It’s the photoshoot we’ve been waiting for: the HTC Magic and the Samsung I7500 getting up close and personal.  The two most-anticipated Android handsets of the year have been compared in a CNET Asia photoshoot, showing that when it comes to measurements and in-hand feel, there really may not be a whole lot in it.

Bear in mind that in this photo the I7500 was slightly closer to the camera, and running an early firmware version which led to the AMOLED touchscreen being dimmer than it will be at launch.  The I7500 lacks the hardware search button of the Magic, but it has a 3.5mm headphone socket whereas you’ll need an adapter to use your own headset with the HTC.

Frankly, both look like impressive devices, but the Samsung edges ahead when it comes to specifications.  It’s the camera that will likely swap most people: at 5-megapixels, with flash and autofocus, it’s higher than the 3.2-megapixel sensor in the HTC.