Jul 29

New phone again: I feel like a Hero

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Only seven weeks ago I did a blog on my new android phone, the HTC Magic. Although the phone still feels like Magic, I’m going to switch to another (android) phone, the HTC Hero.

HTC Hero white

HTC Hero white

Why this switch? Well only because I won this new phone last friday during the HTC Hero promotion tour in The Netherlands. 75 phones were to be won in a time challenge and I succeeded to get one during the last timetrail on friday.

Technical the Hero and Magic are almost identical. Only the digital camera is upgrade to 5.0 Mpixels on the Hero. The OS is identical as well: Android 1.5, but HTC offers a special extra application package on the Hero. For me one of the main reason to prefer the Hero is the HTC Sync application which allows not only synchronisation with Google Mail/Agenda, but also with Microsoft Exchange. This makes it possible for me to maintain my office agenda (Exchange) and privat agenda (Google) integrated on one device.

The Hero will be in the mail for me by this time, so tomorrow or the day after I will swap from Magic to Hero.

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Jun 07

HTC MagicLast Thursday I received the new mobile phone I had ordered. Not that the old one (an HTC TyTN II) wasn’t functioning anymore or outdated. No, I had the old one for nearly 1.5 years so it was time to try a something new.

So what phone is it? Well, first of all, it’s not an Apple iPhone. If I want something new, I want the best of the future. And that’s definitely not an iPhone, but an Android phone. Android is the mobile platform initiated by Google in 2007. Late 2008 the first device (the HTC G1) was the first available device with the new OS. Usually I am an early adapter, but in this case I didn’t appreciate the device they launched. It was ugly! So I waited for the next-gen Android phone and it happened to be another HTC phone: the HTC Magic (or HTC G2 / Google Ion). This phone comes with the latest release of Android (1.5 Cupcake) and will be sold in The Netherlands exclusive by Vodafone.

The specifications of the phone don’t seems to be amazing and it’s comparable with the Apple iPhone. The specs that draw my attention:

  • Processor: 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201a
  • Memory: 512MB ROM, 192MB RAM
  • Weight: 118.5 gram including battery
  • Screen: 3.2″ TFT-LCD touch with a HVGA resolution of 320 x 480
  • Compass and internal GPS
  • Connectivity: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA/WCDMA, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Camera: 3,2 mega-pixel, auto-focus

I’ve been playing around with the phone for 3 days now and I must say I’m really surprised. The screen is very bright and clear. There’s no physical keyboard or stylus. The touch screen is capacitive, which means that it only reacts and interact on the touch of your finger. This was something I never experienced before and after a few hours I got the hang of it. The screen really reacts on ‘the touch’ of your finger. Cool!

But the real surprise isn’t the hardware, it’s the software. The Android OS is good. It’s intuitive and all basic hardware support is there. The response is, compared to my Windows Mobile TyTN II, overwhelming. And that’s not only because of the faster processor (528 compared to 400 MHz). The ‘feel’ of the Android OS is so much better.

I started to experiment with a lot of nice applications on the Magic. And magic it is. I will blog my experiences with these applications in a short while.

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