by George Heymann

Launch day for the T-Mobile HTC MyTouch 4G!

by George Heymann

November 3rd was Launch Day for the T-Mobile HTC MyTouch 4G, the second phone capable of 4G speeds on the expanding HSPA+ T-Mobile network.

Lamont Robinson, self-proclaimed "MyTouch Champion", goes over the features of the new HTC MyTouch 4G with Pueblo's first MyTouch 4G customer Javier Banuelos.

Besides the very capable Android MyTouch 4G, T-Mobile also introduced three Android phones — one to fit practically every budget.

  • T-Mobile Comet —  Android 2.2, 528 MHZ processor, 2.8” display, 3G Wi-Fi GPS with navigation capability, MicroSD expandable 3.2 megapixel camera, $9.99 with 2-year contract, $199.99 no contract price (Special limited time web offer: free with contract.)

Comet first impression: Although the phone is probably better than a generic flip or candy bar style phone, as it comes with the latest version of the Android OS (Froyo). The screen is too small to use comfortably, and the body of the phone has a cheap, plastic feel.

  • LG Optimus T — Android 2.2 , 600MHZ processor, 3.2” HVGA display, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS with navigation capability MicroSD expandable 3.2 megapixel camera $29.99 with 2-year contract, $239 no contract price (Special limited time web offer: free with contract.)

Optimus T first impression: This is a good looking phone and has  a nice hand feel. I could see this phone being popular with users upgrading from less capable feature phones. A good introduction to Android, perfect size to throw in a pocket, gear bag or purse.

  • Motorola Defy — Android 2.1, 800 MHZ processor, 3.7” (854X480) 3G Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi UMTS calling, GPS with navigation capability, 5 megapixel camera $99.99 with 2-year contract, $379.99 no contact pricing.

Defy first impression: Phone is smaller than I expected from looking at the pre-release photos. The Defy is rugged, surprisingly compact and reasonably specced phone with some unexpected but welcomed features like UMTS Wi-Fi calling. I really wanted to like this phone, unfortunately Defy was released with Android 2.1 (Eclair) and MotoBlur (Motorola’s custom UI).

Motorola’s has a poor track record of not updating their previous devices on T-Mobile in a timely manner. The Motorola Cliq and Cliq XT are great examples of that. My advice is, do not purchase any phone that is not on the most current version of the phone OS at the time of your purchase. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way, hopefully lack of sales will coerce manufacturers to always release phones using the most current version of the OS at launch.

  • My-Touch 4G — Android 2.2 OS, 1 GHZ processor, 3.8” WVGA LED display, dual-camera, video-chat capable, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G (HSPA+), GPS with navigation capability MicroSD expandable, 5-megapixel camera, LED Flash, 720P video. $199.99 with 2-year contract, $449.99 no contract pricing.

MyTouch 4G first impression: One of T-mobiles’ flagship Android devices the 4G hits all the right notes aesthetically. This is Tmobiles’ 2nd HSPA+ android device and has practically every feature you could expect from a high-end smartphone. Personally, I prefer a larger screen (My next smartphone will have a 4.3” screen) but I can’t fault the 4G for that one!


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