UPDATED 11:01 EDT / JUNE 24 2009

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Ties with Apple iPhone!

image I’m so excited. In this article, PCWorld rates the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Android phone as tying with iPhone 3G S in the competition for hottest smartphone of the summer. Woo-hoo! Om Malik (GigaOm) also gives the myTouch 3G a favorable review.

The myTouch 3G is the same device given to attendees at the Google I/O conference earlier this year, so I’ve been playing with it a bit myself.

PCWorld rates the four phones on features such as processor and RAM, keyboard, home screen, multitasking, and applications. The myTouch 3G ties with the iPhone in several areas and is a clear winner in notifications. Not to mention that it works beautifully with my Google account, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and so on.

So what are the disadvantages of myTouch 3G? The touch keyboard takes some getting used to, and the camera isn’t the best. But overall, tying with iPhone 3G S is quite good. Aside from fan preference (either you love iPhone or you love Android), what will make one phone more successful than the other? My take: it’s the applications.

The Android Market has over 4900 applications, as stated by Google at the I/O conference. Android developers showed lots of enthusiasm at the conference, and imagea second round of the Android Developer Challenge is underway, so this number is sure to rise fast.

Many of the applications in the Android Market are free! Even more, because Android is an open platform, an application will run on many Android devices. So if your spouse or best friend has a different Android phone, you can both use the same applications.

But even more than numbers, you need to see applications that you love. Let’s start with Google Sky Map.

Download SkyMap, then point your Android phone toward the night sky, and discover the stars and constellations. Summer camp will never be the same. You have, as Google calls it, a mobile planetarium, no telescope needed.

We’ll be reviewing more Android applications here – stay tuned.

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