82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This phone is the "Bomb"!
Before purchasing this phone, I checked out the iphone and Evo. The Evo didn't turn me on that much. The iphone, although the look and feel is "quality" at the highest, in my opinion, performance lacks. The main reason for me to purchase a cell phone was(is)to have the option to purchase stocks when I'm away from my home computers. Since 4g is not offered here in Florida,...
Published on December 2, 2010 by Les
82 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The devil is in the details
I purchased this phone with a 2 year contract, so I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, I have some issues with it. I rated this item based on the attributes of the phone itself, not T-Mobile's service, and not the Android operating system. But as you need both of these to use the phone I'll include them in my review. I use the phone in a variety of ways...
Published on January 12, 2011 by J. Toms
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This phone is the "Bomb"!,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)Before purchasing this phone, I checked out the iphone and Evo. The Evo didn't turn me on that much. The iphone, although the look and feel is "quality" at the highest, in my opinion, performance lacks. The main reason for me to purchase a cell phone was(is)to have the option to purchase stocks when I'm away from my home computers. Since 4g is not offered here in Florida, I needed a phone that can go from (A)to(B) without hesitation, because in this business, hesitation can cost me much more than the cost of the phone in the long run. When I first tried the HTC Mytouch from Tmobile--my dreams came true! First off, the processing speed is outstanding. Also, upload and download times are just as fast or faster than my wifi connected computers. Tmobile has the HSPA+ connection, which is much faster than 3g. This phone for me is the "Bomb"! If there is anything negative that I can say about this phone, I wish the volume was a little louder, other than that, I cannot speak enough about it. Whether for business or pleasure--You can't go wrong with this phone!!!
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic phone once configured to not discharge its battery (what I learned),
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)This phone is wonderful except... battery life was disappointing until I figured a few things out.
My need: at least 18h of moderate (shall I say worry-free) usage between charges. I had this phone for more than a month before I figured out how to reliably not drain its battery in far less than a day:
The solution: an alternate mail subsystem.
The big killer is in android 2.2's support for exchange. Every couple of days it gets stuck in high power mode - disharging in less than half a day. Fortunately one of my students found a workaround: run a better exchange synch program. I just removed my exchange account from android synch and instead installed nitrodesk's touchdown - which costs something like $10 and has a free month trial. After this, my phone could reliably hold a charge for more than a day. I imagine that others publish similar software, but i stopped looking when touchdown worked.
The rest of this review is about tweaking:
How I get closer to 2 days on a charge:
* using 2g-3g switch applet (free from marketplace): 2g draws less power than 3g/4g, and is usually fast enough. Note this phone calles 2g "gsm" and 3g/4g "wcdma"
* using the built-in power control applet, I keep wifi and gps off most of the time.
* displaying the "circle power" applet (free from marketplace) on my home screen
Notes making touchdown comfortable (this took a week to figure out)
* In order to get the android contacts app to see my exchange contacts maintained by touchdown:
** enter contacts->settings->view
** select which data source to use (I select only Touchdown)
* Displaying email & agenda nicely:
** Touchdown has applets in various sizes for displaying email or agenda. I eventually chose to put the little agenda applet on my home screen, and the universal applet one screen to the right.
** For full functionality, you need to start the touchdown application. I put this shortcut on my home screen
* to delete into "deleted items" rather than really delete
** tap "move to folder" (big green arrow into folder icon)
** tap on "deleted items"
A few favorite apps:
* new york times
* public radio live stream (for cbc-1)
* google voice
* touchdown - only because it not a battery hog
* circle battery meter
82 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The devil is in the details,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)I purchased this phone with a 2 year contract, so I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, I have some issues with it. I rated this item based on the attributes of the phone itself, not T-Mobile's service, and not the Android operating system. But as you need both of these to use the phone I'll include them in my review. I use the phone in a variety of ways throughout the day. I depend on it as I travel around for work (checking my email, making calls, using the data connection), and I also use it in my free time for browsing the web, using interesting programs, finding stuff and getting directions, listening to music, and reading books. It can do all of these things, some better than others, and it's capabilities are miles ahead of my old smartphone, as long as I have reception and a charged battery, which unfortunately is not as often as I would like.
The phone itself: It has a beautifully large and clear touchscreen (and appears to be scratch-resistant), a nice camera that takes big but usually blurry pictures and HD videos, it is thin and light (compared to my old smartphone) but still seems pretty tough. You can look at the advertised features, it does in fact have and do all that stuff. There are two major problems for me, and that is why I rate it 3 stars instead of 5. Battery and Buttons.
