T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Puts the ‘Smart’ in Smart Phone

The myTouch 3G line lives on with a new slide version that looks like it greatly improves on its predecessor. It runs Android 2.1, the latest version of the platform, but with a modified version of HTC’s Sense UI that attempts to make your wireless life easier in three ways: Faves (like myFaves on steroids), myModes (different themes for different times of day), and a Genius button (for advanced voice recognition).

Of course, the most noticeable difference between this device and the myTouch 3G is that it sports a comfy slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which reminds us a bit of the Sidekick. On the back is a 5-MP camera for taking snapshots and sharing via Twitter or Facebook. See below for more details.

In the Faves gallery, Facebook updates, phone calls, text messages and e-mail are all linked with each respective contact. A lot of other smart phones are going the people-centric route, but this is one of the more user-friendly approaches we’ve seen. With myModes, you can create different themes that suit what you’ll be doing for the day, or during a certain part of the day. For example, there’s a work mode that puts your e-mail and calendar front and center, while home mode emphasizes photos and other media. The myTouch 3G Slide is even smart enough to switch modes based on your GPS location.

The standard Android search button has been replaced by the Genius button – a button that lets you search or compose e-mails and text messages with your voice. It’s powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance. From the brief demo we had, we’d say it works quite well, provided you’re in an area with good data coverage and there’s little to no ambient noise. The Genius feature will also read text messages for you so you don’t have to glance at your phone while driving.

Although, the myTouch 3G Slide is no Incredible or Evo 4G killer when it comes to specs, it holds its own. It has HTC’s Sense UI over Android 2.1 and it’s powered by a 600-MHz Qualcomm processor. Add 512MB of ROM and RAM and this device should be able to keep up with most multitaskers. Of course, we’ll know just how well this new device performs once we get our hands on it for a full review. Check back in a few weeks!

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