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HTC Magic review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 320
per month, 18-month contract


Android, 3.2in 320×480 display

The Webkit browser is one of our favourite mobile browsers. You can see the entire web page and drag a magnifying window around to zoom in. There’s also a Calendar application that synchronises with Google Calendar. As well as Gmail, there’s a POP3 and IMAP email client and support for Exchange servers.

The Google Maps application uses the phone’s built-in GPS, and with Google Latitude you can let your friends see where you are. A built-in compass synchronises the Magic with Google’s Street View. Hold up the phone in an area with Street View coverage and the onscreen image matches your surroundings. As you turn round, the onscreen view follows your movements – handy when you’re looking for your next turning.

Battery life is a problem – especially with WiFi, GPS and background updates for Gmail and other Google applications turned on. You’ll probably find yourself recharging the Magic every night, although the same applies to many touchscreen smartphones, including the iPhone.

Most touchscreen phones wither in the face of the iPhone, with poor interfaces and few available applications. The Magic, however, is a genuine competitor. It costs roughly the same to own one, admittedly, but we narrowly prefer it thanks to its smaller size and restriction-free operating system. It wins our Ultimate award.

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Price £320
Rating ****
Award Ultimate


Main display size 3.2in
Native resolution 320×480
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 3.2-megapixel
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 192MB
Memory card support microSD
Memory card included 0MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA
Size 113x56x14mm
Weight 116g


Operating system Android
Microsoft Office compatibility none
Email client POP3/IMAP
Audio format support AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC-LC, MIDI, OGG
Video playback formats 3GP, MP4
FM Radio no
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories headset and remote, USB data cable, pouch
Talk time 7.5 hours
Standby time 17.5 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 12h 31m

Buying Information

Price on contract £35-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier N/A
Contract/prepay supplier

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