HTC Magic Android Smartphone

May 7, 2009 by  
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The T-Mobile G1 has been left on its own as the sole Google Android handset for seven long months, but now it finally has some company and competition in form of the ‘Magic’. Like the G1, the Magic is made by Taiwanese manufacturing giant HTC but has been sold to different networks around the globe. On the surface, the HTC Magic is a far more sophisticated handset than the G1 and is an easy sell, so most importantly what’s not to like…

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HTC Magic Android Smartphone

Just the Bad Points Review: HTC Magic Android Smartphone

  • 3.2in capacitive touchscreen is large, but physically smaller than the HTC Touch HD & iPhone
  • The screen’s 320 x 480 resolution matches the iPhone but is less than some VGA (480 x 640) Windows Mobile smartphones
  • No physical Qwerty keyboard or number pad
  • 3.2 megapixel camera is mediocre and lacks autofocus
  • Native storage is minimal at 512MB though there is a microSD expansion slot
  • No multi-touch support exists in Android at present
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack means an adaptor must be used for third party earphones
  • No DivX/AVI video support
  • No support for lossless music
  • Android requires users to have a Gmail account (though enforced, in itself not a bad thing)

Comments

2 Responses to “HTC Magic Android Smartphone”
  1. jim says:

    Cheers for that dude, will probably get this… laughed when you say it requires gmail account. iphone makes you use itunes.

  2. Gordon says:

    Pleasure Jim, and very true – it does have to be pointed out though.

    One tip: June should see the launch of the Palm Pre http://gordonkelly.com/just-the-bad-points/just-the-bad-points-preview/just-the-bad-points-palm-pre/ and fourth generation iPhone.

    If they don’t interest you the Samsung I7500 should: http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-phones/news/2009/05/19/Samsung-Android-Phone-Rechristened—Carrier-Dated/p1

    I’ll be writing a JtBP review of that soon.

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