November 23, 2014

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide: What You Need to Know

Late last night, T-Mobile officially announced their next Android-powered handset, the myTouch 3G Slide. Is this just the next release in a line of Android smart phones or does it offer something new? Let’s take a look at some of the features that help the myTouch 3G Slide stand out from T-Mobile’s other offerings.

In terms of hardware, the phone doesn’t have anything revolutionary with its 5-megapixel camera, 3.4-inch touch display, or sliding QWERTY keyboard.  The HSPA 7.2 support is a nice touch for data heavy users as it allows for some of the fastest mobile broadband speeds around.  While not everyone is able to take advantage of this technology yet, T-Mobile expects to have HSPA+ speeds in more than 100 major markets (185 million people) across the U.S. by the end of 2010.

Android 2.1Nexus One aside, this is the first handset to offer the latest version of our favorite mobile platform.  Up until now, T-Mobile has only offered 1.5 and 1.6 flavored Android phones.  This ensures users have access to every Android app in the market, including the recent official Twitter app.  With five (or seven) panes on your home screen, the myTouch 3G Slide allows for total customization.   To differentiate it from other Sense UI handsets, T-Mobile has customized some of the HTC experience to their liking.

Faves Gallery – Custom created for T-Mobile, this feature puts up to 20 of your favorite contacts in one place and makes it easy to stay in touch with them.  All communication (calls, texts, IMs, and social networking, etc) is gathered here and accessible via a widget and/or soft button.  The notification pane at the top of your phone will display a special alert letting you know that a message is waiting.  Responses can be sent through the Faves Gallery without opening any additional apps.  Think of this as a rebranded FriendStream application.

myModes – Very similar to what HTC does with Scenes in their Sense UI, myModes lets users create different themes with custom icons, wallpapers, and widgets.  You will be able to set your myTouch 3G Slide to change themes manually or based on time or location.   This way it’s possible to tuck your work emails and apps away for the weekend and bring your Facebook widget and Google Scoreboard out front, where it ought to be.

Genius Button – Probably the coolest feature of the myTouch 3G Slide, the Genius Button lets users control the phone using their voice.  Powered by Dragon Dictation, you’ll be able to compose and send messages, search, and make calls as if you had an assistant taking directions.  It’s as simple as pressing the button on the front of the phone and speaking.  The Genius Button also reads your messages back to you, providing a nice hands-free touch.

Don’t look for the myTouch 3G Slide to fill your needs as a high end super phone.  T-Mobile has a strong history of providing niche handsets that are targeted at various demographics.  This model works very well as an upgrade for those coming from feature phones and previous G1 customers.

  • http://www.wnemay.com Wayne

    Any idea about processor speeds? Seriously, if tmo does not come up with a 1GHz Snapdragon soon, I will be switching to somebody like Verizon, who seems to be the main Android carrier now!!

    • nicole

      wateva ur gay verizon sucks

      • michs

        ..gay?? ignorant expression, …but yes, verizon does suck

  • remy

    yes this is a disgrace!

  • Dan Armstrong

    600mhz is plenty for the majority of people. This 600mhz ARM is likely overclockable to 1Ghz; however, 600mhz will get you better battery life.

    The Nexus One at 1Ghz is still available on T-Mobile, and it still has some advantages over the Droid Incredible which is getting all the press, such as 1400mah battery vs 1300mah. Dual mic's with noise cancellation vs single mic on the Droid incredible and finally, an unlockable bootloader and an OS running stock Android. Its likely the Nexus One will get Froyo way before the Incredible does.

  • Waynes a retard!

    Dude, Youre a Douche! Verizon Just got their third device and the first with snapdragon like last week! T-Mobile is still the leader with android as it carries 5 android phones and this will be their sixth! You want snapdragon on t-mobile, get the Nexus One!

    • fred

      T-mobile has five android phones and 2 of the 4 on Verizon are better than t-mobile's five

  • http://twitter.com/scottyabrown @scottyabrown

    600mhz ARM. I was hoping for better as well.

