The problem with Android phones—a problem, anyway—is that for all the talk of choice, they can be remarkably undifferent. They lack a reason to exist. The myTouch 4G Slide has one, though: to be the best cameraphone you can buy.
Not content to wait until it went official, an industrious Android user carved Yahoo's forthcoming Yahoo Messenger app out of a MyTouch ROM that leaked yesterday. It can do video calling over WiFi and 3G no sweat.
The newest myTouch iteration goes balls out with video: Video chat over Wi-Fi and T-Mobile's HSPA+ network with a front-facing camera and 720p video recording with the rear camera—shared wirelessly with any DLNA-compatible screen.
Witheringly described as a "A family-friendly Android phone with an awesome Sidekick-y keyboard, or, much like its name, a godawful conglomeration of disjointed parts," the HTC myTouch 3G Slide was pegged early as a midrange, or even budget, phone ("Family friendly" being the official euphemism for such things).…
The myTouch 3G Slide could go either way: A family-friendly Android phone with an awesome Sidekick-y keyboard, or, much like its name, a godawful conglomeration of disjointed parts.
T-Mobile is still calling the myTouch 3G update myTouch 3G, but the latest version has a 3.5mm headphone jack, 288MB RAM, 8GB microSD card, Swype for text input and a few included apps like Visual Voicemail and a Barcode Scanner.
• Universal-ish search with an updated "Quick Search" box
If you already purchased a myTouch 3G for the full $200 retail price (with contract), it officially sucks to be you. That's because Oprah is gifting everyone a $100 discount on the Android handset through September 24th.
It was only a matter of time before this happened, but the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G has been rooted, i.e. cracked wide open, meaning that it's ready for all kinds of customization that the stock Android installation keeps out of reach, including cooked ROMs.