T-Mobile MyTouch 4G (white)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: MYTOUCHWHTMB20140
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 11/01/2010
- Released on: 11/03/2010
The good: The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G features a thin and sturdy design. The Android 2.2 device supports the carrier's HSPA+ network and offers Wi-Fi calling and mobile hot spot capabilities. The MyTouch 4G also has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 5-megapixel camera.
The bad: Speakerphone volume is too low. We had numerous issues with video calls. The smartphone is a little on the heavy side.
The bottom line: Though video chat isn't ready for prime time, there's plenty to love about the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G, including its speed, sleek and sturdy design, and great call quality.
Major New 4G!
by ThomasMatte on March 12, 2011
Pros: + Fast, Fast, Fast
+ Large 3.8 inch display
+ Freedom of Android OS
+ Seamlessly linked to Google
+ Life time free navigation on Google Maps
Cons: - T-Mobile modified software
- The power button at the top of the phone is not recessed
Summary: I was a loyal G1 user. I had decided to upgrade to either the G1 G2 or the 4G MyTouch. I was scared to go keyboard-less, being used to the ...
Summary: I was a loyal G1 user. I had decided to upgrade to either the G1 G2 or the 4G MyTouch. I was scared to go keyboard-less, being used to the slide keyboard. I also felt that somehow I would be abdicating my loyalty to Android if I bought the 4G, so I chose the G2. I realized that the 4G was also Android-based, but without a slide keyboard and a little bit of a different look, I felt more comfortable staying with the G-series. But after a couple of days I was disappointed, mainly because the keyboard flops open on it's own if held upside down. I had read a reviewer say that that shouldn't matter as 'who texts upside down?' but the fact is it is goofy. In my car I set the phone down on the passenger seat upside down when I'm not using it or when I'm using handsfree. So when I go to pick it back up, the keyboard slides out, half-way. Hated it.
I returned the G1 for the MyTouch 4G. After a few days using the on-screen touch keyboard of the 4G, I didn't even miss the slide-out. Besides, the slide-out on the G2 is quite a bit smaller than the G1's and I was not liking it so much- it felt cramped.
The 4G is amazing. It is still Android all the way, but better than the G1 or the G2. It seems to be a more advanced phone, and more intuitive. A lot of the programs and menus are a step up even from the G2. One small example is the Clock- it has a rolling clock feature and animations which are neat. I'm finding more advantages over the G2 the more I use the 4G. Navigating around is a blast. Some people say the screen is clearer or crisper on the G2- to me that seems insane- they both have great looking screens.
Other things I've found that I like:
It seems faster than the G2
And things that the MyTouch has that are not on the G2:
The Camera has an instant zoom feature that is easy to use via an on-screen slider.
How about "Sharing Media on your Home Network"? Have not tried it, but it seems neat.
There is a Genius button that is an amazing shortcut.
The main keys across the bottom of the phone are raised- I much prefer that over the G2.
Update after about a month's use:
Fantastic phone. The speed is really good- reboots to desktop in less than five seconds.
Other advantages over the G1- no screen timeout while on phone calls; battery life is WAY stronger. The customization and graphics are sweet, and by the look of the packaging and case that the phone came in, I get the idea that T-Mobile has put a lot more effort into this phone over the G1 and G2.
26 out of 27 users found this user opinion helpful.
This phone pleases each time I pick it up.
by Seth_A on November 13, 2010
Pros: Lightning Data, convenient behavior when online, Swype and Dragonspeeds up texting. 2.2 Froyo makes this phone do what you want it to do, before you knew you wanted it to do it. Appt reminders bring up directions, Genius button rocks.
Cons: There could be a bit more done with the text punch, where Swype makes things easier, those looking to type as normal may find the responsiveness of each letter a tiny bit more picky. My only video call was not successful as they could not hear me.
Summary: I do not "like" this phone, I love it, and coming from iPhone 3G I thought I would be a bit harder to turn, but even though it has a ...
