Samstag, 15. März 2014

HTC Magic: a Snapshot of the Android Phone

There are a lot of things one can say about the HTC Magic but since most of the people have the attention span of 5 year olds, here's a snapshot look at the mobile phone.

The Look from the Outside

The HTC Magic has dropped the G1’s QWERTY keyboard and instead, has an onscreen keyboard much like the Iphone. This move has given it a very smooth finish and has certainly added to its aesthetic appeal. It is definitely thin and is very lightweight. Its outer shell, although plastic, is very sturdy and fits comfortably at the palm of your hand. It also has a very beautiful 320x480 touchscreen that is very responsive and a pleasure to use. It also has a trackball at the bottom of the front to give you a different way of getting from one point to the next. It also switches from portrait to landscape quickly.

Basically, its look is very graceful and is certainly something that should attract a lot of people. The very sleek and curvaceous design is certainly an improvement from its ancestors.

The Look from the Inside

The HTC Magic is working on the android operating system and allows people to access the multitude of Google services like Google Maps, Google Search, and even Youtube. The interface is a joy to look at and is quite easy to use. It also has access to the android Market and thus, to hundreds and hundreds of mostly free applications. Plus, the advanced version of the Android Os, which is endearingly called “cupcake,” has a lot of feature improvements that gets it closer to Apple’s OS intuitiveness.

It also has a 3.2 megapixel camera that has impressive capabilities in image and video capture. Plus, thanks to its access to Google Services, one can even upload videos directly to Youtube. It is also equipped a WebKit browser engine and a JavaScript engine that gives a respectable browsing experience. It also has other features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity.

The problem is that it lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack, is short on memory and its battery life can use a bit of tweaking. Certainly, there are some things that need improvement but as it stands, it is still an above par mobile phone.

The Verdict

It is certainly a good smartphone, not a great one. Its pros greatly outnumber it cons but unfortunately, these cons are major considerations by buyers when purchasing smartphones. It may not be the best smartphone in the market today but the HTC Magic definitely has a lot to give to those willing to endure its faults.