5 Things Vodafone's HTC Magic Android Smartphone Is Missing

The G2 is finally here and unsurprisingly, it is HTC which manufactured it. After the G1 Dream, released near four months ago, here comes the second Android-based smartphone; thinner, lighter and better.

But the Magic is still far from being a perfect smartphone as it is essentially an updated version of the G1 Dream. As usual, we've rounded up our list of five things that this smartphone is sorely missing or needs updating.

(1) A flash : It beggars belief that a superb phone like this one doesn't even have a flash. Whatever the reason, it is simply no longer acceptable that a modern smartphone equipped with a multi megapixel camera comes without any flash. Other cameras like the Nokia N86 even come with a pair of them. Can't HTC afford even one!

(2) A keyboard : love it or hate it. One of the main differentiators between the iPhone and the G1 Android was the fact that the latter had a proper QWERTY keyboard. With that gone, the new G2 phone is just another iPhone clone without a significant Unique Selling Point (USP).

It leaves the Palm Pre as the only next generation smartphone with a keyboard (ed: one newly announced Acer smartphone comes with a keyboard).

(3) A better camera : 3.2-megapixel cameras barely cut the mustard. 5-megapixel models are quickly becoming the norm in midrange mobile phones with 12-megapixel monsters like the Sony Idou smartphone on the horizon.

The economics simply do not stand as a 5-megapixel sensor would in theory cost only a few dollars more than the 3.2-megapixel version. HTC could also include one VGA for the occasional video calls.

(4) A Faster processor : The G2 uses the same processor as the old G1, an ARM-based Qualcomm MSM7201a running at 528 MHz. The Toshiba TG01 smartphone comes with a 1GHz processor from the same company (Qualcomm). If Toshiba managed to get Snapdragon onboard, why not HTC? A faster processor will ensure that any future updates will run smoothly.

(5) A bigger screen : The HTC Magic has a 3.2-inch screen, again, the same size as the previous G1 smartphone with the same resolution (320 x 480).

The trend is towards bigger screen as demonstrated by HTC's own higher end smartphones, the Toshiba TG01 and Acer's F900, all sporting screens larger than the iPhones 3.5-inch model and capable of displaying 800x480 pixels, 2.5 times more than the HTC Magic. The result is an altogether crispier and realistic user interface.