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HTC Magic Android Phone Dated But Late

Gordon Kelly


HTC Magic Android Phone Dated But Late

For those of you thinking the same thing: yes, Android has stalled a bit...

This is perhaps no more evident than in news from Mobile Today which confirmed the new (and much anticipated) HTC Magic will slip from its April release schedule to 1 May.

In truth the delay isn't the greatest shock in the world - especially as the Magic had been considered a mid/late April arrival - but we do learn a few tantalising details. Firstly, the handset is likely to carry the unnecessarily clunky extended name of 'Magic Pioneer'. Secondly, it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg with the phone expected to be free on most £25pm contracts and above.

Of course, despite all this we mustn't get away from some key points. Primary, is the Magic isn't exactly a technical tour de force (528MHz CPU, 3.2in 320 x 480 pixel display, GPS, 3.2MP camera, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth with EDR, accelerometer, microSD card slot) but secondly, its delay highlights something more important: where on earth are all the other Android handsets?

Yes, the T-Mobile G1 did ok, but it arrived back in early November and we're in April now. Samsung has had delays, Sony Ericsson has kept quiet, Motorola lurks in the background and now HTC's own mediocre follow-up slips.

We love the idea of you Android, but until we see regular (and more tantalising) hardware for the moment you're a long way off the pace...


via Mobile Today

HTC Magic Product Page


April 3, 2009, 1:58 pm

deja vu? i'm sure i just aksed where's anroid on the pre comment section!

i may be looking at this too simply but when a phone is essentially a cosmetic upgrade with one or two changes why does it take so long? i know i'm probably not being fair but it can't be that hard can it?


April 3, 2009, 2:09 pm

holy crap, 320x240 really? on a 3.2" screen those pixels are going to be huge! Is it really not the same resolution as the Dream? (VGA)


April 3, 2009, 2:44 pm

isn't the iPhone also 'only' 320 x 240?

bring on the next gen phones...i desperately need a new one!


April 3, 2009, 3:06 pm

@dev - It is 480 x 320 mate ;)


April 3, 2009, 3:40 pm

yup, thanks for the correction...my little non-touchscreen nokia 6500 uses 320x240...how can they stick that resolution on a large screen!

Hamish Campbell

April 3, 2009, 3:44 pm

Oh for goodness sake come on.

I'm really hoping these are the answer to my prayers. I'd love an Iphone but I'm cheap, and don't use the phone much for chatting so a big hefty free minutes contract is just a waste of cash. Hopefully the android phones will give a similar experience with a much lower price.

Martin Leventon

April 3, 2009, 4:50 pm

Being a G1 owner I love the OS but am a bit meh about the hardware. Rather than wait for this basic rehash I am awaiting on Samsung to release their android phones, which should be out for the time my contract with the G1 is over.

m memmory

April 3, 2009, 10:41 pm

On the HTC site that is linked to, under specs, it states that this is a "3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320x480 HVGA resolution"

So is this actually 320x480 as HTC say or is it 320x240 as stated in the news here?


April 3, 2009, 11:00 pm

@m_memmory - errr, it's the same thing ;)

m memmory

April 3, 2009, 11:15 pm


I think I must have been looking at the comments above rather then the actual news

At 320x480 I could (possibly) be interested in this if the Pre isn't out when my renewal date comes around.


April 4, 2009, 4:16 pm

i guess it is keypad free? will piss lots of people off if that's the case..


April 4, 2009, 7:00 pm

@xbrumster - that was the most request option apparently. iPhone users seem quite happy with it ;) If you want a keyboard and are prepared to carry the extra bulk just the G1.

Martin Leventon

April 5, 2009, 5:06 am

A little thought here. If there is no physical keypad then outside of dialing a software one will be needed (the dialer has the number buttons) as with T-mobiles current RC of the software it still hasnt got the on screen keyboard enabled. Unless this comes pre-loaded with cupcake (which it looks like T-mobile arent gonna support) then it will be near useless !


April 5, 2009, 3:46 pm

@ Martin

The preloaded software will probably include Cupcake so it won't be viewed as an update to butcher by Vodafone who have picked this one up.

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