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T-Mobile intros myTouch 3G as new iPhone rival

updated 07:35 am EDT, Mon June 22, 2009

T-Mobile myTouch 3G

T-Mobile this morning showed its hand in the smartphone competition this summer by officially launching the myTouch 3G as its second Android phone. A near-identical version of the HTC Magic, the device drops the G1's hardware keyboard for a much slimmer design that depends almost exclusively on the 3.2-inch touchscreen and competes more closely with the iPhone both in shape and control. HTC's smartphone expands on this with haptic feedback for its keyboard and a trackball for one-handed use.

The US carrier's version centers on a bundled third-party app from Geodelic known as Sherpa. Similar to Yelp or similar point-of-interest services, the app uses GPS to find nearby food, entertainment and shopping; Sherpa adds to this by learning from previous behavior to recommend locations based on history.

T-Mobile has kept the full Google branding and so has access to Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and a host of other official apps. However, it borrows the Microsoft Exchange support added by HTC as well as multi-IM chat support for AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo.

Despite FCC filings showing a 5-megapixel camera, the handset has the same 3.2-megapixel camera as the Magic but does have T-Mobile-native 3G and Wi-Fi for networking. A 4GB microSD card is preinstalled to support both music and for the relatively new video recording feature.

In spite of its most immediate competition from Apple, T-Mobile plans to sell the myTouch 3G for $200 on a contract in black, red or white; the carrier ships it on July 8th for existing customers who pre-order and expects wider availability only by early August.

Electronista plans to have a review of the myTouch 3G later today.











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  1. EternalGuest

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    +3

    ..

    bleh,

  1. Constable Odo

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    +5

    Same price as

    16 GB iPhone 3G S minus about 50,000 apps doesn't seem like much competition for Apple and AT&T. I guess it's good for people that don't want to switch carriers though. I also wonder if this thing uses a high-end ARM processor.

    This handset will most likely compete against the older 8 GB iPhone 3G and that's about it.

  1. njfuzzy

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    +5

    It's a step up

    It's a step up from the G1 (for people who don't want a physical keyboard)-- but $200 for 4GB, even upgradeable, doesn't compare well to $100 for 8 GB for the iPhone 3G.

  1. Angelo78

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    Joined: Nov 2004

    +2

    Well...

    It seems nice enough, but the name reminds me of the MyPods from the Simpsons. :)

  1. SlimGem

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    +1

    Say Cheese!

    I like the red one with the picture of Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.

  1. Fast iBook

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    Joined: Mar 2003

    0

    It will compete....

    And fail to win.

    - A

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