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HTC Magic review | Introduction

Published on: Thursday, July 16th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC Magic review

T he many applications that run on a mobile phone these days require an operating system that is able to process all of these actions. After all, the operating system is in fact the 'soul' of the mobile phone, besides the hardware. The operating system often proves vital to your opinion on the user-friendliness of the phone, and also reveals a lot about its speed and applicability. Until recently, Windows Mobile or Symbian was generally used for the corporate market, but these days, this selection has been expanded by the arrival of the Apple and Google Android operating system. The two last systems run very smoothly and can certainly be called innovative; we will undoubtedly hear more about these soon. Unfortunately, I was not able to personally test the HTC G1, but my first impression of the Google Android operating system on the HTC Magic is very positive indeed.

HTC Magic review

 

HTC Magic mobile phone review

HTC Magic mobile phone review

First impression of the HTC Magic Android

The HTC Magic Google Android smartphone is introduced with a Vodafone simlock. The modest yet colorful Vodafone package displays a small picture of the smartphone itself, including the phone's main features. The Magic Android does not really look like an actual HTC Smartphone. It has an elegant design and feels extremely solid. The phone also provides a perfect hand-fit, and the weight is not bothersome. In addition to several buttons below the touchscreen, we also come across a trackball here, as we have seen before on other phones, for example the Blackberry mobile phones. Standard included with the HTC Magic are; a neat leather pouch, a USB lead, a headset, a charger, an 8GB memory card and a quick start guide.

HTC Magic test

HTC Magic test

HTC Magic Vodafone smartphone menu

As mentioned earlier, the HTC Magic runs on the Android platform, which is why this phone is also called the second Google phone, or the HTC G2. You can simply drag up the menu from the bottom, instead of via the menu button below the touchscreen, as you would expect at first. This menu button opens a new menu for every application, for example; the browser allows you to either open or refresh an Internet page, and Google Maps lets you change the map mode or search for a location. The menu's structure is quite easy, although the combination with the menu button does require some practice. It seems not everything is stored in the same way, however; I would not call it complicated. It's just a little bit different than what we are used to; luckily enough, however, it is stable and fast. Everything runs smoothly and upon opening the menu, you will find a large number of icons. In addition to the standard functions, such as settings and gallery, also Google applications such as Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail and YouTube can be found.

 

HTC Magic Android manual

HTC Magic Android manual

HTC Magic ear phones

HTC Magic ear phones

HTC Magic smartphone

HTC Magic smartphone

 
 
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