image_45News from  Vodafone at the Mobile World Congress tells us that they will be the exclusive carrier in Europe of the latest HTC Android device known as the G2, or Magic. Available initially in the UK, Spain, Germany and France, this is a tablet style device and although it is not the best looking thing in the world, we like it.  The G1 was certainly a developer’s device, lacking the style and cutting edge design afforded by the older Motorola phones or Apple. With that said, we like the look of the G2 somewhat more than the G1 and although some believe it looks Sony Ericsson in design, we feel that the smooth corners and rounded edges are more HTC like (think Touch Cruise) than anything else. Check out the video and specs after the jump.

As a tablet style device, the G2 retains the lip at the bottom of the device that is so prominent on the G1. On this new device, the lip has been toned down somewhat, and this is a welcome design addition, creating a more well-rounded impression (no pun intended). Weighing in at 118.5 grams its not particularly light, but it will fit snugly in a pocket, measuring 11.3 x 5.5 x 1.37 cm.

Specification wise, this device is good, but not great. The device offers a 3.2” 320×480 resolution QVGA touch screen display and features a trackball and navigational buttons for quick, easy access. As we have come to expect, there are plenty of connectivity options (HSPDA/WCDMA 900/2100MHz., WiFi 802.11b/g and GPS connectivity), but the camera is still relatively modest, offering only a 3.2mp sensor without a flash. On the flip side, and this is big, the G2 can record video in two sizes, small and large! Furthermore, the HTC Magic includes a variety of email options such as Google Mail, POP3 and IMAP as well as Google Talk™ for instant messaging. It also offers a real 3.5mm headphone jack and a listed talk time of 450 minutes for GSM and up to to 400 minutes for WCDMA.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.