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Put those rumors to rest because T-Mobile is indeed launching the myTouch 3G with Google handset on July 8. This morning I received an invite to the media event in New York City, although I’m on the fence about attending. It’s a solid 2.5-hour drive for […]

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Put those rumors to rest because T-Mobile is indeed launching the myTouch 3G with Google handset on July 8. This morning I received an invite to the media event in New York City, although I’m on the fence about attending. It’s a solid 2.5-hour drive for what’s likely a one-hour event, followed by the long return trip home. I’m leaning towards going, though, because the myTouch looks spectacular so far, and I’d like to see it in person.

You can tell from the pic on the invite that the myTouch is thinner and has less of a chin than the original G1 handset running Android. Dropping that slide-out keyboard will do that every time. Remember that the myTouch has the “with Google” branding, so I don’t believe it will natively support Microsoft Exchange, although PC World’s early look says it will. I’m fairly certain, however, that it won’t  have the sensible HTC Sense UI that’s making the rounds.

The official T-Mobile myTouch 3G site offers a countdown clock for T-Mo customer pre-orders, which just happens to correspond with the day of the media event. Om received the handset earlier and says the phone is worth the wait. Luckily, you don’t have to wait much longer to see more of it, although even pre-orders won’t be arriving until August 3.

  1. Ahhhh that’s funny, I have the phone right now. It’s an impressive device – much smaller and svelte in person than in pictures. It takes everything that’s great about the G1 (which is pretty much Android), and trims it down to a smaller size. It’s just about the same size as my normal device, the BB 8900.
    I personally find the touchscreen keyboard surprisingly easy to type on (although I HAVE TO turn off the word prediction; it’s so annoying!).
    If you like the G1, or just android, I say it’s a great device. The camera isn’t all that great (my 8900’s 3.2mp cam beats the socks off of it), but there is a lot to like. Oh, and battery life is SOOOO much better than the G1.

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  2. I can tell you the phone is definitely slim and suprisingly light. The chin actually adds a good feel to the device in your hand. I have the Google ION version and it does not have Exchange support though I am using the beta version of DataViz RoadSync and it’s working great so far. Even though I do miss the physical QWERTY, I think the build quality and overall design of the myTouch/Magic is much better than the G1/Dream.

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  3. Wait to July 9th and play with it at your local T-Mo store? :) (No multi-touch.)

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  4. um, i think preorder is on july 8 for existing tmo customers. the phone releases in aug

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