Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
The myTouch is far, far sexier than the G1, hands down. It is small, smooth, sleek and simple to use. It rests easily in the hand and is very comfortable to hold. It isn't heavy, slips into pockets easily, and the materials feel well crafted. It loses the physical QWERTY keyboard that added bulk to the G1. For some, this may be a deal-breaker, but I think many will appreciate the lack of heft and adjust to the software QWERTY without too much hassle.
The front of the myTouch is dominated by the touch display. Below the display are the controls, which consist of six buttons and the trackball. To the left of the trackball is the home key, menu key and send key. On the right are the back key, search key and end/power key. The home, menu, back and search keys are "squircle" in shape and protrude nicely from the surface of the myTouch. Your thumb won't have any problems locating them. Travel and feedback is good on all of the front keys.
Everyone has their own opinion about trackballs. I happen to like them and think they are way better for on-screen navigation compared to D-pads. In this implementation, HTC has done a good job of integrating the trackball with the touch screen. It will zoom the selector around the screen lickety-split for quick navigation, but veteran touchscreen users will most likely skip it in favor of interacting with the screen directly. Still, having the option is nice. I found the trackball to be responsive.
On the left side of the myTouch the only button users will interact with is the volume toggle. It is long and slim, and is a cinch to find. It has good travel and feedback. There are no other buttons on the myTouch 3G.
The battery cover pops off easily enough, and this is necessary if you want to swap out the microSD card. Thankfully, the card is hot-swappable, meaning you can interchange cards without powering down the phone.
At the bottom of the phone is HTC's miniUSB port. This is perhaps the one major failing of the myTouch hardware. Most mobile phone makers have agreed to switch to microUSB for charging and data transfer. Also, the myTouch lacks a headset jack of any kind, so you have to use a USB adapter for either a headset or stereo headphones. This is just annoying; adapters suck. Thankfully, T-Mobile has agreed to put 3.5mm stereo headset jacks on its phones moving forward, but those designs won't be hitting store shelves until late 2009 or early 2010. In the end, this means the myTouch isn't the best option for media consumption.
That complaint aside, there's a lot to like here. The myTouch has a nice footprint and is enjoyable to interact with.
Phone Scoop gives HTC's new myTouch 3G Fender Edition Android phone the special hands-on treatment, complete with unboxing!
Jan 14, 2010
Today T-Mobile announced that it will begin offering the HTC myTouch 3G Fender Edition on January 20. The updated version of the myTouch has several new features, including a custom-designed back plate, 3.5mm headset jack, a 16GB memory card, free access to doubleTwist music sync software, and preloaded content from Eric Clapton, Avril Lavigne, Brad Paisley and Wyclef Jean.
Jun 21, 2009
Today T-Mobile announced its second Android device from HTC, the myTouch 3G with Google. The myTouch is very similar in look and design to the HTC Magic Android phone, which was announced earlier this year.
Mar 26, 2009
Documents seen on the FCC web site reveal some information about a new HTC phone apparently bound for T-Mobile's network. The SAPP300 has been approved with 1700/2100MHz WCDMA, as well as quad-band GSM/EDGE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Feb 17, 2009
At a Vodafone press conference today, HTC and Vodafone announced the Magic, a new smartphone from HTC running Google's Android OS platform. The Magic is a slab-style device without a physical keyboard.