Vodafone conjures up Android-based HTC Magic

(Credit: HTC)

Oh woah, woah, it's magic! Yes, with Mobile World Congress mired in phone names veering between the mundanity of things like Nokia 6700 and the sheer silliness of Beat DJ or Tocco, HTC and Vodafone calling their new Android-based handset Magic is a gift to your phone-weary correspondent.

Could it be magic? This is the second handset to run Google's Android operating system, and frankly it doesn't look that different to the HTC Dream. The Magic is available exclusively through Vodafone in the UK, Spain, Germany and France. It comes in white for everybody except the Germans, who get it in black, while the lucky Italians get both colours and will be able to get the phone on other networks.

Let's take a magic carpet ride through the specs. It boasts an 81mm (3.2-inch) QVGA touchscreen and trackball. It supports POP3 and IMAP email, with Google Mail and Google Talk baked in. Google Maps and YouTube are also included, with more apps available through the Android Market.

If you're looking for more than computer rendered images of the Magic, check out our hands-on photo gallery from Mobile World Congress 2009.

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"trackball"?! I have a hard enough time trying to get those joystick thingys to not fall off in my pocket all the time. I can't imagine how a trackball would go...

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