The myTouch 3G Slide arrived at my doorstep early this morning and I've had a hard time putting it down since, save for an unboxing I had to film for another phone. The fun starts with the packaging, which may take you a while to get open. Once you do, you'll find everything tucked away in its own foam-padded compartment. In the box, you get the device, battery, USB to microUSB data cable, USB-based modular charger, and a standard set of ear phones with an in-line mic.
From the minute I turned on the device, saw and used the 3.4-inch capacitive touchscreen and used the physical QWERTY keyboard, I was in love. The phone itself is 4.55-inches tall, 2.37-inches wide, and .6-inches thick and feels perfect in my hand. It weighs nearly 6 ounces, but it doesn't feel heavy or clunky at all, probably because of the sleek, rounded corners.
Maybe it's just me, but the screen on the device looks beautiful. It's a basic HVGA screen, but the colors show up so well and everything looks so crisp. And it's so smooth too. I had no problems with navigating, using multi-touch, or sliding between screens.
Okay so I know that so far this sounds like a sonnet or a love song to the myTouch Slide, but something about it just hit the spot for me. Maybe its because I've never been a fan of the huge 4+" screens on devices so thin you can hardly feel it in your pocket. Don't get me wrong, I'm not into the clunky phones either, which is probably why I like this phone so much, it's right in the middle. Its 600 MHz processor isn't going to shoot me to the moon, but it performs of my requests in a timely manner. (Phonedog's website took a mere 20 seconds to load.) The 5 megapixel camera won't take photos worth any awards, but who said I wanted to be a professional photographer anyway?
So far, the myTouch Slide is exactly what I've been looking for - one of those smartphones that you can brag about but still actually know what you're talking about because it wasn't invented by Russian scientists.
Basically, if first impressions are all that really matter, the myTouch Slide is my new favorite device. I still need to test it out and put it through its paces, but I can tell we're going to have a great time together.