T-Mobile's latest QWERTY Android phone, the myTouch 3G Slide, is just a week or so from launch, but over at Android Community they already have a unit in hand and are sharing an unboxing and some first impressions. HTC-made, the myTouch 3G Slide has a 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.1 and a slide-out hardware keyboard, and comes in a rather dashing hard carry-case.
If you've been desperately waiting for the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide to arrive (what, really?) then you'll be ecstatic to hear that the carrier has confirmed the QWERTY Android smartphone will drop on June 2nd. Priced at $179.99 - following a wretched $50 mail-in rebate - and requiring a new, two-year agreement (with both voice and data), the myTouch 3G Slide will be available in red, black or white.
As bizarre press photo choice go, we can only speculate what was running through the addled minds of T-Mobile USA when they picked this touching feathered scene for the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide. Are they suggesting the well-rumored handset is ideal for protective parents looking to keep in touch with their offspring? Or is the myTouch 3G Slide itself the new baby: monochrome and slightly odd looking?
Metaphor aside, the myTouch 3G Slide is the latest Android smartphone to T-Mobile's network, running OS 2.1 on a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen together with dualband 3G UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g, quadband GSM and Bluetooth. There's also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry, though T-Mobile have also preloaded the nifty Swype keyboard for faster on-screen input. Alternatively, a new "Genius Button" automatically triggers the Android voice recognition system, or reads your SMS messages out loud.
Considered T-Mobile's myTouch 3G but not yet convinced? The carrier understands your reticence, and so to swing things in their favor they've done the obvious thing and enlisted the help of Whoopi Goldberg. Yes, everybody's favorite Sister Act star not only loves the myTouch 3G, but enough to grin aimlessly while playing with it on video.
It has been only a few weeks since RadioShack announced that it was rebranding itself as The Shack. Only a few weeks before that big name change the company announced that it would be offering T-Mobile phones in its retail locations.
Since the HTC Hero debuted, owners of the company's existing Android smartphones have been wondering whether they'd see HTC Sense - the company's custom UI - released for their phones. Hopes were raised and then dashed back in June, when HTC confirmed that Sense would be available on certain devices, only those not "Google" branded; they've reiterated that at a Taiwan press conference, revealing that the unlocked HTC Magic will seen an update but the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and Vodafone HTC Magic will not.
T-Mobile USA's latest Android smartphone, the myTouch 3G, goes on sale today, and to celebrate (and, dare we say, distract attention from the HTC Hero) the carrier is planning an aerial show above San Francisco. 100 skydivers will plummit, sky-writing as they go, to announce the fact that the myTouch 3G costs $199.99 with a new two-year agreement.
TeleNav have announced that, like the G1, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G is next in line for its subscription-based turn-by-turn navigation app. Available to download from August 5th - complete with a 30-day free trial available from the company's site, just to get you hooked - the software includes traffic/incident updates, automatic re-routes, POIs and gas prices, together with speech recognition for programming your destination and finding businesses.
It's not just the HTC Hero that has been wowing us with its Android skills this week. T-Mobile USA's latest Android smartphone, the myTouch 3G (aka the US version of the HTC Magic) has arrived, and we've got the full unboxing from our sibling site Android Community.