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Those who chose to hold off on picking up the first Android handset to hit the U.S. market may have chosen wisely. The myTouch 3G is perhaps closer to what many were expecting from the G1 before coming away somewhat disappointed. The G1 reincarnate offers a sleeker form factor, virtual QWERTY keyboard instead of the G1′s physical keyboard, limited Microsoft Exchange support, and enhanced battery life.
Despite the notable improvements over its predecessor, the myTouch 3G still lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and camera flash. The virtual keyboard is generally effective and the inclusion of possible word choices is a great touch. Heavy texters and emailers, however, may miss the G1′s physical QWERTY.
The added support for Microsoft Exchange is a significant nod to corporate users. Although the myTouch lacks push abilities and some advanced features like the ability to access corporate address books, the overall email experience is positive and I had no problems setting up my Exchange account. Without the native ability to sync directly with Exchange calendars and contacts, however, the myTouch 3G still has a ways to go to fully appeal to power business users.
Although the T-Mobile myTouch 3G is not without some shortcomings, the next generation Google handset offers all of Android’s customizable goodness in an eye-catching device that offers a fairly comprehensive feature set and satisfactory performance. Check out Wirefly’s video review for an in-depth look at the myTouch 3G.