Summary: Just like the Nexus One, MyTouch 3G Slide is made by HTC and reminds of the current crop of HTC Android phones a lot. In many respects (screen, processor, memory, software, performance) you can say it is
with a sliding QWERTY and in a plastic case.
The shortcomings of the phone are far and between: the battery life (the main problem similar to many other Android smartphones) and impossibility to install Skype, although Nimbuzz is a way around it.
Conclusion: The MyTouch 3G Slide is a pleasing addition to T-Mobile's healthy line of Android smartphones. Though not high end and chic, it's an attractive phone that's sturdy and it feels good in the hand. If you found the MyTouch 3G's on-screen keyboard tedious but otherwise liked the phone, the Slide is a natural choice.
Pros: Pleasant software customizations by HTC, hardware keyboard.
Conclusion: The MyTouch 3G Slide is a solid phone with enough features to satisfy almost everyone. It has some quirks, but nothing that is a deal killer. With the iPhone 3GS recently cut to $97 , the MyTouch 3G Slide seems a little pricey at $179. But when you consider that the MyTouch can replace having a separate nav system, as well as doing most of what the current iPhone can do (and sometimes more), the price isn't too out of line.
Excerpt: With all the recent hype over the iPhone 3GS, it’s now time for Android’s response. The T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (which is a re-branded HTC Magic) builds on the momentum of the carriers first android phone, the G1, taking all of its best features while making some much needed improvements.
Excerpt: T-Mobile and HTC have together enjoyed a reasonable amount of success with their joint Android offerings. The G1, released in October 2008, has sold over one million units (despite its shortcomings). That makes the G1 -- and Android -- a winner in the eyes of many.
Summary: The $199 myTouch 3G is a svelte and well-rounded smart phone, and it's a very good choice for T-Mobile customers. However, while the virtual keyboard on the myTouch 3G is good, it's not as easy to use as an iPhone. And although there are a lot more applications in the Android Market now, including some you won't find in Apple's storefront, the App Store still has ten times the selection.
Conclusion: The myTouch isn’t a bad phone, it’s just puzzling, especially considering that the third HTC Android phone, the Hero, is due in the U.S. a little later this year. (Although HTC has declined to say which GSM carrier will be selling it.) With a 5-megapixel camera, Adobe Flash compatability, a gravity sensor, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, the Hero is a clearly superior phone.