  • Dan Armstrong

    The iPhone 3GS only has a 520mhz processor, as does the Verizon Droid. This phone will have a 600Mhz new ARM processor. 1Ghz will not get you anything more other than less battery life.

  • Ratnok

    600mhz is not enough for live wallpaper and other graphic intensive operations.

    • Dan Armstrong

      Yes it is. There are G1's running CM 5.0.7 using Live wallpapers just fine running at 300mhz. Google, HTC and/or T-Mobile chose not to implement that feature. Probably because it eats up the battery life. I personally would rather have Dragon Dictate speech recognition instead of live wallpapers. That would let me dictate emails/texts and control my phone while driving.

    • Dan Armstrong

      Yes it is. There are G1's running CM 5.0.7 using Live wallpapers just fine running at 300mhz. Google, HTC and/or T-Mobile chose not to implement that feature. Probably because it eats up the battery life. I personally would rather have Dragon Dictate speech recognition instead of live wallpapers. That would let me dictate emails/texts and control my phone while driving.

      • Dislandguy

        I have this phone and it is amazing (aside from the normal android limitations). Battery life is amazing and text input is spectacular with slide keyboard and dictation. I agree that a faster processor would just use battery faster.

    • Dianne

      The main requirement for live wallpapers is GPU, not CPU. (Live wallpapers, including almost all of the stock ones, are generally implemented using OpenGL. Not having enough GPU power means they run slow, and worse cause home to noticeably slow down as they are contending with window compositing.)

  • http://ARMdevices.net Charbax

    There is a big difference between 600mhz ARM Cortex A8 and 600mhz ARM11 or ARM9, so someone needs to provide more informations about what kind of processor this is.

    • Dan Armstrong

      My understanding it is the latest iteration of the ARM11 processor that is to be released on the Legend. It has architectural improvements over the first gen processors in the G1, iPhone 3G and MyTouch.

    • Dan Armstrong

      However.. we will have to wait and see.. it might be a Cortex. In which case, it would be faster than the Droid.

  • http://ARMdevices.net Charbax

    ARM Cortex A8 of Droid, 3GS is much faster than ARM11 of this device. It's something like 3x faster to have an ARM Cortex A8 based processor.

  • http://ARMdevices.net Charbax

    ARM Cortex A8 of Droid, 3GS is much faster than ARM11 of this device. It's something like 3x faster to have an ARM Cortex A8 based processor.

    • Dan Armstrong

      It is only 3x faster on floating point math written specifically in ARM VFP (Vector floating Point), and that is under best case conditions. The average user will see a 10-30% speed improvement on your typical workload.

  • Dianne

    Oh I should say — RAM is also important. Too little RAM (such as 192MB on myTouch) and you just can't run a live wallpaper at the same time as other things.

    • Frank Mir

      Live wallpapers seem to run fine on the G1/MyTouch build of Android 2.1 even with 192 MB Ram. Nonetheless, the MyTouch slide comes with 512MB of RAM. The same as the Droid Incredible and Nexus One.

  • mahogany1

    What Tmobile you talking about with five phones ? They all corny an antiquated already,

  • Jay

    "This model works very well as an upgrade for those coming from feature phones and previous G1 customers."

    False Statement. This phone wishes it could be an HTC vision. Tmobile is telling their customers that their G1 will physically not be able to get Froyo and encouraging you to get this piece of s*** instead. Essentially the same phone they released almost 2 years ago. The only major benefit to a mytouch 3g slide over a G1 is the software. Like the others have said without a better processor this is completely useless.

    Try to run live all papers on your g1 with an eclair (2.1) build and you'll see how choked the G1 is (and the mytouch 3g slide) will be on Froyo (2.2)

    The brilliant devs at xda have already proved them wrong with a mostly working build here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=

  • jerry

    bought a my touch slide today. seems that tmobile neglected to tell the public that you cannot use your data plan for 48 hours. seems funny that a communications company would sell you a device you can't communicate with and neglect to tell you. of course the 3 different customer service reps I spoke with all apologized as they informed me that data plans were different so I could not return to my g1. so effectively cut off from my data service with no warning by my communications company I can't help that tmobile has shifted from selling communication to a company that sells devices without regard to usability.

