November 27, 2014

MyTouch 4G... An Inside Look [REVIEW]

T-Mobile fans and subscribers, I would wager to say that the majority of us are sporting something from the MyTouch series if we don’t have the Nexus One.  Personally, after the G1, I moved to the MyTouch 3G, then to the MT3G Slide, and now, I have had the opportunity to get my hands on the 4G (Originally to be called the MyTouch HD, remember?)  I wanted to take a moment to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Remember, this is just one phone geek’s opinion, but hey, I’ve used every phone in the MyTouch series, so I think I have some clout.

First, let’s start out with the screen.  Amazing, simply beautiful.  It’s large enough to support Gingerbread, but not too large that it’s uncomfortable in your hands.  It is very clear, and watching videos, or playing games (like Angry Birds) is pretty nice on it.

OK, the size of this thing, for me, is pretty tight.  It IS a little heavy, but again, not like it is unbearable or anything.  It has a form factor that is comfortable, but tends to be awkward if you’re trying to nudge it between your elbow and cheek to talk.  (The phone tends to move just far away enough from the ear that it makes it a little hard to hear, but maybe it’s just me.)  But, on the bright side, it doesn’t have a physical keyboard (which I don’t like) so it’s nowhere near as bulky as the Slide. Also, the genius button is pretty cool, but to be honest, I don’t normally use it, but if I were to discipline myself, I’m sure it would be advantageous.

The front-facing camera, oh man.  This thing is amazing.  First of all, it’s good for checking to make sure there isn’t spinach or anything in my teeth after eating, but also for taking pictures of myself with a friend. (We have all had that experience where someone’s ear gets cut out of the picture.)  But let’s face it, the front-facing camera is designed for Video Chat.  It works, and pretty well.  Well, now it does.  The day I got the phone, it didn’t work at all, and it was laggy, and there was no sound, but that night, I did get an update for Qik (the video chat app) and then it did fix it.  I video chatted with a friend that has an Evo.  It also comes integrated with Yahoo Messenger and one can do video chat that way, but as I don’t use Yahoo, I haven’t tested this out.  Personally, I downloaded Tango, because it’s available for other operating systems that have a phone with a front-facing camera.  (I won’t mention any iNames.)

The MT4G also comes stock with FroYo, so that means the WiFi hotspot, Market Apps on the SD, and so forth. These are great, and fortunately, T-Mobile does not charge extra for tethering, so I have used that a bit here and there.

Another great feature is the WiFi calling.  This is both great and bad for me.  Back in the day, before Android T-Mobiel featured “HotSpot @ Home UMA calling” plans, and certain phones worked with it, but essentially, ANY call made while connected to WiFi was free, and didn’t use your plan minutes.  It also seamlessly swapped from UMA to Edge (yeah, before 3G.)  Now, the WiFi calling works great, especially when I’m on campus in a building that gets no service, because they converted an old basement into a classroom, I can still get all my messages, and make calls… No doubt, it works, and works well, but it still uses your plan minutes, and all calls made from the WiFi must be ended while on the WiFi, it doesn’t swap between WiFi, 4G, HSPA, Edge, or whatever.  That’s kind of a downer for me.

It does also come with a fair share of bloatware, but that’s to be expected.  The free trials of a couple games are fun, and I am interested to try out T-Mobile TV, but not looking forward to paying the subscription fee, so I’m going to hold off on that one for a while.  Some of the default software is pretty cool though.  My favorite is the ScreenShare.  The EVO 4G does the same thing, but now it works on the MyTouch.  Basically, from the same wireless network, you can share your screen, including music, videos, and pictures.  It’s pretty cool.  When you’re phone is is desk dock mode, with the earphones, you can listen to the FM radio, which isn’t the most amazing thing in the world, but a cool feature.

Finally, let’s talk battery.  We love our smartphones, but they are battery killers.  Especially when we use the phones like they are designed to be used.  I am a power user.  I’ve had to charge my MyTouch Slide half way through my school day in the past.  The 4G has an AMAZING battery life.  I don’t know how, because I leave my WiFi and GPS on all the time, get my email notifications, my texts, my tweets, and my random internet searches, and 12 hours later, I’m still not in the red, so yes, I am very impressed.

All the other info, like specs, camera quality, and all that stuff we’ve already reported on and read about.  Camera’s fine, good quality, speaker is fine (although I read that people did not like the speakerphone, because it wasn’t loud enough.  I personally haven’t had that problem.)

So, there you have it, guys, just my opinion, but this is a pretty amazing phone, and I would highly recommend it.



  • Andrew Gomez

    Nice. I am planning on getting this if the Nexus S doesn’t cut it.

  • Kris

    12 hours? I can get 12 hours with wifi and GPS turned off.

  • Thorpeland

    Ive had mine for a couple weeks now. I really agree with everything said in this article pretty much. Although i have no issues with how it fits in my hand. And i actually like the heavier, solid feel of the device. Its heavier because its made with a lot of metal. I see that as a good thing. No plastic flimsy feel here.

    Don’t be fooled by tmo’s ad’s into thinking this is just a chick phone. lol (I was actually asked that). This is a very powerful Android device. Very fast and with awesome battery life. The only thing this phone has in common with past MyTouch models is the name. Besides that, its a totally new beast.

  • Cybersedan

    I’ve gotten 21 hours on my MT4G, with light to moderate use, this is the most impressive battery life I’ve seen with an android phone, and this is my 4th device.

  • Steven Berry

    I was expecting an x-ray image of the phone or two. inside look generally means you cracked it open to show the inside.

    duh.

  • spoggle

    Actually T-Mobile does charge for tethering…

  • Scmo

    This is certainly a guys phone too. Its freaking amazing, its super fast and I get amazing reception on it. Plus if I’m someplace where I don’t get the best signal I can always use wifi calling which I haven’t had to use yet. I get 5mb download speeds at my house which if I wasn’t a download freak would make me quit my timewarner roadrunner. I have close to 70 apps and this thing is still super fast. Get this phone! Lol

  • Kyle Pozan

    Tough to justify purchasing with the Nexus S around the corner. Also, I still can’t get past the “MyTouch” name. It’s the worst name in the business.

    Otherwise, nice review. Concise and to the point.

  • Anonymous

    The height of technology just keeps rising! The technology seems to on point, and the size and quality remarkable, but then again anything 4G generally is. The technology seems to on point; the size and quality incredible. One great thing about Android phones in general are their apps. One of the first apps I will download upon purchase will DISH Remote Access application. Using this app and my 722k receiver with a Sling Adapter; I will not only be able to stream live TV but my DVR recordings to my phone as well! I recently participated in the Free Sling Adapter offer and was eligible to receive a $99 prepaid MasterCard with the purchase. All I had to do was go to dish.com and fill out the rebate form in order to receive my prepaid MasterCard. As a DISH Network customer and employee, I have been using the app on my current phone for some time now and it is one that I think will be perfect for the myTouch 4G! http://goo.gl/Qsggz