HTC Tattoo has arrived on our test-bench, and over at SlashGear we've been putting together some first-impressions and the customary unboxing video. HTC's latest smartphone may have a lower sticker price than its bigger brothers, but it still gets the HTC Sense UI, 3G HSPA, WiFi b/g and GPS. However the touchscreen uses a resistive panel, while the display itself is smaller than the HTC Android devices we've seen to-date: 2.8-inches and running at QVGA 240 x 320 resolution instead of 3.2-inches. We'll be testing out the responsiveness of the resistive panel, together with seeing how cramped the on-screen keyboard gets when you shave off the screen real-estate. One bonus is that the Tattoo feels pretty swift, running Android 1.6 and the standard Qualcomm CPU so far keeping up with page refreshes, homescreen navigation and all the other things that led some to label the Hero "laggy". Check out the full first-impressions and a live gallery over at SlashGear. HTC Tattoo unboxing: [vms 12acf12457e4d67635a9]
HTC Hero, all ready for the official Android Community review. We wasted no time in shooting a video unboxing and brief Sense UI overview video, together with a few in-hand photos to whet your (and our!) appetites. In case you've forgotten, the HTC Hero has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, HSPA, WiFi b/g and GPS, together with the latest Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake". Where it differs from HTC's previous Android devices, however, is in HTC Sense, the company's new UI which integrates with the open-source OS and adds numerous widgets and other usability improvements. We'll have the full review of the HTC Hero very soon, after we've had the chance to put it through its paces. First impressions? It's perhaps the best Android device to-date. HTC Hero unboxing and Sense UI overview: [vms 9af4dd08de5d1de54f68] [gallery]
managed to find an HTC Hero for a few days of play. Their unboxing video inexplicably starts with a brief wildlife watch, and takes place one-handed in a car, but we'll cut them some slack; after all, we all know what it's like to be so excited by a new toy that we can't wait until we're home to open it up. Most of the video is a general overview of the device hardware; there's no SIM in the handset at first, but we're pleased to see that the Hero will still let you access much of Sense without one. The new HTC UI looks just as smooth as it did in our hands-on testing. Otherwise the contents of the box seems to be pretty much in line with every other HTC Android device we've seen: USB cable for charging and synchronizing, a power adapter and interchangeable power plug section, and stereo headset. We're expecting our own Hero in soon, so keep asking questions for the official Android Community review! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wELCCUchWhc[/youtube]
unboxing video and initial hands-on gallery here. The smartphone is the second to reach the market running Google's Android OS, and according to leaks will show up on T-Mobile USA as the myTouch 3G. T-Mobile USA will be hoping for strong sales from the handset, too, after the performance of the G1. That's taken fifth place in the best-selling smartphones in the USA during Q1 2009, beat only by the iPhone 3G and a trio of BlackBerry devices. It's a confidence in both devices shared by Rogers Wireless, who are planning to offer the HTC Dream (aka G1) and HTC Magic in Canada from June 2nd; meanwhile, slightly further afield, NTT DoCoMo are tipped to be offering the Magic in Japan as the HT-03A. The Magic comes preloaded with Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake", and so it's only fair that G1 owners get the same software update. T-Mobile USA have finally confirmed that they will be rolling out the latest firmware from the end of this coming week, in an upgrade plan expected to run through to the end of May. They may be hoping that distracts us from the Android leaks this week: firstly, their own device roadmap which pegs the G1 v.2 and Samsung Houdini as arriving later in 2009, and secondly an in-the-wild sighting of the HTC Hero. Stay with Android Community this coming week for the Vodafone HTC Magic review and more video content!
HTC Magic has landed, and it's every bit the slick, sleek Android smartphone we've been secretly wishing for. HTC and Vodafone delivered the Magic over to us this morning, and we've promptly unboxed the whole thing on video for your viewing-pleasure. Of course, since the HTC Magic comes preloaded with Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake", which we know only a limited number of you have had access to, we couldn't resist the opportunity to boot up the Magic and take a quick look at its video capture and on-screen keyboard. These are just snapshot looks, remember; we'll have plenty more video demos with the HTC Magic over the next few days. First impressions are very positive; the Magic feels much better in the hand than the G1, slim and light, and the 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen is bright and responsive. As ever, we're open to suggestions about what you'd like to know, so leave your requests in the comments and we'll try to answer them in our full review. Until then, enjoy the unboxing video! [vms cef6730f9fd03c8125ca] [gallery]
sneaky early launch of the HTC Magic this week, and the first handsets are being delivered. Our friend Sascha is one of the first to get his hands on the Magic, and he put together an unboxing video of the new Android smartphone. Unlike the white Magic handsets that we've seen the most of in the run up to the launch, Sascha's HTC is black and it certainly suits that color. While in the image above the keys look to be white, in actual fact they're just silver and are reflecting the overhead lighting. Aside from the HTC Magic itself, Vodafone bundle a slip-case (which "feels a little cheap"), a USB cable, power supply and a wired stereo headset. More information on the handset itself in the video below, and you can check out our previous coverage on the Magic for more details. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ha1UABflw[/youtube]