I never realized how hard it was to write or even vlog reviews. I have no talent for vlogging. In fact, I thought I would try and just do a quick video to review this since I *assumed* that I talked better and faster than I write. (Boy was I wrong!) I’m definitely not iJustine in that respect and nowhere near as talented as Chris Pirillo. Even as beginners they were probably better than what I attempted!
At any rate, I wanted to talk about my new phone. People both on and offline have asked me to write this review. The T-mobile Mytouch with Google. People refer to it as the G2 sometimes among other things. Make no mistake…this phone IS different than what was released in the UK. What they got, the Hero, looks like a shrunk down version of the G1. I like the form factor on this one better. You still get a little lip but it’s smaller and sleeker.
I can’t compare this phone to the IPhone for you. You’re out of luck there because I don’t have one. If I did, I probably wouldn’t be doing this review in the first place! But I don’t want to switch away from T-Mobile. I like the customer service from any employee I’ve ever dealt with both on the phone and in person.
Back to the phone though. Preorders started shipping early last week and it will release to the general public later THIS week. I bought the white one for a purely girly reason…I didn’t want to lose it at the bottom of my purse. Yes, you heard that right. It seems no matter how big OR small my purse is, I’m always losing my phone. (I’ve even forgotten it was in my pocket!)
The Mytouch came in a fabric zipped case that was very cool to have. It’s not one of those cardboard boxes that you throw in the back of the car before you even leave the parking lot. It’s nicely organized inside and makes it easy to organize things if you travel alot. The side containing your accessories include a USB Cord, a wallcharger to connect to it. Headphone earbugs and a small adapter to plug into those headphones to add mic capability to it. Here’s a special thing to note. Mixed in with all that paperwork you never glance at or pick through? There’s a screen protector to apply to the front of your phone. It fits perfectly enough that I forgot that it was on there an hour later.
When you open the back of the phone, there’s a microSD card already in it. I was pleasently surprised to see it was 4GB, but I still switched it out since I had stuff on myold one. After putting it back together, I had to take it apart again because I wasn’t paying attention. I had inserted the SIM upside down and it didn’t register. Once it finally did, I excitedly began downloading apps. I was already familiar with the G1, so I knew some of the ones I wanted. Twitroid (for my tweeting needs), Compare Anywhere, Sherpa and even OI Safe for my passwords. Sadly enough, I’ve had to redownload it twice more because I kept forgetting my master password. (stop laughing..) TMobile recommends that you download the apppack. It’s a collection of recommended applications. The ones I like in there are Worldtour, Sherpa, and Visual Voicemail. More on that later though…
SOME CONS: Using the on screen keyboard was difficult to learn at first and frustrating. The response time in email can sometimes be slow, so be patient. The screen orientation can be either portrait or landscape. HOWEVER you can only turn your phone to the left for landscape and not vice versa. If you don’t plug your phone in every night, you run the risk of running out of battery. I suspect that this is becuase I have GPS and various apps running all the time though rather than a sucky battery.
and there’s always good news right? The charger I already had with my blackberry will charge my G2. It will also charge on any 5pin mini USB cord, both on CLA and your computer. Obviously the 3G network also makes it much faster datawise than the blackberry. The apps it has are great also. While they don’t have as many as the Iphone, it is still a good number. I like Sherpa which checks for different things in your surrounding area. THe more you use Sherpa, the more in tune with your likes/dislikes it gets. Many people are also familiar with Shazam for music tagging. Great with most everyday music, but not more obscure stuff (like most Hawaiian artists. Visual Voicemail is great too. Listen to your voicemail in any order you want! Twitroid is available for you tweeters and there is a cute little magnifying glass button on the front of the phone? Vocal pattern search with google! How cool is THAT? Oh yeah, and if you upgraded from a piece of crap phone, they include this bag to give it back in…