Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... still market, as Google Play is available for newer OS versions only) is very limited. Of course the Magic could run any decent app right ... more
HTC Magic - Still going strong after 2 years
Member Name: robrummie
Advantages: Resolution, reliability
Disadvantages: Android 1.5 has few available apps at the moment
I've bought my Magic in December 2009 - my first venture into the touch-screen area. Back then, it was top-notch and had very few comparable rivals.
With its 3.2" display it looked huge and crystal clear - the second part being still true. Of course, as today's smart-phones look like miniature notebooks that can't fit into a pocket, the 'huge' part slowly died away.
In terms of the operating system, it's running Android 1.5. I haven't been able to update it, as my carrier has blocked OTA updates and my only alternative would be to do a risky firmware update - and I'm not ready to risk 'bricking' it any time soon.
Because of the outdated operating system, the choice of apps that I can download from the Market (yes, it's still market, as Google Play is available for newer OS versions only) is very limited. Of course the Magic could run any decent app right now, but the authors usually restrict the minimum OS version so that new phones get sold every day.
In terms of performance, it can easily outpace a huge number of entry-level phones on the market right now, but no 3D games or memory-hungry applications work great on it.
In conclusion: it can still do a great job, too bad the selection of apps gets smaller every day.
Summary: In conclusion: it can still do a great job, too bad the selection of apps gets smaller every day.