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Review: Huawei myTouch and myTouch Q for T-Mobile

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Screen

Both devices have a 4-inch display that packs 480 x 800 pixels. Two years ago, that was the best screen resolution for which you could ask. Now, it's middle of road. It looks good, not great. From a comfortable reading distance, it is hard to see individual pixels, and most text looks sharp, but hold it closer and you begin to notice them. Colors look really nice, and it has a wide viewing angle. The display is plenty bright for indoor use, but it's almost impossible to use outdoors for activities such as snapping photos or looking up directions. I was constantly seeking shade so I could read the display when out and about.

Signal

Signal performance was solid. Though neither phone showed more than two or three bars most of the time, all the phone calls I made went through on the first dial, and they never dropped a call. Data performance was a bit more inconsistent. While web pages loaded swiftly most of the time, other tasks such as refreshing Facebook or Twitter took much longer than they should have. The only time the browser timed out was when under EDGE coverage.

Sound

Phone calls sound very good through the earpiece. The quality of calls was relatively clean and had a warm timbre. The volume of the earpiece was excellent. It stopped short of being painfully loud, but moves enough air that you'll be able to hear conversations in most environments. I found setting it to about 75% was the best for general use. The speakerphone is an altogether different story. Call quality nosedives. I noticed a lot of interference and scratchiness in calls conducted over speakerphone. Worse, the speaker itself produces a quiet, brittle sound that is not very pleasant or useful. I had a hard time understanding a conversation held in a near-quiet house, let alone one in a noisy coffee shop. Similarly, the ringers aren't loud enough. I missed several calls because I couldn't hear the phone ring even though it was in my pocket. The vibrate alert will help mitigate this a bit, but it could be better, too.

Battery

The myTouch and myTouch Q can each last an entire day on a single charge, but not much more than that. The batteries that provide the juice rate 1500mAh. During my tests, the myTouch consistently outlasted the Q by several hours, even though the devices are nearly identical. I took special care to set the devices up in identical fashion with respect to apps, services, and radio settings. I reached out to T-Mobile to see if it had an explanation, but have yet to hear back. Either way, you'll need to charge the phone every night.

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