First Look: T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

At the Fall CTIA show, we got a glimpse at the latest addition to the T-Mobile myTouch family. Boasting a front-facing video camera, HSPA+ data speeds and HD video recording, this version is unlike any other myTouch phone we've seen before--and we couldn't wait to get our hands on it. Today, T-Mobile revealed its official name, the myTouch 4G, and we are lucky enough to have one in-house. The myTouch 4G will be available November 3rd for $200 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile.

Like the other myTouch phones, the myTouch 4G comes in a handy case for storing all of your phone's accessories. The first thing we noticed about the phone is its stylish, yet sturdy design. HTC-designed, the phone feels really high quality--unlike the older, plasticky myTouch models.

The phone has a gorgeous 3.8-inch display, which nicely showcases the phone's user interface. Running Android 2.2, the myTouch 4G has a custom skin which is sort of a hybrid between HTC Sense and the myTouch skin we saw on the myTouch Slide. Like the Slide, you can customize your phone for your work life and for your personal life via widgets, homescreen apps, and wall papers.

While I like that the skin provides some customizability, I don't really like what HTC and T-Mobile has done with the 4G's camera interface. Rather than the stock Android 2.2 interface, which gives you access to white balance and exposure controls, the myTouch's camera does all this automatically for you. It isn't a big deal, but this is an example of how these skins can sometimes interfere with features found in stock Android.

T-Mobile should get a pass for naming its new phone the myTouch 4G. The new phone runs on T-Mobile's 3G HSPA+ network, but the company defends the myTouch 4G name by pointing out the connection speeds seen on the phone are comparable to existing 4G networks.

And from what we've seen, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network really is kicking out 4G speeds. Sitting at in a café in San Francisco, where HSPA+ service is available, a T-Mobile rep achieved download speeds of 3.5 mbps and upload speeds of .66 (660 kbps) in one test, then 4.5 mbps down and 1.31 mbps down in another.

We'll have a full review of the myTouch 4G after we put it through our tests so stay tuned.

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