CNET First Look
T-Mobile myTouch 3GThe T-Mobile myTouch 3G improves multifold on its G1 predecessor by offering a sleeker design and new features. Some sticking points remain,and users may bemoan the lack of a physical keyboard, but Android finally goes prime-time.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, senior editor here at cnet.com. Today we take our first look at the T-Mobile myTouch 3G. This of course is the second Google Android phone out with T-Mobile. Overall, not a whole lot different than what we've seen with the magic or that Google Ion but just to give a review, do have all touch-screen design, so there is no keyboard here. Personally, I don't think that's a big deal. Some people, that will be a deciding point for them. But I think the virtual keyboard is easy to use, is large enough, and you can hold it horizontally. So I didn't think it was much of a problem at all. Unlike the G1 which we found a little boxy, a little angular, not too stylish, I do like the design of this phone a lot. It is pretty thin, has a little bit of a curbed lip down here. Really, personally I think this is what the first Android phone should have been, as far as design goes. Few controls down here. It does have a track ball like the G1. This is a little larger, though, so it's a little more comfortable to use. Next to it you see a Menu key. You can press that. That will call up a series of short cuts right down on the bottom. Also, you have a Home button. That of course will take you back to the home screen. Design of the menus is very similar to what we've seen before. You see a bunch of icons here on the main screen. You get three main screens, just slide your finger back and forth and go between each one. All the icons are default, but you can add your own, you can change them around. Up here see the Google search bar. You can search via voice, if you like. Or you can just tap that, and you will get the keyboard pop up. It's important to note that in messaging you do get a horizontal quarti keyboard. But in this Google search you only get a vertical one. I don't know why they did that, it's a little annoying, it's a little frustrating. Seems like they could have done both. So obviously, if you tip the phone you're not going to get that horizontal keyboard. If you want to access the main menu, you tap that aarrow right there. The main menu pops up, you have a bunch of icons you can choose from, all sorts of things from the music playing, for accessing the Amazon MP3 store, for accessing the camera, the Android market, of course you can go buy those third party apps. Personal organizer, so everything's readily available right here, serviceable, and pretty easy to use. Of course the myTouch 3G is compatible with T-Mobile's 3G service. It isn't available in all areas, mostly urban areas, and it's another compatible with AT&T's 3G. But it's pretty fast from our experience when we've used it, browser quality is great, and up load seems pretty quickly. Overall, not a whole lot new as far as features go, but a completely different design and a design that I like a lot better. I am Ken Sherman, and this is the T-Mobile myTouch 3G. ^M00:02:32 [ Music ]