T-Mobile's 'myTouch 3G with Google' takes on iPhone 3G S and Palm Pre

This year's crop of new touch-screen phones will have another major competitor to contend with in August: T-Mobile's awkwardly-named yet sharp-looking myTouch 3G with Google.

The phone carrier known for its ads featuring spokeswoman Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to announce its second phone built using the Google (GOOG) Android operating system, the Associated Press reported today.
Unlike the Palm (PALM) Pre, but like the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 3G S, the myTouch 3G won't have a keyboard. It also looks similar to the iPhone. As iPhone rivals mount, I wrote two weeks ago for DailyFinance, consumers benefit from the growing number of smart-phone choices.

With the myTouch 3G, T-Mobile will be selling a phone that has many of the features an iPhone has, including a similarly sized screen, at exactly the same cost, which is $199 with a two-year contract, the AP story said. T-Mobile will ship the phone with software that allows it to connect to corporate e-mail servers.

The myTouch 3G has a 3.2-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel camera and it has a trackball below the screen. The myTouch 3G will be available for pre-order by current T-Mobile customers on July 8, ship in late July and be sold around the U.S. in early August.

The myTouch 3G was formerly known as the HTC Magic, reviewed here by Gizmodo. It will eventually replace T-Mobile's G1 Android phone, which has had sales of more than one million.

Anthony Massucci is a senior writer for DailyFinance. You may follow him on Twitter at hianthony.

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