LG myTouch Review
By Ricky Mauch
- December 7, 2011
Pros: The LG MyTouch is a basic smartphone that rides T-Mobile's fast 4G network. Many are saying that it has a great battery life and it costs nothing over at T-Mob with a 2 year service agreement.
Cons: Itís quite disappointing to know that it has no physical keyboard, and front facing camera. It also lacks a camera flash. And its speakerphone quality was not that good and its overall performance is a bit sluggish.
Honestly, I am quite confused with the MyTouch smart phone line. Why? Simply because a few years ago, HTC along with T-Mobile released MyTouch devices including the MyTouch 3G, MyTouch 3G Slide, MyTouch 4G, and MyTouch 4G Slide. This year, I donít know why, T-Mobile has decided to release 2 new MyTouch devices from LG, which are the slider MyTouch Q and the LG T-Mobile MyTouch. Both of these smart phones ride on T-Mobile's fast 4G network, and are available for free with a two-year contract, a send in a mail-in rebate. We will talk about MyTouch Q later, and in the mean time letís talk about the LG T-Mobile MyTouchís design. The new LG T-Mobile MyTouch phone is presented in a much sleeker profile compared to its HTC predecessor. It has dimensions of 4.82 inches by 2.46 inches by 0.385 inch (tall Ėwidth-thick). It is also lightweight, weighing only 3.77 ounces. It is very pocket friendly and is easy to hold on to. What I like about this new phone design wise is the bottom portion of the phone as it has a slanted edge that tapers off. One more thing, it also has a soft coating on the back which is made of plastic. On the back you will see its camera lens and a little indent in the phone that you can put your finger in, which comes in handy when you need to open the battery cover to access the phone's removable battery - microSD card and the SIM card (T-Mobile). On the left side, thereís the speaker. The LG T-Mobile MyTouch sports a 3.8 inch AMOLED touchscreen display that can render up to 480x840 pixels of resolution. The display is quite wide and typing and Swyping on the screen via landscape mode is very comfortable. However, texting using its keyboard in portrait mode is a bit hard because of the slimness of its display. The images and colors are clean and bright as well as the edges are crisp and smooth. I tried playin Bejeweled 2, and the graphics is very clear and vibrant. On top of the display you will find a VGA camera while down below you will see the 3 navigational buttons which are the menu, home, and back. Compared with its HTC predecessors, this one has no search button. To access the search feature, you need to hold the menu button for a couple of seconds to open up the Google search bar which for me is minor inconvenience. On top of the phone, you will see the power/lock button, and on the right thereís the 3.5mm headphone jack. In between the headset jack and the power button, you will see the Micro-USB port that comes with an attached cover that can easily be can popped out. Design wise, compared with HTC MyTouch devices, the LG MyTouch is better. It is much slender and much smoother. Despite its plastic build it looks pretty and feels premium. I donít know how many times I have mentioned this already, but then again, the LG T-Mobile MyTouch rides T-Mobile's HSPA+ "4G" network. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and thereís no info yet as to whether or not there will be an Ice Cream Sandwich update. It is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a Qualcomm variant. Basic apps included on the device are alarm clock, a book app - "Treasure Island," "The Three Musketeers," and "Wuthering Heights" , a calendar app, a navigational app, and a memo function called Richnote. There are also Web 2.0 apps such as: YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. It comes preinstalled with T-Mobile apps like Office which is a mobile phone version of MS Office that has word processor, spreadsheet, and file viewer. This app can edit/open Microsoft Office files, open PDFs as well as image files. It can also decompress ZIP files. There is also this Genius Button, a voice comman app that allows you to call, send texts, search stuff, and get directions via voice commands. Other essentials include MobileLife Organizer, T-Mobile apps, Slacker radio, and T-Mobile Mall. Whatís more is that the MyTouch comes with a free 30-day trial of T-Mobile TV that will allow you to stream live TV and download shows and save it to your phone's internal memory or the SD card's memory. However, it comes with lots of bloatwares that can't be uninstalled. There is also a 5-megapxel camera on the back that comes with camera options like digital zoo, auto focus, and face detection. Photo customization options include brightness, color effects such as black-and-white, sepia, negative, white-balance, and a timer. Its camera can record HD videos at 720 video (30 frames per second), though it cannot zoom or focus while recording. Its camera has no LED flash, so meaning itís not really usable at night and no handheld strobe machine. Its front-facing camera, however is better as it takes better photos than I expected. Itís clear and it is not washed out. Video recording quality of its front facing came was only subpar since there is no auto focus feature and the exposure cannot be adjusted. It is a quad band phone that supports 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies. So far so good, I am happy with its performance as its call quality is perfectly adequate. I only experienced a few dropped calls and its speaker quality is just OK also. Since The LG MyTouch runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ data network, and as expected browsing the Web and downloading apps is a breeze. I was able to download (8.33MB) Google+ app in just 45 seconds and was able to load our mobile site in just about 40 seconds, while the full site took 23 seconds. It comes with a removable (lithium ion) 1,500mAh battery that is rated to provide 4.02 hours of talk time and 312.5 hours of stand by time. In my battery drain tests, it took like 8 hours to finally die, which is even 2x more than its rated talk time. For me, the LG T-Mobile MyTouch is a nice entry-level phone that is easy-to-use. I give it 3/5 rating as it lacks some of the core features that most phones have these days.