Ubergizmo managed to get hold of the HTC Magic and spent a few minutes with this handset that supposedly ironed out the kinks of its predecessor, the HTC G1. For those who think that they might have seen this handset somewhere before, well, that’s because the HTC Magic suffers from split personality issues, also going by various monikers such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, Sapphire and G2. Well, you know what the Bard once said – a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, so the naming convention doesn’t really matter.
How does the smartphone fare? Well, we asked one of the executives from HTC about the lack of a flash for its camera, and was met with the answer that the chassis did not have enough space to include the parts for a flash. That sounds rather ridiculous considering the advances in technology these days where other slim handsets too has flash embedded within, but rest assured that HTC will fix this seemingly niggling flaw in future iterations. HTC too will continue to churn out both Windows Mobile and Android-powered handsets until the landscape is deemed to be more stable to support one or the other, after all, adopting the “wait-and-see” attitude does come in handy during such turbulent economic times.
According to said HTC executive, the HTC Magic will ship with the Cupcake update, so you need not worry about upgrading the OS from 1.0 when you remove it straight from the box. We found that typing on its touchscreen display proved to be rather challenging if you have relatively large fingers (even on the iPhone for that matter), but it is more a matter of getting used to it. Here’s a tip: tilt the Magic sideways and let the built-in g-sensor reorientate the screen for much more pleasant typing experience. The overall experience seems robust enough, but seeing how Android is still in its infancy, it will take a fair bit of time before people truly warm up to devices such as the HTC Magic.