HTC Magic Review

Taiwanese Company has launched the second Android based phone by name HTC Magic. The first Android from the company viz. HTC G1 went to T-Mobile and this time, HTC Magic is for Vodafone. Though, this phone looks similar in features to HTC G1 still differs slightly from it.

Design

Before opening the Slider, HTC Magic looks exactly like a T-Mobile G1. But this HTC Magic is more compact and slimmer since HTC has done away with the flip-out keyboard. The body is sleek made up of white chassis with curved edges. The display at the front measures 3.2 inches. Overall, the phone is light when compared to the previous bulky HTC G1 model. The display screen of the HTC Magic has a resolution of 320 x 480 resolution. The front physical buttons makes the control on the phone easier. Finally, phone has a quiet decent look and also it can absolutely fit on hand and is most suited for one hand operations.

Features

Most of the features of HTC Magic resemble the features of the HTC G1. A 3.2 megapixel camera, quad-band GSM, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi are all the same. When the slider is flipped to the horizontal, the feel is good. You may get a touchscreen which is perfectly designed instead of a flimsy feeling QWERTY keyboard. It’s a great joy to use the touchscreen. An accelerometer is a great delay especially when we flip the screen that takes bit time for the keyboard to show up. It is more responding to the finger touches than in case of traditional touchscreens.

HTC Magic runs on Google’s Android and hence the most expected applications like Calendar, Gmail, Talk and Maps are included. Also, the phone includes Android OS, ver 1.5 “Cupcake”, the latest iteration. Some of the latest updates namely sharing media has become more fast. Just entering the login details will allow accessing of your account along with the service provided. Just a touch on the option “Share” enables you to send images and video attachments via MMS or email. Remaining other applications also has an ability to add their own media sharing options.

The device poses with the 3.2 megapixel auto focusing camera. It seems that HTC has tweaked the process of software processing. It has neither LED light nor a flash. But it supports a playback and also video capturing. The image quality is average and the video quality is bit clumsy especially when there is much movement in the frame.

Google Maps can locate pin pointedly with the help of phone’s on-board GPS networking. Also, the phone is found with wonderful extra appealing features that measures it good.

Android store is another excellent feature of the HTC Magic. This particular Android Store lets user to have access to hundreds of apps that extends the usability of Magic to such an extent that no one could have dreamt in that way.

Finally, the CupCake OS does the perfect job in the HTC Magic phone. Things to be improved are the camera flash, LED, delay in the accelerometer flipping, image quality, video quality, play back improvement, lacks of multitouch like in iphone and so on.

Final Words

Though the Android OS has not attained its perfection, it has improved a lot from the previous one. There is a long way to go for the Android OS.

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