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Just when you thought the G2 was the best Android device on T-Mobile, another device launches to steal the thunder.
When it comes to T-Mobile, we're changing the "Best Smartphones" list up with not one, but TWO devices! The Samsung Vibrant and BlackBerry Bold 9700 are gone, replaced by the myTouch 4G (in first place) and the HTC HD7 (in third place). The G2, once the first place champion, gets bumped to second place thanks to the myTouch's fast 1 GHz processor, larger (though not by much) 3.8-inch display, and front-facing camera. What's more, it offers HTC's Sense UI on top of Android 2.2, making for a more consumer-friendly experience.
The HTC HD7's 4.3-inch display, gorgeous body, and cool kickstand impressed us. Throw in the fact that Windows Phone 7 is a huge improvement over Windows Mobile, and it's enough to kick the BlackBerry Bold 9700 from the third place spot.
Do you agree with the new list? Think we're crazy? Have a list of your own? Throw it all in the comments section below!
1. T-Mobile myTouch 4G
- 1 GHz next-generation Snapdragon processor makes the myTouch 4G fast (in unofficial testing, it blew past competing Android devices)
- The phone feels like a high-end product - the battery door is metal, and the device doesn't creak when squeezed
- The 5.0-megapixel camera works well, and you get a front-facing camera for video calling
- The battery life is surprisingly good for an Android phone
- myTouch 4G is HSPA+ capable, so it can take advantage of T-Mobile's super fast 4G speeds
- Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi calling capabilities
- Available in several colors (black, plum, white, and red)
- The myTouch-tweaked version of HTC's Sense UI may not appeal to everyone
Originally a consumer-centric brand, the myTouch 4G's feature set appeals to several demographics. With a next-generation 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (with HTC Sense) out of the box, a 3.8-inch display, Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi calling, HSPA+ (4G) connectivity, and several color choices, the myTouch 4G is the most well-rounded smartphone available on T-Mobile.
2. T-Mobile G2
- Vanilla Android 2.2 out of the box
- Next-generation 800 MHz Snapdragon processor is fast
- Awesome QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to bang out long e-mails
- Sliding mechanism is unique
- 5-megapixel camera is decent, but not great
- 4 GB of built in memory, but only 1.2 GB (estimate) is available
- Hinge is loose when held upside down
With a stock build of Android 2.2, a 3.7-inch display, and an 800 MHz processor (don't let it fool you, it's next-generation), the G2 is a great Android option for T-Mobile customers.
3. HTC HD7
- 1 GHz processor makes it speedy in everyday tasks
- Windows Phone 7 offers an aesthetically pleasing user interface
- Overall experience is fast, with no lag whatsoever
- Web browsing experience is great
- Battery life on the HD7 (and Windows Phone 7 in particular) is poor
- 5-megapixel camera take surprisingly bad pictures
- The HD7 is missing HSPA+ (4G) connectivity
Throw out your preconceived notions of Windows Phone 7, because the whole experience is a departure from Windows Mobile. Simple and easy to use, the mobile OS is a drastically improved, and T-Mobile's HTC HD7 is just the device to pair with it. The 1 GHz processor, 4.3-inch screen, and sleek design make this device one of the best in the carrier's current lineup.