myTouch 3G Fender Edition Gives Guitar Players A Smartphone To Love

T-Mobile's myTouch 3G may not be the latest and greatest of the Android bunch, but it definitely falls within the "oldie but goodie" category. If you always loved the design, but never bit on buying one for whatever reason, HTC is providing you another reason to take one more look. In a sweeping announcement of new holiday handsets, the one standout phone is the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.

Expected to launch a little later in the year, the new handset has a guitar-inspired wood-grain finish that really sets it apart. Needless to say, the axe-slinger in your life is apt to go nuts upon simply seeing the finish here. Oh, and it gets better. The design change isn't the only benefit of buying this model--there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack. Why's that special, you ask? "Standard" myTouch 3G units have a unique USB-esque connector that requires an adapter to use standard 3.5mm headphones. With this one, you simply plug in your headphones of choice and rock out. It also ships with a 16GB microSD card, clearly ready for a guitar-filled playlist.

The holiday lineup also includes the Samsung Behold II, Motorola CLIQ, T-Mobile Tap and Nokia 3711, all of which are detailed below.

Perfect for the music lover, the T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G Fender™ Limited Edition is the newest in the T-Mobile myTouch franchise. Anticipated for later this year, the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition has a guitar-inspired wood-grain finish and provides access to the growing Android Market, which now offers more than 10,000 applications. In addition to offering the vast personalization options and integration of Google™ services available on the myTouch 3G, customers can also enjoy a more complete mobile media experience with a 3.5mm headset jack, pre-installed 16GB microSD card, and exclusive pre-loaded video and audio clips by iconic musicians.

The Samsung Behold® II, the first Android-powered phone jointly from Samsung and T-Mobile, boasts an impressive 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen display, powerful multimedia features, and a rich Web experience including Google Search™. The Behold II is equipped with Samsung’s exclusive cube menu providing quick access to top features including photos, music, videos, Web browser, Amazon MP3, and YouTube™. The Samsung TouchWiz™ user interface also allows customers to customize their phone’s home screen to the way they use it. To enhance their mobile experience, customers can download applications from the Android Market using built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G network or Wi-Fi for fast Web browsing and download speeds. The Behold II is expected to be available later this year.

The Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™ is an Android-powered device with impressive social skills. CLIQ is Motorola’s first Android-powered device and the first to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR solution that manages and integrates communications — from work e-mail to social messaging activity — all to your home screen. Updates to contacts, posts, messages, photos and more are streamed together and synced from sources including Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace®, Gmail™, and work and personal e-mail. In addition to the unique software experience, the CLIQ features a premium design with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1-inch HVGA full touch-screen display. An exclusive pre-sale of the CLIQ is planned for T-Mobile customers beginning Oct. 19, with nationwide sales expected to begin Nov. 2. Two color options will be available, winter white and titanium, for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.* Customers can visit to register for CLIQ updates, learn more about the phone and check out a demo of MOTOBLUR.

The T-Mobile Tap™ is a stylish touch-screen phone available in two fashionable finishes, berry and midnight blue, and is ideal for those wanting an attractive and affordable phone. Featuring a compact design, the phone lets customers enjoy fast Web browsing with T-Mobile web2goSM over T-Mobile’s 3G network, a 2 megapixel camera with video capture and playback, music player, GPS for use with location based services powered by TeleNav, and stereo Bluetooth® as well as support for personal e-mail, SMS, MMS and IM. It is anticipated that the T-Mobile Tap will be available later this year.

Fast and functional, the Nokia 3711 is a feature-rich phone sporting a flip design with a unique hidden-until-lit external display. With support for T-Mobile’s 3G network, customers may enjoy fast connections browsing the Web with T-Mobile web2go. In addition, the 3711 boasts built-in GPS for use with Nokia Maps, a 2 megapixel camera with video capture, stereo Bluetooth, and the Series 40 operating system. In addition, the 3711 supports instant messaging and e-mail, allowing consumers to connect with friends and family in a number of ways. The phone is expected to be available in a sable finish in the coming weeks.

These new phones all deliver a fast and reliable connection with T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network, which, due to rapid expansion, now covers more than 165 million people in more than 230 cities nationwide and, by the end of 2009, will be available to approximately 200 million people across the U.S. In addition, T-Mobile is upgrading its 3G network across the majority of the nationwide footprint to the faster HSPA 7.2 standard.