Summary: I do not "like" this phone, I love it, and coming from iPhone 3G I thought I would be a bit harder to turn, but even though it has a few bugs to work out, this phone is most definitely an iPhone killer for me. The combination of this and Froyo was a match made in heaven, I did not receive a manual with this phone, I was disappointed at first because I wanted to learn everything I could, but this phone shows by doing, and tells you how it works all by itself.
Screen Resolution was far better than my iphone 3G, and though I would love to say that MyTouch 4G screen resolution was as good or better than iPhone 4, well the reality is, it doesn't matter... video is bright lines are crisp and I can't see the slightest bit of pixelation, even pictures taken on my other phone looked better on MyTouch 4G.
Say what you will about T-mobile 4G network, it's fast, so fast that it rivals my fios 35 mbs, When on HSPA+, data quite simply is send, receive and I am loving that. Most of my iphone apps are present on Android, and if they're not, there is another app that is as good or better. There are a whole lot of people making a big deal about whether it's a true 4G network, but 4G is not even defined appropriately by Sprint, Verizon or At&t, the bottom line is if you want a fast phone, choose a fast service, and T-mobile is the fastest I've seen.
Qik is the service MyTouch 4G uses for native video chat, and though I couldn't get mine to work correctly on the first try, the promise is there, I would not let this bias your purchase of this phone, Yahoo still offers video chat and until Qik can debug it will be a pretty ok substitute... quite honestly video chat is still a budding technology, so not many people are able to do it yet, being one of the first sometimes means a bug or two.
When considering the problems that iphone 4 had at release and the issues that MyTouch 4G had at release, it is pretty easy to say MyTouch 4G is even at this point much closer than iphone at taking the top spot, and though the world has placed iPhone as the one to beat, I walk around convinced, as a former iPhone user, if iPhone wants to win me back, they are going to have to beat the MyTouch 4G... it is the true King of the mountain right now.
10 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Competition for the iPhone
by RufusLacy on November 13, 2010
Pros: The OS has been overhauled allowing more ease of usage. The recent app screen make it easy for you to get back to your previous app without flipping screens or accessing your app screen. Downloading is a plus, it's the fastest phone on the market.
Cons: The video chatting is not perfect still needs work. The headset is very low at times. The trackball is ignoring if any part of your hand touches it, screens start moving (need to have you option to turn the trackball off).
Summary: Hands down i think this is the best Android phone out, the responsiveness of the phone is unbelievable. it is heavy for a smartphone only slightly heavier then the iPhone (...
Summary: Hands down i think this is the best Android phone out, the responsiveness of the phone is unbelievable. it is heavy for a smartphone only slightly heavier then the iPhone (MyTouch 5 vs iPhone 4.8). The design of the phone is nice not flashy, simple with a hint of color. It is a nice size for your pocket, it doesn't fill bulky like the HTC HD-EVO devices. IMing is easier, texting is easier, and Emailing is faster. Great Phone in my book.
7 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
The phone is monumental, however....
by indiantechie on November 1, 2010
Pros: The screen is big, spacious and beautiful, it's thin, and has the feel of a REALLY premium design, Battery life seems decent, plus it gives yet another amazing choice to t-mobile customers
Cons: the UI seems kind of weird ,and while the "plastic and steel" design is really nice and has the feeling of being a quality device it's nothing new ,Genius buttons is weird, it would be better if you could choose between voice search and typing it in
Summary: This phone is easily a contender for top 5 smartphones with its gret screen big but not too big screen , a front facing camera, being extremely thin and HSPA+ speeds, ...
