"Think of a sexier, thinner G1 (Based on Unlocked)"3.0 starson by ImNotDead_1993
Pros: Android OS
Sleeker profile (without the G1's chin and somewhat flimsy mechanism)
Slightly larger screen
Cons: NO PHYSICAL KEYBOARD
NOT FOR THOSE WHO NEED A BUSINESS/CORPORATE DEVICE
Physical controls are a little small
Takes some aclimation
BATTERY LIFE :(
TMOBILE!! Why did HTC and Google want to partner up with TMobile??????
Summary: A friend of mine who's a phone fanatic got his hands on an unlocked version of the HTC Magic from a friend over in Europe and I have to say the phone fixes a lot of the complaints I had with the G1. Firstly I think the design is much, much nicer than the G1 (of course style is subjective and I don't mean to offend anyone who likes the G1's design). Firstly I think the construction of the phone is much more solid since like other touch screen phones it is in one piece and there isn't any moving hardware.
Of course since there isn't any moving hardware there isn't a physical QWERTY keyboard which for me is a drawback. Of course I can live without one and I really like the iPhone's but the keyboard on the MyTouch seems a little bit finicky and it wasn't accurately getting the letter I wanted. I'm sure there's a way to adjust this but since I only had the phone for a few hours I didn't have time to spin through all the settings.
It's a really great touch screen phone and will DEFINITELY please those who will buy it personally I think it is more of a novelty phone and not something for corporate users. I personally would not give up my Blackberry Bold for this phone since I need on the go performance. I know the original G1 did not have Exchange Support which was a deffinite drawback for me since that is something that I absolutely need on my phone. So if you're a business professional and need what some call a "mobile office" this is not for you.
Battery life also was on the shorter side though it should get you well through the day without a problem. I'm not a fan of phones that have a small battery meter (meaning that there are only three or four intervals) like the one on Android. To me the drop is too severe to be accurate. I was able to do everything I needed and more in the time I had the phone though Wi-Fi and 3G usage will drain the battery for sure.
TMobile's 3G isn't available in all areas which can bring web speeds down. I was using the phone in Honolulu HI and could not pick up 3G however back home in Los Angeles on TMobile I know I can get 3G coverage. It just depends on where you will be using the device.
Call quality was incredible and voices sounded crystal clear (which is amazing for TMobile's usually dull quality). Speakerphone could have been louder but it did well for what it was though in a louder environment you would probably be best off with a Bluetooth headset.
Phone performance as far as speed and usability was excellent. There wasn't any major lag to speak of and the phone's interface works wonders. The touchscreen at times felt somewhat unresponsive and again I did miss having a physical QWERTY keyboard for text entry. One thing that most other touchscreen phones offers is the TRACKBALL! If you don't want to use the touchscreen for most things, you don't have to. Navigation was so much easier for me when I wanted to use the trackball instead of scrolling or clicking the screen itself. It's wonderfully integrated in the phone's design and works well.
All in all I think this is a great device to use (I used the HTC Magic not the TMobile branded version) as your everyday phone, again it's not for the corporate and business professionals who need a powerful smartphone but it will impress those who want an everyday phone. Great work HTC and Google (but what the heck is TMobile doing onboard on this project? Couldn't they partner with some better provider????)