T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide Review - Photographers Wantedby Vivek Gowri on August 12, 2011 8:45 PM EST
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Speaking of the Sensation, a lot of the internal hardware looks pretty similar. The two devices share Qualcomm’s now standard dual-core MSM8260 Snapdragon S3 SoC. That basically translates to two 1.2GHz Scorpion cores and the excellent Adreno 220 graphics processor.
Anand is going to do a deep dive into the dual-core Snapdragon microarchitecture in our forthcoming EVO 3D review. The EVO 3D has the MSM8660, which has the same CPU/GPU combo as the 8260, just with a CDMA capable modem onboard. So I’m just going to present benchmark results here, but for the most part, we’re looking at performance pretty similar to the Sensation.
The Sensation’s graphics tests aren’t an apples-to-apples comparison with the MT4GS because of the resolution difference, but we can get some meaningful data out of them. No search button means no results from Kwaak 3 (yes, there are ways around that, but it’s not worth the effort - Quake 3 results are losing relevance at WVGA resolution, since the average is somewhere very close to the vsync of Android regardless of which dual-core SoC you’re running).
Basemark runs at VGA regardless of native screen resolution, so we see pretty similar numbers between the Slide and the Sensation, and especially in the Hoverjet benchmark, we see that Adreno 220 wipes the floor with....everyone.
GLBenchmark doesn’t actually tell us very much. The Slide benchmarked a hair slower than the Sensation, even with the WVGA vs qHD thing. Given that most of our results are clustered in that region, it’s possible that there’s something in the textures or geometry that is limiting the framerates to around 25 fps in the Egypt benchmark and around 55 fps in the PRO benchmark. We’ll talk more about the Adreno 220 and how it performs in our EVO 3D review as well.
We ran the MT4GS through our entire battery life suite. Given that the Slide has roughly the same components and battery size as the Sensation, and as such, the battery life ends up being pretty similar.
Overall, the Slide fares pretty well. The Sensation gets pretty good battery life for a dual-core smartphone, and the MyTouch is no different.
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FrederickL - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - link
Very informative review. With regard to your experience with the 2G I think that the problem may have been that the first shipments of the Desire Z (2G) did indeed have a problem with the construction of that hinge. As far as I can tell (from what I read on various fora at the time) the problem appeared to be largely cured with succeeding shipments. I have had a Desire Z for about half a year now and although the hinge-action has an unusual "feel" to it because of the structural design I have in fact not had any problems with it at all. The disappointment you experienced may be due to the fact that you were an uber early adopter of that phone!
FrederickL - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - link
Another thought just struck me looking at your battery life tests (although I know that this is somewhat off topic). If Nokia manage to produce a WP7 phone with something like the N8's build quality, the camera *and* bring their traditional strengths in call quality and battery life to the table (I am thinking that nobody yet gets seriously near the iPhone's battery life) then they *may* prove the doomsayers wrong. Furthermore if they brought those qualities to one of their classic slider packages I think that even a gentleman like yourself who perhaps feels a touch jaded after seeing so many phones might feel pleased! -:)
VivekGowri - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - linkI definitely agree about the G2 - I went through two in the first week, and they both felt like crap. The later hardware revisions I played with at the T-Mobile store were definitely better, but they still weren't what I would call "confidence-inspiring". I'm comfortable with my decision to sell when I did, but man was that a brilliantly functional phone for it's day.
The Nokia WP7 lineup has me so ridiculously excited, you have no idea. I'm an out-and-out Nokia hardware fanboy who has loathed Symbian since the N95 started to get long in the tooth. The first Nokia WP7 device (Sea Ray, the one that looks like the N9) is gonna be bomb, and if they do one like the E7 or the MeeGo slider phone (rumoured to be the N9 back in the day, don't remember the official name off the top of my head), I'll be basically thrilled. I've been using Mango on my HD7 recently, I'm pretty psyched to see it paired with Nokia's brilliant HW design.
dlochinski - Sunday, August 14, 2011 - linkYou actually can buy a spring for the g2, (rather cheap and rather strong) and replace the spring inside the g2, then voila, no issues! It is rather unfortunate that it had problems in the beginning, but it is a good phone beyond that.
FrederickL - Sunday, August 14, 2011 - link
Indeed. I currently run my "Z" as my primary and my dear old "Wildfire" as my backup. I will be looking to upgrade my main phone in about a year and as far as I can see my likely choices will be between HTC's then current Android slider and whatever Nokia has presented as its high end WP7 slider. My good lady runs an N8 and as far as the hardware is concerned she loves it but as far as the os is concerned she uses language that would make a Navy Seal blush! I would certainly be looking in about a year (we have an important anniversary coming up) at whatever is then Nokia's flagship cameraphone. All in all the coming year bodes well for choice of good kit in the marketplace. I look forward to it.
Johnmcl7 - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - linkThis is the wrong way round:
"The lower the F/#, the larger the aperture and the higher the diameter of the lens opening. This gets you a greater depth of field and allows more light to reach the image sensor"
As you widen the aperture the depth of field is reduced, not increased although perhaps that's just the way I read 'greater' to mean deeper depth of field. Either way on such a small focal length the slightly increased aperture isn't really going to have a noticeable effect on depth of field which is going to be very deep anyway.
Thanks for the review although frustratingly while there were rumours of this phone being released in Europe as the HTC Doubleshot (the G2 was released as the Desire Z with Sense intact) I can't see any sign of it on preorder lists so like the Droid 3 it looks like it's not going to be sold here. Which is particularly frustrating given there's no other high end qwerty sliders after the Desire Z.
anandtech pirate - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - linkIt looks like HTC needs to stop being cheap on the internal storage. 4GB when the standard now is at least 8gb to 16gb.
bplewis24 - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - linkCompletely agree with the Custom UI rant you threw in there. I hope more reviewers keep harping on it.
The Moto D1 had a dedicated camera button that could be long-pressed to open the camera application, so I don't think HTC was copying MS on that one.
Lastly, great review as always. AT is the go-to site for smartphone reviews now. I can't tell you guys how many times I have debunked irrational and subjective criticisms of specific phone/hardware with objective analysis and evidence from these reviews.
VivekGowri - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - linkYeah, I guess I didn't mean that they were copying Microsoft, but the idea was definitely marketed pretty heavily by the WP7 devices. HTC has put out enough WP7 devices in the last year that taking that feature to Android seems pretty logical.
Bristecom - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - linkGood find on the use of two different CMOS sensors. I'd be very interested to see some direct comparison shots and video - particularly in low lighting. I hope you can figure out what sensor the Samsung Galaxy S II uses, although I'm pretty sure it's the S5K3H2.