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Review: HTC myTouch 4G Slide

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Music

I am happy to say that the 4G Slide carries forward one of my favorite features from the myTouch 4G, the Media Room.

Go to the media room, and you have access to your on-board music and video. Additionally, the Media Room software also integrates an FM radio and Slacker Radio into the same media interface. It's a neat way to sort through your various types of content.

HTC has also re-skinned the player itself. When music is playing, rather than a static picture of the album cover with playback controls under it, you can swipe through the songs in the current playlist.

When you press the lock key once, you see the album cover and you have access to the music controls without fully unlocking the phone. This means you can shut off the music player quickly when it needs to be silenced.

There's no way to purchase music directly from the handset, however. You have to download the Amazon MP3 Store yourself. The 4G Slide does include the doubleTwist syncing client, which makes it much easier to manage music between your PC and the phone.

 

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Video

The 4G Slide has a number of video playback options. First, there's the stock YouTube application. Video content that has been captured by the 4G Slide or sideloaded to it is viewed via the Media Room application, which includes a video player.

T-Mobile TV is also included, which offers streamed video content from T-Mobile. This app, which costs $10 per month to subscribe to, includes some live TV channels (mostly news), as well as some reality TV programming. The user interface has received a make-over and its pretty intuitive to use. It’s too bad the quality of the video is so crummy.

If you're looking to rent movies, you can do so through the Netflix application, which is also included.

 

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