T-Mobile myTouch specs

T-Mo’s new myTouch has been announced for a while but last time we talked about it we couldn’t go into much detail. Now we have this whole spec sheet above. You could read the whole thing of course but here are the highlights:

  • free turn by turn GPS navigation from Google Maps
  • 3.8″ touch screen
  • Android 2.2
  • HSPA+ (4G) network support, WiFi b/g/n
  • Adobe Flash support
  • HD camcorder, 5MP camera, front facing camera
  • 8GB microSD card
  • 3.5mm audio jack

T-Mobile myTouch

T-Mobile just announced a brand new Android 2.2 phone called T-Mobile myTouch. Don’t confuse this with their myTouch 3G for the new myTouch offers 4G speeds. They can’t officially call this 4G because of legal reasons but it does operate at 4G speeds, namely HSPA+ networks.

T-Mobile myTouch will have a 3.8″ WVGA touch screen, second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz MSM8255 processor, preinstalled 8 GB microSD memory card, and video chat capability thanks to the front facing camera, HD recording, and a 5MP camera.

Needless to say the new myTouch will have an A-GPS receiver and support all sorts of location aware apps.

myTouch 3G Slide is here

T-Mobile just introduced the next generation myTouch 3G phone called myTouch 3G Slide from HTC. One of its biggest highlights - different from the original myTouch 3G is the fact that Slide carries a slide out qwerty keyboard. Pricing on myTouch 3G Slide is not announced yet but we have a decent list of specs on this now mid-range Android operated smartphone. Slide will have a large 3.4″ screen, come with the latest Android 2.1 OS with Swype preloaded, and carry a GPS receiver. Other decent software enhancements include myModes which can take away say work related apps when it is the weekend. Another is the Genius Button (from Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications) which allows use of voice commands for things like making calls, composing and sending texts and e-mails, searching the Web or even your surroundings. It can also read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate responses naturally as if you were speaking directly to a person.

Camera is also better on myTouch 3G Slide; 5MP camera with autofocus and flash. It comes out in June and will be offered exclusively by T-Mobile in red, black, or white.

Verizon Droid Incredible

Why try to pick a fancy name for a phone… Just call it “Awesome”… too much. How about “Incredible”… that’s better. That’s what Verizon is calling their latest Android powered handset from HTC. Droid Incredible. Droid Incredible will be available beginning April 29 and will cost $200 after a 2 year contract and a $100 mail in rebate.

Droid Incredible will come with HTC Sense user interface, integrate with Exchange ActiveSync, carry Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP digital camera.

Here are the detailed specs for the device:

  • Android 2.1 with HTC
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 8 MP camera with dual LED flash
  • 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Optical joystick
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack

There are many ways you can get GPS navigation on this phone. The easiest of course is Google’s own Google Maps with Navigate feature.

when GPS fails

I always take my Android phone with when I go running. I have the My Tracks App. That’s how I keep track of distance/speed/elevation etc. It can automatically upload my stats to Google Docs and Google Maps. A couple of weeks ago my myTouch 3G’s GPS just wouldn’t get a satellite fix - I thought “I’ll just start running - since I’m outdoors it’ll find where I’m in a minute or two”. Well I was wrong. Google claimed this was where I ran that day (make sure you zoom out a few levels):

View Track 70 in a larger map

It looks like I was running up to 350mph at times while being 4000ft under the ocean (click red end point to see stats). Wow. I believe that’s faster than Usain Bolt!

So anyhow the next day I turned my GPS again for some maps and had the same issue. Then I thought it was time for a reboot. No problems with getting a GPS fix since then.

If you have some crazy tracks like this please share.

navigadget now has a mobile theme

If you’re looking at this page from a popular mobile device you should already be seeing our new mobile theme. We just installed it earlier this week and would like your feedback on it.

It should load a lot faster since it doesn’t load images for the main page and it should look familiar since we went with the popular iPhone app look.

The screen capture to the right is from a myTouch 3G Android using drocap2 application.

You should still be able to leave comments to this post just like the regular theme. Come on you already text ~ 100 times a day… You can drop us a short line.

Google Nexus One GPS navigation

Here is a video demonstration of Google Maps on the new Google Nexus One. It is nothing different then what they initially showed on Motorola Droid and later became available on Android 1.6 devices.

It offers turn-by-turn directions, local search, Satellite View and Street View, real time traffic, alternate routes considering traffic, layers loaded with lots of information, and a whole lot more.

GPS confirmed for Google Nexus One

Yes, we were almost certain Google Nexus One would have GPS but it is still good to see it in writing. Engadget revealed some more details about Nexus One just yesterday.

As far as location awareness goes Nexus One will be utilizing an A-GPS receiver, cell tower and WiFi positioning, a digital compass, and an accelerometer. Pretty much just like T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G.

Again as expected it will be good for T-Mobile’s 3G frequency but you’ll be able to use it with any other carrier as long as you’re OK with EDGE. There are also rumors that the Nexus One will initially be available via invites from Google starting as early as January 5th and then T-Mo will start retailing at a later date.

Here are some other features:

  • 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED display
  • Android 2.1
  • 11.5mm thick
  • 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB microSD in-box expandable to 32GB
  • 5MP camera with mechanical auto focus and LED flash
  • 1400mAh battery
  • 1Ghz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor

NPR does not like Google Maps Navigation

gpsOur favorite news source NPR just talked about our favorite smartphone OS Android - developed by the mighty Google. The article is actually comparing the new (and free) Google Maps Navigation application which is now available on Android 2.0 and Android 1.6 to standalone GPS navigation systems. It is not good, they call Google Maps navigation unreliable. It takes a lot of guts to call something from Google unreliable :) Previous reviews and our own review had better things to say than NPR.

To be fair the reviewer likes the voice recognition and Verizon’s 3G coverage for the Droid. However manual traffic warnings, wrong directions (no left turn on rush hour), wrong prediction on travel time, no choice for shortest/fastest option ends up with an obvious thumbs down for Google Maps Navigation application.

Google Maps Navigation on myTouch 3G - first impressions

Google just made their Google Maps navigation application available for Android 1.6 devices - which includes my T-Mobile MyTouch 3G.

To get the latest version what you need to do is go to the Android Market Place from your phone and find Google Maps. It should say “update available”. As you may have guessed you need to install this version. It will change the appearance of the little icon and you’ll have to agree to some new terms and read some warnings about the how it is beta and you need to keep your eyes on the road and stuff.

On the way back home from work I gave this a try and here is what I thought at the end:

  • it works
  • trip duration was almost dead on - it considered traffic accurately on an unusually congested day
  • text-to-speech is a bit robotic but still very clear
  • phone is noticeably sluggish while running this app
  • answered a call while navigating - couldn’t go back into app and mute it - very annoying
  • phone was warmer possibly because both the GPS and screen was on for the whole 40 minute drive
  • switching to street view at the destination was a nice touch

That’s all - I didn’t really play around with the other features.