Summary: This phone is easily a contender for top 5 smartphones with its gret screen big but not too big screen , a front facing camera, being extremely thin and HSPA+ speeds, plus it just looks sexy, one of my quirks was that the UI was qierd but on my friends MyTouch Slide he had the option of using HTC Sense as his default skin and i hope that transfers over here , the design is nothing new and is starting to become boring)at least for me,) even though it is one of the more premium and higher end devices out there plus the genius button's mandatory requirement for having to use voice search is annoying, because while not having to type is good the only thing ill really use that for is GPS (why can't you just type in what you want to search for),and even though cnet said they had problems with video chat i had seemed to have no problem's ,but other than that this phone is easily amazing or monumental, or a beast or however else you describe a top of the line device.I just realized the how bad my bottom line is so here?s a update,the thing is while this device might, have some irritations, they are nothing compared to the pro's, one of my quirks was the fact that the weird,but however my friends MyTouch slide had the option to use HTC Sense as his default skin, so I?m hoping it will transfer over to this device too, however even if it doesn?t,I?m 100 percent sure you can get used to the UI, then another thing was that the device was boring however no matter how boring it's still very sexy and premium, then another thing was that genius buttons mandatory voice search was irritating when I wanted to just type it in, but that's nothing big enough to be a deal breaker and i think that there is an option for typing it in, and while Cnet?s model had video chat problems i experienced nothing of the sort. Even though it might have some quirks they are easily solved or nothing of too much weight, SO this phone easily deserves the "Awesome Phone" award!
Updated on Nov 2, 2010
Updated on Nov 2, 2010One more thing that I just realized , I actually sat down with a black version instead of a white version , and I realized what I perceived as boring was a simple deceiving of color, I saw just high quality the phone compared to the previous models, which now feel plasticky, plus the pictures and the dummy phone were of the white model and in my eyes black gray and white just DIDNT GO TOGETHER , so one of my quirks that the design felt boring was simply a deceiving to my eyes through a color scheme that didn?t go together(to me), so that makes this phone even better!
Updated on Nov 6, 2010Theres one more thing, i have been extensively comparing G2 this phone, and i simply can't find a reason to support one or the other. while the G2 does have a slide out keyboard and is running stock ui, but the Mytouch does give the option of using HTC sense as your default, unforunately its not pure HTC Sense, and there is still some of tmo's influence. found no problem with using the virtual keyboard, however there is a slight learning curve whenever using a virtual keyboard, but there is a learning curve to almost everything. , on the oter hand, the mytouch comes with a speedier processor,and a front facing camera plus it has tethering and hotspot capabilities. and it has a slightly bigger screen., So as you can see there are easily Pro's and Con's to both phones, and i will try and compare them, if i may suggest a prizefight between the myTouch 4G and G2, then it might solve a lot of tmo customers prblems.
8 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Galen20K on November 4, 2010
Pros: Astounding Build Quality, Bright Clear Super-LCD glass screen, High Ram, Second generation Snapdragon, Great Battery Life, FAST FAST FAST on almost all Aspects of phone.
Cons: Kinda miss the trackball from my Nexus One but getting used to a track pad.
Summary: I?m Loving my Plum myTouch 4G very much. It?s FAST as hell in all aspects from UI to the Internet speeds to just general snappiness. The Build quality ...
Summary: I?m Loving my Plum myTouch 4G very much. It?s FAST as hell in all aspects from UI to the Internet speeds to just general snappiness. The Build quality is just Amazingly impressive with the soft touch rubberized soft touch, the Metal back and rim on the front and of course the glass Super LCD screen is the right combination of materials that feel solid in the hand. I am REALLY impressed even more so than I thought I would be considering just how much I loved my Nexus One and to my surprise I really love this phone even more so its really saying an awful lot.
I read the blogs from insiders who handled the phone before its release who were saying all those good things about it and in my head I was like yeah yeah, we?ll see. But I shouldn?t have doubted them one bit. Pleasantly surprised.
Bravo HTC and T-Mobile, you have a Winner. thanks for not disappointing.
7 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Super sexy phone and lovin the 4G speeds
by cpk7 on November 5, 2010
Pros: Hard to admit but I like this phone WAY better than my iPhone! It has the perfect mix of style, speed and cool features. What I love the most is that I can create a Wi-Fi connection so that I can connect to my iPad!