Battery: It lasts me a little over half a day. I use the phone a lot, but not a crazy amount. If you use it for any length of time doing anything, the battery is at 25%. Worse, if the phone can't get reception it seems that it burns through the battery just as quickly searching for reception as if you were running a program or talking on the phone. If you sit in a building with the phone on and no reception for four hours, the battery is pretty much dead. And not getting reception can happen pretty frequently. My old smartphone could go for a couple of days without charging it unless I was really using it very heavily. I have not made it through an entire day yet without the battery dying or being very low.
Buttons: Besides the annoying placement of the buttons (it is difficult to hold the phone without pressing a button), I have a real problem with the power button. The power button at the top of the phone is not recessed, it sticks out a little. It is also very sensitive, if you gently run your finger along the top of the phone you will depress the button. When I put the phone into my pocket the impact of the phone with the inside of my pocket depresses the button about half the time. This should be a minor annoyance, just waking up the phone for a little while. However, EVEN IF THE PHONE IS TURNED OFF gently depressing the button will turn the phone back on. So when I am in an area with no reception and I want to turn the phone off to conserve the poor battery life, if I put the phone back into my pocket, or anything presses against the top of the phone, it turns itself back on and when I pull out my phone a few hours later, surprise! My battery is dead! This button should be slightly recessed, and you should have to hold it down for a few seconds to turn the phone on when it is powered off. To me, this is inexcusably bad design on something that should be a no-brainer.
Software: This is my first Android phone, and I am not an expert, but you are probably also an Android novice, and might have the same trouble as me. If you are an Android pro just skip this part. Android has got to be the best feature of the phone, but it is still a source of frustration for me. It is very customizable and has a crazy array of programs that take advantage of every possible functionality of the phone, many of the most useful programs come preinstalled while all the others are available from the Android market. You can search, download, and install programs from the phone itself without hooking it up to a computer, so it is entirely self-sufficient. I love this, and could go on about how useful this is. Unfortunately it comes preinstalled with a suite of T-Mobile software that is baked into the phone. You can't delete it, you can hardly modify it, and I pretty much hate all of it. T-Mobile has apparently decided that I am a pre-teen girl, and has dumbed down everything for me and integrated social networking with all aspects of my phone. I personally would have preferred a blank phone with a link to the Android market and a functional phone, address book app and clock. Fortunately, the ability to get any app from the Android market has overcome these drawbacks for me. I had a serious problem with just making phone calls using the preinstalled phone app (ironic, on a CELL PHONE). I have a lot of contacts, so when I want to call "Andrew" I get a whole list of "Andrew..." and there is no room for the last name because they decided to use the space for a picture that I have to set up or provide from Facebook. I have to click on the entry to see if it is the Andrew I want, and doing that initiates a phone call to that person. I have to contact a lot of different people all the time and this was driving me nuts. So I just installed a new (free) phone app from the Android market, and problem solved.
The problem I have with Android itself is that it seems that third party applications have much more control over my phone than I do. I don't have access to the files on the phone, which is crazy. I downloaded a file that one of my programs needed to function, and I realized that there was no way for me to find the file on the phone. You have to download a third-party app and give it permission to have full access to your phone for the privilege of seeing your own files. You can't close programs, you can just open something else or go back to the home screen, which sort of minimizes the program. How do I not have an option to close a program? Guess what, you have to download an app for that! A third party app that again gets access to your whole phone, is always on, and potentially destabilizes your device. Finally, many of the apps seem to be cloud-based, they need an internet connection to function. Privacy concerns aside, this is fine unless you don't have reception, which is a little too frequent for me.
T-Mobile: I live in the northeast and I travel around, and T-Mobiles coverage area is not that great. If you are not in a populated area you probably won't get good coverage up here, and there are huge areas with no coverage at all. The reception doesn't penetrate buildings very well, in my experience. The HSPA+ connection that makes this phone "4G" is pretty fast, but it seems to me that it usually takes a few seconds (sometimes more than a few) before the data begins to transfer, which negates the extra speed unless you are downloading a large file, which is where it really shines. To be honest, I use the phone a lot but I'm not downloading movies or anything, so it works pretty well as long as I have any kind of reception, even if it is not HSPA+. But it won't be replacing my home internet anytime soon.
UPDATE 9/28/2011 After 10 months of use there are a couple of things I'd like to update. First, T-Mobile has improved their reception, at least in my part of the country. Second, I have come to peace with the battery. I think the Android software has been updated to be more battery efficient, and I am careful about how I use the phone so I can get a full day out of it now rather consistently. I do several simple things:
1) I keep bluetooth, GPS, and wifi radios off unless I am using them. I have put shortcuts to these functions on my home screen, I just tap them to turn them on or off. GPS is a real battery drain.
