HTC's second Android phone coming 1 May
Vodafone unveils Magic and 'save a fiver' price plan
HTC’s second Android-based handset, Magic, will be available from exclusive UK carrier Vodafone on 1 May.
Several Magic launch dates have already been mentioned online, but Vodafone today told Register Hardware that the phone will “definitely” go on sale in UK stores this Friday.
You’ll get the handset for free if you sign up for Vodafone’s £35 ($50/€39) per month tariff, which includes at least 600 minutes of talk time, unlimited texts and all the mobile web you can handle.
However, you’d be wise to pre-order yourself a Magic online before 1 May because Vodafone let slip that it’ll chop £5 off of the monthly tariff price – bringing the cost down to just £30 per month – if you do.
The HTC Magic is available to pre-order online now. ®
Android on decent hardware?
I'll buy a new phone when HTC put Android on a phone with a decent keyboard. Like the touch pro 2. All (both?) the Android phones to date are clunky or limited
It's a bit 'Meh'...
It looks just like the G1, but without the cool slidey-out keyboard. Are HTC's design team on holiday or something?
Had a play with it....
Someone I know had a demo model and it was quite good.
I think the form is better suited for females, but a nice phone all the same.
It's great advertising that you can buy now, but why would I buy it now without the tried and trusted el-reg review?
I'm quite sold with the phone (google fan), and it's the cheap man's iPhone, but still waiting for the reg review before I decide it is the phone I want.
2 years is a long time for a phone contract, but on the pricing, TCO (I think) is cheaper than a iPhone on 2 year contract (for a similar text+minute package), even if you include the price of a 16gig memory card.
It's a googlephone, so it will only sync with google - you don't need all that outlook stuff when you can trust it all to the mighty googleplex!