Cons: I hate the fact that the pre-loaded games are trial versions especially since I cannot remove them. That is super annoying. I also wish it had an 8MP camera like the EVO and other phones in the market.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
It's my best friend!
by noob001 on December 5, 2010
Pros: 1 GHz 2nd gen snapdragon and 768 mb of ram make this phone fastttt. It feels nice in my hand and the design is awesome. The screen is sharp and bright. The camera is the best I've used so far and the FFC is cool (even though i don't use it). ANDROID!
Cons: Flash is a little choppy in the browser. The speaker is pretty bad and I won't ever turn it to maximum ever again... This is a personal problem, but I always get EDGE and rarely HSPA or HSPA+ at my house. Battery life is ok..
Summary: This phone is alot better than my previous MyTouch 3g (obviously). This time, my phone is really fast and loads a web page in under a minute. It actually loads ...
Summary: This phone is alot better than my previous MyTouch 3g (obviously). This time, my phone is really fast and loads a web page in under a minute. It actually loads in under 10 seconds most of the time. Apps and games launch instantly and there's no lag at all, even in the intensive games like Racing Thunder or Speedx 3d. At first, I used task killers every time I closed an app. Now, I don't use task killers at all. The 768 mb of ram is more than enough to handle some apps running in the background.
The design is really cool. The chrome thingy runs around the front of the phone and separates the screen from the colorful back side. The metallic battery door makes it feel tough and is fun to take off and put on. I like the weight of the phone. Seriously, what is a couple more grams really going to do? Make you plummet into the center of the earth? No. It makes it harder for the phone to slip out of my hand.
The screen is pretty awesome. After seeing the jaw-dropping retina display of the iPhone 4, I thought the screen would be bad. It isn't. The screen is really sharp and you can barely see individual pixels if you hold it about 2 inches away from your face. I never use auto-brightness because 30% is enough to see it in the sun and is extremely bright in a dark place.
The camera is the best that I've used. Although, I've only had a 2007 Sidekick LX (eww), a MyTouch 3g, and this. It comes with lots of effects, zoom that still allows you not show pixels, and a nice LED flash for taking pictures and for a flashlight. One thing though is that solid colors seem to have these rainbow dots popping up all over, but I don't know if that's how it is with all phones. The front-facing camera is nice feature. This girl thought that it was a mirror, haha!
The flash player is a little choppy. For example, when there's flash playing like an advertisement and I scroll, it doesn't really move with the page. The content doesn't move too smoothly, but it's manageable. I don't like the 1/8 of an inch bar thingy at the bottom where you move the cursor thing to skip forward or back when playing flash videos.
The speaker is really nasty... Don't even try to play music on maximum volume...
The HSPA+ speeds are really fast for me.. when I actually get them. I've gotten 4 bars with the H symbol once. At my house, the average is 2 bars with EDGE. So, I turn on wifi, but sometimes it doesn't connect so I have to restart the router :(. Also, things like loading a web page, syncing mail, or updating the weather don't work until the down arrow (I'm guessing that means download-something) lights up, which takes about 10 seconds (Again, I don't know if it's just me or if this happens on all phones.)
The battery life on this phone lasts pretty long.. if the screen is off, data connection is off, and the CPU is underclocked to 245 min and 368 max. Usually when I play flash content and browse on the web for about an hour, 100% goes down to 66%. On an average school day, my phone is unplugged at 6:20 and has about 30% left at the end of the day. Of course, pretty much everything is off from 7:25 to 2:45. So the battery life isn't the greatest, but it can handle a day's use.
Overall, this phone is awesome. Android 2.2 is my favorite OS with all its sexy features and customization. It beats the iPhone 4 at everything! (except for apps, screen?, iTunes, and sexiness) For once, I'm glad to be on T-Mobile and to not have an obsolete phone after a month of use.
BUY IT BEFORE SOMETHING NEW COMES OUT!!!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Thanks to this phone, I'm not going to IPhone 4!
by shawsr7 on November 13, 2010
Pros: I love the swype technology. Truly awesome. Now, I can text at light speed. It isn't 100% perfect, but it gets it right 97% of the time for me. I love the picture quality, music downloads and call quality.
