T-Mobile is beefing up its smartphone lineup this summer. The wireless carrier will roll out the myTouch and myTouch Q on Aug. 8.
Both phones feature an all-new version of the Genius Button, which is a set up wizard complete with how-to tutorials. The phones are targeting consumers who want a straightforward, seamless smartphone experience.
Specs-wise, the myTouch offers a 4-inch WVGA touch display and virtual keyboard with Swype. The myTouch Q features the same display but also has a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Huawei manufactures both smartphones, which are 4G -enabled and run on the dated Android 2.3 platform, also known as Gingerbread. The devices are powered by a 1.4-GHz processor . Both will retail for $50 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year contract.
Voice Recognition Abilities
The new models are equipped with a dedicated camera button and offer a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash for quality photo capture and sharing. Both devices also have a front-facing camera for video chat. A redesigned camera user interface aims to offer quicker access to key features, like the flash, switching cameras and choosing the camcorder option.
In a move to make the process of learning and using a smartphone's best features quicker and easier, both devices come with the Genius Button 4.0, powered by Dragon from Nuance. The button offers voice-controlled service. Users can access the new Genius Web Search, featuring voice-command capabilities like direct search among multiple sources, direct app launch and the ability to make dinner reservations.
The new myTouch devices allow users to set up what they feel is important without having to deal with extra steps, including a simple login process, a tips widget and tutorials for the most-used features of Android. A redesigned app drawer gives customers access to recently used apps, a separate tab for all downloaded apps, and an easier way to search their app collections by text or even by voice.
iPhone Still Missing
Despite the new phones there's still something missing from T-Mobile's lineup: the Apple iPhone. Weston Henderek, principal analyst at Current Analysis, said T-Mobile has been losing a lot of post-paid subscribers.
"T-Mobile has made statements explaining the loss was relative to them not having the iPhone. So T-Mobile now is the one who really needs the iPhone badly. They are in a little bit of a Catch-22 situation," Henderek told us.
"Apple is one of the hardest device makers to play with if you are the carrier because they have so much more control over the customer . The carriers want that control. But it's a Catch-22 because the iPhone is such a popular device that if you don't have it you are really at disadvantage out there."