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Review: Huawei myTouch and myTouch Q for T-Mobile

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It pains me to tell you that the myTouch series ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Right now, there are no plans to update them to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That may be a dealbreaker for some of you, I'm sure. T-Mobile said the myTouch and myTouch Q will remain ICS-less due to hardware limitations.

The lock screen presents four options: Unlock and three app shortcuts: messages, phone, and camera. These cannot be customized or changed. There are five home screen panels, which T-Mobile has crammed with bloatware. You can ditch the widgets and shortcuts, but most of the bloatware apps can't be removed entirely from the device.

The permanent icons in the home screen dock include the phone, messages, and browser. These can be rearranged or replaced with other shortcuts, should you so wish. The main app menu is a vertical grid that you swipe up and down to scroll through. It can't be customized or viewed in any other way. I particularly dislike that it always clusters the eight most-recently used apps up at the top of the listing. It gobbles up half the visible space for apps, though I suppose some might find this handy.

The notification shade offers quick access to on/off buttons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as the auto-rotate control.

The full settings controls are old-school Android and will make sense to anyone familiar with Android.

As far as performance goes, the myTouch and Q do well, but not stellar. They use a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor. Most of the time, it gets the job done with no problem, but there were times when it stuttered when transitioning between screens or took too long to open an app.

 

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