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Review: HTC myTouch 4G Slide

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The 4G Slide skips the full version of HTC's Sense user interface and instead favors a toned-down version that keeps some of the essentials but loses the polish of Sense 3.0.

It ships with five home screen panels, which can all be adjusted in any way that you like with widgets, shortcuts and so on. The home screen panels can spin like they do on Sense phones, and you can pinch any of the home panels to see all five of them at once.

The 4G Slide offers a handful of themes, but they don't do much more than change the colors on some of the menu screens and wallpapers.

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There are five permanent app shortcuts in a dock at the bottom of the screen for the phone, messages, browser, contacts, and main app menu. The app menu is a typical grid, with a four-by-four set of 16 apps visible at any one time. The main menu can be sorted into groups, as well as listed alphabetically, and so on.

The settings menus are unaltered from stock Android, and the notification shade offers access to recently-used applications in addition to notifications. It also provides access to the radio controls (Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, etc.) that other Android phones show.

The 4G Slide also has a "KidZone" setting that can be used by parents to lock down certain functions (such as the phone, email, etc.) so that kids may use the phone safely to play games and not get themselves into trouble prank calling your boss.

Performance is fantastic. With a dual-core 1.2GHz processor working its magic inside the 4G Slide, everything about the phone performed instantaneously.


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