A tale of two Android phones: T-Mobile MyTouch 4G and Virgin Intercept

October 29, 2010: 4:46 PM ET

The carrier makes all the difference.

MyTouch4G left, Intercept right

I received two separate Android phones this week to evaluate and I thought it would be interesting to put them up against one another even though they are aimed at different audiences.  The MyTouch4G from T-Mobile is an HTC phone running Android 2.2 with a nice candy bar form factor 3.7 inch screen, front-facing camera with a zippy processor and a strong metal shell (that also brings some weight with it).  Cost: $199 with a plan.

The Samsung Intercept on Virgin is virtually identical to the Sprint (S) Instint, which is a smaller, thicker phone with a physical keyboard and only a 3 megapixel camera in the rear (sans flash).   It runs the older Android 2.1 and costs $249  prepaid, $25/month.

At this point, I'd normally recommend the MyTouch 4G because of the hardware and software differentiators above.   More

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