October 6, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The myTouch brand has been an important part of T-Mobile USA’s Android lineup, and it’s traditionally been a name applied to a variety of HTC devices. T-Mobile announced today that LG has taken on the responsibility of building the new myTouch and the myTouch Q.
Both new myTouch phones are nearly identical. They are phones that have what power users may dismiss as last-generation specs but could be right for someone looking for a new entry-level or midrange Android phone. In fact, T-Mobile built this pair of phones specifically with new smartphone buyers in mind.
“When moving to their first smartphone, customers want a simple and uncomplicated experience without compromising on quality,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With the introduction of these new myTouch smartphones paired with our worry-free data plans and fast 4G network, we’re making it easier than ever to step up to 4G experiences.”
The myTouch and myTouch Q both have skinned versions of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5 megapixela camera that shoots 720p video, front-facing cameras for video chat, and support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network. They will each come with a Set-up Wizard to ease the first launch, tips widgets to provide how-to’s, and the patented Genius Button that has built-in voice commands. The only major differences between the two are in screen size and keyboard. The myTouch has a 3.8-inch touchscreen while the myTouch Q has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY physical keyboard.
Yes, the rehashed myTouch name might confuse you Android vets, but that won’t matter to the new folks who these devices target. Both phones will go on sale in this holiday season (October – December). The myTouch sells in black or white, and the myTouch Q is gray or violet.
Left: myTouch / Right: myTouch Q