And jumps out of the pack with "Zero Shutter Lag," accomplished by first half-depressing the dedicated shutter button to focus. Auto Face Detection helps.
THERE'S MORE: BurstShot fires off five rapid shots. SweepShot, previously seen only in dedicated still shooters, captures an ultrawide panoramic image.
The myTouch 4G Slide also makes 1080p high-definition videos. Replay clips wirelessly on a big-screen TV equipped with a "DNLA" network interface.
IN THE CHIPS: Ironically, seasoned camera makers are supplying the imaging chips for these latest, greatest mobile phones.
Samsung is making both 8- and 12-megapixel versions. Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer recently let slip that his company is supplying the camera component (believed to be an 8-megapixel) for the next iPhone, due in a few weeks.
OTHER TOUCHES: One feature on the T-Mobile/HTC phone that you won't enjoy in the iPhone 5 is superfast 4G network connectivity, made possible by the 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm SnapDragon MSM8655 processor.
The thicker chip runs counter to Apple's "thinner phones are cooler" philosophy.
But an Android 2.3 phone like the myTouch - with slide-out keyboard and 3.7-inch touch screen - is just a half-inch thick and 6.5 ounces.
Running on a 4G network (where available) does take its toll in faster battery depletion. A slimmer and more energy-efficent SnapDragon MSM8960 should improve matters for phone makers in mid-2012.
BOTTOM LINE: T-Mobile also competes well on pricing, starting with a slightly misnamed "Unlimited Plus" monthly plan for minutes, text and data at $49.99.
The fine print limits minutes to 500 and data streams at high speed for only the first 2GB - plenty, if you're not working the Netflix app.
T-Mobile's exclusive phone plans also save $$$.