HTC MyTouch 3G

AKA: T-Mobile myTouch 3G, HTC Magic
9/10 AVG.
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Reviews summary

9/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 3 reviews

If you liked the first Android phone, aptly named the G1, you’ll enjoy myTouch even better. It improves on its predecessor as all phones should, focusing on ease of use, customization, slicker and more attractive design, and meaningful functionality.

This is a direct descendant device, as opposed to just another phone that bears the backing of both Google and HTC. The point here is that a lot of smart people are working real hard to produce a newer, better device using the Android OS that has emerged and thrived solely on its ability to deliver and satisfy, rather than a so-so OS driven by slick hype.

Currently exclusive to T-Mobile, the HTC myTouch 3G, rebranded the HTC Magic, is a good choice for folks who have embraced the full-touch trend. And I do mean full-touch.

Aside from a few old school dedicated buttons nestled comfortably at the bottom of the display, and a trackball, this phone relies entirely on tactile interaction. No full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, no secondary means of data entry. And by the way, the trackball on the HTC Magic is not the entry point to unicorns and rainbows, as in the BlackBerry line; it is a navigation solution only, so set your expectations accordingly.

The HTC Magic boasts an attractive 3.2 inch 480 x 320 pixel resolution screen. It’s bright and crisp and very well built. Everything looks good on this screen. Colors are vibrant, icons have defined edges, and there is little to no bleeding on the edges.

The home screen consists of three primary panels which you navigate by swiping your finger across the display. The HTC Magic does allow for customization, letting you play with and arrange the default icons, delete them or place them in customized folders. Because the touch interface is capacitive, you do need to use your finger; a stylus or even a fingernail will not work. Also, the HTC Magic doesn’t let you zoom by pinching your fingers as the iPhone does.

One really nice feature is a tab at the bottom of the display which allows you to pull up the icon list. It’s clean and very manageable, so you will have no trouble getting to whichever app your want. And while certainly cleaner than other touch OS’s, it must be mentioned that, overall, the HTC Magic does not possess the simplicity and intuitiveness of the iPhone. (Touch screens are a big deal to customers, and using the iPhone as a baseline for quality and expectation is natural).

So what do you get? Well, the HTC Magic comes with a 3.2MP camera with video, expandable microSD memory storage, full HTML Browser, a starter set of applications with access to many more and a talk time rated at 7.5 hours and a standby time rated at 420 hours. (Please note that battery times vary based on personal use).

If you dig the Android OS, the HTC Magic is a competent phone that can be customized to fit into your world…mostly.

Review by: Scot Cerullo

Specs summary

Screen
3.2"

The HTC MyTouch 3G's screen is 3.2 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
528MHz

There is a Qualcomm 7201A 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
192 MB

Internal memory is 192 MB. An external, expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1340mAh

The phone is powered by a 1340 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are: 17.5 days standby time, 470 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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HTC MyTouch 3G (Unlocked, White)

from Expansys CA

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: Not available
  • Contract: No
Expansys CA
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HTC MyTouch 3G (Unlocked, Black)

from Expansys CA

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: Not available
  • Contract: No
Expansys CA
Htc-t-mobile-mytouch-3g

HTC T-mobile MyTouch 3G (Unlocked, Burgundy)

from Expansys CA

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: Not available
  • Contract: No
Expansys CA
140

HTC myTouch 3G - Black (T-Mobile) Smartphone Unlocked

from eBay

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: USA
eBay
140

HTC myTouch 3G - black color (Unlocked) Smartphone

from eBay

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: USA
eBay

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Reviews summary

9/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 3 reviews

If you liked the first Android phone, aptly named the G1, you’ll enjoy myTouch even better. It improves on its predecessor as all phones should, focusing on ease of use, customization, slicker and more attractive design, and meaningful functionality.

This is a direct descendant device, as opposed to just another phone that bears the backing of both Google and HTC. The point here is that a lot of smart people are working real hard to produce a newer, better device using the Android OS that has emerged and thrived solely on its ability to deliver and satisfy, rather than a so-so OS driven by slick hype.

Currently exclusive to T-Mobile, the HTC myTouch 3G, rebranded the HTC Magic, is a good choice for folks who have embraced the full-touch trend. And I do mean full-touch.

Aside from a few old school dedicated buttons nestled comfortably at the bottom of the display, and a trackball, this phone relies entirely on tactile interaction. No full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, no secondary means of data entry. And by the way, the trackball on the HTC Magic is not the entry point to unicorns and rainbows, as in the BlackBerry line; it is a navigation solution only, so set your expectations accordingly.

The HTC Magic boasts an attractive 3.2 inch 480 x 320 pixel resolution screen. It’s bright and crisp and very well built. Everything looks good on this screen. Colors are vibrant, icons have defined edges, and there is little to no bleeding on the edges.

The home screen consists of three primary panels which you navigate by swiping your finger across the display. The HTC Magic does allow for customization, letting you play with and arrange the default icons, delete them or place them in customized folders. Because the touch interface is capacitive, you do need to use your finger; a stylus or even a fingernail will not work. Also, the HTC Magic doesn’t let you zoom by pinching your fingers as the iPhone does.

One really nice feature is a tab at the bottom of the display which allows you to pull up the icon list. It’s clean and very manageable, so you will have no trouble getting to whichever app your want. And while certainly cleaner than other touch OS’s, it must be mentioned that, overall, the HTC Magic does not possess the simplicity and intuitiveness of the iPhone. (Touch screens are a big deal to customers, and using the iPhone as a baseline for quality and expectation is natural).

So what do you get? Well, the HTC Magic comes with a 3.2MP camera with video, expandable microSD memory storage, full HTML Browser, a starter set of applications with access to many more and a talk time rated at 7.5 hours and a standby time rated at 420 hours. (Please note that battery times vary based on personal use).

If you dig the Android OS, the HTC Magic is a competent phone that can be customized to fit into your world…mostly.

Review by: Scot Cerullo

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Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)

Slimmer, cuter, and less prone to creaks and squeaks than the G1

from PhoneDog (over 4 years ago)

If you are looking to get into Android but are a a little weary of the complicated options it presents, the myTouch 3G may be just the phone you're looking for. T-Mobile has bundled some apps together to make the transition easier and more fun. You can also get lots of cool accessories that can be customized... More

  9/10

A huge leap forward compared to the G1

from Phone Scoop (over 4 years ago)

The mobile landscape in August 2009 is vastly different from that of October 2008, when T-Mobile, HTC and Google first launched the G1. Competition in the smartphone realm is fierce, with solid entries from RIM, Apple and Palm already on store shelves. The latest Android handset from HTC and T-Mobile... More

Lacks a physical keyboard, but has a boost in ROM and one key software enhancement

from TechCrunch (over 5 years ago)

So, with all of that being said, should current G1 owners upgrade to the myTouch 3G? If you don’t mind a cramped virtual keyboard (portrait only, landscope is fine) and you’re in dire need of Exchange support, then go for it. If I was new to the whole T-Mobile/Android scene, I’d go... More

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