NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- You can't judge the new Google ( GOOG) phone by its carrier. After testing the HTC MyTouch phone on T-Mobile for the past week, it's easy to give the phone high marks for its features and smooth operations, but the network connections get a D for quality. New York is a tough market for wireless. Verizon ( VZ) has home court advantage and has the most of the market saturated, including some subway stops and train tunnels. Sprint ( S) and AT&T ( T) have made great progress in the recent years to beef up coverage. But T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom ( DT), is by far the least penetrated of the bunch. That shortcoming marred the MyTouch performance, with way too many Internet service failures, slow Web page loading and no connections in some locations. The MyTouch uses 3G and EDGE network connections, which helps explain the fast-one-minute, slow-the-next, experience.
Unfortunately, this will be an undeserved blemish on the Google wireless effort. But, as we have reported here, new Andoid -powered devices from Motorola ( MOT) and HTC are coming to other phone companies, and there's a good chance that Android will have its day. See this video review by Gary Krakow:
World's Second 'Google' Phone: myTouch 3G
The MyTouch is a fun little phone with a bright 3.2-inch touchscreen, solid 3.2 megapixel camera and sleek polished plastic feel. The phone also has WiFi and GPS. The Android operating system worked well and offered an easy flick-and-poke touchscreen navigation and quick transitions between applications. Switching from text messaging to shooting video took seconds.