Latest news in from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the expected announcement that the second Google mobile will be exclusive to Vodafone in the UK and is being made by HTC. It will be called the HTC Magic, and not the G2.
The big change from the T-Mobile G1 is no slide out keyboard – it’s all done on the touchscreen which makes this the first ever Android phone to be fully touchscreen controlled.
Intriguingly this comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera which is adequate for most users but falling way behind most other phones being announced at MWC, and those already on the market. Even worse news is that it doesn’t include a flash – are they trying to rival the iPhone for feature lacking upgrades? There is also no 3.5mm jack so it’s back to using a dongle/adapter if you want to listen to music with a decent pair of earphones. Still no video recording either *sigh*.
I’ve not used the G1 but I did consider it when making my recent Nokia 5800 purchase – the lack of the aforementioned features made me turn to Nokia instead. So I ask, just what is it about these Google phones that makes people want them? Is the Android OS so great that it makes up for the lacking or lower end feature set? Is the web browsing so fantastic that you surf all the time and don’t have time to shoot any videos?
I just don’t get it.
Oh, it’s white, and most other phones are black – well sign me up right now then!
Staying on the subject of Vodafone and Google phones, it was announced just recently that T-Mobile would be changing the default search provider from Google to Yahoo on their phones in Europe. Losing the second Google phone to Vodafone must have hit them hard.