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The HTC Magic takes what is possible with Google’sAndroid operating system to a new level. Its 3.2-inch touchscreen and trackerball make light of navigation and the best of the 3.2 megapixel camera. An accelerometer enables the screen to switch from portrait to landscape as you move the phone.

Web connectivity is via HSDPA (3.5G) where available, supported by GPRS/EDGE elsewhere and the Magic is a quad-band device, for potentially global roaming. It also supports Wi-fi for WLAN and hotspot connection on the move and short-range wireless data transfer via Bluetooth. The music player is average and there is no 3.5mm standard headset jack – although it does support a wireless headset via A2DP/Bluetooth.

The Google applications such as Gmail work well, as does YouTube (owned by Google) - when you click on a thumbnail to view a clip, the phone automatically switches to landscape mode. The on-board GPS works well with Google Maps and the Street View features enables you to turn on a digital compass so that, as you turn with your phone, the view pans in real-time, following your movements.

All the usual organiser functions are there, such as document viewer and alarms – all now seen as standard in the up-market smartphone. Battery life is realistically enough for 48 hours without charging and there is an excellent feature that gives you the amount of charge left as a percentage.


Weight: 116g
Battery time: 0 mAh
Bluetooth FM Radio Organiser

3G or UMTS
Document viewer
FM Radio
GPS navigation
Memory expandable via MicroSD card
Micro USB
MP3 Player
Multimedia Service MMS
SMS - text messages
Touch sensitive
Trackerball navigation