T-Mobile MyTouch 4G - Hands On

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For those of you who follow Freshness Live, you might have already seen a few teaser live photos from the T-Mobile myTouch 4G media demonstration yesterday. Two of the main selling features demoed include video chats over the mobile network or WiFi and the ability to stream music, photos, videos and even YouTube videos wirelessly to another DLNA certified product such as a TV. In case you are wondering, DLNA stands for The Digital Living Network Alliance which has a common goal of creating standards-based technology to make it easier for consumers to use and share, photos, music and videos. So the myTouch 4G can wirelessly stream music, photos or videos to a DLNA certified HDTV. There are quite a few other interesting features of the new myTouch 4G which will hit stores November 3rd from T-Mobile so check out our review below.

  • T-Mobile has definitely put an effort into creating unique packaging, the myTouch comes in a glossy slip cover over a nice soft shell zipper case. Once unzipped the phone and accessories are neatly held together with custom cut soft foam. The out of the box experience is amazing!

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  • The myTouch 4G comes in 4 colors, including white (shown), black, plum and red. For those in the sneaker world might notice that the plum and red devices matches up to Nike's "eggplant" and "cranberry" colors. The size and weight of the phone is similar to the Incredible but slightly slimmer than the HTC Surround.

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  • Hardware wise, the phone has a 3.8" WVGA full touch-screen display, just below the screen are buttons for home, menu, mini touch pad, back and the 'Genius Button'. The G Button on the far right is powered by Dragon Dictation allowing users to voice commands to the phone. Additionally there is a car dock mode which turns the Genius Button into hands free mode, texts and calls are than announced and users can respond hands free. There are two on board cameras, the rear-facing is a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and the ability to record HD videos at 720p while the front-facing is a 1.3-megapixel for video chats.

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  • While a mobile internet plan, one of the most sought after features is Tethering or the ability to use the mobile internet plan to connect a computer to the internet. The myTouch 4G comes with on board software to create a portable WiFi hotspot but there is a charge of $14.99 to allow tethering. The tethering service will begin November 3rd, the same day the myTouch 4G goes on sale.

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  • While T-Mobile continue to build out their HSPA+ network, the myTouch 4G will take advantage of the super-fast speeds when ever possible. With that in mind, the myTouch 4G will be the first smartphone on market with face-to-face video chat over a mobile network in addition to WiFi. Currently, video chat is available though Qik or Yahoo Messenger, users can connect from phone to phone or phone to computer with both services.

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is one of the speediest smartphones we've used thanks to T-Mobiles emphasis on speed and the phone is full featured with a number of very unique features not found on other devices on the market. While the phone might be built with families in mind, features such as video chat, portable WiFi hotspot and 4G speeds should appeal to most. Look for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G starting November 3rd, 2010 priced at $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a two-year service agreement or if you are just looking to purchase with no contract the price is $499.99. For additional info please visit the T-Mobile myTouch site.