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Hands on: T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide is for photo fans [Video]

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide (by HTC)

T-Mobile's latest MyTouch smartphone is aimed at avid phone photographers and those who keep their point-and-shoots close -- and it doesn't disappoint at snapping a shot.

The MyTouch 4G Slide, which hit stores Wednesday for $199.99 with a two-year data plan, features an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 lens and a dual LED flash. It won't replace anyone's DSLR, but owners might start leaving their pocket-size cameras at home.

The "Slide" in the phone's name refers to its slide-out keyboard, which offers a nice pad for wide-screen typing. Powering the phone is Android with T-Mobile's MyTouch interface, which feels like a bit like HTC's Sense skin for the Google-built mobile OS -- which isn't a mistake, as HTC is the company building the MyTouch line.

The phone also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, which keeps things running smoothly and speedily, and a decent 3.7-inch LCD touch screen. This being a phone that is putting photo at the forefront, it would have been nice to see a screen with resolution higher than its 800-by-480 pixels as well as more storage memory -- only one gigabyte is available on the phone itself; an included microSD card adds eight gigabytes.

Nonetheless, the phone shoots impressive photos that look sharp on the display.

An array of features brought over from point-and-shoot cameras give the MyTouch 4G Slide add a lot of fun and flexibility for photography -- such as night mode, action mode for shooting fast-moving objects, a ClearShot HDR mode for pictures taken in bright daytime environments without blowing out lighter colors, a macro mode for snapping detailed images at very close range, and a SweepShot mode for taking panorama shots on the fly.

The camera can shoot 1080p video as well and is offered in black and khaki.

Check out the video below to see how a few of the photo-minded features on the MyTouch 4G Slide work.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

Photo: Taking a photo with the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times

 
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