By Yeong Ah Seng
|HTC Magic Android Smartphone
|» Price: $1048, without telco contract
THE appearance of the second Android Smartphone should cheer early adopters who were disappointed by the first Android Smartphone (HTC's Dream).
The HTC Magic is not tied to any telco, unlike the HTC Dream, which was linked to Singtel.
This means Starhub and M1 subscribers can get onto the Android platform as well.
HTC Magic is a considerable improvement on the Dream - it is half as thick, more responsive and does not suck up battery juice as voraciously as the Dream.
Although Magic does not have a physical keyboard like the Dream, the onscreen keypad works very well - so well, indeed, that I think it is even better than the iPhone's onscreen keyboard.
The Android platform has been slow to take off, not least because of the dearth of handset choices but also the lack of great applications.
The Market has many apps available but not all of them work properly.
Perhaps Google should apply the same relentless policing which Apple does for its App Store.
This could lead to more and better apps for Android phones.
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