Cons: The battery is a downer. I can talk with a blue tooth for about 2 hours before the battery run downs. Other than that I would have given it 5 stars. The video chat is ok--not mind boggling. 8 G micro card. Wish it was 16G.
Summary: I like the sturdy, heavy balanced feel. I shopped AT&T to death. I had convinced myself that I was going to leave T-Mobile and rush to get the ...
Summary: I like the sturdy, heavy balanced feel. I shopped AT&T to death. I had convinced myself that I was going to leave T-Mobile and rush to get the IPHONE 4 after my contract expired. I cannot tell you how many times I had gone to ATT stores playing with that device. However, I got say that this phone--this MyTouch HD 4G fulfills "tech appetite".
The battery life isn't the best. But, I found out that the IPhone 4, Samsung Vibrant and other HTC phones suffer from the same deficiency. I love this phone.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
It's an awesome phone
by toahaahmad on November 3, 2010
Pros: I don't know why CNET had problems with the video chat, mine works great. It has great speed, sturdy design
Cons: I would agree that its a bit one the heavier side
Summary: A must have!
Summary: A must have!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by SimplyScotty on November 13, 2010
Pros: Great speed, camera works amazingly well especially with the flash, the hardware and design are solid and sharp looking, there is a restart option, the genius button is fun to play with, text and call over WiFi is an awesome feature for the phone.
Cons: The speaker could be a little better (or maybe just on the front of the phone instead of on the back), and T-mobile could give me one that's not damaged right out of the box. I've gone through two of these phones already in less than a week.
Summary: My issue is probably more with the two phones I've had to turn back into T-mobile because they had issues. The first one kept resetting itself constantly and I ...
Summary: My issue is probably more with the two phones I've had to turn back into T-mobile because they had issues. The first one kept resetting itself constantly and I was having a ton of network issues (wifi and t mobile network, non of which were a problem with my G1). The second phone would not allow me to send MMS messages (pictures, videos, large text etc) at all! And the tactile feedback made a horrible noise and got worse over the two days that I had this phone (sounded like it was about to burn out). I talked with technical support both times and they came to the conclusion that the phones were definitely defective. So, hopefully the third phone will be the one!!
The phone is probably great otherwise...It moves super quickly, the swype feature makes the fact that the phone has no physical keyboard a non issue for me (swype works way better than I had anticipated). The phone itself looks cool and feels solid. It comes pre-loaded with useless junk like trial versions of games that you can't get rid of, but hey, what new phone or computer doesn't these days. All in all, I would recommend it...I think...if I have another "issue" phone, I'm certainly going to find an alternative phone!
AND A TIP: I bought my phone through a t-mobile store in the mall, and they are making me do a mail in rebate to get $50 bucks back to make the phone $199. Check out other stores that carry t-mobile first because you can get it with an instant rebate to make it $199 instead of having to do the stupid mail in one. I didn't realize this before I bought it directly through T-Mobile.
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: MYTOUCHWHTMB20140
- Description: The more you get to know the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the better it gets to know you. You can customize almost everything on this phone, and stay in sync with all your Google apps and accounts.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 2.44 in
- Depth 0.43 in
- Height 4.8 in
- Weight 5 oz
- Body Color White
- Image Color Disclaimer The image of the product displayed may be of a different color
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider T-Mobile
- Operating System Google Android
- Application Software Adobe Flash Player 10.1
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
- Mobile Services YouTube,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth,
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Additional Features DLNA Certified,
Intelligent typing (SWYPE)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards eAAC+,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4
- Type QUALCOMM MSM8255
- Clock Speed 1 GHz
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1280 x 720 (720p)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps
- Type Color
- Diagonal Size 3.8 in
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included microSDHC - 8 GB
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
With digital player / digital camera,
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
With digital player / digital camera,