T-Mobile was the first US carrier to launch a Google Android device last Fall with the T-Mobile G1. HTC and T-Mobile partnered again to bring us the new myTouch 3G that offers a refined piece of hardware targeted to a custom user experience. The intent of the myTouch 3G is to make it an extension of yourself and with the powerful and open Google Android operating system this is made possible. The myTouch 3G launches on 5 August.
The back list some of the features of the myTouch 3G.
You can open up the outer sleeve and inside you will find a listing of the box contents.
The myTouch 3G has one of the most interesting packages I have ever seen on a phone and the inside is fully decorated with features of the myTouch 3G.
T-Mobile provides you with a very nice zippered case that contains the myTouch 3G materials. You can take out the foam pieces and use the case as a travel pouch.
The myTouch 3G is being promoted as a device that you can customize to your own liking. You will find "my" and myTouch 3G in several areas on the packaging.
Here you can see the stamped zipper on the case closure mechanism.
When you first unzip the case you will find the myTouch 3G over on the right side in a bed of foam cutout to fit the device.
If you take out the foam piece you will find the warranty card and an envelope to send in a recycled mobile phone. The case can also be used to carry accessories and gear with the foam removed.
There is a piece in the center that has a small pocket for documents and other papers.
Inside the center flap pocket you will find the accessory guide, tips & tricks pamphlet, screen protector, and advertisement/coupon for a custom Skin It back cover.
There are quite a few accessories available for the myTouch 3G, including a battery extender, cradle, and more.
The tips & tricks pamphlet is quite handy, especially for new myTouch 3G and Google Android owners.
There are loads of gear placed in the left side of the pouch, including a headset, travel charger, slip case, and USB cable.
The travel charger is modeled after the myTouch 3G and has a look, feel, and color like the device.
The travel charger has a small chin like the device.
The prongs flip out to plug into an outlet. You insert the USB cable in the bottom to charge up the myTouch 3G.
The myTouch 3G case includes a slip case, USB cable, 3.5mm wired headset, and slick adapter.
The headset adapter plugs into the HTC extUSB port and has an opening on the other end for a standard 3.5mm headset. The grat thing is that the dongle on the adapter contains the microphone so you can use any headset you want with the adapter to handle calls.
There is a button and mic on the end of the adapter closest to the 3.5mm headset port.
Here you can see a comparison between the two Google Android devices on the T-Mobile USA network.
The myTouch 3G is a higher quality and more ergonomic device than the G1 with a slightly thinner form factor.
Here is a side view so you can see the relative thickness of the two devices.
Here are the bottom of the two Android devices.
The myTouch 3G feels excellent in your hand and should appeal to a large group of people looking for a slick smartphone.
HTC reworked the hardware buttons on the front of the myTouch 3G since there is no longer a keyboard available. The buttons are well spaced and well laid out.
Here you can see the Home, Menu, and send buttons on the left.
The search, back, and end buttons are found on the right side. The end button also serves as the power button. The trackball is a bit larger than what was seen on the G1 and lights up to indicate notifications.
The myTouch 3G has a 3.2 megapixel camera centered on the upper back. There is myTouch and Google branding on the myTouch 3G too.
This photo shows the comparison of the backs of both devices.
There is limited Exchange support, but at least you get support for email. Exchange email appears in the Work Email icon.
Enter your Exchange email and password and the myTouch 3G will attempt to auto-fill out the rest of your Exchange details.
If your Exchange server doesn't fully support auto-fill then you will have to enter all of your Exchange settings manually.
These are the available options in the Exchange client on the myTouch 3G.
Here are some more settings found in the Exchange client.
There are several settings available to customize the look and feel of the email client.
You can choose to have attachments saved to the microSD card.
As you can see there are several send & receive settings available in the Exchange client.
There are several ways to sort your inbox contents as you can see here.