of Android-powered smartphones continues to grow, and the latest
addition is coming from the folks at T-Mobile. The new T-Mobile
myTouch uses Google's Android 2.2 operating system.
When it comes to hardware specs, the
myTouch is pretty comparable to other Android phones on the market
thanks to its 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.8" WVGA display, and
dual cameras (a rear-facing 5MP camera, and a front-facing camera for
video conferencing). An 8GB microSD card is included for additional
“Taking advantage of the 4G speeds on
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, the new myTouch delivers a faster and
more compelling experience than most competing smartphones on the
market,” said Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile USA's vice president of
product management. “Our continued focus to build innovative new
features and personalized services truly makes myTouch unique.”
HSPA+ gives the myTouch what T-Mobile
claims are 4G speeds in 65 markets in the United States (the company
hopes to expand to 100 markets and 200 million people by the end of
2010). According to T-Mobile, HSPA can theoretically provide transfer
speeds of up to 14Mbps.
Although T-Mobile likes to tout HSPA+
as 4G, AT&T isn't buying it. "I think that companies need to
be careful that they're not misleading customers by labeling HSPA+ as
a 4G technology," said
AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom in late May. "We aren't
labeling those technologies as 4G."
T-Mobile hasn't given a specific launch
date for the myTouch, but says that it will be available in time "for
the holidays" and will come in white, black, red, or plum.