I thoroughly enjoy using my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device on the T-Mobile network (see my full review) and find the keyboard to be a fantastic mobile QWERTY keyboard. I was pleased to hear T-Mobile USA announce early this morning that the second Google Android device will be coming to the network in July. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G does not have a QWERTY keyboard, but it does have an upgraded interface and some additional features over the T-Mobile G1. This is the T-Mobile USA branded HTC Magic device. The myTouch 3G also will be available in three colors; black, white, and merlot.
One of the main applications that is the focus of the myTouch 3G is Sherpa. Sherpa customizes itself to your preferences as the recommendation engine figures out what you like and dislike when looking for restaurants, retailers, and attractions. There is also a Picasa client for the myTouch that I want to check out and see what it provides.
Specifications of the myTouch 3G include the following:
- 528 MHz Qualcomm processor
- 3.2 inch HVGA (320x480 pixel resolution) touch screen, capacitive display
- 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus
- microSD card slot with included 4GB card
- GPS, WIFi, Bluetooth, and digital compass
The button arrangement on the front under the display has been modified from what is on the T-Mobile G1 as well.
The myTouch will be available for pre-ordering starting on 8 July with shipping estimated to happen before the end of July. It will be priced at $199.99 with a two-year agreement and service plan. More details on the device will also be made available in July. I personally like my QWERTY keyboard too much to give it up for the myTouch and hope to see a future Android model with a hardware keyboard.