Hands on: T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide is for photo fans [Video]
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.
Check out the video below to see how a few of the photo-minded features on the MyTouch 4G Slide work.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photo: Taking a photo with the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times