds
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wifi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
  • 1520 mAh battery
  • 4.8 x 2.4 x 0.52 inches, 6.5 ounces

Those specs look awful nice on paper, and from what I'm seeing they all translate very well to real-world performance.  The myTouch 4G Slide is snappy and fluid, and the beefy specs combined with the smaller screen make homescreen navigation amazingly smooth. 

On the software side, you have the very latest version of Gingerbread on board.  I'd like to say that again -- Android 2.3.4 is on board.  That's offset a bit by the fact that Google Talk does not support the front facing camera, instead Qik is included for video conferencing.  You also have Sense 3.0, albeit customized with T-Mobile's "Espresso" UI.  It's nicely done, and pleasant to the eye.

I'm going to spend a week abusing this one, and I'll let you all know what I find in the full review that will be coming shortly.  In the meantime, here's a few pictures to check out the exterior.

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Reader comments

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide initial review


I find it confusing that the front facing camera doesn't work with Gtalk video chat. WTF? I thought 2.3.4 was the go-ahead/green light to video chat! I have CM 7.1 (which is 2.3.4) loaded up on my OG EVO and I loaded up the Gtalk APK that has video chat. I have the icon, but no one I know has a phone with 2.3.4 and I was going to recommend this phone to a friend looking to upgrade and was telling them about Gtalk video chat capabilities with this version of Android. FAIL.

While I agree that more space would be better... how much internal memory do you really need? I've been using my Evo 3D for about a month, downloading tons of apps (most of them not even being used) and I still have over 800mb left.

I also survived for a year easily with my OG Evo. Just buy a large SD card and move apps to SD.

If I remember correctly the Nexus S has 1G available for app installs I've still got 300M free installing all sorts of stuff. I could even stand to uninstall some things I rarely use but decided to leave it for no reason but I don't need any free space yet.

Jerry, thank you for specifying the allotted application storage space! I've had a Nexus One for a little while & that is going to be a BIG sticking point for whenever I finally upgrade to my next phone.

Looks like my wife might have an upgrade path finally.

One thing though:
"The myTouch 4G Slide is snappy and fluid, and the beefy specs combined with the smaller screen make homescreen navigation amazingly smooth."

The fact that it's 3.7" has nothing to do with that, if it's WVGA it's 800x480 like just about every other android phone. I'm guessing the 768M of RAM and dual-core CPU is the reason.

Wow, I don't know who's phone number that is but the potential for troll on this video is very high.

If I were you I'd take this down and block that number before re-uploading. Just a heads up. Great pre-review otherwise.

Jerry shouldn't be allowed to review phones unless he has some ADD medication. No flow and easily distracted... WTF Jerry?! Phil needs to do all reviews or that British dude.

What was so bad about Jerry's hands on review? I thought it flowed well. I know at 5:28 he accidentally opened the weather app but I thought it was good.

Interested in hearing what you think of the new camera sensor/software Jerry. So far I'm disappointed with the EVO 3D's camera in 2D mode compared to my EVO 4G, I thought it would be more like the Sensation and 4g Slide (other than the megapixels, of course).