Skip to main content

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Review

T-Mobile myTouch 3G
“It's a step up from the G1, but for non-T-Mobile customers there are superior touch-screen smartphone choices...”
  • Android operating system; beautiful 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen; expandable memory; physical control buttons; lightweight
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack; no built-in memory; slow 3G Web connectivity; minimal T-Mobile 3G coverage


Warning: This review is not as in-depth as we would like, so we will be updating it when we can. We got a chance to fiddle with the second-ever U.S. Android phone, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G made by HTC, for around 45 minutes at an introductory event yesterday. The myTouch became available for pre-order to current T-Mobile subscribers Wednesday, and will be available to all August 5 for at $199.99 (with a two-year service contract). Our initial quick-take verdict? This sleek, lightweight touchscreen smartphone offers several improvements to its predecessor, the G1. But one major similarity to the G1 and a third Android phone due later this year may keep many potential T-Mobile customers from touching myTouch.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Features and Design

How does the myTouch compare to the iPhone and the Pre?” Not well, at least in terms of value.

The MyTouch 3G, like the G1, has minimal on-board memory, but it comes with a 4GB microSD card installed. For the same $200, the Pre gives you 8GB inside, the iPhone 16GB, and a bigger screen. True, neither of these competitors has a memory expansion slot, but a 16GB card will run you an extra $50 or more. Once 32 GB cards become widely available, the myTouch may actually enjoy a longer life than the Pre or iPhone.

But there’s a problem with T-Mobile’s 3G network. You’ll need a magnifying glass to find the dark teal splotches that represent 3G network availability on the T-Mobile coverage map.

Still, Google’s Android operating system works in the phone’s favor. It’s arguably the best mobile OS. Like Palm OS, Android can multitask, and, unlike the iPhone, Android lets you create home page folders so you can intelligently group apps.

The phone’s beautiful 3.2-inch HVGA screen is also a plus. Pictures and especially text look crisply rendered, almost as if they were finely printed on glossy stock paper.

Otherwise, the myTouch compares favorably feature-wise with its two main rivals: a 3.2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, full HTML Web browser, music player, stereo Bluetooth, A-GPS, POP3/IMAP/Microsoft Exchange email, IM, and voice dialing.

The myTouch also comes with several programs pre-installed. Along with several Google apps, there’s the clever Sherpa, a location-based app that automatically locates all local businesses and services in your immediate GPS area, grouping them in the usual GPS navigation categories. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas that’s sure to be a big hit, especially if it becomes available on other devices.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Form Factor

Physically, the myTouch fits between the Pre and the larger iPhone, and weighs 0.7 ounces less than both. The weight savings are achieved by eliminating the physical slide-out keyboard. The myTouch is made from smooth pebble plastic, with a perimeter is unmarred by slots and control keys. You’ll find only a volume toggle on myTouch’s left side, and a USB jack at the bottom – and therein lies myTouch’s Achilles heel.

Ports & Connectors

There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. You have to use the included USB-to-3.5mm adapter to listen with anything but the myTouch’s own USB-terminated earbuds.

This omission is nearly unforgiveable, given the criticism the G1 received for the same blunder. HTC acknowledged (at least to us) that not including a 3.5mm jack on the G1 was a mistake, that would be remedied on its next Android device, and that nearly all 3G touchscreen smartphones include a 3.5mm headphone jack. We were told aesthetic priorities trumped this enormously functional consideration. For us, that’s a devil’s bargain and, combined with T-Mobile’s penurious 3G network, a deal breaker.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Sound Quality

The echoy room in which we fiddled with the myTouch was filled with other noisy media types conducting their own demos, making it impossible to judge the quality of the sound. We did get enough volume, even in that raucous environment, to discern what was being said to us from the other end of the call, however.

Phone Functionality

T-Mobile’s myTouch has the usual Android array of physical controls on the front under the screen: the send/end keys along with home, menu and back keys, and a nipple track ball. While these keep the myTouch from attaining the MOMA-like minimalism of the iPhone or Pre, their utility thankfully outweighed the form factor considerations.

