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Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G

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Android Market

Yep, the Android Market is still alive and bustling. It is far more robust now than when the G1 was first launched. There are now thousands of applications to take advantage of. Many of them improve upon the features of the myTouch and Android. According to Google, carrier billing support is on the way, so you won't have to rely on your credit card to pay for apps.

Bluetooth

The myTouch 3G has Bluetooth and supports stereo headphones. Pairing was a snap with any sort of headset. Sound quality was good, but not super fantastic. It is worth pointing out that Android does not support a number of other Bluetooth protocols, such as PBA for integration with advanced car kits, no OPP, no FT. It is a shame that these protocols aren't included.

Clock

The Android default home screen offers a nice, large analog clock to look at. Out of the box, it is placed on one of the secondary home screens and not the main one. You have to swipe over to see it. The time is always listed in the status bar at the top of the screen. For a quick time check, press the menu key when the myTouch is asleep. It will show you the time in a large digital read-out, with the date under it.

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GPS

The myTouch has GPS and is married closely to Google's Maps for Mobile product. Maps works fantastically in the Android operating system. It was able to pinpoint my exact location within 10 seconds. It has Latitude, the new location-sharing feature built-in, as well. This lets you see where all your friends are on the map. The feature is opt-in, meaning users have to agree to use it.

Social Networking

There is no built-in access to Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Believe it or not, there isn't an official Facebook app from Google or Facebook itself. You have to log in via the browser or via third-party options. Word is that is about to change. Twitter, on the other hand, can be accessed via a myriad number of different applications.

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