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myTouch 3G retail packaging
T-Mobile was the first US carrier to launch a Google Android device last Fall with the T-Mobile G1. HTC and T-Mobile partnered again to bring us the new myTouch 3G that offers a refined piece of hardware targeted to a custom user experience. The intent of the myTouch 3G is to make it an extension of yourself and with the powerful and open Google Android operating system this is made possible. The myTouch 3G launches on 5 August.
Back of myTouch 3G packaging
The back list some of the features of the myTouch 3G.
List of inside contents
You can open up the outer sleeve and inside you will find a listing of the box contents.
Inside packaging artwork
The myTouch 3G has one of the most interesting packages I have ever seen on a phone and the inside is fully decorated with features of the myTouch 3G.
Carrying pouch inside the sleeve
T-Mobile provides you with a very nice zippered case that contains the myTouch 3G materials. You can take out the foam pieces and use the case as a travel pouch.
Heavy branded to a custom experience
The myTouch 3G is being promoted as a device that you can customize to your own liking. You will find “my” and myTouch 3G in several areas on the packaging.
Here you can see the stamped zipper on the case closure mechanism.
Opening up the zipper pouch
When you first unzip the case you will find the myTouch 3G over on the right side in a bed of foam cutout to fit the device.
Behind the myTouch 3G foam
If you take out the foam piece you will find the warranty card and an envelope to send in a recycled mobile phone. The case can also be used to carry accessories and gear with the foam removed.
There is a piece in the center that has a small pocket for documents and other papers.
Contents from the center flap
Inside the center flap pocket you will find the accessory guide, tips & tricks pamphlet, screen protector, and advertisement/coupon for a custom Skin It back cover.
Opening up the accessory guide
There are quite a few accessories available for the myTouch 3G, including a battery extender, cradle, and more.
Tips & tricks pamphlet
The tips & tricks pamphlet is quite handy, especially for new myTouch 3G and Google Android owners.
Left side of the inside pouch
There are loads of gear placed in the left side of the pouch, including a headset, travel charger, slip case, and USB cable.
The travel charger is modeled after the myTouch 3G and has a look, feel, and color like the device.
A little chin like the myTouch 3G
The travel charger has a small chin like the device.
Prongs and USB port
The prongs flip out to plug into an outlet. You insert the USB cable in the bottom to charge up the myTouch 3G.
Remaining left side contents
The myTouch 3G case includes a slip case, USB cable, 3.5mm wired headset, and slick adapter.
The headset adapter plugs into the HTC extUSB port and has an opening on the other end for a standard 3.5mm headset. The grat thing is that the dongle on the adapter contains the microphone so you can use any headset you want with the adapter to handle calls.
Call handling dongle
There is a button and mic on the end of the adapter closest to the 3.5mm headset port.
T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G
Here you can see a comparison between the two Google Android devices on the T-Mobile USA network.
myTouch 3G on top of T-Mobile G1
The myTouch 3G is a higher quality and more ergonomic device than the G1 with a slightly thinner form factor.
Side view of the two T-Mobile Android devices
Here is a side view so you can see the relative thickness of the two devices.
Bottom of the myTouch 3G and G1
Here are the bottom of the two Android devices.
myTouch 3G in hand
The myTouch 3G feels excellent in your hand and should appeal to a large group of people looking for a slick smartphone.
Hardware buttons on the myTouch 3G
HTC reworked the hardware buttons on the front of the myTouch 3G since there is no longer a keyboard available. The buttons are well spaced and well laid out.
Left side hardware buttons
Here you can see the Home, Menu, and send buttons on the left.
Right side buttons and trackball
The search, back, and end buttons are found on the right side. The end button also serves as the power button. The trackball is a bit larger than what was seen on the G1 and lights up to indicate notifications.
Back of G1 and myTouch 3G
This photo shows the comparison of the backs of both devices.
Exchange support on the myTouch 3G
There is limited Exchange support, but at least you get support for email. Exchange email appears in the Work Email icon.
Enter your Exchange settings
Enter your Exchange email and password and the myTouch 3G will attempt to auto-fill out the rest of your Exchange details.
Full Exchange settings
If your Exchange server doesn’t fully support auto-fill then you will have to enter all of your Exchange settings manually.
Menu options in Work Email
These are the available options in the Exchange client on the myTouch 3G.
More Exchange settings
Here are some more settings found in the Exchange client.
Saving attachments to the storage card
You can choose to have attachments saved to the microSD card.
Send & receive settings
As you can see there are several send & receive settings available in the Exchange client.
Sort your inbox
There are several ways to sort your inbox contents as you can see here.