2) I don't install or run unnecessary programs. This might not work for you, I don't really use my phone for games and weird widgets.
3) I restart the phone every few days. It seems to help it run smoother and drain less battery, probably because once you open a program you can never really close it and be sure that it is off, and the little background processes start to pile up. It seems like when you turn the phone off it doesn't really turn off, it just goes into a sort of hibernation and it reboots really quickly, so I like to choose the "restart" option which forces it to do a full reboot.
4) I finally found a flippin' huge extended battery, mine is from Hyperion. It comes with a new (flimsy plastic) back cover and it more than doubles the battery life. The phone is a bit bulkier, but battery problem solved, for around $25.
Other comments: The power button is still stupid to me, and I'm still bitter about it. Whatever. Also, the GPS just won't work sometimes. I don't get it. If it doesn't get a signal in the first 10 seconds, it never will. One time I left it on for hours out of spite, and it just couldn't find a signal (but it did burn through my battery). I have to reboot the GPS, or reboot the phone itself to get it to work. One thing that helps is make sure it acquires a signal before you start moving, if you are already driving in a car it has trouble acquiring that first signal.
Overall I am generally satisfied with this phone. I have gotten used to its quirks, it has become a reasonably efficient part of my life. Plus I can stream Netflix on it now due to a recent update! Woot!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coming off G1,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)I was a loyal G1 user. I had decided to upgrade to either the G1 G2 or the 4G MyTouch. I was scared to go keyboard-less, being used to the slide keyboard. I also felt that somehow I would be abdicating my loyalty to Android if I bought the 4G, so I chose the G2. I realized that the 4G was also Android-based, but without a slide keyboard and a little bit of a different look, I felt more comfortable staying with the G series. But after a couple of days I was disappointed, mainly because the keyboard flops open on it's own if held upside down. I had read a reviewer say that that shouldn't matter as 'who texts upside down?' but the fact is it is goofy. In my car I set the phone down on the passenger seat upside down when I'm not using it or when I'm using handsfree. So when I go to pick it back up, the keyboard slides out, half-way. Hated it.
I returned the G1 for the MyTouch 4G. After a few days using the on-screen touch keyboard of the 4G, I didn't even miss the slide-out. Besides, the slide-out on the G2 is quite a bit smaller than the G1's and I was not liking it so much- it felt cramped.
The 4G is amazing. It is still Android all the way, but better than the G1 or the G2. It seems to be a more advanced phone, and more intuitive. A lot of the programs and menus are a step up even from the G2. One small example is the Clock- it has a rolling clock feature and animations which are neat. I'm finding more advantages over the G2 the more I use the 4G. Navigating around is a blast. Some people say the screen is clearer or crisper on the G2- to me that seems insane- they both have great looking screens.
Other things I've found that I like:
It seems faster than the G2
And things that the MyTouch has that are not on the G2:
The Camera has an instant zoom feature that is easy to use via an on-screen slider.
How about "Sharing Media on your Home Network"? Have not tried it, but it seems neat.
There is a Genius button that is an amazing shortcut.
The main keys across the bottom of the phone are raised- I much prefer that over the G2.
Update after about a month's use:
Fantastic phone. The speed is really good- reboots to desktop in less than five seconds.
Other advantages over the G1- no screen timeout while on phone calls; battery life is WAY stronger. The customization and graphics are sweet, and by the look of the packaging and case that the phone came in, I get the idea that TMobile has put a lot more effort into this phone over the G1 and G2.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major new 4G,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)I bought this phone after having a number of Blackberry's. I love the Blackberry but wanted to expand my horizons. After much study, I chose this phone because Android is the hottest right now, and Iphone has become passe.
The design and housing of the phone is meticulous, with a screen that is among the largest; nearly 4 inches, and larger than Iphone and most comparable phones. It is a tough screen, easy to clean after many touches, and appears to be scratch-resistant. While T-Mobile 4G service isn't always available (about 70% of the time),it still quickly loads the internet, downloads and T-Mobile services. This phone is rated very well, and even chosen as the best Android phone available today by many reviewers including C-Net.
The few pictures I have taken are quality pictures. If some reviewers say otherwise it's because they are not experienced cell phone picture takers. I have several beautiful pictures to prove it. Also, the front and back cameras and the video camera work very well. The apps that are included with the phone are sufficient for most users. However, the apps downloaded from Google Market are not third party apps as some have said in their reviews. They are easy to download, cheap to buy, and can supplement the on-board apps to any user's content.
