Even with the impending AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile, the fourth largest US carrier still isn’t lacking when it comes to great smartphones. T-Mobile’s latest handsets can easily go toe-to-toe with most handsets available in the United States and we’re going to lay out the top five smartphones available for the carrier.
Not only is the Sensation 4G a sexy phone, it’s one of the most powerful handsets we’ve seen to date. While essentially an EVO 3D without the gimmicky 3D part, the Sensation 4G comes with a more svelte design that screams HTC. The manufacturer has a knack for design and that is apparent with just a glance of this handset.
The handset ships with a blazing fast 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a gorgeous 4.3 inch qHD display, 8 megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0, and more, making it a top-notch competitor to virtually any handset out on the market today.
Hell, if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can even bling out that Sensation’s back piece and give a brand new, chrome look.
MyTouch 4G Slide
The myTouch 4G Slide is a solid successor to the original myTouch Slide and offers up a best in class camera, snappy dual-core processor, and a nice full QWERTY keyboard hiding underneath the 3.7 inch display.
If you like the Sensation 4G but absolutely need a keyboard on your phone, then look no further than the 4G Slide. While we favor the original’s keyboard just a wee bit better, T-Mobile’s latest myTouch slider is more than usable and offers a stupid amount of power that should easily be enough for even the power users out there.
While we love that the myTouch 4G Slide packs a nice QWERTY keyboard, it’s the camera that will really blow you away. Even besting the iPhone 4′s great camera, the myTouch Slide comes with software that gives the look and feel of a regular point and shoot, offering many options for the right setting.
The T-Mobile G2X is currently the only Android phone that ships with both NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor and stock Android, which is usually something that makes the geeks swoon. That said, this handset is definitely a please-all device with enough power under the hood to easily last you that two-year contract you signed up for to get it.
The G2X comes with a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4 inch IPS display, HSPA+ support, HDMI port, and 8 megapixel camera, the G2X is one of our favorite handsets to date.
The T-Mobile G2X is a simple, yet insanely powerful device that should finally be available at T-Mobile stores again after being MIA for so long.
We were a bit skeptical when we first heard that an Android-powered Sidekick would be making an appearance this year, and got a bit queasy when we heard it would be coming from Samsung. Luckily, the Samsung-made, Android-powered Sidekick 4G is a great device that retains a lot of what we loved about the Sidekick line and adds in more features than you can shake a stick at.
Even though the software is definitely Android, you can tell that T-Mobile and Samsung worked hard at giving the handset the look and feel of the original Sidekicks, and it paid off. Shipping with a 3.5 inch display, very capable QWERTY keyboard, HSPA+ support, and Android, the Sidekick 4G is the revamp we’ve been waiting for without leaving out the features of the previous line.
Galaxy S 4G
While it’s basically a Samsung Vibrant with HSPA+ support, the Galaxy S 4G was the first handset released by T-Mobile that could reach theoretical speeds of 21Mbps and that alone would be worth grabbing over the original Vibrant. That said, you’d have trouble grabbing data speeds anywhere near 21Mbps down, as even in the best parts of San Francisco, I’ve yet to see any handset hit 9Mbps down yet.
Either way, the Galaxy S 4G brings features like the front-facing camera that was absent from the Vibrant but present in the original Galaxy S, and silver backing to distinguish it from the hordes of Galaxy S phones in the world today. Other specs include the 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 5 megapixel camera, making this a solid, well-rounded handset, even if it pales in comparison to most of the handsets above.
If you’re seriously looking into this handset, we’d say wait it out for just a month, as something better may be on the way.