T-Mobile felt that the MyTouch series of Android smartphones needed a refresh. In a change of pace they went with LG as opposed to HTC as the ODM for the new MyTouch series devices, even though the MyTouch brand has been manufactured for T-Mobile by HTC for 5 previous versions.
We were curious about the refresh, not even 6 months after the launch of the MyTouch 4G Slide. Specifically we were curious about the MyTouch brand itself, when it first came out it was the successor to the G1 and at the time a borderline superphone. It seemed to us that the new versions were more entry level to midrange. A T-Mobile spokesperson replied saying:
“The T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q are perfect for customers stepping up to their first smartphone and are designed to be easy to use, particularly for individuals who have previously been intimidated by the complexity of smartphones. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will continue to appeal to tech-savvy customers looking for an advanced camera experience on their smartphone.”
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T-Mobile also provided this quick chart to show how the new MyTouch devices stack up compared to the previous ones.
T-Mobile myTouch &
T-Mobile myTouch Q
T-Mobile myTouch 4G
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide
|4G (theoretical peak speeds)|
1.2 GHz Dual Core
“Working with different OEM’s allows us to provide customers with a variety of experiences and offerings. T-Mobile is excited to expand its myTouch smartphone lineup to include the T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q, both by LG.”
And of course we wanted to know why so soon on the refresh?
“The T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q were purposefully designed to provide first time smartphone users with an affordable device that’s easy to use right out of the box, yet still offers quality features such as a 1 GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, our popular Genius button and access to T-Mobile’s 4G network.”
So with that out of the way we found the new T-Mobile MyTouch by LG a pleasure to use. It’s a lightweight Android phone and it definitely has the consumer in mind.
The 3.8 inch screen still pops and fills up the screen when you’re watching a movie, tv show or playing a game. It’s not too big so you don’t feel like you’re carrying a mini tablet in your pocket. New Android phone users are going to love the ease of the genius button which was around a long time before Siri on the iPhone 4S.
In the camera department you’re looking at a 5 mega pixel camera without a flash but capable of taking 720p hd video on the fly. This is perfect for the holidays and catching those moments when you need an easy to use camera in your pocket.
The MyTouch does have a front facing camera with Qik video pre-installed for video chatting over 4G, 3G or wifi. You can use Qik or whatever video chat app you prefer.
The 1ghz processor makes it snappy and absent of any overbearing lag. The LG enhancements don’t make it feel like a full skin UI but make it appealing to the average consumer. Their weather widget looks really nice and almost like its part of the background of the phone.
T-Mobile makes it easy to identify the preinstalled apps with their Bonus Apps widget. They’ve done this on a few devices now and while at first I thought it was more bloat, it’s actually a great thing for consumers, it highlights the apps that are preinstalled on the device and tells the user what they do. T-Mobile has pre installed T-Mobile ID for indentifying callers, T-Mobile TV for current and past season TV shows, Blio reader which is an e-reader app, Slacker radio for listening to TDGN, Zinio reader for magazines and more. So T-Mobile is putting content in the customers hands that they may not get by going with another similarly priced Android phone.
The T-Mobile MyTouch and the T-Mobile MyTouch Q are available now for $79.99 on a new two year agreement. While they may not have the bells and whistles of the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G slide both models are on T-Mobiles HSPA+ network and they are very customer/user focused.