Review: Huawei myTouch and myTouch Q for T-Mobile
The myTouch Q is one of the worst offenders when it comes to bloatware. There are 64 apps installed out of the box. That's ridiculous. As usual, some of them can be removed and others cannot. There's a flotilla of T-Mobile branded applications, such as T-Mobile TV, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile Mall, MyAccount, MobileLife Organizer, Highlight, Bonus Apps, and 411 & More. If you don't think 64 apps is enough, feel free to dive into the Android Market.
Bluetooth worked without issue on the myTouches. Pairing with mono and stereo headsets, as well as PCs and other phones, was a snap. Sound quality of voice calls through mono headsets was OK, though not as good as normal voice quality. Music sounded acceptable through stereo Bluetooth speakers.
The myTouch offers the same lockscreen clock that most Android phones do. When initially woken from sleep, it shows the time in a larger, digital read out. The time can be gleaned with but a glance.
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Instead of offering Google Search as the native search function, the myTouch (Q) carries forward the "Genius Button" concept. Press it, and rather than a simple search box, you get a voice-activated search tool. There are four main categories: Call Someone, Send Message, Search Web, and Navigate. Basically, the app wants you to say the word "Call", then a contact name. Or say "Send", then a name. Or "Search" for something on the web, etc. Once you get the hang of it, it works OK. But if you think this feature can compete with the iPhone 4S's Siri tool or the new Google Now app, it doesn't.
Google Maps and TeleNav Navigator are both installed on the myTouch (Q). Google Maps is free. TeleNav costs $10 per month to use for the full version. There's also a new "freemium" version offered by TeleNav that has fewer features and is free. All three apps do a fine job at providing directions to and from destinations — though as realized on the myTouch (Q), they run a bit slow and laggy.