previous hardware hands-on videoview, this videoview follows-up with a
software hands-on of Vodafone's
upcoming HTC Magic
Android smartphone. Like the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream), the HTC Magic is a
Google experience smartphone which mean it's running
Android as the
underlying OS and featuring Google services which includes Gmail/Google Mail,
Google Search, Google Maps including Latitude, Google Talk, Android Market as
well as Google's state-of-the-art Apple WebKit-based web browser. Since the HTC
Magic will be released with Google's latest Android OS, code-named "Cupcake", it
will feature some enhancements like the soft input panel (aka onscreen keyboard)
which wasn't part of the G1 because this featured a hardware keyboard instead.
Since Vodafone, Google and HTC jointly announced the HTC Magic back in
February, the companies made some good progress. However, please keep in mind
that the software above is still a Beta firmware and therefore it's hard to vote
on performance or quality yet, even if it looks pretty final already.
Depending on the country, the Vodafone HTC Magic will be either available in
stylish piano-black, glossy-white or both; a release is expected in late April.
Cheers ~ Arne