x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

HTC Magic Review

HTC Magic 7.5

Posted: , by



In our tests, the HTC Magic has excellent call and data connectivity.  It could find and hold the signal and no dropped calls.  The call quality is high with no echo, both callers on either end enjoying clear audio.

Battery life for the HTC Magic is rated for 450 minutes of talk time and up to 420 hours of standby for the GSM version.  Using the phone moderately over the course of several days only required one recharging, so the Magic seems very power efficient.  Obviously, heavy use of data and media result in shorter battery life, but average use should get you through the entire day and into the night before needing a recharge.


In a nutshell, the HTC Magic offers a slimmer and smaller form factor than the G1 but lacks a QWERTY keyboard. Software wise, they are almost identical (once the G1 is updated to Android 1.5) and there isn’t anything too cool about the Magic. It is a nice phone - it feels nice in the hand, the on-screen keyboard is well-implemented - but we are disappointed that it is lacking the Sense UI that would really give it the “WOW” factor.  We can only hope it will be available as a software update. 

If you like our review and are interested in the device, please visit Negri Electronics.com to purchase it.

HTC Magic Video Review:

HTC Magic Review


  • Much smaller size than the G1
  • Expandable memory
  • Access to App Market for purchasing and downloading apps


  • Same old interface as the G1
  • miniUSB connector requires an adapter for using a traditional 3.5mm headset
  • Awkward connectivity to a computer
  • Lack of multi-touch
PhoneArena rating:
7.5 Good
User rating:
8.9 8 Reviews

  • Options

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. mobileguy123 (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jul 2009)

leave it to phonearena to give the overrated palm pre a 9.9 and all other phones low scores.

posted on 08 Jul 2009, 13:41

2. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)

amen man and the "precious iphone." bunch of b.s.

posted on 09 Jul 2009, 00:37

8. mobileguy123 (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jul 2009)

yeah tell me about it bro.whan it comes to the iphone or pre they have it all over the site.

posted on 08 Jul 2009, 14:46

3. AlaneCzeQ (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)

why they dont post in MINUSES OF IPHONE Same old interface as the Iphone 2G or 3G ?

posted on 08 Jul 2009, 16:26

4. ripcat (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2009)

Palm Pre:decent call quality, very good user interface, questionable build quality and poor battery=9.9 iPhone:lousy call quality and reception, very good user interface, good build and (by PA's estimate), decent battery=8.5 HTC Magic: excellent call and reception, very good user interface, good build and excellent battery= 7.5 ????? Nice objective review.

posted on 09 Jul 2009, 00:33

7. mobileguy123 (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jul 2009)

yeah thats what i man. the pre gets pretty much the perfect score. the camara is not that good. the keyboard is cramped, and the battery is poor. i mean all phones have their cons but how can this phone get a 9.9 that's like saying the phone is excellent without flaws. so whenever i need an opinion about a phone, believe me this is not the place i come to for help lmao

posted on 08 Jul 2009, 18:51

5. TopBanana (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jan 2009)

I don't mind the comparisons to other smartphones because it is necesarry to a certain degree. But Android is developing so to put that there isnt new software on it as a negative is wrong because there will be upgrades when available and it is capable as is. I don't always agree with Phonearena's ratings but I will agree that it is detailed enough for me to form my own opinion off of your testing.

posted on 08 Jul 2009, 20:42

6. sonisoe (Posts: 434; Member since: 06 May 2009)

hey guys... couple of days ago we heard of the rumored Sony Ericsson android phone.... now check out the "supposedly leaked UI" of the phone... almost like htc hero only better animation.... stunning.... just go to youtube and search "sony ericsson leaked ui android"...

Want to comment? Please login or register.

HTC Magic

HTC Magic

OS: Android 1.6
view full specs
Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
0.3 GB RAM
Size4.45 x 2.17 x 0.54 inches
(113 x 55 x 13.6 mm)
4.18 oz  (118 g)
Battery1340 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

Latest stories