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.
Summary: With the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, the Google Android OS gets a much-needed boost. A few complaints remain, and some users may bemoan the lack of a physical keyboard, but we approve of its eye-catching design and interface, improved features, and satisfying performance.
Pros: The T-Mobile MyTouch 3G has a sleek, attractive design with a gorgeous display, tactile controls, and an easy-to-use, customizable interface. Stereo Bluetooth and Outlook e-mail syncing are standard features, and call and data performance are excellent.
Cons: The T-Mobile MyTouch 3G lacks important features like a standard 3.5-millimeter headset jack, a file manager, and camera-editing options. Video quality is uneven, and the HTML browser interface and virtual keyboard have their flaws. Also, it doesn't support Outlook calendar and contacts syncing.
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.