When smartphones started to become popular, there was one feature that many of them shared, and that was a physical keyboard. As time went by, smartphones began to lose the buttons and have since adopted mostly all-touchscreen designs. Despite all this, there are still many out there who prefer their smartphones to have physical keyboards. In fact, I personally know quite a few people who will totally write off any smartphone that doesn’t have a QWERTY keypad. For T-Mobile customers, a new high-end Android smartphone with a keyboard is quickly making its way to the carrier. Read on for some preliminary specs and opinions regarding the upcoming myTouch 4G Slide.
Currently, T-Mobile’s best Android smartphone with a physical keyboard is the widely popular T-Mobile G2, successor to the first Android smartphone (G1). Although the G2 was revolutionary since it was the first 4G device for T-Mobile, many were disappointed by its somewhat mediocre specs. Many T-Mobile subscribers have waited patiently for a high-end Android smartphone with a great physical keyboard to become available since the G2’s release. For these people, the wait will soon be over as rumors and leaked images of the upcoming myTouch 4G Slide have surfaced on the Internet.
Rumors and news of this device has been greeted with both excitement and mild disappointment in certain areas. Here are some of the exciting and not-so-exciting aspects of the phone:
- Physical keyboard – looks very similar to the one on the G2
- Dual-core processor – not sure which one as of right now, but my guess would be the same Snapdragon found in the HTC Sensation 4G
- 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Screen size – it looks like the same 3.8-inch screen on the all-touchscreen myTouch 4G
- Aesthetics – the front of this phone is like 99% identical to the myTouch 4G, which I never found attractive. The earpiece design and hardware Android buttons are the two things that make it unattractive in my opinion
- Modified HTC Sense UI – Not sure if this is Sense 3.0, but it definitely isn’t stock Sense. Looks like another myTouch-customized version of HTC’s user interface. This may be a PRO for some, but I personally think it’ll bog the phone down a little, making it a CON
Now, if you’re willing to sacrifice things like a smaller screen (compared to most 4-inch+ screens on smartphones today) and a not-so-appealing design then this might be a good keyboard choice for you on T-Mobile when it comes out. No doubt the phone will be fast thanks to the dual-core processor, which along with a smaller sized screen should deliver fast performance. We’ll revisit this device for an opinionated analysis when the launch date draws near and reviews have been posted. For now check out some leaked images of this baby obtained by TmoNews.