T-Mobile USA announces myTouch 3G Android device

T-Mobile USA announces myTouch 3G Android device

Summary: 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.

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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.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Question about resolution

    Is there a technical reason why only WindowsMobile and Nokia phones are coming out with resolutions higher than 320*480? In some cases, [b]significantly[/b] higher!

    I'm just wondering why these otherwise fantastic devices are coming out with resolutions I thought we'd left behind in 2005?
    NonZealot
    • What are the price differences

      between the higher resolution phones and these? I'm sure that has everything to do with it.
      Michael Kelly
      • Plus higher res on a 3.5" screen?

        On screens that small, higher resolution starts becoming pretty useless anyway. Put a fixed pixel size image on both devices. You can see more area of the image on the 960 3.5" screen, but the tiny details are so small you can't make them out as easily. Considering most adults have mediocre vision, the larger pixels make it easier to see the details with the obvious sacrifice of how much area you can see at once. Apple went with 480x320 and better image quality (color, contrast) instead of higher resolution. Those of us who use them love the way that screen looks, so it must be an appealing compromise between resolution and readability. Plus, it's half the width it would be if the same screen were 480x640.

        I think part of why the WinMo devices never took off was their screens. The big, high-res screens made them chunky. Slipping them into a front pants pocket was unrealistic. The earliest ones were like holding a paperback book to your face and talking. Smaller, slimmer, narrower screens make the devices sexier. Yes, WinMo devices have gotten slimmer, too. But this myTouch and iPhone are still a better compromise of resolution versus readability versus physical size, IMHO. 320x480 is a great middle ground.
        BillDem
        • Have you sat them side by side?

          [i]On screens that small, higher resolution starts becoming pretty useless anyway.[/i]

          Sorry Bill but I have and there is a very noticeable difference.

          [i]Considering most adults have mediocre vision, the larger pixels make it easier to see the details[/i]

          You can zoom in to the same amount of detail on any resolution phone, the difference is how clear that detail is. Any way you look at it, you can zoom out further on higher res devices without losing the ability to read text than you can on a lower resolution device. And, no matter the level of the zoom, the higher resolution device will have smoother, clearer, and easier to read fonts. Again, this is from putting them side to side.

          [i]Those of us who use them love the way that screen looks[/i]

          I've found that those who love the display of the iPhone have never compared them with a device that has a higher resolution. :)

          [i]The big, high-res screens made them chunky.[/i]

          My HTC Touch Diamond has twice the resolution and is 2/3 the size of the iPhone.

          http://www.sizeasy.com/page/size_comparison/17037-Apple-iPhone-vs-HTC-Touch-HD-vs-samsung-i900-omnia-vs-HTC-Touch-Diamond-vs-HTC-Touch-Pro

          All of the devices in that comparison have greater resolutions than the iPhone. None is taller, none is wider, and only the Touch Pro is thicker because it has a physical keyboard.

          [i]320x480 is a great middle ground.[/i]

          It would be if you could show me what you get for having less resolution. So far it isn't a size advantage.
          NonZealot
      • Very little if any

        The prices are pretty comparable whether on contract or off. It is hard to do a great comparison since capabilities are obviously different but for example, while Apple is charging $99 for last year's iPhone on contract, the HTC Touch Diamond is now free.
        NonZealot
  • RE: T-Mobile USA announces myTouch 3G Android device

    Battery life on these is an order of magnitude better than the G1's, worth the upgrade for that reason alone.
    mluebbe
    • For $20

      you can buy a larger battery that gives you the same effect. I'd rather pay $20 than $400, which is about what I'd pay for a new phone because my 2 years isn't close to being up.
      Michael Kelly