Returning to Android: HTC Magic

I finally gave up on my Nokia E71 and got myself an Android based phone–HTC Magic or G2. Having an Android phone is not foreign to me since I’ve had HTC’s G1 previously.

It’s been more than a week since I have my G2 and I’m really enjoying it. Although dropping the qwerty keypad and relying on the touch-keyboard can get a little getting used to.

I love Android Market. You can get a lot of awesome apps for free–like PicSay, Qik, Twidroyd, Facebook, etc. I love this phone for its wide library of free apps, as compared to Nokia’s Ovi market. Likewise, HTC Magic is slim and it fits perfectly in your pocket.

It’s interested that HTC Magic retained the trackball when you don’t really need it since its LCD is already touchscreen. HTC Magic operates under the Sense UI and has 3g capabilities. The LCD is pretty responsive but do not expect to win any speed typing contest as the e-keyboard seems to be cramped up in its portrait mode. For a better keyboard spacing, you can tilt your phone horizontally, but not all apps would have this orientation.

The phone’s memory is expandable via the microsd slot. HTC Magic has pretty rad speakers to play music clearly. Although I notice that the wifi reception is not that great… I was thinking an app can probably solve this (maybe WeFi or something).

Bottomline, HTC Dream or G2 is always worth your every penny. But of course, when you have the budget, go get HTC Evo (4G) instead.

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