    • James

      I switched from the HTC TouchPro 2 and my data plan switch was instant. Less than 2 minutes.

      • Neil

        I bought the 3g slide on 8/26 switching from verizon, and my data was instant. jerry is a dumbass and probably turned his mobile network off.

      • Wilma Jeanne

        I also switched from the same phone and mine was within minutes, but my husband who was a first time getting a data plan did have to wait. I love the mytouch slide. It is a fast phone. They now have the mytouch 4g which is faster than the nexus s, but if you don’t have 4g in your area you can’t use that service. top 10 phones of 2010 well mytouch 4g is the best..but I’m holding out for the dual core .

  • M @

    The 48 hr provisioning window is a worst-case estimate. Every time I've switched data features it has been on within four hours.

  • steve

    I have a my touch 3 g slide for week, and pretty much love it was.Data is fine and tons of apps genius button is awesome you say search web, say a place, finds it on google tap directions with navigation button and works like your best GPS. tons of android apps. Works fine and love it, showed apple people and they are all like cool.

  • Zay

    I upgraded from a G1 to the 3G Mytouch slide and I have to say the 3G Mytouch slide is better and I believe its the best found out for t-mobile

  • Corey

    I just upgraded to the slide after clinging to my G1 for way to long. I loved that phone but it was getting too limited with 1.5. So far I have no complaints about the slide. Its a fine handset that, while not as nice as the n1 my brother has, is still perfectly capable and does everything I want it to do as a good android phone should.

  • jimmy

    i have been wit tmobile for 5 years an this is byfar the best phone they have ever put in my hands an as for customer support just be addimit they dont like bitching an being yelled at do this an they will go to the end of the world to keep u as a customer mytouch slide for free old g1 free an got a free mytouch for my wife to work the system people an you will love t mobile

  • http://None Realsis

    I switched from the blackberry9700 to the my touch 3g slide. I’ve had my phone for a week now and I love it! I made the right choice in switching phones! The only problem I see is that the slide can not upload pictures to forums. Other than that I give it a five stars all the way! Its a way better phone than the blackberry! I’m loving my slide! Way to go ! Its a super phone!a

  • jack @ss

    this phone blows i had it for 6 days ( this is my replacement phone) and the screen is loose again!

    • Neynerrz

      Then stop flipping it open so fast…
      Theres an idea!

    • Neynerrz

      Then stop flipping it open so fast…
      Theres an idea!

      • Theradness

        THERES A CONCEPT!

    • Neynerrz

      Then stop flipping it open so fast…
      Theres an idea!

  • Neynerrz

    I just got the Mytouch Slide 5 Days ago, I LOVE ITT<3
    It has sooo much stuff I really like that the music set up can make it so it looks like an ipod does and you can choose to have the songs shuffle or not. I love this phone, I did have to wait for my data plan for a Day but what a lot of people on here are neglecting to add is that it was 100% worth it and the web is SOOO fast! I love this phone and anyone who says they dont are liars…or just seriously messed up..

  • Neynerrz

    I just got the Mytouch Slide 5 Days ago, I LOVE ITT<3
    It has sooo much stuff I really like that the music set up can make it so it looks like an ipod does and you can choose to have the songs shuffle or not. I love this phone, I did have to wait for my data plan for a Day but what a lot of people on here are neglecting to add is that it was 100% worth it and the web is SOOO fast! I love this phone and anyone who says they dont are liars…or just seriously messed up..

  • Joe_yohannan

    How much is the data plan?

    • Michschoupchurch

      Dont know if you already got your answer but you can get unlimited minutes, text, and data right now for 79.99+tax

  • Karieviola

     I got this phone as an upgrade from the G1 and I HATED IT! I couldn’t stand it and when the G2 came out 6 months later I ditched this phone.