A great phone!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fastest cell phone right now,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)I researched and tried Google G2, Dell Streak, N8, iPhone 4 etc before finally settling on this device. This is easily the fastest phone right now that you can buy. Period. I needed an ultra fast phone(it has the highest benchmark quadrant score of all android devices) that would let me multitask and ability to remote desktop to my home PC while on road. This is extremely well built and beautiful piece of engineering. Battery cover is made of real steel-- feels very sturdy and polished in hands. I was a N900 and Blackberry pan before this and after Droid experience, I am not ever going back (don't you get it BB, Nokia?)
Below are pros and cons of this phone. Cons do not really bother me much so I gave it a 5 of 5.
Fast, Fast, Fast
Large 3.8 inch display
Freedom of Android OS
Seamlessly linked to Google (I used Google for everything)
Life time free navigation on Google Maps
Rather Poor Battery Life (I am upgrading to 1600 mAh battery from 1400)
T Mobile modified software. I totally dislike My Favs and Genius Button. Without that this phone would have been perfect.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Android Phone - Great Network,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)I love this phone. Have had it for almost 2 months and I have been very happy with it and the T-mobile network. The 4G speed is great (usually > 8 Mbits per sec.) and have had zero dropped calls (unless I am calling someone on the ATT network, RIP!). The phone has a great screen and is very quick and the touch screen keyboard is easy to learn and very responsive. The built-in my wifi hotspot is fantastic! The android apps are great.
I've heard the rap from others about battery life, but I have to say that main problem is that it is hard to quit all the android apps and T-mobile bloatware from using battery in the background....unless... you use an app like Advanced Task Killer to kill the background apps. It is also best to "root" your phone and them pull off or "freeze" all the bloatware and junk most companies load on your phone (You tube, Rock Band, Stocks, Yahoo messanger...please). Once I did that, I get a heavy days use out of the MT4G. I charge it once a day and it lasts. If the network is not strong in your area or you use the hotspot feature the battery will wear down quicker, no different than any other phone.
In short, a very fast, solid and versatile phone with a bright crisp screen and good phone/connection quality. And you don't have to live in a walled garden....sorry Apple.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this phone,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)Mytouch 4g is a great phone in general. Very reliable. I even once dropped it in a concrete floor and it works just fine. GPS works pretty good. Location is locked pretty quickly. Google navigation is awesome. Another feature I love is, this phone can be turned into a portable hotspot and one or more tablets/laptops can connect with WIFI and access the tmobile 4G network for internet access. This comes handy while traveling.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Current T-Mo Phones,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)I am a serious tech junkie and have just replaced my MyTouch 3G with the new 4G. The 4G is barely recognizable from the 3G; at first sight and when it is powered on the 3G is all but a faint memory. The screen is amazingly crisp and bright, the Snapdragon processor is blazing fast, the build quality is solid & sleek and the video(HD)/camera takes amazing shots and has a flash. I would definitely recommend this phone if you don't want to or can't get the iPhone. I own a iTouch, which made me want an iPhone, but I don't want to leave T-Mobile, so I had been waiting for a phone that would satisfy my iPhone craving and this has done so and more... I've owed it for 2 days now, so I am still getting to know it, but I am already thoroughly impressed. It features a genius button that works without touching the keyboard. You use your voice to search the web, send a text or email, make a phone call and find a business. It will fit perfectly in small or large hands and is not slippery. I personally do not like where the genius button is located as an owner of the 3G that was where the screen off button was so I am accidentally pressing the genius a lot, but then that is just a personal opinion. In conclusion, there are many more features I have not mentioned, because I could go on forever. I'm already infatuated and I've only owed it 2 days!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone after Configuration,
This review is from: T-Mobile myTouch 4G Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile) (Wireless Phone)myTouch 4G is my first touch phone so I have nothing compare it to, touch-wise. I upgraded from a Blackberry and oh how do I miss my keyboard and BBM. If you like to type a lot of emails on your phone, I recommend you stick with a Blackberry, it has been hard for me to adjust to typing with the touchscreen but I have hope. The Swype feature certainly makes it easier.
When I first received the HTC phone, the out of the box settings consistently drained my battery, within half a day. I did some research (google) and with a few tweaks, I am good for a day plus and still receiving push emails.
I love love love the large bright screen on this phone, the touch is very responsive. I am a fan of the front facing camera even though t-mobiles video chat has some minor issues. I have video chatted with a few family members, it looks nothing like the advertisements suggest, though. It's barely above blurry at best. Still fun and I imagine it will improve given time.
This phone feels sturdy in my hands and after a few months of use is still scratch-free. It is a well-built sturdy phones and so far I have had no issues using it or running it. Visit the app store for some better apps. The e-mail and calendar are a bit lacking out-of-the-box.
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