Update: Be sure to also check out Wirefly’s video unboxing to see what’s included in the box.
Slated to slide into T-Mobile’s ever-expanding Android lineup in June, the myTouch 3G Slide is the obvious successor to its older sibling, sporting a full physical sliding QWERTY keyboard along with a number of enhancements including a custom user interface dubbed Espresso. Although our time with the myTouch 3G Slide was relatively fleeting, we did come away impressed on the whole.
As physical QWERTY keyboards tend to do, the myTouch 3G Slide’s keyboard certainly adds some bulk to the Slide over the original myTouch 3G. In the case of the 3G Slide, though, the added bulk is well worth the sacrifice. Although the keyboard’s keys are somewhat on the small side, they were adequately spaced, easy to press and had a great feel and click. We would certainly prefer the myTouch 3G Slide’s keyboard over much of the physical QWERTY competition.
The Slide’s Espresso interface, built overtop Android 2.1, can best be thought of as a hybrid between the standard Google Experience interface and HTC’s Sense user interface. Many of HTC’s Sense widgets are available right out of the box, and the interface offers several exclusive features.
The “genius button” is similar to Android’s native voice-to-text capabilities, but allows 3G Slide users to make calls, send entire text messages and emails, search for local businesses, and conduct web searches with their voice (and works quite well!). Similar to “Scenes” in HTC’s Sense user interface, “myModes” allows users to change themes, widgets and home screen layoutz with a few taps or automatically based on the time of day or GPS location. The “Faves Gallery” provides a unique interface and set of widgets for easily accessing and managing up to 20 favorite contacts.
To see the myTouch 3G Slide in action, hit that play button.