Prospective customers can pre-order the HTC Magic, due to be released on the 5th of May, from Phones4U for only £30 per month, £5 cheaper than on Vodafone's website.
The Anytime Text £40 Value Tariff lasts for 18 months and customers on this contract get an automatic £10 oof their bill. Included in the package are 600 minutes and 3000 texts as well as unlimited internet.
Vodafone's £35 tariff offers either unlimited texts (up from 3000) or 700 minutes, 250 inclusive texts and unlimited landline calls. In comparison, the iPhone costs £34.26 on a 2-year contract with 600 minutes and 500 texts which is quite competitive if you don't bother ending your contract with a 2-year old phone.
The HTC Magic is an updated version of the HTC Dream AKA G1 Android smartphone that was released in October last year. The second Google Smartphone will be available exclusively on Vodafone and dropts the QWERTY keyboard that set the G1 apart from the rest of the competition.
The rest of the specification is pretty much straight forward. There's a 3.2-inch touchscreen capable of displaying 320x480 pixels and packs in a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus but without any flash.
On the connectivity side, the HTC Magic packs a powerful punch with WiFi, HSDPA and a GPS receiver. It will only be available in white though, which might put off some customers. Magic will very likely come ready with Android 1.5 as well.