Feeds
85%
HTC Magic

HTC Vodafone Magic

Terrific

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Review It seems like ages since the first Google Android phone appeared as the T-Mobile G1 at the back end of 2008. But now the HTC Magic has arrived on Vodafone and it's an altogether different beast: lighter, sleeker, more powerful, with more memory, a 3.2Mp camera and stereo Bluetooth.

HTC Magic

HTC's Magic: all about the touchscreen - despite the extra buttons below the screen

But though the HTC Magic is certainly better than its predecessor, with the next-gen iPhone expected in a month or so's time, is it doing enough to keep up?

The biggest and most obvious change from the G1 is the loss of the slide-out Qwerty keyboard, allowing HTC to slim Magic down to a relatively sylph-like 113 x 55 x 14mm. It weighs 119g.

HTC Magic

The 'chin' isn't so pronounced this time

HTC and Vodafone have settled on a discreet array of hard buttons to augment the touchscreen, with call start and stop, home, menu, back and search buttons surrounding the highly tactile trackball.

It still has that protruding chin at the bottom - purely a design feature, apparently - but it's now more discreet and better looking – think Keira Knightley rather than Bruce Forsyth. The sides are almost bereft of detail besides a metallic strip, a volume rocker and a USB 2.0 slot for charging and connecting headphones.

HTC Magic

More pocket friendly than its predecessor

The loss of the Qwerty keyboard isn't a disaster, since the on-screen version is really very good. The keys are a little on the cramped side in portrait mode, but the screen's sensitivity is precise enough that it's not difficult to find the keys. You'll still need some care, however, and speed typing probably isn't on the menu, though matters are improved by turning the HTC Magic on its side – the onboard motion sensor will automatically flip the screen to landscape mode, which offers a bigger keyboard.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.