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It was a pleasure having the HTC Magic around. The little fella puts the young OS into a nicely-looking device...
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Has one of the best operating systems for mobile platforms
The second Android device coming from HTC is looking much better and the software improvements are more than welcome. Using it was a very nice experience, which means that HTC did a great job again. I strongly recommend the Magic to those that didn't have the chance to get the G1 last year. The last Android phones coming from HTC, Magic and Hero, have great potential on the market, but I'm sure that the Taiwanese manufacturer will surprise us pretty soon with more and better Android devices.
Besides the fact that Android performs as one of the best operating s... Full review
Top-to-bottom hardware redesign is a big win
Hey, this Android thing may take off after all!
After wowing virtually no one with the hacker's delight T-Mobile G1 (one of the most egregiously ugly phones ever to hit the market), T-Mobile and manufacturer HTC have spent nearly a year re-educating themselves about what a cell phone should look like and how it should work. The result of that hard work is the myTouch 3G, a vastly better cell phone that finally gives the more mature handsets on the market a run for their money.
The most immediately noticeable thing about the myTouch 3G is its new styling. Gone is the cl... Full review
Slimmer profile, better battery and more attractive design
Like the T-Mobile G1 before it, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G is a very enjoyable phone to use. It offers better battery life than the G1, and comes in a much more attractive design. Some people might miss the G1's hardware keyboard, but many people will prefer the new model, with its slimmer profile and on-screen keyboard.
While the phone is largely a success, it has some weak points. Battery life is still less than one would hope for, explaining T-Mobile's decision to sell battery extenders, and the camera performance still leaves much to be desired. We've also suffered from a bit of... Full review
Cool looking touchscreen carrying a new mobile OS
Well, for starters the Android sure looks more human. The formidable and weapon-like G1/ HTC Dream needed every ounce of weight to stand its ground. With an honestly lighthearted and disarming approach, the HTC Magic is willing to play by the conventional touchscreen rules. And may as well be eyeing massive sales. Compact dimensions and distinct styling, decent all round functionality and system expandability, the HTC Magic seems to have what it takes to keep both smart and feature phone touchscreens on edge. The second edition of the OS should have dealt with the issues of the forerunner a... Full review
The closest to date of what people call the “iPhone Killer”
We’ve been playing around with the HTC Dream since launch date to give this device a good go around.
The Magic feels like it’s meant to be held. It only weighs a measly 116 grams and comes packed with everything you could want (e-mail, contacts, web, camera, video and the Android market). The overall dimensions of the Magic are 4.45 x 2.19 x 0.54 inches and has a distinguishable HVGA display of 3.2 inches (resolution of 320×480). The screen is a nice size and makes watching video (YouTube or your own) enjoyable. I must say with this one of the first devices to have... Full review
Parts of the phone are as the name suggests, magic
We like the Magic, maybe even love it a little bit, but we can't deny being disappointed at the parts of this phone that are missing. The Magic is perfect for young, hip, tech-savvy types for whom the lack of decent multimedia will be a major turn off, especially when compared with the iPhone's excellent iPod capabilities. This wouldn't be such a huge problem if it shipped with an iTunes-like syncing and conversion software, but it doesn't.
Confusingly, the Magic will be released in Australia in two variants; one offered by Vodafone with a couple of consumer-focused additions like g... Full review
Similar design to the white version of the G1, but without QWERTY keyboard
The HTC Magic is a great handset, and I thoroughly enjoyed using it. However, I can't help but think that the part I enjoyed was the Android UI, and not necessarily the handset itself. Sure, the trackball can be handy, but it isn't really necessary most of the time, as the Magic is a full touchscreen device. There's no 3.5mm headphone port, and the white plastic isn't to some people's tastes. The worst part of the phone was definitely it's battery, which needs charging daily with normal use. The Magic's camera was also a big disappointment, and the newly included video mode was nothing to g... Full review
Does the latest Android handset beat the original?
Back in February HTC and Vodafone sprang a surprise in Barcelona with the launch of the HTC Magic, but TechRadar managed to get half an hour in the Spanish sun in the company of the latest handset everyone's talking about.
The first impression is one of weight, or lack thereof. The decision to strike off the QWERTY keyboard might have helped make it more svelte, and has certainly contributed to a thinner design, but it makes the whole thing feel a little lightweight.
However, we're sure that a lot of people will be enjoying the fact it could slip into your pocket unnoticed,... Full review
Can't live without Google Search, Google Maps and YouTube? You need the HTC Magic
Nice finish, great form factor
HTC has got a very smooth phone, which feels great on your hands and in your pants' pockets. While it's sightly thicker than the iPhone, the narrower, rounded body, and weight makes it feel the same size. For sure, a lot less bulky than the G1, which looks like a brick next to this. And as you have seen in the shots, the final HTC Magic is quite pretty. Have no doubt: This thing alone will make many consumers put up with the less-than-ideal software keyboard.
Overall, the first feeling is that we got a potential winner here. If they can manage to make the software keyboard better, A... Full review
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