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Review: LG myTouch Q for T-Mobile

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The myTouch Q takes a middle-of-the-road approach to the sideways sliding QWERTY phone. It is neither a low-end device, nor is it a high-end device. It takes the road more traveled and doesn't attempt to be something it's not. The front (top) half of the design is black and the bottom (back) half is a nice gray color. It's a simple design that no one could call offensive.

As far as sideways sliders go, the LG myTouch Q is fairly slim and doesn't feel too bulky. It's not RAZR thin or anything, but it's not terribly heavy and certainly not too thick. All the edges are rounded in a way that makes the myTouch Q feel comfortable to hold and use. It's not overly wide, either, which means it is easy to grip in your hand and wrap your fingers all the way around. The black surfaces are slippery plastics, and the gray surfaces have a light coating of soft-touch paint to them, lending them some much-needed grip. Dropping it into your pocket and digging it out again won't be a problem.

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The front face has a 3.5-inch screen that looks small compared to the overall footprint of the myTouch Q. It is surrounded by a lot of black bezel. There are four capacitive buttons on the bottom of the myTouch Q for accessing the standard Android controls, though the right-most key is T-Mobile's myTouch key instead of a standard search key. These capacitive keys worked well enough.

The volume toggle is on the left side of the myTouch Q. It is about three-quarters of an inch long, which is a bit too short in my opinion. It's really easy to accidentally press the wrong side of the button and raise the volume when you want to lower it, and vice versa. It has good travel and feedback, though.

The 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, and power/volume button are all on the top edge, and there are no controls on the bottom and right sides. The power/lock button has good travel and feedback and is found without trouble.

The slider mechanism has a strong feel to it and slides firmly open and shut thanks to some spring assistance. They keyboard under it is a spacious, four-row affair. The top three rows are for letters, with keys doubling up for numbers and symbols, while the bottom row is for items such as the space bar and punctuation. The keyboard includes duplicates of the home, search, and menu keys. It has a dedicated key to launch the browser, a dedicated text messaging shortcut key, a smiley key, an "@" key, and a ".com" key for faster web and email address typing.

The keys are offset (as they are on a regular PC keyboard) and that helps a lot with typing speeds. The keys are a bit flat, and don't have the best travel and feedback, but I was still able to type messages fairly quickly.

The battery cover pops off with little effort. You can swap-out the microSD card without pulling the battery.

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