You get both a widescreen and portrait keyboard for all text-input programs, such as IM and email. Like the iPhone, there is no haptic feedback. We found typing quite easy, although the keyboard didn’t seem as touch sensitive as the iPhone’s. We often had to go back and insert spaces and carriage returns that the phone failed to register on our initial touches. Otherwise, we made few mistakes, as our fingers flew increasingly furiously over the touch keys.


Web surfing was S-L-O-W! But access may have been hampered by the number of 3G users in the room. The mobile site took seven to eihht seconds to load, compared to around 5 seconds on the iPhone and Pre. ESPN’s mobile page took around 10 seconds to load, and the full New York Times page took nearly 30 seconds – 10 seconds more than on the iPhone.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Camera

We took some photos at the event, but the demo phone was tethered, so we were unable to give the camera a fair testing. Judge camera quality for yourself from the shots we could take. Oddly, the viewfinder showed a fuzzier image than what was actually captured.

Battery Life

T-Mobile rates the myTouch at 600 hours (25 days) in standby, and 6 hours of talk time.


The myTouch isn’t a bad phone, it’s just puzzling, especially considering that the third HTC Android phone, the Hero, is due in the U.S. a little later this year. (Although HTC has declined to say which GSM carrier will be selling it.) With a 5-megapixel camera, Adobe Flash compatability, a gravity sensor, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, the Hero is a clearly superior phone. On paper, it’s even superior to the iPhone – and probably the phone the myTouch could or should have been. For T-Mobile customers, it’s definitely a step up from the awkward G1, but for non-T-Mobile customers, both the iPhone and the Pre, with their wider 3G availability, more on-board memory, and 3.5mm headphone jacks, are superior touch-screen smartphone choices.


  • Android operating system
  • Beautiful 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen
  • Expandable memory
  • Physical control buttons
  • Lightweight


  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No built-in memory
  • Slow 3G Web connectivity
  • Minimal T-Mobile 3G coverage

Editors' Recommendations

Stewart Wolpin
Former Digital Trends Contributor
T-Mobile partners with SpaceX to ‘end mobile dead zones’
t mobile revvl news

T-Mobile is linking up with SpaceX to use its Starlink satellites to dramatically boost the carrier's cell phone coverage to pretty much all parts of the U.S., bringing connectivity to isolated areas that up to now have been out of reach of providers.

The service will launch next year, starting with texts, MMS, and select messaging apps. Current mobile phones will be able to use T-Mobile’s new service; in other words, no new technology will be required to make it work.

Read more
T-Mobile’s 5G Ultra Capacity network has four times the coverage of Verizon and AT&T
T-Mobile smartphone.

Last week, a report from Ookla revealed that T-Mobile's 5G and 4G LTE networks are nearly twice as fast as those of Verizon and AT&T. Today, Opensignal released the results of a new study that reveals one of the most significant reasons for T-Mobile's lead.

5G services cover a much wider range of frequencies than older cellular technologies, each with unique advantages and disadvantages. Since low-band 5G frequencies have considerably more range than higher frequencies and generally share the same airwaves as 4G/LTE services, all three carriers have leveraged this spectrum to provide their extended nationwide coverage. T-Mobile calls this its 5G Extended Range network, Verizon uses the term 5G Nationwide, and AT&T just calls it 5G.

Read more
T-Mobile’s 5G network just beat Verizon and AT&T (again)
T-Mobile smartphone.

T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T always claim to be America's best 5G network in their commercials. T-Mobile boasts this even more so, and as it turns out, it's true. During PCMag's annual Best Mobile Network test (previously known as the Fastest Mobile Network test), T-Mobile won over Verizon and AT&T as the Best Mobile Network for the second year in a row.

PCMag gave T-Mobile the title after testers drove 10,000 miles across the country to measure its performance against Verizon and AT&T. The test involved driving to 30 cities and six rural regions to test each mobile carrier's reliability using Samsung Galaxy S22+ smartphones. As expected, T-Mobile won that contest in 18 cities out of 30, followed by Verizon with eight and AT&T with four.

Read more